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Kem, Albert

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Kem, Albert

Posted: 18 Aug 2011 9:36AM GMT
Classification: Biography
"From History of Huntington County, 1914"

It is difficult for those who know Albert Kem and recognize in him one of the substantial and prosperous farmers of Wayne Township to realize that when he arrived in Huntington county, in 1890, he was possesed of but little capital save a generous share of ambition and determination, and that he was obliged to go heavily into debt to secure the piece of property that formed the nucleus for his present handsome farm. A life of consecutive industry has been crowned with well-merited success and his career is an illustration of the fact that honest labor is the best foundation upon which to build a structure of prosperity.

Mr. Kem was born in Wayne County, Indiana, November 26, 1858, and is a son of George and Celia Ann (Wright) Kem, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Maryland. Each came to Wayne county, Indiana, when young and were there married, in 1870 making removal to Grant county, where both passed away. They were the parents of fourchildren, of whom two are living: Daniel W., whi is engaged in farming in Sims township; and Albert. Albert Kem was twelve years of age when he accompanied is parents to Grant County, and about that time he became self supporting. He attended the schools of Wayne and Grant counties for a short period, but his educational advantages were decidely limited and the knowledge that he has upon a wide range of subjects today has been gained through his own efforts. He arrived at a man's estate without captial with which to embark upon a business career, but applied himself earnestly and industriously to whatever employment presented itself and carefully saved his earnings, so that when he came to Huntington county, in 1890, he was able to make a payment upon 100 acres of land in Wayne township, although he was forced to go into debt for a large part of the purchase price. This indebtedness was liquidated in time through steadfast effort and good management, and Mr. Kem began to add to his orginial purchase, as well as to the improvements upon his property. At this time he has 240 acres of fine land, clear of all imdebtedness, well ditched and under cultivation, and with three sets of modern, substantial buildings, in the immediate vicinity of Banquo. He engages in general farming upon an extensive scale and also engages in stock breeding, and in both lines has met with well-deserved success. He is a public spirited citizen and his abilities have been recogonized by his fellow-citizens who have elected him to the offices of supervisor and school director. Politically a democrat, he hastaken a leading part in township and county affairs, but is not bigoted in his views and as a result has numerous friends throughout this section in the ranks of all political parties.

Mr. Kem was married to Miss Anna Belle Rude, who was born in Adams County, Indiana and they have become the parents of six children: Nellie L., a graduate of the common schools and now the wife of Clay Shaw of Henry County, Indiana; George W., who graduated from the common schools and took a short course at Purdue University, married Ada Haines and is a farmer in Wayne Township; Ray, a graduate of the high school, who was a student in the State Normal school, subsequently became a teacher and married Jessie Stephens; Fred, a graduate of the common and high schools, was for a time a teacher, and is now a student at Purdue University; Elsie, a graduate of the Banquo High School, class of 1914; and Daisy, a student of the public schools. Mrs. Kem and three of the children are members of the Baptist church.

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