Cross Reference: Chapter on Schempf Bros. store
George S. Schempf bro of George F 1855 Founded store
George S. Schempf was married to Wilhelmina "Minna" Koenig.
Uncle of Leonard and John Sr,
Father of Ada J. Schempf
George F. Schempf, bro of George S.
George F. Schempf was married to Johanna Borkenhagen.
John Schempf Sr. (Bertha Speer) 1844-1920, son of George F. Schempf, nephew of George S. Schempf
Married Bertha L. Speer of Watertown, May 8, 1870.
Leonard, son of John Schempf Sr.
John Sr., son of John Schempf Sr. 1874-1931
In 1875 Mr. Schempf formed a partnership with his uncle, George S. Schempf, and brother, the late Leonard Schempf, under the firm name of George S. Schempf & Co., which continued until the retirement of George Schempf, the business being conducted by the brothers under the name of Schempf Bros. Co., of which Mr. Schempf was president at the time of his death.
The last of the family to run the store were Max Kusel, who had married Amanda Schempf, and Edward L. Schempf, a gifted singer who often appeared as soloist in choral concerts.
The Schempf store was taken over in 1936.
George S. Schempf
1828 - 1903
1903 Death of George S. Schempf, 1828-1903
02 06 Shortly after 7 o’clock on Saturday evening, January 31, 1903, George S. Schempf passed from earth at this home in [on] Second Street. Mr. Schempf had not enjoyed very good health of late, and for about two weeks previous to his death he had complained considerably of his condition, but on Saturday it was thought his health was improving, when a sudden change set in and his death came unexpectedly.
He had been a sufferer with Bright’s disease for some time, and finally heart failure set in. His death was heard of with surprise and regret by all our people.
Deceased was a native of Hessen, near Darmstadt, Germany, where he was born May 23, 1828, hence was in his 75th year. When quite a boy he came to America and located at Cleveland, Ohio; from there he went to Milwaukee, and in 1846 located in this city and engaged in the general merchandise business. In 1849 he went to California, where he stayed for nearly two years, and again located in Watertown and opened a general store with his brother at the site of where Schempf Bros. Co. now conduct their business, the firm’s name being G. & F. Schempf.
The firm dissolved partnership after a short time, and the former [George] continued in the business until about seventeen years ago, when he retired on a well-earned competency and has since led a retired life.
September 22, 1857, he was married, his wife surviving him, and three daughters, being Mrs. D. H. Beurhaus of Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. Henry Schorndorfer of Cleveland, Ohio;, and Mrs. Lance Pierionet of Wheaton, Ills. John and Lawrence Schempf, of Schempf Bros. Co., are his nephews.
By the death of Mr. Schempf Watertown has lost one of its most honorable and most highly esteemed citizens. As a businessman he always commanded the respect and confidence of the general public, and socially he was genial and companionable, and was ever ready at all times to lend a helping hand to any worthy object for the betterment of his city or fellow man, either in a business or charitable way. His death is sincerely mourned by all our people.
Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock his funeral took place from his late home. Rev. H. Stertz of the Evangelical Protestant Church being the officiating clergyman, and his remains were laid at rest in Oak Hill Cemetery. WG
GEORGE S. SCHEMPF HOME
1844 - 1920
1895 Silver Wedding Anniversary
John Schempf and wife nee Bertha Speer celebrated their silver wedding anniversary. To this joyous gathering came a large circle of relatives and friends of the family from here and elsewhere. Everybody enjoyed themselves immensely. A number of well-known traveling men were also present, among them Nickelsen from Chicago, Schroeter, Wettstein, Mueller, Schulz and Kleinbeil from Milwaukee. Some of the members were great humorists and had much social disposition which helped to make the festival very pleasant & interesting. While the festivities were in full swing and all necessary liquid paraphernalia on the tables, which help to make life a bit enjoyable and made you forget the wrinkles in your face, the sonorous voices of a chorus of singers were heard, which was afterwards ascertained to be members of the Musical Society Concordia, who came to serenade the worthy couple. The evening will not be forgotten by those who took part in the celebration and the wish of all was that Mr. and Mrs. Schempf would live to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary; and this wish was realized in 1920. “Reminiscences of Early Days in Watertown” pg 41, from series of articles printed in the WDTimes in 1924, reprinted WDT- 4-19-1985.
09 10 Buys Drug Store at Ft. Atkinson
John W. Schempf has purchased a drug store at Fort Atkinson and he and his family will soon make that city their home. Mr. Schempf conducted a drug store in this city for number of years but recently disposed of his business here, since which time he has been visiting at the home of his father-in-law in Reedsburg. His many friends here wish him success in his new home. WG
09 17 John W. Schempf Seriously Ill.
John W. Schempf, who some months ago sold out his drug store here and recently purchased the Eighmy Bros, drug store at Ft. Atkinson, is seriously ill with nervous troubles and his drug business at Ft. Atkinson has been dispose of and he will take treatment in a sanitarium for a time and then take a much needed rest. He has been extremely nervous of late and became somewhat deranged last week, but hopes are now entertained that he will, with proper treatment, be all right in a few months. WG
1920 Death of John Schempf, 1844-1920
ANGEL OF DEATH CALLS JOHN SCHEMPF
One of Watertown’s Foremost Business Men
and Worthy Citizens
Succumbs at Home this morning
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WHS 006 965 Undated
John Schempf, b. 1844 , d. 1920
John Schempf, son of George F. Schempf, nephew of George S. Schempf
In 1875 Mr. Schempf formed a partnership with his uncle, George S. Schempf, and
brother, the late Leonard Schempf, under the firm name of George S. Schempf & Co.,
which continued until the retirement of George Schempf, the business
being conducted by the brothers under the name of Schempf Bros. Co.,
of which Mr. Schempf was president at the time of his death.
John Schempf, pioneer resident and one of the most
widely known business men in this section of Wisconsin, answered the call of
death in the family home,
John Schempf was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George
F. Schempf and was born in Milwaukee
The keen aptitude and rare business judgment of Mr. Schempf was shown in the rapid development of a business which has grown to immense proportions and spread all over this section of the country, the firm name becoming a household word in thousands of homes where the impress of honest dealing and worth was stamped upon it by the marked personality and character of its founder and head, a fitting legacy to those who come after him.
Long Business Career
Mr. Schempf began his long and honorable business life more than 60 years ago and during that time his name was a synonym for honesty and integrity. He was a type of the forceful, self-reliant man of the kind who have left their mark on the upbuilding of the community. He was primarily the keen man of business, but with the liberal tastes so well known. Of a genial and happy disposition he shed the radiance of good cheer wherever he went and was always a favorite in the social world of which he was a part. His nature was of the quality which makes and keeps friends. Democratic by nature, he gathered about him warm friendships which endured during life. He never aspired to public life, taking interest, however, in all that meant the better welfare of the city, a generous giver to every worth cause without ostentation, and the community will deplore the loss of an active and widely popular business man and citizen.
Mr. Schempf is survived by his widow and four children:
Miss Elza Schempf, Watertown,
Mrs. O. Weber, Stevens Point,
John W. Schempf, Milwaukee.
Seven grandchildren also survive.
Miss Elza Schempf, daughter of John Schempf Sr (Bertha), 1844-1920
Son of John Schempf Sr (Bertha), 1844-1920
The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon. Services will be conducted in the home by the Rev. Julius Kingmann of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 2 o’clock.
The burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery [Schempf, John, b. 1844, d. 1920, Sec 25, Oak Hill Cemetery]. Friends are kindly requested to omit flowers.
The Mayor’s Tribute
Mr. Schempf’s death is deeply mourned all over the city, especially by the older residents who were closely associated with him in a social and business way for many years.
In speaking of the life and character of the deceased, Mayor Herman Wertheimer said: “John Schempf was a most exemplary citizen and was always loyal to Watertown, its people, institutions and enterprises. I knew him as a friend and business man for over fifty years, and can truly say of him that in his quiet and natural way, he all the time endeavored to promote the best interest of the community, and his assistance was always substantial and effective.”
“A thorough business man from the time of his youth, he was well prepared to develop the mercantile business of which he had a perfect understanding. His integrity was of the highest order and the people all over this section reposed in him the fullest of confidence. Mr. Schempf was truly a man of honor, possessing a genial, kindly disposition, and as such he was beloved and esteemed by all our people.”
Charles E. Frey, president of the Merchants National Bank, of which the deceased was a founder and director said: “Watertown can point to no finer character man than that of Mr. Schempf. For over a half a century he was numbered among the leading business men of this city and none stood higher in the public estimation. He was a business man in the true sense and meaning of the term, and devoted himself energetically to the advancement of his enterprise.”
“His main business principle was honesty and he believed in applying in detail all true business methods. His high integrity, which brought him the unqualified confidence of the people, coupled with a ready judgment and great energies, secured for him a notable and successful business career.”
“He was a man of generous impulses, who took a kindly interest in his fellow men.”
John Schempf Home
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Edward L. Schempf
Edward L. Schempf and Miss Pauline Grace Pooler
Prominent Society People Married at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
WG 09 25 1903
A notable event in society circles in Watertown took place at noon on Saturday, September 19, 1903, when Miss Pauline Grace Pooler and Edward L. Schempf were happily married at St. Paul's Episcopal church by the pastor, Rev. T. C. Eglin. Relatives and a few intimate friends only witnessed the interesting ceremony.
The decorations at the church were very pretty, being in white and green. Several arches of greenery were arranged in the center aisles, under which the bridal party passed to the altar rail. Mrs. Elizabeth Green played Lohengrin's wedding march on the organ, to the strains of which the bridal party .entered the church shortly after 12 o'clock in the following order:
John W. Schempf and William Sproesser, ushers;
Mildred Doty, of Janesville, and Ethel Bates, of this city, ribbon bearers, attired in white;
Master Jack Racek, dressed in white duck, carrying the bride's ring on a pretty little tray;
Mrs. J. Lanee Perionett, of Wheaton, Ill., the matron of honor, wearing Flemish lace over white satin, and carrying a bouquet of white roses;
then followed the bride, handsomely gowned in embroidered chiffon over white taffeta, trimmed with point de brush, and wearing a most beautiful veil of tulle, and carrying a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley.
The groom and his best man, Alfred Wettstein, of Milwaukee, and Col. Daniel Jones and George Pooler, uncle and father of the bride, awaited the bride at the altar rail. She was given away in marriage by Mr. Jones.
HL USING BOOKMARK
Schempf, Edward (Pauline Grace Pooler) 1903, Wedding, son of John
Pooler, Pauline Grace (Edward Schempf) 1903, Wedding
Green, Elizabeth 1903, Organist, mention of
Schempf, John W. Jr 1903, Pooler-Schempf wedding, usher
Sproesser, William 1903, Pooler-Schempf wedding, usher
Doty, Mildred 1903, Pooler-Schempf wedding, ribbon bearer
Bates, Ethel 1903, Pooler-Schempf wedding, ribbon bearer
Racek, Jack 1903, Pooler-Schempf wedding, ring bearer
Perionett, J. Lanee 1903, Pooler-Schempf wedding, matron of honor
Wettstein, Alfred 1903, Pooler-Schempf wedding, best man
Jones, Daniel, Col 1903, Pooler-Schempf wedding
The wedding party and ceremony were beautiful and impressive, being pronounced one of the most inspiring affairs of a like nature that has ever taken place in Watertown. At the conclusion of the church services a wedding feast was served and a reception was held at the home of Col. Daniel Jones on Washington Street, at which only relatives and a few intimate friends were present, invitations outside the immediate relatives being confined to club member friends of the bride and groom. The wedding feast was a delicious one, and was served by Milwaukee caterers.
The house decorations were very beautiful, and the interior of Mr. Jones’ home having been just completely remodeled and redecorated, the effect produced on this occasion was charmingly beautiful. He spared nothing in preparing for the wedding of his niece, and the result was that his home was a perfect model of beauty on this happy occasion.
The dining room decorations were in white, the library in red and the parlor in white, cut flowers and greenery adding to the prettiness of the scene. Five pieces of the Apollo Orchestra furnished music at the wedding feast, and a harp orchestra of six pieces was stationed in the lawn fronting the house, the music of the orchestras adding greatly to the enchantment of the occasion.
The groom and his bride left on the evening train for the east on a short wedding tour. After November 1st they will be at home to their friends at 120 Washington Street.
The parties to this marriage are two of Watertown's best known society young people, the bride being a daughter of George Pooler, of Minneapolis, her mother having died when she was only a few hours old. Since she was 7 years of age she has made her home in this city with Mr. Jones. She is a graduate of the Watertown High School, and is a member of the High School Alumni Association. She is accomplished and amiable, and possesses a happy, frank and cheerful disposition, always viewing life from its brightest side, and casting a ray of mirth and good cheer into the society in which she moves, hence on entering married life her many friends bespeak for her all the happiness that her fondest hopes of matrimonial bliss may anticipate.
The groom is the oldest son of John Schempf and wife, this city, and has lived here all his life. He is a member of Schempf Bros. Co., who conduct one of the largest general stores in the interior of the state. Aside from being a progressive and energetic young business man, in a social way he is popular, genial and entertaining, and possesses none of the shortcomings of the average 19th century young man. He is a most excellent person in every particular, and certainly merits a married life of happiness and prosperity, and that the future may have in store for himself and bride God's choicest blessings, is the sincere wish of their large acquaintance, in which expression of good will The Gazette most heartily enters.
Those from out of town at the wedding were: J. H. Smelzer and wife, Aberdeen, S. D.; Mrs. Joseph Lappin, Mildred Doty, Janesville; George W. Pooler and Guy Pooler, Minneapolis; Miss Rose Wettstein and Alfred Wettstein, Milwaukee; Miss Jessie Stoppenbach, Jefferson; Mrs. Claire Foster, Green Bay; Guy F. Minnick, Madison; O. L. Weber and wife. Iron Mountain, Mich.; Mrs. J. Lance Perionett, Wheaton, Ill.
12 03 ELKS MEMORIAL SERVICE SATURDAY OPEN TO PUBLIC
The memory of 38 departed members of the Watertown Lodge of Elks will be honored at the annual memorial service of the order . . . . The Watertown Elks chorus, under the direction of Edward L. Schempf, will sing and Frank Bramer, violinist, and Mrs. Bramer, pianist, will render two selections. The ritual will be in charge of the officers of the lodge, headed by F. W. Koenig, exalted ruler. Mr. Bramer will offer the "Andantino” by Lully-Brown, and “An Old Air" by Haesche as his part of the program.
Cross Reference: Chapter on Schempf Bros. store
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