William H. Bemiss, a well known citizen of North East, highly esteemed for his integrity and industry, was born
in Greenfield Township, Erie County, June 21, 1885, and is the son of George E. and Anna (Hartley) Bemiss.
George E. Bemiss, deceased, was a native of Greenfield Township, Erie County, and a prominent merchant of that
vicinity. He was also a farmer. He died in 1908 and is buried in North East Cemetery. His wife, also a native of
Greenfield Township, was born Nov. 1, 1861, and lives at North East. They had two sons: W. H., the subject of this
sketch; and George, who lives on the old home place in Greenfield Township.
After attending the public and high schools of Erie County, W, H. Bemiss entered Cornell University. He became
interested in the dairy business and for a number of years was manager of a butter and cheese business in Greenfield.
He then engaged in business with his father as manager of his store and in 1911 removed to North East, where with
Mr. Kimball, the present business was established. Early in 1925 Mr. Kimball sold his interest and it is now owned
by Bemiss & Stetson, and is the only general merchandise store in North East.
On April 6, 1908, Mr. Bemiss was united in marriage with Miss Edna M. Kimball, a native of North East and the daughter
of Fred I. and Anna (Evans) Kimball, residents of North East. They have a son, Meryl Kimball Bemiss, born Aug.
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
Erie County Pennsylvania Biographies
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