Biography of John W. Kemp
North Central Ohio Biographies

John White Kemp. As manager of the Medina plant of the Henry Furnace & Foundry Company, Mr. Kemp is numbered among the city's substantial and well known citizens. He was born in Licking County, Ohio, Dec. 7, 1869, the son of John White and Anna Sarah (George) Kemp.

John White Kemp, Sr., was born in Ottawa County, Ohio, in 1844. Throughout his life he engaged in the general mercantile business at Newark, Ohio, and he died in that city in 1915. His wife was born in Licking County, Ohio. There were three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kemp: Alice, married Daniel Davis, lives at Newark, Ohio; Rosa, married Charles Holland, lives at Newark, Ohio; and John White, Jr., the subject of this sketch.

John White Kemp obtained his education in the public schools of Newark and was graduated from high school in 1887. He then went as an apprentice under John Stuart, of the Kibler Iron Foundry, and later was with the Werley Foundry for a period of four years. In 1895 he went west and was connected with the Kibler Iron Foundry of Denver, Cob. Two years later, however, he returned to Newark and soon was active in the organization of a foundry at Daleville, Ind., with which he was identified until 1900. He spent the next 20 years with the Globe Stove & Range Company, of Kokomo, Ind., and in 1920 he became identified with the Henry Furnace & Foundry Company, of Cleveland, as manager of the Medina plant, in which capacity he now serves.

On July 1, 1892, Mr. Kemp was married to Miss Nellie Doris Fately, the daughter of David and Hannah Fately, of Newark, Ohio, both deceased. They have a daughter, Grace Helen, who lives at home.

Politically, Mr. Kemp is independent. He is a member of the Church of Christ Scientist, and belongs to Howard Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 93; Medina Chapter, R. A. M., No. 30; Kokomo Council, No. 60; Kokomo Commandery, K. T., No. 36; Lake Erie Consistory, 32nd degree; and Al Koran Temple. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club and Winyah Club, and is president of the Medina Automobile Club.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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