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Transcribed biography of Benjamin T. Kemil

BENJAMIN T. KEMIL. One of the younger men among Porter county's prominent citizens who has attained a position of influence here is Ben T. Kemil, a well known worker in the Republican political ranks who has for the past several years most ably filled the office of assessor of Pine township. Mr. Kemil was elected to that office by the voters of the community in 1906, served a term of two years, and received practical recognition of his efficiency in that office by being re-elected to it in 1908 for a four-year term.

Mr. Kemil is of German extraction, although he is a native born American, his birth having occurred on September 13, 1883, at South Bend, Indiana. His parents were Jacob and Rose (Orlowski) Kemil, both of whom were born in Germany, the father having come to the United States in his twenty-fifth year and the mother arriving in this country when a girl of thirteen. They were married in LaPorte county, Indiana, and lived subsequently on a farm which Mr. Kemil had purchased in Porter county, continuing to reside there until in 1891 when Mr. Kemil was removed from activities in this world by death. His wife still survives. They reared a family of four boys and three girls all of whom are living at this time, they being Sylvester, Pauline, Elijah, Louis, Benjamin T., Tillie, and Nettie.

Benjamin T. Kemil has never known anything other than a farm home and grew up a sturdy youth in his father's house, attending the public school in his early boyhood. Later, however, he was given the advantage of two years' study at a Catholic school at Michigan City, remaining there until the year of his confirmation, by Bishop Radamacker.

After completing his education Mr. Kemil at once took up the prosecution of his chosen occupation of agriculturist, buying a fine twenty acre piece of land adjoining his father's farm. He has pursued his calling in a scientific and businesslike manner, cultivating his crops well, and selling his products judiciously, with the inevitable result under such circumstances of achieving most satisfactory success.

On October 24, 1911, Mr. Kemil was united in marriage with Miss Bertha Neveroski, who was born in Pine township September 2, 1892. She is a woman of refinement and good education, her common school education having been supplemented with three years of study at a Catholic institution of learning. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kemil are devout communicants of the St. Mary's Catholic church at Otis, Indiana, and possess high moral principles and deep religious convictions. Mr. Kemil also finds a field of activity in the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, of which organization he is an influential member. Personally Mr. Kemil is a man of unimpeachable integrity, honest and upright in all his dealings and is held in the highest respect by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in this section of the state. Their pleasant home is known as "The Prospect Hill Farm."

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 860-861

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