Bio: Bemis, Amelia (1968)

Contact: Steve Dahlstrom



Surnames: Bemis, Church


----Source: Clark County Press? (22 Aug 1968)

Bemis, Amelia (1968)


Neillsville 'Grandma' Nears 100th Birthday


In her room in Memorial Hospital, Neillsville, "Grandma" Amelia Bemis is receiving daily congratulations as she nears her 100th birthday anniversary. A patient in the hospital nearly four years since fracturing her hip, Mrs. Bemis has won herself into the hearts of physicians, hospital staff and visiting friends.

With excellent sight and hearing and a keen mind, Mrs. Bemis makes each day brighter for those who visit her. (Born on) Aug. 29, 1868 in Clintonville, Wis., she was educated in her native city. Later she worked as hat maker and seamstress in Oshkosh.


Amelia Church was married to Walter Bemis July 20, 1890, in Clintonville. For their first years of marriage, her husband worked in (the) lumbering industry in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan where he was a head sawyer. In 1901 they located on a farm, two miles southeast of Humbird in Mentor township, Clark County. They farmed until 1949 when they moved to (the) village of Humbird. Mr. Bemis died in 1955. She remained in Humbird until hospitalized at Neillsville four years ago.

A hard-working woman all of her life, Mrs. Bemis was a fancy work artist, milliner, rug maker, and an outstanding gardener. She has been an active member of Methodist Church all of her life. She worked in community activity and in early years was a midwife and practical nurse. She has many friends because she always showed herself friendly.


As her recipe for long-life, Mrs. Bemis says: "Never get excited, be kind to all who cross your path, be temperate in your living, make someone happy every day."



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