BioA: Hemmy, Mr. and Mrs. Peter (65th - 1962)


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Surnames: Hemmy, Zerbel, Gasser


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) March 22, 1962


Hemmy, Mr. and Mrs. Peter (65th Anniversary - 18 March 1962)


The 65th wedding anniversary was observed Sunday by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hemmy in Humbird.  Dinner and supper, planned by the children and grandchildren, was served to members of the immediate family.


Mr. and Mrs. Hemmy have been residents of the Humbird area 60 years. They were born and raised in Sauk County, near Prairie du Sac, their parents being immigrants from Switzerland.  Mr. Hemmy’s father was a sheep herder in the Swiss Alps at 17, and one day a book was handed to him telling about the hills and beauty of Wisconsin.  He decided to see for himself.  He landed in Milwaukee and traveled by ox team to Sauk County, breaking the road as he traveled.


Peter Hemmy attended grade school in Irish Valley, Sauk County and Prairie du Sac High School.  He attended high school in the winter season after the fall work was done.


He was married to Emma Zerbel in Denzer, March 18, 1897.  They lived in that area five years and in 1902 moved onto a farm of 170 acres two miles from Humbird, just across the line in Jackson County.


Mr. Hemmy served four terms in the assembly from Jackson County.  1917-1919 and 1933-1939.  He was a Republican, later a Progressive Republican and was elected the last two terms as a Progressive.  He remembers several actions in the legislature into which he entered with vigor.  He voted for prohibition, woman suffrage, opposed the action of a group who accused the early Robert LaFollette, Sr., of being un-American in World War I days.  In those days, LaFollette’s picture in the capitol was turned toward the wall.


Mr. and Mrs. Hemmy purchased a house in Humbird in 1947, and have made their home there since.  Mr. and Mrs. Hemmy are members of the E & R Church in Humbird.


He was born March 22, 1875 and observes his 87th birthday today (Thursday).  Mrs. Hemmy was born July 16, 1877.


They have three children: Mrs. C. O. (Mabel) Gasser of Baraboo, Wallace of Mondovi, and Howard of Melrose.  They have seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.



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