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Gottlieb F. Kempter (1855-1929)
Born in village of Portsmouth, now Bay City, worked as fireman for 38 years.

1929 obituary. - Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx Nov., 2010.

The Bay City Daily Times - Monday, September 9, 1929.

Old Fireman, Dies

Was On Bay City Department
38 Years; Retired in 1906.

Gottlieb F. Kempter, who joined the Portsmouth fire department when a boy 13 years old and who served with the Bay City fire department for 38 years until his retirement in 1906, died Monday at 6:35 a.m. at his home 813 Webster street, after a long illness. Mr. Kempter was the first member of the local fire department to be placed on the pension list.

Born in Portsmouth on June 21, 1855 Mr. Kempter when still a lad started fighting fires. His first job was with the Alert fire combine company under Chief Robert J. Campbell. In 1871 when the Night Hawk company was formed in Bay City proper he became associated with this organization and three years later when it was reorganized he was made captain of the company. In 1881 he was named assistant chief of the fire department under Chief Thomas K. Harding. During his long service with the fire department he fought practically every large conflagration in the city. At one time he was sent with the Alert fire engine to St. Helens Lake and remained ther for two weeks until a forest fire was extinguished .

Mr. Kempter was a life member of Portsmouth Lodge No.190 F. & A. M. having joined the lodge in 1885.

Surviving are two sons R.J. Kempter of this city and Albert F. and two brothers Fred F. and Edward F. both of Olympia, Wash.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the residence with the Rev. W. J. Dudgeon officiating. Burial will in Elm Lawn Cemetery.

Additional Notes.

    1885 - Michigan Births: Bay City.

  • Roland J. Kempter, b. 30 May 1885, son of Gottlieb Kempter & Katherine Purtell.

    1893 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Kempter, Gottlieb, baker, res 313 Howard
  • Kempter, Gottlieb F., capt Hose Co. No. 4, res 813 Webster.
  • Kempter, John, engr, res 1010 6th.

    1902 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Kempter, Gottlieb, Capt., Hose Company No. 4-Cor 34th and Taylor.

    Parents's Notes: Arnold Family Genealogy.

  • Parents: Gottlieb Kempter (1840-1902), married Fredericka Arnold (1825-1887). There children were: Louisa (b. 1850 in Germany), Gottlieb (b. 1885), Anna (b. June 4, 1858), Johanna Fredereick (b. 1860) and Ferdinand (b. 1864). The senior Gottlieb served in the Civil War with the 29th Mich. Infantry, and is buried at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Bay City, MI.

    Hyatt Funderal Home records.

  • Kempter, Catherine died 19 Dec 1925.
  • Kempter, Gottlieb died 9 Sep 1929

    Michigan Death Certificate: Hampton twp., Bay Co.

  • Gottlieb Kempter(father), died Nov. 17, 1902, age 79 years buried Pine Ridge.
Related Pages & Notes

Related Links:
Arnold, Frederick.
Harding, Thomas K.
People Referenced
Arnold, Fredricka (mother)
Campbell, Robert J.
Dudgeion, W.J. Rev.
Harding, Thomas K.
Kempter, Anna (sis)
Kempter, Albert (son)
Kempter, Edward F. (bro)
Kempter, Ferdinand
Kempter, Fred (bro)
Kempter, Gottlieb (father)
Kempter, Gottlieb F. (subject)
Kempter, Johanna (sis)
Kempter, John (son)
Kempter, Louisa (sis)
Kempter, Roland J. br>Purtell, Katherine (wife)
Subjects Referenced
29th MI Inf.
Bay City, MI
Civil War
Elm Lawn Cemetery
Fire Department
Hampton Twp., MI
Olympia, WA
Portsmouth Vil., MI
St. Helens Lake, MI
Internet References
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