The profession of medicine offers to its followers more than mere material rewards. It is a science in which high-minded devotion to a worthy cause, gentleness, and a humane instinct count in an equal degree with technical education and efficient methods. There is no more prominent example of the truth of this statement than Edward A. Bemis, now a practicing physician in Batavia, Wisconsin, of which district his father was one of the most prominent pioneers.
Edward Bemis was born in Lyndon township, November 28, 1867, and is a son of A. D. and Celia M. (Doane) Bemis, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. The father was born in America, November 29, 1836, coming to Sheboygan county at an early age. The conditions which he found there were primitive in the extreme and he was compelled to endure many of the privations and hardships incident to pioneer life. He is still living on his splendidly improved farm in Lyndon township. The qualities of hard work, indefatigable industry and keen intelligence which assisted the elder Bemis in the upbuilding of his section of the country help his son today to be a more broad-minded, tolerant and humane physician.
Edward A. Bemis was educated in the public schools of his native district and graduated from the high school of Plymouth in 1881. He spent the years from 1881 to 1885 as a teacher in the schools of Lyndon township after which period he entered the Northwestern University of Chicago and graduated from the medical department with the class of 1888. He began to practice immediately in Batavia, Scott township, and his clientage has been increasing year by year since that time.
On April 4, 1889, Mr. Bemis was united in marriage to Miss Edna Ford, a native of Lyndon township, having been born in that section April 17, 1868. She was a daughter of Benjamin and Eliza (Johnston) Ford, early settlers and prominent pioneers of Lyndon township. Mr. and Mrs. Bemis are the parents of two children, Muriel and Ira.
Dr. Bemis has gained a reputation in his native county as an efficient and thoroughly dependable physician. He keeps his knowledge up-to-date by his thorough acquaintance with all modern discoveries and his personal characteristics of broad humanity and high intelligence have been valuable assets to him in a profession which calls at every point for a remarkable degree of efficiency and a mental breadth of view.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL