Joseph Hemsing, Jr., the genial and hospitable proprietor of the Franklin House on Center avenue, Sheboygan, was born in Wilson township, Sheboygan county, November 18, 1862, a son of Joseph Hemsing, a native of Germany and a mason by trade who emigrated to the new world in 1854, settling in this county. After remaining here for a time he removed to Milwaukee, where he remained for five years, working at his trade. At the end of that time he returned to Sheboygan county and settled on a farm in Wilson township, following agricultural pursuits with success from that time until in 1911, when he came to Sheboygan and is now living retired. He is renting his farm in Wilson township and from the proceeds and other means which he has is living in comfort during his declining years. He was married in America on the 14th of June, 1861, to Miss Francisca Pot, who was also a native of Germany, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 14, 1911.
Joseph Hemsing, Jr., is the third child in a family of nine born unto his parents. He was given a good common-school education in Sheboygan county and in his boyhood days assisted his father with the work of the farm in addition to his labors in school. On attaining more mature years he learned the mason's trade with his father as his instructor and in 1889 came to Sheboygan where for six years he worked at his trade. He then embarked in the hotel business with which he has since been connected, now operating the Franklin House on Center avenue, a hostelry which is accorded a liberal patronage.
Mr. Hemsing was married, in 1894, to Miss Elizabeth Fisher, a daughter of Henry Fisher, who was a native of Germany. Her father, who resided in Rhine township, this county, was a successful agriculturist and the family was quite prominent in their community. To Mr. and Mrs. Hemsing have been born three children, Elsie, Josephine and Lena, all of whom are at home with their parents and attending the local school. Mr. Hemsing is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Foresters, both orders having local lodges in the city of Sheboygan, in which he holds membership. Mr. Hemsing, a native son of Sheboygan county and who has always lived here, has a large number of friends among whom he is a great favorite. He is also widely known throughout the county and his reputation as an upright citizen and a successful hotel proprietor is well established.
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