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Collection George F. Kem collection
Title George F. Kem collection
Accession number BCA06-05
Caption George F. Kem
Catalog Number BCA06-05
Credit line Brethren Church Archives; 524 College Avenue; Ashland, OH.
Dates of Creation 1939
Exhibit# 0
Imagefile 001\BCA0605.JPG
Notes The three record storage boxes are divided into the following areas:

RSB 1)Gathered files of George Kem.
Annual financial report auxiliary organizations 1939
Ashland College audit report 1936
Ashland College Bulletin 1937-1938
Ashland College 1940, 1941, 1942
Ashland College 1942
Ashland College 1942
Ashland College 1943
Ashland College financial report 1940
Brethren Evangelist 1938-1941
Brethren Home Mission Council
Brethren Loyalty Association
Brethren Missionary Herald 1940-1943
Bulletin Grace Theological Seminary 1938
Correspondence 1938
Correspondence 1940
Correspondence 1941
Correspondence 1942
Design of Baptism
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 1937
Fourth Principal of the Doctrine of Christ, I. D. Bowman
Free Grace
General Conference Brethren Church Winona Lake 1939
Gospel Church Polity, I. D. Bowman
Grace and Obedience, by I. D. Bowman
Missionary Board Brethren Church
News clippings 1940
News clippings 1939
Ohio Conference five program for Brethren Churches
Ohio District Conference of Brethren Church 1939
Open letters, by L. S. Bauman 1938
Sunday School Bulletin
Sunday School Times 1939
Third Brethren Church Johnstown, PA. 1939
Whole Gospel 1938
University of Dayton

RSB 2)Correspondence files
Charles Anspach
Charles A. Bame
Louis Bauman
W. S. Bell
Albert J. Cole-Peru case
William S. Crick
William F. Croft
A. L. DeLozier
J. G. Dodds
Clarence Y. Gilmer
Wilhelm Johansson est.
J. Ray Klingensmith
N. V. Leatherman
L. E. Lindower
E. G. Mason
R. F. Porte
E.M. Riddle
G. T. Ronk
Willis Ronk
H. H. Rowsey
Martin Shively
Prof. Stuckey
Claude Studebaker
Fred C. Vanator
W. C. Wertz
C. F. Yoder
Frank Yoder
M. R. Zigler

RSB 3) Files related to lawsuit filed regarding the Dayton Brethren Church in 1939.
Barnard's letters
Brethren Church case appeal
Brethren Church of Dayton-Hillcrest at Main Street
Church litigation file
Comments, briefs, research, etc.
Constitution, by-laws, articles of incorporation and copies of deeds to church properties
Copies of resolutions, etc.
Correspondence litigation in California
Correspondence regarding costs of suit
Covington, VA church case
Dayton Church vs First Brethren Church
Eyeman estate
Forms and letters to conference delegates
Litigation at Warsaw
Mailing lists
Miamisburg Conference of the Brethren Church
Miscellaneous items
New neighbors league
Outline of church evidence
Wilson-church notes
Witnesses for trial

Object Name Collection
People Kem, George F.
Scope & Content George Frederick Kem was born on a farm in Twin Township, Preble County, Ohio on March 1, 1880, a son of the late Frederick W. and Sophia Eichoff Kem. He died suddenly of a coronary heart attack at about 7:30 P.M., January 22, 1944, at the age of 63 years, 11 months, at his residence, 1727 Harvard Blvd. He married Edith Rebecca Hendrix on April 18, 1903. To this marriage was born three children: a son Myron, a daughter Alberta Bartholomew, and a daughter Nora Louise.

He was educated in Perry Township High School. He was self educated, having worked his way through his college education.

He started a teaching career in Perry Township district schools at the age of nineteen and attended college each summer. He attended the Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; Lebanon College at Lebanon, Ohio, and Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. He received his LL.B. degree from LaSalle Extension University in 1922.

His teaching career included appointments at Air Hill and Amity. Thereafter he served as principal of Pyrmont Schools and Superintendent of Madison Township Schools, Trotwood , Ohio.

He resigned his teaching career to start a banking career in 1912 when he organized the West Dayton Commercial and Savings Bank. His inspiration to become a banker was gained from his admiration of Myron T. Herrick. His respect for Myron Herrick was so outstanding that he named his first child for him. When the West Dayton Commercial and Savings Bank was merged with the City National Trust and Savings Bank he become Vice President of this institution. Upon the merger of the City National Trust and Savings Bank with the Union Trust Company he was named Vice President in charge of the trust department and at the time of the liquidation of the latter bank he became affiliated with the Trust Department of the Winters National Bank.

He resigned his banking career in the spring of 1934 at the age of fifty-three years to take up the practice of law, which career he followed successfully until the time of his death.

He was one of the organizers of the Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan Association, of which he was a director at the time of his death.

He was active in educational and civic work in this community. While pursuing his career he was a teacher of banking and finance at the Y.M.C.A. College. He was a former trustee of the Y. M. C. A. and a member of the educational committee of this institution. He was a former member of the Board of Education of Dayton, Ohio. He has served his community in many other capacities as an advisor and a committeeman. He was serving as a member of the National Mission Board of the Brethren Church and as a Trustee of Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio at the time of his death.

The majority of the files found in this collection relate to the 1939 division of the Brethren Church and the Grace Brethren Church.

Search Terms Brethren Church
Dayton, Ohio
Ashland, Ohio