VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT
cferoben from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara
County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922.
OTTO F. JEMM
SURNAMES: SCHULTZ, OCHSMEN, PEITSCH, BAMICKEL
For many years engaged in the mercantile business in the Middle West,
in which he made a splendid success, and with an interesting career in
the military service of his adopted country, Otto F. Jemm has been
engaged principally as an orchardist and vineyardist since taking up
his residence at San Martin in 1912. Mr. Jemm was born at Danzig,
Germany, on May 27, 1863, the son of Herman and Teresa (Schulz) Jemm.
Even while attending school, he spent his spare time in learning the
general merchandise business, receiving a thorough training in this
branch of business that was of great help to him in later years. Prior
to coming to America he served three years in the German Army.
In 1885 Mr. Jemm came to America, and for two years made his home
in New York City. On May 6, 1887, he enlisted in Company I, Eighth U.
S. Infantry, stationed at Fort Robinson, Nebr., and served for five
years in the army. He went through the indian troubles of 1890-91,
experiencing all the dangers. hardships and suffering entailed in that
conflict. He was among the captors of the notorious indian chief,
Sitting Bull, in September, 1890, and was also in the bloody encounter
at Pine Ridge on January 2. 1891. He received his honorable discharge
at Fort McKinney, Wyo., May 5, 1892, after which he located in Chicago,
where he conducted a store at La Salle and Monroe streets, in the heart
of the business district of that great metropolis. From there he went
to Kenosha. Wis .. where he established a large mercantile business, in
which he was very successful, conducting it for about fifteen years. In
August, 1912, Mr. Jemm came to California and settled at San Martin.
where he has since made his home. He had bought his property in 1910,
while on a visit to California. As an orchardist and vineyardist he has
been most successful, so that he is now able to retire from active
ranch life and enjoy the means he has accumulated through his years of
At Chicago, in October. 1892, Mr. Jemm was married to Miss Pauline
Ochsmen, born November 7. 1863, in Silesia, Prussia. the daughter of
Wilhelm and Caroline (Peitsch) Ochsmen. Mrs. Jemm came to this country
with her sister, now Mrs. Caroline
Bamickel of Allegan, Mich., arriving at New York City in 1889. Mr. and
Mrs. Jemm are the parents of two children, Otto H., who had one year at
University of Califomia, is a Mason and served in the U. S. forces
during the World War, having graduated as master gunner at Fortress
Monroe, but did not get overseas on account of a bad knee, but
was in service eighteen months and is now in the garage business at
Gilroy; Alice is still attending school. A loyal citizen of his adopted
country, Mr. Jemm is a Republican in politics and one of San Martin's
dependable citizens. He has been a member of the Masons since 1910,
holding membership in Keith Lodge, Gilroy, and belongs to the M. W. A.