Christopher Kempf, farmer, section 32, Sheridan Township, was a native of Germany and came to America when 20 years of age. He first settled in Muskegon, this State, and lived there for about nine years. In the fall of 1860 he came to Newaygo County and bought 80 acres of wild land in Sheridan Township. He later purchased 540 acres more and had 130 under cultivation. He was married in Muskegon to Catherine Kopf, who was born in Strasburg, Germany, in 1825, and they were the parents of three children: Robert, Gustaf, and Emiel.
Mr. Kempf held the office of School Director nine years, and in the spring of 1883 he was elected Highway Commissioner. Mr. and Mrs. Kempf were members of the Lutheran Church. In politics Mr. Kempf was independent.