William H. Diemert, wholesale liquor dealer, of Moorhead, Minnesota, ranks among the leading business men of the city. He is a native of Canada, and was born there on June 15, 1873, the son of Andrew and Rosalia Diemert, who emigrated from Germany to America many years ago, and settled first in Canada, where they lived for several years, and in 1878 they moved to Georgetown, Clay county, Minnesota, where Mr. Diemert was for a time engaged with the Hudson Bay Company, and subsequently took up a tract of government land and commenced the life of a farmer near the little town of Perley. This was of short duration, however, as Mr. Diemert passed away the following year. Mrs. Diemert remarried to Mr. Adam Reis, and lived until June 10, 1908, when she too passed away at the age of sixty-four.
William H. took advantage of a good common school education and fitted himself as early as possible for a business life. His first employment was clerking in a store, which position he kept for several years and obtained some valuable experience in the meantime, which warranted him in opening a business of his own. He came to Moorhead and in February, 1898, he commenced operations on his own account in the wholesale liquor business, and in 1904 he associated himself with Mr. Murphy in the wholesale liquor business, and the firm continued as Diemert & Murphy until 1906, when Mr. Diemert purchased the interest of Mr. Murphy and has since conducted the business on a much larger scale than ever before.
Mr. Diemert was married on May 3, 1897, to Miss Ella Lockrem, of Twin Valley, Minnesota, and they have a family of three children, viz. : Milton L., Verna J. and John A.
Among the fraternal societies of which Mr. Diemert is a member are the Order of Elks, Order of Eagles, Order of Maccabees, the Red Men and the U. C. T. He also belongs to the Commercial Clubs of Fargo and Moorhead, and is president of the Gate City Gun Club.
C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.