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251 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. ROBINSON, Louise Brink (I12080)
252 Lowell S. Wemple was a very sensitive boy, who became depressed and discouraged rather easily. His parents had gone to visit Libbie's brother, Frank and his wife Blanche in Lemoore, CA and Lowell wanted to go very much, but was refused. This refusal started a series of events which led to tragedy. Soon thereafter, he got into trouble in school over little or nothing. Just before this, but after he missed the Lemoore trip, he and a friend of his, Claude (Bud) Harwood, were caught stealing cigarettes from the local store and Lowell's older brother, Claude had remarked to him, You'd better be careful. You could end up in prison. When Lowell got into trouble at school, he came home at noon sobbing his heart out. Some of the family were gathered in the kitchen. When they heard Lowell come in the front door sobbing, Marjel Wemple, later Marjel Edwards, Lowell's sister, went to see Lowell and told him that she would get him something to eat. Fixing someone something to eat was always the family cure all for depression, sadness and sickness. Marjel probably had said to Lowell, I'll fix you a sandwich. That'll make you feel better. Lowell went on upstairs. It wasn't long before Claude, Irvin, Marjel and a family friend who were all sitting about the kitchen, heard a report from a .22 rifle. Irvin (Sammy), Lowell's brother, bounded up the stairs, two at a time, followed closely by Claude. They found Lowell mortally wounded. Shortly thereafter, a phone call was placed to Lowell's parents. J.C. and Libby in Lemoore and they hurried home to a sadden and broken hearted family. The pain and heartache of this tragedy still haunts this family, even after all these seventy-one years. DRW

Lowell died in September of 1925 and he wrote a couple of stories in the spring of that same year that his sister, Deesse Theodore, has kept and treasured these many years. The stories are as follows: A STORY. Once Claude, Heavy (Orville Wemple), Guy (Wemple) and Murph (Fred Wwmple) bilt (sic) a raft and put it on the lake. Then they got on it and went out on the lake. When they got out a little way, the wind came up and drifted them on down to that fense (sic) between Harwoods and Humphries. Guy got sea sick and Heavy was frightened to death. Claude and Murph got a hold of the fense (sic) and pulled them in to shore. When they got in, it was dark.

The second story is titled: TUMMY BUNNY. Once there was a bunny named Tummy. This was a funny name. The reason why his name was Tummy was because he was a funny bunny. One day Tunny was running down the path merrily, when out jumped Rocket the old hound dog. Rocket jumped right on Tummy. Hey, what's the big idea? said Tummy. I'm catching rabbits, said Rocket. Well, said Tummy, you're going the wrong way because I'm a bunny. What's the difference? said Rocket. A rabbit has a black tail and a bunny has a white tail, answered Tummy. Oh all right, said Rocket, as he walked down the path. Whow (sp), that was close, said Tummy, because I have a black tail. THE END 
WEMPLE, Lowell Stanford (I12)
253 Mano is not clearly identified as a family member. In fact at this late date he isn't hardly identified at all. All the information about him comes from Lynda Hall Carnes and she remembers that her Grandfather Wimple, Raymond Jennings Wimple, considered him as a brother. Whether or not he was a blood brother is doubtful, as the will of Mary Ellen Wildman Wimple does not list him as her heir. Lynda has seen a picture of him which identifies him, which was taken in the 1920's, as a Wimple. What Mano's association was with the family of Raymond Jennings Wimple is a puzzle that may never be solved, but in the interim he is listed as a step-child. DRW WIMPLE, Mano (I12425)
254 Mary Ellen died after being thrown out of a farm wagon when the horses bolted, near her home in Cache, OK. WILDMAN, Mary E. (I10677)
255 Maxine died of a stroke. WERNER, Maxine June (I6230)
256 Medical information: Had diabetes, emphysema, heart problems. COBINE, William Charles (I12631)
257 Member of Rebekahs, the Order of Eastern Star, and Dorcas Society of the Presbyterian Church. GJW WEMPLE, Elizabeth Jane (I124)
258 Miami Herald, The (FL) - January 10, 1994 Deceased Name: Wemple, Mary Belle Wemple, Mary Belle, Fort LAUDERDALE, died Friday. Visitation 6:30 p.m. today, service 7 p.m. today, Jordan-Fannin Funeral Home. MILLER, Mary Belle (I7056)
259 Miami Herald, The (FL) - June 13, 2002 Deceased Name: Jane T. Wemple RN FL United States

WEMPLE JANE T. RN, 76, longtime Miami resident, died June 9, 2002 in Littleton, NH. Survived by her husband, Jay N. Wemple M.D. Service will be held at the convenience of family. 
THOMPSON, Jane Elizabeth (I6618)
260 Miami Herald, The (FL) - March 17, 1995 Deceased Name: Wemple, Lelia M. Wemple, Lelia M., 98, of Royal Palm Beach, died Thursday. All County Funeral Home and Crematory. WEMPLE, Lelia (I4462)
261 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. ALPER, Michael (I6614)
262 Michael L. Wemple reported in his research:

As Sheriff of Cache County, OK, he once went to the highway running past Cache, OK and tried to stop some outlaws that were driving through after a heist in a nearby town, with nothing but a long barreled pistol. He was wounded in the leg during the attempt.

He died in 1922 in Cache, OK in a car crash because of an attempted prisoner escape. 
WIMPLE, Robert Samuel (I10675)
263 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Michael Lee (I7619)
264 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) - September 11, 2003

Deceased Name: Wemple Kissling, Janet Huckleberry

Wemple Kissling, Janet Huckleberry Passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday evening, September 5. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 27 years. Curtis Wemple, and her dear brother Dr. Arthur Kissling as well as her parents Dr. Arthur and Florence Kissling. Huck's loving family includes two daughters and their husbands; Sue and Boo Smith, Cathy and Michael White. Her dearly loved grandchildren include Curt and Katie Smith, their daughter, her great-grand daughter Emma Kissling Smith, Meg, Abbie and Becca Smith, Maggey and Benoit Pitre, Adam, Brett, Chelsea, Colin and Micaela White. She is also survived by Liz (Jose) Kissling Larson, Ann and Ron Watson and their children, John Kissling, many other relatives and too many kind friends to name here. Huck attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison graduating as a Medical Technologist in 1946. While at Wisconsin, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority maintaining those wonderful friendships forever after. Huck went on to work in the laboratories at Saint Mary's and Columbia Hospitals for many years. She was also very involved with the Junior League of Milwaukee, working in Children's Theatre, The Blood Center and Curative Workshop. Loving to truly understand all things, and never lacking in opinions she was also an avid investor and a longtime member of an investment club on Milwaukee's North Shore. Huck was an avid traveler - loving the historical excitement of seeing China, Russia, East Germany, Poland just as they opened to the outside world. Janet Wemple's greatest passion was her family and her broad circle of dear, dear friends. She touched so many lives with her colorful, always heartfelt, always honest advice. Her loving spirit will forever be a wonderful part of each one of us. We were blessed to have had her in our lives. May we all share as much kindness with one another as she has always shared with us. A memorial service will be held on Sunday September 14 at 12:00 in the White's Garden - 1150 West Bradley Road, River Hills, Wisconsin. Please park at Saint Chrisopher's Episcopal Church - 7845 North River Road, River Hills, Wisconsin. There will be a shuttle or you may walk to the gardens. Rather than flowers, please make donations to Gilda's House ( A Junior League Project-a support program for cancer patients and their families), or to Saint Mary's Hospice. These are both wonderful programs! 
KISSLING, Janet (I6523)
265 Morning Call, The (Allentown, PA) - September 24, 2004

Deceased Name: Dr. Jan B. Wemple

Dr. Jan B. Wemple, age 71, of Hellertown, PA died September 21, 2004 at home after a lengthy illness. A graduate of Williams College, a member of St. Anthony Hall, and a graduate of Albany Medical School he served his residency in University of Virginia. His practice as a neurosurgeon included being on staff at St. Lukes Hospital of Bethlehem. He was a member of the American College of Surgery and a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He served his country faithfully as a surgeon in the Army during the Korean Conflict earning the rank of major.

Survivors: He is survived by Allyson wife of Larry Fitzpatrick of Coopersburg, Jennifer W. Hanna of Horsham, and Sallie M. Wemple of Bethlehem; Sisters, Sally Codman of Bridgeport, CT, Winnifred wife of David Moore of East Greenwich, R.I., John Hogan and his daughters, Jans grandchildren, Karen, Stephanie & Chelsea Hogan. He was predeceased by his daughter Kristen Hogan and his parents Judge & Mrs. Archibald Wemple.

Services: memorial service, Saturday, October 2, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc. 326 Main Street, Hellertown, PA. Family and friends may call 1 p.m. until time of service.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Please sign Guest Book on 
WEMPLE, Jan Barentse (I6336)
266 Mrs. William WEMPLE, nee ACKLER

Posted by Karen Bush on Mon, 15 Nov 1999 (web site


Mysterious and Determined Suicide of a Gowanda Lady.
A Young Married Lady Poisons herself, Refused all Remedies and Dies Without Revealing her Motive.

We hear from the [ ] that a young married lady, between eighteen and nineteen years of age, wife of Mr. Wm. WEMPLE, of Gowanda, Cattaraugus Co., committed suicide at Lockport, Erie Co., Pa., on the 15th ult., with almost unparalleled premeditation and determination and from motives which she studiously concealed to the last. Mrs. WEMPLE's father is a farmer, named W. W. ACKLER, residing at Gowanda, N.Y., where she was married last July, and has lived most of the time since. She came to Lockport on the 14th ult., accompanied by her husband, with then intention of paying his brother, Mr. John WEMPLE, a visit. The afternoon of the same day she complained of a headache, and about six o'clock in the evening became so ill that she was compelled to lie down upon a sofa. About eight o'clock she was seized with convulsions. This appears, from the questions of her husband, to have aroused his suspicions, and he asked her what she had taken. She replied nothing, insisted that she only had a sick headache, and refused to receive medical aid. Her condition became so alarming that her husband called in two physicians, who were satisfied that she had taken some kind of poison and endeavored to administer antidotes. She refused to take the remedies, and when medicine was forced into her mouth, spit it out, and even carefully wiped her lips with her handkerchief. Meantime the poison was slowly but surely doing its work; she again went into spasms, which occurred at intervals until Friday morning about six o'clock, when she died.

Mrs. WEMPLE was noticed to go upstairs frequently during the afternoon preceding her death, and it is supposed did so for the purpose of secretly taking the poison in small and repeated doses. She went behind the house just at evening, and probably after taking the last dose -- hid the vial containing the poison, under a board, where it was found entirely empty, with the name of the poison carefully erased from the label, which bears the name of a druggist at Gowanda. She procured the poison at the place the Saturday previous to leaving home, by sending a boy after it. When questioned as to what he went for, she replied a spool of thread. Here is conclusive proof that her death was not the result of sudden aberration of mind, but of a deliberate purpose, which she went to Lockport to consummate.

What kind of poison she used is not known, as the vial when found, was empty, and no inquest was held or post mortem examination made. An inquest, most certainly, should have been held, for the protection of her husband and those with whom she was with at the time of her death, for although they are, unquestionably, entirely innocent of the crime of taking her life, they might be subject to great inconvenience and unjust suspicion, by neglecting to obey the law and receive the exoneration of an official investigation.

The only clue the unfortunate lady gave as to the motive impelling her to self murder, was the remark just previous to her death that, all this wouldn't have happened if it hadn't been for mother. Her married life and conduct do not furnish to her friends at Lockport, any clue to what she meant by this declaration. She did not appear to be unhappy, but on the contrary was regarded as a contented and industrious young lady. Her husband is well nigh heart broken by this calamity, which has so suddenly and terribly snatched from him an adored wife in the full bloom of youth and health.

Mrs. Wemple's remains were taken to Gowanda for interment.

The Cuba True Patriot - VOL VII, NO 32, FEBRUARY 5, 1869 
ACKLER, Ida May (I2895)
267 Murph was first and foremost a cowboy and horseman. His most favorite thing to do was run wild horses, where several cowboys would run wild mustangs and capture them in corrals. He ranched and farmed for a period and he worked for the county road crew for a short time. He resided in Milford, Spoonville and Janesville. At the of his death he was managing a warehouse for Bronson and Doyle in Litchfield. Bronson and Doyle's main business was in Susanville. They primarily farm equipment dealers, but also dealt in buying and selling grain and selling cattle feed. DRW

Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, 9 May 1956, page 1c7:


Fred Wemple, 58, a native of Lassen County, died at his home in Janesville on Saturday, May 5 at 9:30 p.m. Funeral services were held at the Susanville Methodist Church yesterday afternoon at two o'clock with members of the Susanville Elks Lodge officiating. Glenn Long acted as exalted ruler. Elk members assisting Long were Frank Corson, Carl Cobel, Murray Doyle, Lester Coffin, Ben Cunningham, Frank Maurina and Ivor Lanigar. Interment was in the family plot in the Milford Cemetery.

Mrs. J.C. McQueen sang 'End of a Perfect Day' with Mrs. Alfreda Cunningham accompanying at the organ.

The pallbearers were Kenneth Barham, H.T. French, Edmund Dunn, Jack W. Humphrey, Eddie Ferris and Tiffin Cannon.

The deceased was engaged in farming. He was a member of the Susanville B.P.O. (Benevolent and Protective Order) of Elks 1487.

Survivors include his wife, Edna M., Janesville; a son Frank N., Red Bluff; three daughters, Mrs. LeRoy Kayser, Alameda, Mrs. Gordon Netzorg, Alma, Michigan, and Mrs. Fred Metz, Susanville; His mother, Mrs. Pearl Wemple, Susanville, two brothers, Lyle E., Susanville, and Guy B., Fallon, Nevada, and a sister, Mrs. Arthur A. Ohnimus, Sacramento. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren. 
WEMPLE, Fred (I188)
268 Myndert was Sheriff of Schenctady County in 1837 and was a major in the State Militia. WBW WEMPLE, Myndert (I459)
269 NORTHEASTERN NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY 90-3 sent to the compiler by Thomas Udell Harris, grandnephew of Joseph C. Harris, on September 27, 2000. The first half of the quarterly was dedicated to the memory of Joseph C. Harris:

by Carol Hendershot

This court will convene as a Court of Sorrow . . .

Thus began the minutes of the Fourth Judicial District Court convened in Elko, Nevada on March 3, 1936. The Court of Sorrow convened because of the untimely death of Joseph Crawford Harris, who had been Sheriff of Elko County for 26 impressive years. He was 57 years and ten months old at the time of his death.

By order of the Board of County Commissioners, the courthouse and all county offices closed on March 4 for the funeral. Every business in Elko closed at least two hours, many the entire day. In an unheard of move, the post office, a federal agency, locked its doors for two hours so employees could attend the funeral.

Hundred of Elko County residents jammed the Masonic Hall for the services. There was not room for everyone who came. Among the out-of-town arrivals was U.S. District Attorney Edward P. Ted Carville from Reno. Following the services, one of the longest funeral procession ever seen locally accompanied the casket to the cemetery.

Ironically, after a lifetime of law enforcement work in a remote rural county in a western state where law and order were not always top priority, Joe Harris died of uremic poisoning a bout with pneumonia, which he had beaten.

He was born at Fort Collins, Colorado on May 1, 1878. His father, Tom Thumb Harris, moved his family to Huntington Valley, south of Elko, to ranch. Joe was two years old. He attended Huntington Valley School where he, at least once, finished a perfect grade in deportment and 98 in scholarship. He finished his education in Elko schools.

Once out of school, he went to work for Reinhart Clothing Store. When the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, he enlisted in Troop M. 2nd U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. There was a gigantic party at Harris Hall and much hoopla at the train station. After a presentation of flowers by young ladies, he left for Carson City, Nevada. He was billeted at the race track, newly christened Camp Sadler, with other Elko County volunteers.

Cavalry regulations excluded men over 5'6 and 165 pounds. Nevada Governor Reinhold Sadler made the final selection. He simply had them all line up and county in threes and eliminated every third man until he had the required number. All but one of the Elko county volunteers made the roster.

The group elected Harris was acting sergeant. Almost immediately, they boarded a train for Fort Russell, Wyoming. Colonel Jay L. Torrey met the train in Cheyenne and escorted the men to the camp three miles from town.

Calling themselves Torrey's Terrors and Torrey's Rough Riders, Troop M experienced a continuous run of bad luck. After outfitting, drilling, and combat training, they discovered the unit was short 100 horses. Destined for Puerto Rico, the troops, given a choice of immediate shipment as infantry or wait for the missing mounts, voted to wait for the horses.

Typical of the military, Troop M shipped by rail, still short of horses, to Jacksonville, Florida. The train had an accident in St. Louis, Missouri on June 24th. None of the troops was injured, but tow train crew members died. Two days later, at Tupelo, Mississippi, their train was rear-ended by another train, while stopped to take on water. Colonel Torrey and one trooper received injuries.

Finally arriving in Jacksonville, the soldiers went to nearby Camp Cuba Libre. True to most military operations, they waited and waited. Harris spent much of his free time reading morning and evening newspapers.

Conditions at the camp, already bad, got even worse. Casualty statistics for the short war reveals, between May 1 and September, 1898, 200 men killed in action, while 2,505 died of various diseases. Typhoid fever and other illnesses raged through the men of Troop M. Finally, mustered out in October, most of the unit left for home. They had not left the United States and never fired a shot at the enemy. Harris brought his illness and Army tent home with him. The tent is now in the collections at the Northeastern Nevada Museum at Elko.

After several months recuperation in the hospital and at home, Harris took a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad for two months. He then became a guard at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City. He stayed for three years. There, he met and married Ora Ellen Bright. The couple to Elko a short time after their wedding.

In 1907, Elko County Sheriff L.G. Clark appointed Harris as undersheriff. Two years later, he became steward of Elko County Hospital turning it from a disgrace of an institution the county could be proud of. In 1910, he was elected Elko County Sheriff for the first time.

This was the real beginning of a law enforcement career that encompassed 16 years of hard and often dangerous work over more that 17,000 square miles of territory. Elko County is the fourth largest area in the nation. It is larger than many states.

He covered his territory any way he could, usually by horseback or buggy and by train when possible. The county was, and still is, sparsely populated with many miles between ranches and towns. This made his job difficult, especially in bad weather.

A good illustration of his travel difficulties in the mail stage robbery in Jarbidge on December 5, 1916. When notified of the crime and murder of driver Fred M. Searcy, he and the district attorney, Ted Carville, said they would come to Jarbidge right away. Right away turned into a three-day trip.

They first boarded the eastbound train for Ogden, Utah. Then they changed trains to go north to Pocatello, Idaho where they boarded another bound for Twin Falls, Idaho. From there they went to Rogerson, Idaho to catch the mail stage to Jarbidge. The crime occurred in the dead of winter and that meant foul weather all the way.

There are four unusual aspects of the killing and robbery. It was the last armed robbery of a horse-drawn stage in the United States. A dog provided some of the evidence. A bloody palm print, found on an envelope at the crime scene, helped convict the murderer. The same man who prosecuted him paroled the killer almost 28 years later.

There is only one open road into Jarbidge in the winter. The stage and driver, sighted only a few hundred yards from the post office, disappeared into a raging snowstorm. Several hours passed and Postmaster Scott Fleming formed a search party. He telephoned Rose Dexter who lived on the outskirts of town and she told him that the stage passed her house around 6:30 p.m. It was now after nine o'clock.

About eleven p.m., the searchers found the stage a short distance off the main road. Searcy, shot in the back of his head, was dead. The shivering horses were tied to willows near a bridge. There were prints in the snow, some made by a large dog.

There weren't many big dogs in town. One of the men followed a large yellow stray known to hang around a man named Ben Kuhl. Nose to the ground, the animal led the man to nearby bridge. The searcher found a black overcoat stuffed between timbers. It was later identified as Kuhl's. In the same area, searchers found a bag of money and a shirt.

Kuhl stood trial along with an accomplice, Ed Beck. Beck, also known as Cut-Lip Swede, secured the murder weapon for Kuhl. The bloody palm print and Kuhl's palm print were flashed, side by side, on a curtain in the court room. Harris had contacted C.H. Stone, head of the Bakersfield, California police identification unit, to examine the prints. He brought another expert, O.W. Bottoroff, from Fresno. Both verified that the prints were made by the same man. This was the first use of a palm print, anywhere in the world, to convict a man of murder. Kuhl received a death sentence from the judge.

Beck given a life sentence in a separate trial, served only six years before parole.

One week before Kuhl's date with death, the Board of Pardons commuted his sentence to life. In 1945, Governor Ted Carville, who had prosecuted him in the first place, signed his parole papers. Kuhl went to San Francisco, where he died of Tuberculosis the following year.

Another well known case involved an unusual rustling scheme of the UC Ranch in northeastern Elko County. . . .

The Bob White case was another Harris investigation and perhaps, one of his most mentally painful. He believed the convicted killer was innocent.

Robert H. White owned and operated a restaurant in Elko, ran a taxi service, and drove the school bus. He often made special trips to deliver sick students to their homes. A huge man, over six-feet tall, he weighed 280 pounds. He was genial and well-liked. White was also an active part of gambling and bootlegging businesses - that flourished in Elko in 1928.

In spite of these lucrative pursuits, all was not roses with Bob. When his wife, Kathryne, wanted to take a trip to Ireland, he was short of funds. One of his closest associates was Louis Lavell, called Louis the Greek. A third man, Mike Connis, was in partnership with White and Lavell. The three ran crooked card games at local hotels.

On Sunday, May6, 138 Connis and White knew that Lavell had over a thousand dollars in cash on him and a cashe of expensive jewels at his home. Connis saw Lovell and White getting into White's car about eleven p.m.. It was the last time Louie the Greek was seen alive.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gale and Mr. and Mrs. Opal Richardson left the movie theater that night and took a short drive. They saw White sitting in his car near the Hesson powder house east of town. As they approached, he sped off.

On Monday, May 7, Kathryne White caught the eastbound train for New York. She carried a large roll of bills ad a passport for Ireland.

At 8 p.m. that same day, unable to locate Lavelle, Connis contacted Sheriff Harris who started a search. They eventually went to the Ryan place near Secret Pass which White had leased. Mysteriously, the cabin had burned to the ground the night before leaving smoldering ruins, a few pieces of metal harness buckles, an iron bedstead and five empty, charred gasoline cans.

The following afternoon, Emerson Elliott and two friends were east of Elko hunting rabbits. Near the powder house, they discovered a gray hat and a small pool of dried blood. Nearby was a larger of blood. When they returned to town, the ELKO INDEPENDENT was on the newsstands with the story of Lavell's disappearance. Elliott immediately told Harris of his discovery. The hat belonged to Lavell.

Harris went back to the Ryan cabin early Wednesday and dug through the charred debris. He found a belt buckle bearing the name Louis along with partially burned platinum dental plates and several bones.

Returning to Elko, Harris saw White nervously filling his car's gas tank at a service station. Harris picked up a warrant at the District Attorney's office and went to the gas station, only to find White gone. He eluded search parties in Elko. Joe issued a nationwide bulletin for his arrest.

White was captured a week later, hiding out in a bunkhouse 25 miles south of Chicago. His wife had been arrested a few hours earlier in New York City, and police located him from an address on a telegram she sent to him. Sheriff and Mrs. Harris traveled to Chicago too bring White back to Elko.

A large, unruly crowd gathered to see White taken from the train to the courthouse. A drunken member of the crowd yelled, There goes the bloody murderer now! Someone kicked him in the seat of his pants and he retaliated. General fighting broke out, resulting in the arrest of three men. Harris, aware of the crowd's mood, approached the courthouse steps with White.

Veteran newsman, Chris Sheerin said, The train stopped and the Sheriff came out with White. We decided to use a flash on our camera so we'd be sure to get a good picture of them, but we hadn't cleared this with the Sheriff, which we should have done.

As White and the lawman started into the courthouse, people shouted and brawlers were subdued by deputies and local police. Suddenly, the camera flash went off. White ducked and Harris went for his gun.

The picture was a fiasco, Sheerin says. It was a mess all the way around. We never got a picture and Joe Harris was disturbed. However, the editor of the ELKO INDEPENDENT did a whole column about the photographer from the ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS taking a picture that didn't turn out.

White was sentenced to die in the gas chamber in Carson City. He became the second man in the United States executed in this manner. Nevada, in 1921, was the first state to use lethal gas as capital punishment.

Ruthe Gallagher of Elko, Harris' niece recalled, My Uncle Joe was so distressed over this execution. He always felt that Bob White would have told him some things when they were talking the night before the execution. But then the warden came in and he wouldn't talk any more.

On June 2, 1930 White was calm and offered no resistance when strapped into the chair. Warden M.R. Penrose asked if he had any last minute requests. Bob smiled, then said, Yes, would you please bring me a gas mask?

His body, claimed by friends, was taken from the prison. Some time later, an article in a national magazine reported that Bob had been restored to life and was seen in Alaska. Before Kathryne died in January, 1934, she had insisted she knew nothing of any plans her husband made about Lavell. She also said she had his body cremated in San Francisco, thereby ending the resurrection stories.

All the sheriff's cases were not this spectacular, but they were certainly interesting.

One February, he searched for Alta Peters. She stripped of her clothes, crawled out a basement window at the hospital and went for a walk. He and forty searchers found her three miles east of town at the Green Ranch. She asked Harris if he had an overcoat. She borrowed it and asked him to take her to jail. She didn't want to go back to the hospital because they were trying to kill her.

Another time, Harris went to South Fork to recover some cattle. In the caller's words, the cows were attached. He took his son, Jesse, with him. The cattle got away and they had to hunt them on foot.

Jesse later reported that they walked 20 miles in the dark, stumbling into ditches, badger holes and willows. He said the Sheriff's usual jovial disposition underwent a distinct change in the process. . . .

In 1917, Harris went to Shafter to investigate a runaway train report. An inebriated railroad employee, J. Wells Brown, decided to go for a train ride. He practiced backing and going forward until he derailed a passenger coach. he panicked, opened the throttle, and leaped off the engine. It jumped the track and plowed through 400 yards of sagebrush before finally stopping.

Brown, unarmed when Harris approached him, submitted to arrest. His wife, though, had an automatic weapon concealed in her bosom. She gave the gun to Joe and he asked her to leave the room where he and deputy were questioning her husband. She left and returned almost immediately with a loaded, cocked rifle. She herded the two lawmen into an adjoining room. She pointed the rifle at Joe and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, she had forgotten to press the ejector in and the gun didn't fire.

The two lawmen struggled with her and she fought like a wildcat, kicking and screaming. She then attacked Harris with a pair of scissors. Disarmed a third time, she and her errant husband finally were hauled off to jail. . . .

On August 15, 1933 Harris and a deputy drove to the UC Ranch. They were looking for Steven Smith, a fugitive named on a warrant from California. They contacted the ranch foreman, Archie Bowman, and the three went to a field where the suspect was running a mowing machine. They approached him and talked about the warrant. Smith said he would tie the horses and come along peacefully. He tied his team to a fence at the edge of the field, suddenly whirled around and began shooting.

Harris, hit in the neck, ended up in a ditch after dropping his gun. Smith took a ranch hand hostage and stole a car for his getaway. He was apprehended about four days later and returned to California.

The day after the encounter, (John) Oldham (of Elko), noticed Joe limping and commented, Mr. Harris, I heard you fell in a ditch.

The lawman growled, Fell in a ditch? Like hell! I jumped in. I'd rather be a live coward than a dead hero. . . .

Harris turned down an offer of the warden's job at the State Prison in Carson City in 1923. IN 1935, Reno officials asked him to be Chief of Police. At the time, Reno was a wide open western town and city fathers wanted a strong, proven lawman to clean it up. Harris refused the job. He wanted to stay in Elko County where he knew everyone by first name.

He never wore a uniform. According to Chris Sheerin, he usually wore a big hat and western garb - light tan shirt and pants. (Sheerin said,) He was a personable and fine looking man. He looked like a sheriff. . . .

Truly, the Court convened as Court of Sorrow in 1936. The sentence of the court was that The Sheriff will still be remembered with affection and respect more than fifty years from now. He is remembered, affectionally and with respect, 56 years later. 
HARRIS, Joseph Crawford (I175)
270 NORTHEASTERN NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY 92-2 sent to the compiler by Thomas Udell Harris, first cousin, once removed to Jess Harris, on September 27, 2000:

by Carol Hendershot

On January 30, 1903 the ELKO DAILY INDEPENDENT printed a small. prophetic birth announcement: Joe Harris is the proudest man in town. The cause of it all is the arrival of a young voter at his house yesterday. May the youngster grow up to be as good a man as his father. . . .

This young voter was Jesse Crawford Harris, son of Sheriff and Mrs. Joseph C. Harris, and he did fulfill the wish expressed in his birth announcement. He grew up to be an aircraft mechanic, a motorcycle police officer, a test pilot and, following in his father's footsteps, Elko County Sheriff for more than twenty years. He also became known nationally as The Flying Sheriff.

Jess preferred to spell his name without the final e and called himself Joos as a child, a nickname which stayed with him all his life and was especially appropriate during his young adult years.

he began an independent lifestyle early. When Jess was six years old, he told his dad he didn't want to go to school because, I don't know nuthin'. He wrapped his arms and legs around a piano stool and held on. Unable to pry him loose, Sheriff Joe Harris carried him and the piano stool to Rose Gardene's first grade class. . . .

When Jess was 17, he went with his father to meet the first air mail plane to fly into Elko and that experience fired his lifelong love of airplanes. He even perfected his signature so the J in Jess looked like a propeller. He was offered a job at he airport and for he next seven years, worked as a mechanic with a group of young people. . . .

Pilot William Blanchfield flew into Elko in an open cockpit U.S. Mail plane and left it with Jess to be serviced. (John) Oldham (of Elko) borrowed a car and took Blanchfield to the Mayer Hotel to eat, leaving Jess to work on the plane. During the meal, they heard a plane buzzing the hotel. Knowing his was the only plane in Elko at he time, Blanchfield rushed out and saw his plane flying in the direction of the airport. Without finishing dinner, they returned to the field in time to see Jess make a perfect three-point landing. Jess had never been up in a plane before but explained to Blanchfield that he wanted him to know the plane was serviced and ready to go. . . .

In 1928, Jess delivered a stolen car to Santa Barbara, California for his dad. While there, he met some friends who asked if he was interested in a job as a motorcycle cop in Burbank. He was and when he joined the force he received his brand new uniform. He daughter, Jodi, says, The second day after receiving his new uniform, the cycle slid out from under him. When the smoke cleared he had to buy a new uniform and wasn't quite as smart as he thought he was. Jess told her he eventually left a little skin on every intersection in the San Fernando Valley. . . .

In 1940, a friend suggested that Jess apply for a job as a pilot with Lockheed and he began ferrying planes in August. Jess said, One day I was ferrying a P-38 to Palmdale (California) when Tony LeVier pulled in on my wing until our wings overlapped. We were playing a game of chicken out. Jess stayed right with him until they began putting dents in the aluminum and then punched the mike button and asked LeVier if he thought they'd proved everything they wanted to prove.

Jess later checked out as a production test pilot with Lockheed, a job he held until June, 1945. He flew everything that Lockheed built. Jess said, Test flying was interesting. I had my share of engines blowing up on takeoff, but never used a chute.

Jess met Florence Gorny, a cashier and hostess in a restaurant near Lockheed and they were married July 1. 1944. When Lockheed began experimenting with jets soon after their marriage, Jess left the company. He and Florence moved home to Elko. Their only child, Joellen Carole (Jodi) was born September 28, 1946.

That same year, Jess ran for sheriff against Charles Smith and was defeated. Smith immediately appointed him undersheriff, launching Jess on his second law enforcement career. . . .

In 1950, Jess was elected Elko County Sheriff for the first time. he was never defeated after that, sometimes running against several opponents and sometimes unopposed. In a turnabout from the election in 1946 when Charlie Smith defeated him, he immediately appointed Smith as a deputy.

Florence is intensely proud of the years Jess spent as Sheriff and was, herself, an unfailing source of strength, support and encouragement to him. She says he was on duty 24-hours a day of often got calls in the middle of the night. When he left. she never knew for sure when he would be back. She kept water, survival gear and lunch packed so no matter when he had to go, or what the weather was like, he was always ready. She often served as matron when female prisoners were involved and as a temporary mother in cases involving juveniles.

She says Jess, like his father, did not wear a uniform, but he did pin on with much joy the solid gold star that was custom-made for Joe. He carried a gun, but seldom drew it, relying instead, on courtesy and his ability to talk people into doing what he wanted them to do. . . .

He could fly into Jarbidge, for instance, in 30 minutes, a trip that once took his father three days by train, wagon and horseback. . . . More than once he flew in and picked up a sick or injured resident after landing on top of a rocky, sagebrush covered plateau at the edge of town. The plateau sat in a narrow valley between steep, high mountains that showed no mercy for pilot error. If he had to come in after dark, the residents would line up their cars with the headlights on so he could see the landing field. They bought an old car and left it parked at the airfield so Jess wouldn't have to walk into town.

Jess could talk people into anything. In all the years I worked with him, I never did see him lose his temper, Stenovich said. There weren't any shootouts and nobody ever got away from Jess and me when we were together. The only time he ever saw Jess almost lose his temper was when Jodi took his loaded .38-caliber pistol to school for show and tell when she was nine years old. . . .

Jess investigated a grisly murder the day after Christmas in 1965. The emasculated body of a man eventually identified as John Russell Blair was discovered by sledders on Adobe Summit. he had been shot three times in the head. The legend Born to Raise Hell was tattooed on one arm and the dead man was at first incorrectly identified by a Reno woman. Jess said his office had reports of at least eight missing men with the same tattoo. There was more than one suspect in the case which was not solved until two years later, when Neil Phillips of Carlin surrendered to Jess after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Phillips was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. . . .

Owen Barton, a rancher from the Diamond A Desert, had been searching on horseback and by truck for several days for some lost cattle and asked Jess to help him with an air search. He was so impressed with Jess's help in locating his cattle my airplane that he bought one himself. Barton wrote and recited a poem about Jess at the 1988 Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. Titled ELKO LAWMAN - JESS HARRIS it begins:

There's been some famous lawmen
Who bought law and order to the West,
For twenty-five years in Elko County
There was one of the best.

Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and Matt Dillon
All were men of fame,
But here in Northern Nevada,
Jess Harris was the name. . . .

Jess earned many honors during his years of service. Some of his cases were written up in national magazines: INSIDE DETECTIVE, TRUE DETECTIVE (twice), STARTLING DETECTIVE, and the FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN. MASTER DETECTIVE MAGAZINE named him Police Officer of the Month in 1970. Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt presented the award. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC asked Jess to participate in their film segment, The Haunted West, which featured his use of an airplane in law enforcement. . . .

Jess decided not to run for re-election when his term expired in 1974. To clear up all leftover business, he left Elko on the morning of December 14, 1974 in a snowstorm to deliver two prisoners to Carson City. The weather got worse and soon Jess was flying below power lines to see the road. He flew into a blind canyon and, in turning, clipped a wing on a mountain side, and crashed.

He was severely injured, lost consciousness, and was trapped in the cockpit of the wrecked plane. The two prisoners, Ivan Dambrowskie (aka Donald Mentel) and Jack Lindsey, were also injured.

At the time of the crash, were were over $200 and a loaded gun in the plane. Lindsey, who was not severely injured, could have easily abandoned Jess and Dambrowskie. Instead, he helped Dambrowskie to a nearby shack and tried to free Jess, but could not. He covered him with his own jacket and returned to the shack where he built a fire. Throughout the stormy night, he continually went back and forth between the fire and Jess, where he lay down against him trying to keep him warm.

They were rescued in the early morning hours of December 15, after their electric beeper was finally traced. The two prisoners were hospitalized and then turned over to prison authorities. Lindsey was later pardoned as a result of his actions at the crash site.

Jess sustained chest injuries and suffered a severe stoke because of his terrible head injury. He later said his head got bent up a little. He was hospitalized in Reno and Elko for several months and then Florence brought him home where he made a remarkable partial recovery.

August 29, 1975 was proclaimed J.C. Harris Day, and a well-attended ceremony was held changing the name of Elko's airport to J.C. Harris Field, in honor of Jess and his father. Mayor George Corner, in announcing the name change said, Jess C. Harris, son of Joe C. Harris, ...Served with distinction and dedication and...exhibited an exceptionally high degree of dedication, unselfish service, good citizenship and family life.

A huge retirement dinner had been held August 22, 1975. . . .

Jess and Florence spent their next few winters visiting Jodi and her family in Yuma, Arizona where Jess's storytelling was a favorite form of entertainment. . . . Jess died March 8, 1980. After the funeral Florence wrote:

Jess C. Harris was cremated and his ashes scattered over his beloved Ruby Mountains between the Pyramid and the Dome. His duties carried him over these mountains on many, many flights. He requested his last flight be over these mountains. He will fly forevermore. God watched over him. I love you, Jess, Florence. 
HARRIS, Jess Crawford (I258)
271 Notes from George J. Wemple's work:

He contacted typhoid fever (while in the Union Army) at Mount Pleasant, TN, near Port Hudson on August 1, 1863 and died on board the steamer Des Arc while his regiment was on its way home. He enlisted on October 23,1862, Albany, NY and served as a Private in Company A, 177th Regiment, NY Infantry, commanded by Captain Lionell C. Lennox. 
WEMPLE, Henry DeWitt (I2063)
272 Notes from THE HISTORY OF SCHENECTADY DURING THE REVOLUTION, Individual Service Records:

Wemple, John: Born at Fort Hunter, October 15, 1949. He was living in Schenectady in 1755 when he enrolled under Captain John Mynderse, 2nd Albany Count Militia. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. In the fall of 1776 he served at Skeenesborough and Fort Ann for the purpose of guarding boats. In the spring of 1777 he went to Jessup's Patent in pursuit of Tories. He served five months during the campaign against Burgoyne, taking part in the battle of Snookkill. He was at Ballston in 1780 when it was burned and at Warren's bush in 1781 under Colonel Willet. He performed considerable guard and garrison duty at Fort Plain, Fort Plank, Fort Paris and at the Schoharie Forts. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.

The following is from a manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. This manuscript was written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913. The manuscript was never published.

He was born in May 1749. Married Maria Swits, for which a bond was executed February 23, 1771, and it speaks of him as being a tailor. He made his will June 4, 1827, which is on file in the Schenectady County Surrogate's office, and (he) died May 5, 1836, aged 86 years.

He enlisted as a private in the regiment of Colonel Abraham Wemple at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War and before its close was promoted to sergeant.

Maria, his wife, was baptized April 4, 1752, and made her will September 27, 1779, it also being filed in Schenectady County. 
WEMPLE, Johannes Isaac (I478)
273 Notes from the work of George J. Wemple:

His family moved from Wisconsin to Minnesota when he was four years old, the family settling in Rice County in 1856. Thence he moved to Otter Tail County, MN in 1878, and resided in many years in Orwell Twp., Otter Tail County. He purchased in 1911 the George Ross residence in southeastern part of Fergus Falls, where he died. 
WEMPLE, David Demarest (I1218)
274 Nothing is know about him, his offspring or whereabouts. WBW WEMPLE, Jacob (I1394)
275 Nothing is known about him, his occupation, etc., except that he died young at age 34. The compiler's cousin, Joseph Jay Wemple visited his grave about 1993 in Rotterdam Junction. After his death his widow and six children eventually moved on to Michigan, where his widow married John C. Haynes. DRW WEMPLE, John N. (I72)
276 Obituary from the BIG VALLEY GAZETTE, Bieber, Lassen County, CA, 14 June 1923, page 1c1:


Mrs. Grace Durfee-Wemple of Milford, died at the Riverside Hospital, in Susanville last Monday June 11th, from the result of child birth. Mrs. Wemple was the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Durfee of Bieber, a sister of Mrs. B.G. Gassaway, and Mrs. Kelly Crews of Fall River, and Miss Dorothy Durfee of this place.

Not only Bieber and Honey Lake Valley but the whole County of Lassen, has suffered a severe loss in the death of Mrs. Wemple. Her fine character, clear, logical mind, great learning and above all, the lovable nature of the woman, made her not only a strong personality wherever known, but has been a benefit to the whole county, through her clear, and just interpretations of the school room. She was aged 22 years, 11 months, and 26 days.

Funeral was held in Susanville, on Wednesday, June 13th.

Parents of Mrs. Wemple, and two sisters, Mrs. Gassaway and Mrs. Crews, were at her bedside at the time of her passing, Miss Dorothy being obliged to remain in the post office.

Remaining relatives of the deceased have the sympathy of the entire community. 
DURFEE, Grace (I284)
277 Obituary from the Chico Enterprise-Record, dated Wednesday, March 19, 1997:


Belmont - A memorial service for former Chico resident Laurence 'Larry' William Wemple, 89, of Belmont, will be held at noon Thursday at Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church.

He died Friday, March 14, 1997 in his home.

A native of Fergus Falls, Minn., he was born October 27, 1907, to Laura and William Wemple.

On April 16, 1931, he married Evelyn Matson. They lived in Southern California, and Wemple worked on the Colorado River Aqueduct Project. A mechanic and machinist, he moved his family to Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah to work on other government power and defense projects.

After World War II, the Wemples moved to Chico, operating a farm and a heavy equipment repair shop. Wemple later designed and built equipment for rice harvesting and processing in Colusa and San Francisco, and moved to Belmont in 1962.

In Chico, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club and established the first local Explorers' Boy Scout Troop. In addition to his wife, Evelyn, he is survived by a daughter, Marlene Sweetingham, of Rochester, Washington; one son, Larry, of Chico; one sister Helen Dearborn, of Simi Valley; and eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Before the memorial service, entombment will take place at 10 A.M. at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. Visitation hours are noon to 8 P.M. today at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. 
WEMPLE, Laurence William (I4340)
278 Obituary from the Chico ENTERPRISE-RECORD, January 18, 1995:


No service will be held for Maurene S. Wemple, 80, of Paradise, who died Monday, January 16, 1995, at her home.

Mrs. Wemple was born February 5, 1914, in Sheridan, Oregon, to Charles and Etta Shumway.

She was a homemaker and moved to Paradise from Tahoe Vista in 1989.

Memberships included the Sacramento Madres, an organization of wives of California Highway Patrol officers. Her husband, Murray, died in July 1994.

Survivors include a son, David of Paradise; two daughters, Gail W. O'Dell of Sacramento and Sandra W. Dyer of San Leandro; a sister Mariett Price of Knoxville, Tennessee; and seven grandchildren.

Inurnment will be private.

Rose Chapel is handling arrangements. 
SHUMWAY, Maurene (I936)
279 Obituary from the Chico ENTERPRISE-RECORD, Tuesday, 8 October 1985, page 4Ac1-2:

PARADISE - A grave side service for Lynn H. McDonald, 54, of Paradise will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Susanville Cemetery in Susanville. She died Friday in her home of natural causes.

Born August 15, 1931, in Susanville, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Stephen J. of Palo Alto and Jon R. of San Francisco; a sister, Kay McDonald of Reno, Nevada; and her mother, Marguerite Rypkema of Paradise

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Ridge.

Local arrangement are being handled by Rose Chapel. 
HALLOWELL, Lynn (I146)
280 Obituary from the Chico ENTERPRISE-RECORD/MERCURY-REGISTER, Saturday, 1 April 2000, page 2Dc3:

MAGALIA - A memorial service for Dick Rypkema, 91, of Magalia will be 2 p.m. Monday April 3 at the Paradise Elks Lodge.

He died Thursday March 30, 2000 at home. He was born March 5, 1909 to Henry and Antonia Rypkema in Long Island, Kansas, where he was raised until moving to California in 1935.

In 1940, Rypkema received his contractor's license. He owned and operated a machine shop during World War II that manufactured parts for the military. He moved to Paradise in 1955 and became a real estate agent.

Rypkema was the general contractor for the building for the Paradise Elks Lodge 2026, of which he was a charter member and the first exalted ruler. In 1961, he was appointed to the Butte County Planning Commission, where he served until 1973. He was also a member of SIRS.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Along with his wife, Marguerite of Reno, survivors include a daughter, Mary Mays of Magalia; and three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice in care of Bidwell Chapel, which is handling the arrangements. 
RYPKEMA, Peter Dick (I148)
281 Obituary from the Lakeport LAKE COUNTY RECORD-BEE, Saturday, 12 July 1997, page A2c4:


June H. Wemple, 71, of Lakeport, died July 9, 1997 at Sutter Lakeside Hospital.

A native of Anniston, Alabama, she was born June 22, 1926. She was a homemaker for 45 years, who had lived in Santa Clara and in Lakeport for the past eight years. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph J. Wemple of Lakeport; her son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Elaine Wemple of Phoenix, Oregon; her daughter and son-in-law, Cristine and Paul Giannetto of San Jose; her grandson, John Wemple of Phoenix, Oregon; her sister, Helen Leonard of Los Angeles and several nephews.

Memorial services, officiated by Father Harry Allagree, will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1190 N. Forbes Street, Lakeport. Cremation will be preformed by the Lake County Memorial Crematorium, Lakeport, followed by burial at the Milford Cemetery in Milford, at a later date.

Donations can be sent to the National Kidney Foundation of Northern California, 553 Pilgrim Drive, Suite C, Foster City, California 94404. 
MCCLELLAN, June Hazel (I208)
282 Obituary from the LASSEN ADVOCATE, dated 21 April 1976.


Funeral services for Miss Betty Luanne Metz, 25, who died in a local hospital on Sunday, will be held at the Susanville United Methodist Church this afternoon at two o'clock with interment following in the family plot in Milford Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lucero-Carlson Colonial Mortuary.

The deceased was born in Susanville on November 4, 1950 and had resided here all her life. She had been employed at the Lassen County Historical Society Museum. She was a member of the Lassen County Historical Society, Job's Daughters, Camp Fire Girls and Susanville Art League.

Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Metz, a brother, Freddy Metz, Jr. and a nephew Freddy Metz, III, all of Susanville, and her grandmother, Mrs. Edna Wemple. 
METZ, Betty Luanne (I1039)
283 Obituary from the LASSEN ADVOCATE, February 11, 1970, page 1c2:

Services Today for Dorothy Wemple.

Grave side services for Mrs. Dorothy H. Wemple, 70, who died in Fallon, Nevada, on Monday, will be held in the Susanville Cemetery this afternoon at two o'clock.

The deceased was born July 28, 1899 in Susanville, and had been a resident of Fallon since 1931. She is survived by her husband, Guy B. Wemple, owner of Consolidated Feeder and Lumber Company in Fallon, a daughter, Mrs. Leslie Ceresola of Wadsworth, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
CARMAN, Dorothy H. (I278)
284 Obituary from THE LASSEN ADVOCATE, May 22, 1968:


Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl M. Wemple, 94, who died in the Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento on Thursday of last week were held at the United Methodist Church on Monday afternoon at two o'clock with (the) Reverand Stanley Read officiating. Interment was in the Milford Cemetery. The organist for the services was Mrs. Alfreda Cunningham. Pall bearers were Marlyn (sic) Mulroney, Don Wemple, Glenn Wemple, Fred Bangham, John Theodore, and Don Conrad. The deceased was born in Milford on April 19, 1874, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hose (sic) A. Bronson, Lassen County pioneers. She was married on August 14, 1892, to N.V. Wemple, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Crawford Wemple, also pioneers of Lassen County. Her husband, who died in 1942, served as Lassen County assessor, justice of peace, and two terms as state assemblyman. To the couple were born seven children, Orville E., Guy B., Fred, Lyle E., Maude, Percy N. and Bernice, three of whom survive. They are Bernice Ohnimus, Sacramento, Guy Wemple, Fallon, and Lyle E. Wemple, Susanville. Also surviving are a brother, Benton Sifford, Oakland, and a sister, Mrs. Grace Raker, Chico, six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren, Mrs. Naomi Netzorg of Charlotte, N.C. and Mrs. Nadene Kayser of Alameda are identical twins whom Pearl Wemple raised from infancy. Other grandchildren are Mrs. Gunth (sic) Cersola (sic) of Wadsworth, Nevada, Mrs. Phyllis Metz, Susanville, Dr. Dana Wemple, Burlingame and Frank Wemple, Red Bluff. 
BRONSON, Martha Pearl (I185)
285 Obituary from the Lassen County News, 24 January 2005:


Leroy F. Kayser died on Dec. 24, 2005, in Alameda at the age of 85. Born in Fresno, Calif., he is survived by his two children, Lindsay Kayser Hendricks and Steven Kayser; daughter-in-law Terri Kayser; six grandsons, Andy (Mary), Beau (Satu), Chris (Linsey), Dan (Oana), Louks, and Kyle; and three great-granddaughters, Naomi, Dylan and Saana.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Nadene (nee Wemple).

A graduate of Lassen High School in 1938, he attended the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. He was a resident of Alameda, Calif., for 60 years where he was an elementary school teacher and principal in the Alameda Unified School District.

Many summers were spent in Mineral, Lassen County, working for the U.S. Forest Service. He served in the United States Maritime Service during World War II and taught at the Alameda Maritime Academy prior to teaching in the school district. He was a long-time member of the Island City Lodge of the Masons of California.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Untied Shoelaces, Box 3322, Yountville, CA 94599, or a favorite charity. A private burial service at Milford Cemetery will be scheduled. 
KAYSER, Leroy Francis (I1028)
286 Obituary from THE PARIS NEWS, Sunday March 7, 1993:

. . . of Midland, died Friday, March 5, at McCuistion Regional Medical Center. Services at 10:00 a.m. Monday in the First United Methodist Church in Midland with Dr. Russell Parchman. Burial to be in Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. Born in Pattonville, a daughter of John William and Rebecca Hammond Ables, she married Fred A. Wemple on June 7, 1921. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Midland, the Fine Arts Club & Rotary-Anns. She owned and operated an antique art business. Surviving are two sons, Allen Ables Wemple of Midland and Fred W. Wemple of Odessa; three daughters, Edith Wemple Avery, Lucille Wemple, both of Midland, and Evelyn Wemple Allen of Austin; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a brother J. W. Ables, Jr. of Paris. 
ABELS, Edith Marie (I5849)
287 Obituary from the Portsmouth Star, dated July 17, 1906 that was sent to David Wemple by Mrs. Alfred E. Fry of Chesapeake, VA on March 14, 2003:

Mr. Wallace W. Wemple, one of Portsmouth's popular young men, passed away at his home, No. 18 Middle street, this afternoon at 1:50 o'clock after an illness of about three weeks with typhoid fever. Mr. Wemple was in his 23d of his age. He was ticket agent in the employ of the Seaboard Air Line Railway, and was regarded as one of the most efficient clerks of the road. He was a son of Mrs. Cora Wemple and a brother of Messrs. Homer, Guy and Howard Wemple, the latter of New York city.

Notice of the funeral will appear later.

(The funeral notice which appeared in the next day's paper is as follows:)

WEMPLE -- At the residence, No. 18 Middle street, Portsmouth, Va., Friday, July 27, 1906, at 2:00 o'clock p.m., Wallace W., son of Mrs. Cora and the late J.H. Wemple in the 23d year of his age

Funeral services from Church of Christ (Disciples, Norfolk, Va., Sunday Afternoon at 4 o'clock. Friends of the family are invited to attend. Interment Elmwood cemetery.

WEMPLE, Wallace Waldon (I3159)
288 Obituary from the REDDING SEARCHLIGHT, Monday, 16 December 1968, page 17c5:


Anderson dentist David Irvin Edwards, Sr., 77, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital.

An Anderson resident since 1950, Dr. Edwards was born March 20, 1891 in Los Angeles. He was a graduate of the College of the Pacific and the University of California.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps during World War I and remained in the service for three years following the end of the war.

Dr. Edwards was a member of the Anderson Rotary Club, the Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Westwood Masonic Lodge 501.

He leaves his widow, Marjel of Anderson; two daughters, Betty Franklin of Fairfax and Jane Koffard of Red Bluff; a son, David Jr. of Oakland; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Trinity Methodist Church in Anderson. The Reverand Grant Allen will officiate and burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Milford Cemetery in Milford under the direction of McDonald's Anderson Chapel. 
EDWARDS, David Irvin (I141)
289 Obituary from the Sacramento Bee dated August 19, 2008.

(This obiturary was written by her brother, Geofrey.)

Nov 15, 1925 - Aug 4, 2008 Brooke was an eclectic. There were few things in life she chose not to explore and, as she would have said, those left unturned were not important. As a young woman she rode horses at a stable in East Sacramento and later during her days at McClatchy High School challenged the august Principal, Sam Pepper, to allow students to enter the high school through the front doors; a battle she lost but a war she won. While she could be an iconoclast, she was also a traditionalist, belonged to Manana, a high school sorority, was editor of the school year book, and took high school sartorial elegance to a new level. She attended UCLA, and worked as a page on the MGM lot (the high point she once said was a kiss on the cheek from Frank Sinatra after delivering a message). She traveled alone whenever possible, observing that it's the only way to meet people. She lived in Sacramento; Palm Springs; Montana; New York; New Jersey; Guadalajara, Mexico; Honolulu; Arizona and Colorado. She was an accomplished photographer and social entertainer of the first magnitude. She did a lot in her life, had fun and left nothing on the table. Brooke passed away while under the care of some wonderful people at the Julia Temple facility in Englewood, Colo. A memorial service will be held in Hawaii in June of 2009. She was predeceased by her parents Olga and Spencer Burroughs, her loving husband Robert Van Zandt, son Burne Dougherty, stepson Keith Van Zandt, brothers Spencer Burroughs Jr. and Trent Burroughs (Maria Luisa). She is survived by daughter Erin O'Brien (Michael), stepson Mark Van Zandt, granddaughters Caitlin O'Brien, Emerald O'Brien, Karen Dougherty (Todd), grandson Patrick Moore, (Michele), two great-grandchildren, brother Geoffrey Burroughs (Mollie). nieces Francesca, Lisa, Megan, nephew Spencer and numerous cousins. 
BURROUGHS, Olga (I133)
290 Obituary from THE SACRAMENTO BEE, 26 November 1948, page 1c2:


Spencer E. Burroughs, 54, Principal Attorney for the State Division of Water Resources and recognized authority on water law in California, died early today in Susanville, Lassen County, after a heart attack.

He died in the home of his mother, Mrs. Gladys Burroughs. He and his family had gone to Susanville for a Thanksgiving Day reunion with his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Wemple, who reside near Susanville.


With his wife, Olga, and their children, Trent, Jeffrey and Olga, he had returned to the home of his mother shortly after midnight when he complained of feeling ill and lay down on a bed. His wife summoned a doctor but Burroughs was dead when the physician arrived.

Mrs. Gladys Burroughs had resided in Sacramento until recently when she moved to Susanville. She was in Sacramento at the time of her son's death.

Burroughs was the son of the late Superior Court Judge H.D. Burroughs of Lassen County. His mother succeeded her husband as Superior Court Judge upon the his death and later served as a Deputy Attorney General (of California). She lives in Susanville.


A native of Chico, Butte County, Spencer Burroughs was educated in the public schools of Susanville and studied law at the University of California and Stanford University. He was a graduate of the Stanford Law School.

In 1920 he entered the private practice of law and in 1922 was named Attorney for the Division of Water Rights, predecessor to the Division of Water Resources. He had been in state service every since and had offices in the Public Works Building at Eleventh and N Streets.

He was active during recent sessions of the Legislature in drafting and interpreting the law creating the State Water Resources Board.

Only 10 days ago he appeared at a budget hearing in the State Department of Finance offices to appeal for more legal help, emphasizing that water problems have increased tremendously in recent years, principally because of the Central Valley Project.


Burroughs was an ensign in the Navy in World War I. During World War II his son, Spencer, Jr. also an ensign, was killed at Okinawa.

Funeral services will be held Monday in the White Mortuary* in Susanville. The Burroughs residence in Sacramento is at 2748 Curtis Way.

*I can clearly remember that Spencer's funeral was held at his brother-in-law, Albert G. Breitweiser, home. DRW 
BURROUGHS, Ephraim Spencer (I131)
291 Obituary from THE SACRAMENTO BEE, 8 December 1984, page A19c1:


Narnia Hazel Wemple, a descendant of Lassen County settlers, died Thursday in Sacramento after a long illness.

Miss Wemple, 85, moved to Sacramento from Susanville 10 years ago.

She was for many years the post-mistress of her native Milford, Lassen County.

Miss Wemple raised an orphaned nephew and cared for her elderly mother.

She is survived by her brothers, Claude Wemple of Milford, retired Army Col. Neil Wemple of Tucson, Arizona, and Ray Wemple of Weed, Siskiyou County; and sisters, Marguerite Rypkema of Paradise, and Deesse Theodore of Susanville, and Olga Burroughs and Marjel Dozier, both of Sacramento.

She was the granddaughter of Joseph Wemple, who settled in Lassen County in 1859.

Her ashes will be interred next spring in the family plot in the Milford Cemetery.

The family requests that any remembrances be sent to a charity of the donor's choice. 
WEMPLE, Hazel Narnia (I6)
292 Obituary from the Sacramento Bee, January 10, 2008

Trent Burroughs

A native Sacramentan, Trent was born on April 11, 1930. He passed peacefully into God's care on January 4, 2008. A loving husband and father, he is survived by MarlaLuisa, his wife of 43 year, his daughter Francesca and son-in-law Robert Pearson of Livermore; his sister Brooke VanZandt of Colorado, his brother Geoffrey and sister-in-law Mollie Burroughs of Sacramento, and many nieces and nephews and dear cousins.

Trent's parents, Olga and Spencer Burroughs moved to Sacramento from Susanville in 1922 to the Curtis Park area. Trent graduated from C. K. McClatchy High School and California State University, Sacramento. After serving in the U.S. Army as an artillery fire control coordinator, he worked for the U.S. Post Office for 32 years. Trent was a gifted Chess player; so much so that a disgruntled neighbor, having found no one to better him in Sacramento, went to San Francisco and brought back a highly rated chess player to challenge him -- after an ardious battle on the chess board they drew. Trent also had an interest in higher mathematics taking such abstruse courses as non-Euclidian geometry and abstract algrebra. As an athlete he was a superlative tennis player and in his younger days an ace receiver for once famous Curtis Park Clippers football team. In his later years he became an accomplished bowler winning a number of local tournaments. He often bowled a 600 series and once was eleven strikes toward the perfect 300 game when he got a nasty split. His only comment was, Mmmm, a high on that one, I think.

A mass of Christian buriai will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish, 3263 First Avenue, Sacramento at 10:00am on Monday, Januray 14, 2008. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. 
BURROUGHS, Trent (I134)
293 Obituary from the Sacramento Bee, July 19, 2000, page B5, c2:

Burroughs, Olga Wemple

Passing away quietly on July 17, 2000. She was born September 13, 1897, at the family ranch in Milford, Lassen County, California, the third of eleven children born to early pioneers Jay C. and Libby Decious Wemple. Mrs. Burroughs was married for 29 years to Spencer E. Burroughs, a veteran of WW I and the Chief Attorney for the California Department of Water Resource until his death in November 1948. Mrs Burroughs was predeceased by her son Spencer Burroughs who was killed in action in the Pacific in WW II. She is survived by two sons: Trent Burroughs and Geoffrey Burroughs, both of Sacramento, a daughter: Brooke Van Zandt, of Phoenix, Arizona, and five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister: Margarite Rypkema of Reno, Nevada, and a brother: Neil Wemple of Tucson, Arizona. Mrs. Burroughs attended the University of California at Berkeley, and was a well-known Sacramento artist who had exhibited her award winning oil paintings at the Crocker Art Gallery. She was President of the Kingsley Art Club from 1937 to 1939, and was founder and Past President of the World Affairs Council of Sacramento, and active in many other social events. A private memorial service will be held later in Susanville. Remembrances may be made to the charity the doner's choice, or to the Crocker Art Museum, 216 'O' Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or to the Kingsley Art Club's Educational Fund, 216 'O' Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Arrangements by Harry A Nauman and Son.

Obituary from the Sacramento Bee, July 21, 2000, page B5, c1,2,3:

(With picture and the following caption)
She started her own business after her husband died and she had to raise three children.


Her display panels for city trash cans drew praise nationwide
By Steve Gibson, Bee Staff Writer

Olga Wemple Burroughs, a member of a pioneer Lassen County family who later settled in Sacramento, reared a family and operated her own outdoor advertising firm, is dead at 102.

She died in a nursing home Monday of complications from pneumonia, said her son, Geoffrey Burroughs.

Her firm, Emerson & Burroughs, had a franchise from the city during the late 1940s and early 1950s to display advertising panels on trash containers on downtown street corners.

Mrs. Burroughs advertising techniques - attaching weatherproof panels covered with color photos on the containers - were considered so innovative that she gained national recognition.

In 1951, the Advertising Federation of America presented her with the Erma Proetz Award for pioneering a new type of outdoor advertising.

Trash cans have long been ugly and dirty, Mrs. Burroughs wrote at the time. I have designed a waste unit of almost classic dignity (with) . . . beautiful colored pictures . . . which arouse civic pride and give people a warm feeling toward the advertiser whose name and copy is below the picture.

But, as Mrs. Burroughs recalled later, to win the franchise she first had to overcome strenuous opposition from the City Council and Sacramento's two daily newspapers, both of which editorialized against the concept.

Most of the criticism was based on the hypothesis that our waste units would be unsightly, she said later. But once samples were placed on sidewalks, opposition waned.

Mrs. Burroughs entered the advertising business out of necessity after her husband, Spencer E. Burroughs, a lawyer for the state of California, died in 1948, her son said.

Her oldest son, a Navy officer, had been killed in action, in the Pacific Theater during World War II, but at the time of her husband's death, she still had three children at home and little insurance money, according to her son Geoffrey.

We went from being real comfortable to being on a real tight budget, her son said. She had to work to support us.

Nonetheless, Mrs. Burroughs found time for other interests.

She was a Democrat, a political liberal who was active during the 1950s and 1960s in the local chapter of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, serving as president of the group.

In addition, she was an accomplished artist, whose oil paintings were displayed in the Crocker Art Gallery. She was a past president of the Kingsley Art Club.

Olga Wemple Burroughs was born September 13, 1897, on the family ranch in Milford, Lassen County, the third of 11 children of Libby Decious Wemple and Jay C. Wemple. Her father was a rancher in Milford.

She was a 1915 graduate of Lassen High School in Susanville, and studied art for one year at the University of California, Berkeley. She returned home the next year after her mother gave birth to her 11th child and needed help caring for the family.

In 1919 she married Spencer E. Burroughs, a Lassen County lawyer who served in the Navy during World War I.

According to her family, she was 13 when became interested in art and painting, an interest that continued into her 90s.

In addition to her son Geoffrey, who resides in Sacramento, survivors include a daughter, Brooke Van Zandt of Phoenix; another son, Trent Burroughs of Sacramento; sister Marguerite Rypkema of Reno; brother, Neil Wemple of Tucson; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family is planning a memorial service in Lassen County.

The following are excerpts from Olga's daughter, Brooke (Olga)'s, letter which was available at the reception following Olga's memorial service in Susanville:

(Elegance) was truly Mother on those evenings when she would descend the stairs, dressed in brilliance for a party; her eyes shining with excitement, her hair and gown lovely, looking like a girl on her first date.

She entertained often in her home, and had many elegant friends who invited her to their homes.

Mother understood sophisticated hospitality. She knew what the menu should be - and what it should not be - and was never ruffled or ill at ease.

Her parties were lovely; her guests those of the art world and those of politics. Her home was charming; her husband, dynamic, and she had a gracious manner of enjoying people.

For years, no liquor was served at her home, and yet a society, who customarily enjoyed cocktails and wine, appeared and stayed the evening.

Even after Dad died, at a much too early age, Mother continued to entertain, both the same collection of friends, and new ones she met in outside activities.

Although a widow, Mother never seemed interested in finding a second husband. In fact, she discouraged any would-be suitors. Either she found Spencer Senior too difficult on act to supplant, or she enjoyed her personal freedom. Mother was a very independent person.

Ten words describe Mother to me: Elegant, Mercurial, Hospitable, Arbitrary, Aspiring, Admiring, Artistic, Undecided, Emotional, Determined.

Amidst these ten words are a lot of contradictions!

Mother had a wacky sense of humor, yet she was a most prim and traditional lady. For example: she thought it VERY FUNNY when a longtime male-friend of the family, who lived in the southern part of the State, arrived, unannounced, in the middle of the night - climbed through an unlocked downstairs window and went upstairs to an extra bedroom to sleep - showing up suddenly at the breakfast table the next morning.

Mother liked kookie antics in her friends, thus gathering a number on the Avant-Garde around her, although her own behavior was strictly conventional, and she preferred that her own children's behavior be conventional also.

As a matter of fact, she had a sense of possession about her own children, and even a sense of possession about their possessions. Mother was very much a matriarch.

Yet, as a mother, she did not enter into her children's activities. She never looked at a report card, or entered a school a child her hers attended, or sought a teacher's advice, or helped with homework. Her expectations for scholarship and behavior were high, and that was that.

She had many too many outside activities in her life to be bothered with such details.

She had two main interests in her life: art and politics. Art was an outstanding talent given her as a gift from Above. Her special talent was in the oil painting of portraits. With very little training, her portraits were truly exquisite and exact images of her subject. She spent some years in painting family members and friends, generally, anyone she could get to pose for her. Mother never thought in terms of business or making money.

She was really a lady of the old school, and felt that women should be allowed to stay out of the grubby world of making a living.

Her other great interest was politics. From the moment she rode all the way home from Cal, Berkeley, on the train with Spencer Burroughs, who was going all the way home from Stanford University, and Spencer astounded her by talking nothing but politics the whole trip, Mother was captivated by politics.

She learned all her politics from Spencer, and was a rabid Democrat. I often though that, as he grew older, and the world changed, Dad might have mellowed in his politics. But, not so, for Mother. She stood by the family point of view, and only progressed past Dad to becoming, on many issues, absolutely radical.

Her intense interest in art and politics brought her some Awards in both fields. Among other things, she was President of the elite Kingsley Art Club of Sacramento, and Founder and President of the World Affairs Council of Sacramento, which, as I am sure you know, is a Rockefeller gift to the world.

In 1945, I recall, she dragged me to the first meeting of the United Nations, which was held in San Francisco. It was a gathering of several days and very potent with power. I recall being quite blase' about the event, but now I am quite impressed.

Mother also introduced me, at a luncheon, to the Moral ReArmament, Oxford Group, whom I later visited in Los Angeles, and some of whom I corresponded with for years.

This was the sort of atmosphere in which I grew up, and, of course, when Dad was alive, it was multiplied by Dad, who was, indeed, a unique life in himself.

But, mother, took a long pause after Spencer Jr.'s death, and three years later, after Dad's death, disconnecting the telephone for some time. But when she recovered, she took up her activities with even more determination.

Mother wanted to BE everything, and to KNOW everything, and she did value her own acumen.

Therefore, not so very long ago, she was disappointed when she received a form in the mail from Who's Who in America, and discovered that she could not fill in a single requirement!

Well, what I say is, She RECEIVED the FORM, didn't she? That is better than most of us do.

HOWEVER, if Who's Who had a form for Eccentricity in a Restrained Lady-like Manner . . . or Ratings For The Top Tea-Pourer In America . . . or Ratings For The Woman Who Presented The Same Salad At Dinner For Well Over Umpteen-Years In A Row . . . or, Ratings For Someone Who Tried To Be Everything To Everybody And Always, In Her Opinion, Was Right, SURELY, Mother could have filled THAT form to overloading and more!

I remember Mother mentioning once, in the early days, that someone should write a book just about the daily life of an ordinary person. I got the impression that the someone she was thinking about was herself.

NEVER! NEVER could she have done it!

ANYONE who knew Mother well, knew that she could not have done it! She could NEVER have become an ORDINARY person. . . . 
WEMPLE, Olga Adelia (I5)
294 Obituary from the SCHENECTADY DAILY GAZETTE dated March 19, 1997 sent to me by David Henry Wemple of Albany, NY and received March 31, 1997:


GLOVERSVILLE - Private Services will be held for George Alan Wemple, 86, of East Eight Avenue, who died Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness.

Born and educated in Gloversville, Mr. Wemple was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 10th Mountain Division. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He served from 1942 to 1946 and was disabled.

Mr. Wemple attended the North Main Street United Methodist Church.

His wife, Amelia Simon, whom he married February 5, 1942, died in 1975.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Matilda Simon of Gloversville, with whom he resided for many years.

Spring burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the 10th Mountain Division, 1776 S. Jackson Street, Denver, Colorado 80210.

Arrangements are by Walgrath & Bushouer Funeral Home. 
WEMPLE, George Alan (I4489)
295 Obituary from the Shreveport sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple, Bay City, MI on February 24, 2003:

Robert M. Mack Wemple
Posted on December 3, 2002

HATTIESBURG, MS - Graveside services for Robert M. Mack Wemple, 84, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2002 at Grangeville Baptist Church Cemetery, .

Mr. Wemple, a resident of Hattiesburg, died Sunday, December 1, 2002 at the Loyalton of Hattiesburg. He was a former resident of Thibadeaux, LA and Shreveport, LA. Mr. Wemple was a petroleum engineer retired from AMOCO Oil Co. He was a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran. Mr. Wemple was a longtime Lions Club member, having served as secretary for the Shreveport Lions Club and was honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow in Lions International; member of Main Street Baptist Church of Hattiesburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Wade Wemple.

Memorials may be made to the Old Time Gospel Hour, c/o Jerry Falwell Ministries, Lynchburg, VA 24514.

Arrangements under the direction of Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home of Hattiesburg, Miss 601-582-1571

WEMPLE, Robert McElhenny (I3695)
296 Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Wednesday, 5 November 1986, page 3Ac4-5:


Memorial services for John J. Theodore, 46, who died in Oakland, California on Wednesday, October 29, will be held at the Lucero-Carlson Colonial Mortuary on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The deceased was born in Susanville on October 15, 1940, and went to work at the United California Bank at the age of 19. For the past 18 years he had been employed as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank.

Survivors include his parents, John and Deesse Theodore of Susanville, two sisters, Ann Weir of Placerville and Mary Fletcher of Burney, and two nieces and two nephews.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to a favorite charity. 
THEODORE, John Jay (I151)
297 Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Thursday, 25 January 1945, page 1c5:


Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, January 22, for Mrs. Emma Grayce Wemple, age 34, well known local matron, who died Friday morning at the Riverside Hospital, following a short illness.

Mrs. Wemple, born March 10, 1910, was the former Emma Grayce Tremain. She married Irvin Wemple in November, 1926.

Besides her husband, she leaves three son, Joseph Jay, 16, Tremain, 6, and Nolan Mark, 1 year; two sisters, Mrs. H.R. Swain, Lancaster, California; Mrs. Carl Adrian, San Jose and a brother, S.A. Tremain of Los Angeles, California.

The funeral services were held in the Methodist Church, with Dr. H.D. Helwig of Herlong, the Reverand P.C. Knudson and the Reverand G.J.E. Keetch of Susanville officiating.

Interment was in the Milford Cemetery under the direction of the White Memorial Chapel.

The following birth notice from the LASSEN ADVOCATE dated 4 March 1910 was sent to the compiler on 29 May 2000 by Susan L. Decious:


TREMAIN.--In Susanville, Cal., Mar, 4, 1910, to the wife of R. J. Tremain, a daughter. 
TREMAIN, Emma Grayce (I136)
298 Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Wednesday, 12 February 1958, page 1c5:


Funeral services for Nolan Hallowell, 48, who died suddenly of a heart attack at his Susanville home at about 6:30 Saturday morning, were held in the Susanville Methodist Church Monday afternoon at two o'clock with the B.P.O.E (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) officiating, assisted by the Reverand Russell Van Alen. Lassen Lodge 149, F. & A.M. (Free and Accepted Masons), conducted services at the grave side in the Susanville Cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of the Knobel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dale Soule, Ardel Torrey, W.L. Andrews, Merlyn Mulroney, all of Susanville, Milton Zimmerman, Reno, and Lindley McClure, Sacramento.

The deceased was born in Susanville June 26, 1909, attended the local schools and the University of Oregon, where he was affiliated with Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He had been in the appliance business since 1936 and a partner with James E. Mc Kahan since 1945. In 1948 the two partners established radio station KSUE.

The deceased was active in many community affairs and organizations. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Susanville, of which he was a past president, Masonic and Shrine organizations and the Elks Lodge. He was an outstanding sportsman with interests in every sporting field and his greatest relaxation was a weekend spent on some near or far fishing stream.

He is survived by his wife Marguerite Hallowell, Susanville, two daughters, Mrs. Edward Thomas McDonald, now in Germany, where her husband is stationed with the U.S. Army,and Miss Kay Hallowell, a sophomore at Stanford University; two sisters, Mrs. Harold Bausch of San Louis Obispo and Mrs. C.L. Wemple of Millbrea, his grandmother, Mrs. Ralph Strong, Susanville and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 
HALLOWELL, Nolan (I145)
299 Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN COUNTY TIMES, Tuesday, 24 March 1987, page 7c1:


Myra Wemple Hunt, 67 died March 11 at the Lassen Community Hospital.

She was born July 20, 1919 in Susanville and had lived in this area until 1956 when she and her husband moved then returning in 1980 to the Milford area to retire. She was also a member of the Episcopal Church of Susanville.

Myra Hunt was survived by her husband, Leroy Hunt of Milford; son, Scott Hunt of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY; daughter, Claudia Oliver, of Eureka, CA, father, Claude C. Wemple and brothers, Donald and Glenn Wemple of Milford and David of Orland, eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 14 at the Lucero-Carlson Colonial Mortuary with burial in the Milford Cemetery. Family and friends gathered at the home of Martha and Ardel Torrey after the service. 
WEMPLE, Myra Dozier (I16)
300 Obituary sent to the compiler by Carol Keane on July 20, 1999:


Mrs. Adelaide F. Groat, wife of Comptroller Edward Wemple died at her home in Fultonville this morning at 5 o'clock. She had been under the care of Dr. W.H. Post for some time past and on Sunday evening he called at the house and left her some medicine. It is believed that she took an overdose of the medicine and while under its influence fell from a second story window to the ground sustaining injuries to the spine which resulted in her death. Mrs. Wemple was a native of Schenectady but had resided at Fultonville since her marriage. She was about 50 years of age. She is survived by her husband, one sister, Mrs. Charles F. Starin, of New York and 3 children. 2 daughters, Mrs. W. H. Parker and Miss Maude Wemple, and one son, Guy, all of Fultonville. The funeral will be private and will be held from her last residence Thursday morning at 10. The Reverand Wm. Schultz of the Reformed Church will officiate. Interment made in family lot in Maple Ave. Cemetery, Fultonville.


Mrs. Edward Wemple of Fultonville, wife of ex Comptroller Edward Wemple, died this morning early from injuries received Saturday night by a fall down stairs. She was about 50 years of age and was born in this city. Her maiden name was Adelaide Groat. 
GROOT, Adelaide F. (I3731)

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