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301 Occupation, Financier/Chairman, Texas Highway Commission/member Texas State Board of Education. WWI, US Navy. GJW

Sent to the compiler by Allen A. Wemple:

Front Page Midland, Texas REPORTER-TELEGRAM, October 14, 1994


By Betty Orbeck, staff archivist at the Petroleum Museum

The Petroleum Museum's board of trustees and executors on Thursday named five new members to the museum's Hall of Fame.

The inductees are: Mac O. Boring Jr., Odessa oilman and banker; the late Paul O. Sill, Midland rig builder and civic leader; the late Fred A. Wemple, and early oil marketer and state highway official; and brothers, the late William C. Bill Liedtke and J. Hugh Liedtke, Houston oilmen who were entered as a team.

The election of these men to this honor highlights the fact that the oil and gas industry was developed by extraordinarily visionary individualists, said Robert C Leibrock, museum president.

This was the longest and toughest campaign since I became chairman in 1984, said Bill Collyns, chairman of he museum's Hall of Fame committee.

There were 18 excellent candidates and four prominent teams to consider this year. Each was strong in accomplishments, and each deserved this honor bestowed on these members. . . .

Note: (Later in the article this part about Fred appeared.)

. . . FRED WEMPLE - The late Fred A. Wemple, pioneer oil marketer, highway builder and civic leader, was born in Bonham in 1892. He studied engineering at New York University and law at Georgetown University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.

He moved to Midland from East Texas in 1923 and opened Midland's first drive-in service station - the Ever Ready Auto Service - on the northeast corner of Loraine and Wall streets. He later opened another station across from the courthouse square.

As a wholesaler for Magnolia Petroleum Company - the Flying Red Horse - he operated his first filling station until 1957.

You could buy gasoline here all right, but only at the four automobile agencies, he recalled later.

At that time there were less than 300 automobiles and a population of between 1,700 and 1,800 in Midland County.

Wemple reasoned that the marketing of petroleum products was related to the amount of good roads in Texas, and he dedicated himself to the establishment of an improved transportation system in remote West Texas.

He picked Midland because of the Bankhead Highway and Texas Highway No. 1 - now Highway 80 - called the Broadway of America. Built in 1921 as the transcontinental highway, it traversed the state from east to west for tourist trade.

Because of his dedication and determination, an enlarged and improved highway network actually came to West Texas. He served as a director and member of the executive committee and president of the Texas Good Roads Association.

From 1947 to 1953 he served as a member of the Texas Highway Commission and was its chairman from 1949 to 1951.

Wemple was recognized as the single person most responsible for he development of the nation's highway system.

A former member of the State Board of Education, in 1966 Wemple was appointed to the board of directors of the Texas Law Enforcement and Youth Development Foundation.

Wemple died in 1967. He is survived by three daughters, Edith Wemple Avery and Lucille Wemple, both of Midland, and Freda Wemple Allen of Austin; and two sons, Allen Wemple of Midland and Fred W. Wemple of Odessa.

The following newspaper article was sent to the compiler by Allen A. Wemple on October 27, 1997. It is an article from the Bonham, TX DAILY FAVORITE dated 1913.



The following letter written by Fred Wemple, Jr., who is touring the east in company with Oscar Welch, was addressed to Charlie Jones of this city and will be read by all of the boys' friends with interest.

NEW YORK CITY, OCT. 10, 1913

Dear Old Charles: We're here because we're here! We have accomplished the following since we arrived: Ball game yesterday; Morris-Gun Boat Smith fight last night. The greatest company on the largest stage in the largest theater in the largest city in the world, namely America at the hippodrome this afternoon. We will see Madame Fatima at Hammelstein's tonight. Ball game again tomorrow. We have an awfully nice place to stay here, but thinking of getting us a place up town soon, as it will be cheaper. I sure wish you were here with us, as we take in this town just like we do Bonham. Oscar knows the town already, as it is as simple as Bonham for all the streets run straight and have . . . signs all along them. But right here, let me give you some advice: Don't ever go near Washington, D.C. That's the crookedest town in the world. The man that laid that town out was either drunk or nutty. All the streets run into the capitol building, except the numbered streets, and if you lose sight of the capitol you are lost! (P.S. Oscar and I lost sight of the capitol!)

We wandered over that town for half a day trying to find the Union Station and finally found it in the opposite part of town from where we were looking for it.

I have a lot to tell you when we get home, but can't write more now, as we are expecting two friends to call for us soon in their autos to take us to the theater, also to take us to supper at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Good bye,

Wemp and Oscar. 
WEMPLE, Fred Allen (I5839)
302 On August 9, 1924, Daniel S. married (a second time) Mrs. Maud Young Wilcox, a consort of C.A. Stallings, a musician. She was born about 1876, probably in Kansas. This second marriage was annulled on November 18, 1925, by Judge Nye, District Court, Fergus Falls, Minnesota in a suit brought by Daniel S. charging fraud on the part of Mrs. Wilcox in that she had represented that she had obtained a divorce from G. A. Stallings, when in fact Stallings and Wilcox had never been married. Mrs. Wilcox deserted Daniel S. about August 24, 1924, when he discovered, and she admitted that she had never been married to G.A. Stallings.

Upon his first marriage in 1879, he removed from Faribault to the town of Orwell, Minnesota, where he operated several farms and was closely associated with the development of Otter Tail County and the town of Orwell. He was the Clerk and the President of School District #222 for many years. In 1903 he retired from farming and moved to Fergus Falls, Minnesota. In the spring of 1877 he, together with Philander McCharger, started from Faribault, Minnesota for Winnipeg, Canada, with two teams of horses and were on the road for a month before arriving at their destination on June 18, 1877. They stayed in Winnipeg until July 1, 1877, wherein they returned to Faribault. In the spring of 1878, he and McCharger started for Fergus Falls with a team of horses each and about a total of $30.00, by way of Campbell, Minnesota and through Orwell, where he took a homestead in Section 10. McCharger worked for him for the next several years. GJW 
WEMPLE, Daniel Schuyler (I1219)
303 One of the first settlers in Fonda, NY. Occupation: Gristmill & dealer in furs. Served in the Revolutionary War & killed at Oriskany, NY. Indians burned his gristmill and widow rebuilt it. WBW

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 baptized in Schenectady April 2, 1732. Married Margaret, daughter of Douw Fonda, of Caughnawaga. He died July 4, 1771; and his widow died March 12, 1819, aged 85 years, 3 months, 22 day, her remains being buried on the old cemetery, now abandoned, which is just east of the Montgomery County Agriculture Society's grounds and only a few feet from the river bank, a gravestone in excellent preservation marking the spot, the epitaph on which reads as follows: Margaret Fonda, wife of Barent Wemple, died March 12, 1819, . . .

In the SIR Wm. JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, State Library, Albany, NY, is found the following information concerning Barent; on page 229, of volume 23, under the date of December 30, 1756, in a letter addressed to Sir Wm. Johnson by Jells Fonda from Caughnawaga, he says, Captain Thomas Butler tells me that we may take a white man to go with us by your orders and I have taken Barent Wempel, son of Mindert Wempel, to go with me. I cannot think that I could go without him for I have seen a letter in Albany that John Abeel is to be down in the midst of January now coming and I know that Barent Wempel knows the Seneca tongue very well and is well known among the Indians there. I have agreed with him for five shillings per day. If your honor thinks it is too much, then I shall give some of my wages to him. The next day they set out on their journey to the Seneca's country and in volume 14, page 128 is a Report of Thos. Butler and Jells Fonda at their return from Onandaga, which was kept in the manner of a dairy and under the date of January 9, 1757, is recited We desired Mr. Barent Wemp, one of our Company, and who was well acquainted with the Sinakass and could speak their language, to go and enquire of them what news was stirring in their country, etc. He said one of the Indians was a great friend of his and went to their Hutt, where he sat on had considerable talk with him, who was the youngest son of a sachem known by the name of the Drunkard. As soon he sat down by his friend, he asked him where he was going, who made answer, 'To the Sinakass, your country'. The Indian said, 'you are far enough, don't go there unless you want to be burnt and so you had better turn back, otherwise, the French or Indians will get you'. On the same day, January 9, 1757, Thos. Butler writes from Half-way Conossaraga and Onondaga to Sir Wm. Johnson, in which he says, The several Indians on our way hither have told us we were going to death, etc; the Sinakas here with Mr. Abeel tells us the same and Barent Wemp, whom they seem to have a great deal regard for advise him to return home. (volume 23, page 232). They proceed on their journey, however, go to Onondaga and safely return.

Sir Wm. Johnson charges the Crown, volume 26, page 12, as follows: March 24, 1760, To Barent Wemp, for riding a sick Oneida family to Canajoharie, L1. 0. 0.

In volume 26, page 15, is an account of Sir Wm.'s against the Crown, in which he charges the Government with To Mr. Barent Wemp as Interpreter from 1st of July to 14th October, 1760, 8 shillings per day, L42. 8. 0.. On page 58 of volume 26 he charges the Crown with To Dow Fonda, Adam Fonda and Barent Wemp acct. for Tiding Goods, Provisions to the Hall this year past L28, 9. 0.

December 23, 1765 the Crown is charged in volume 26, page 33 with To Barent Wemp's acct attending a sick Oneida and Deleware, near 3 months L5. 9. 0.

The following letter from Jelles Fonda to Sir Wm. Johnson, dated at Caughnawaga, July 14, 1769, is in volume 17, page 213, of the JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS:

The bearer of this. Mr. Steel, (I) have sent up with the provisions and goods Mr. Adams and I have bought to trade with the Five Nations. If it is agreeable with you, should be glad (if) you would let Ber'd Wemp return with him, as he is better acquainted with the Indians and their language than any of the rest of the men he has now with him. You may have any of his hands in Wemp's stead you please to take. . . . I am in hopes Mr. Steel, with Ber'd or Hendrick Wemp, will make our very well.

You'll please to give them such directions and advice as you shall thinck best, which you may depend shall be punctually observed by them.

Barent M. Wempel was one of the 100 patentees to whom 100,000 acres of land was granted November 30, 1769, on the south side of the Mohawk River (see document No. 530.

On April 29th and May 22, 1765, he attended a conference with the Six Nations and Delewares at Johnson Hall (probably in the capacity of an interpreter).

Barent very early became an inhabitant of the Mohawk Valley, settling at Caughnawaga (now Fonda), where he lived the greater portion of his life, there marrying the daughter of one of the foremost citizens of the day and sister of Major Jelles Fonda, who afterwards developed into one of the bravest, wealthiest and most famous citizens of that portion of the State.

Jeptha R. Simms, in his HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE COUNTY,on page 358, says of the Major, Mr. Fonda had seen service in the French War under Sir. Wm. Johnson, and for many years been extensively engaged in merchandising, was a captain and afterwards major of militia in the Revolution; and was much of that period in the commissary department. He was a man of wealth. influence and respectability, and at the beginning of colonial difficulties, had the most flattering inducements offered him to side with royalty, which he promptly rejected.

Margaret Fonda Wemple was one of the sturdy and noted characters of the Mohawk Valley about whom many stories and anecdotes are related of her absolute fearlessness of danger and unwavering loyalty to her country.

For many years after the death of her husband, in 1771, she kept a tavern, as it was in those days called, where the house of Geo. G. Mills now stands in the upper part of the present village of Fonda, and also operated a grist-mill a short distance away, with the assistance of her sons. During the awful raid by Sir John Johnson on the Caughnawaga settlements, May 22, 1780, she suffered with the other loyalists and concerning her share in the event we find the following in Simms HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE COUNTY, at page 358, Marget (Peggy as she was called) the widow of Barney Wemple, lived near Fonda, and where Mina Wemple now lives, at which place she them kept a public house, the enemy making he son Mina, prisoner, locked her up in her own dwelling and set it on fire. From an upper window, she made the valley echo to her cries of 'Murder' and Help', which brought someone to her relief. He voice arrested the attention of John Fonda, who sent one of his slaves round the knoll which formerly stood west of the Fonda Hotel, to learn the cause of the alarm; but hardly had the slave returned, before the enemy's advance from both parties was there also, making Fonda a prisoner and burning his dwelling.

He father, Douw Fonda, was murdered at this time by an Indian named One Armed Peter, to whom he had often shown much kindness. His house was situated on the eastern half of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society's ground where the remains of the cellar can still be seen, very near the river, and he was lead out on to the river bank and there slain.

Simms relates a joke, on page 363, about Margaret's son Myndert Wemple, as follows: Several boys were captured along the river, who were liberated at Johnson Hall, and returned home, among them were James Romeyn and Mina Wemple. The latter hearing the proposition made by Sir John, to allow the boys to return, who was rather larger than any of the others, stepped in among them saying 'Me too! me too!' and was finally permitted to accompany them off; and returned to the ashes of the inn to console his mother. 
WEMPLE, Barent (I825)
304 One of the founders of the Manhattan Life Insurance Company and was its vice president from 1866 until his death; was for years a member of the committee having in charge the New York Juvenile Asylum; belonged to Saint Nicholas Society and was in many ways prominent in New York City affairs. WBW

John Follit, second great-grandson of Christopher Yates Wemple, sent the compiler on May 16, 1996 a copy of a note that Christopher wrote to his future wife. It reads on the reverse side:

This note was written approximately in 1835 by Christopher Yates Wemple to his future wife, Marian Phipps, daughter of an English widow who came to this country around 1830 and subsequently married an eminent America physician, Dr. Horace (?)* Russ. Dr. Russ was a founder on the NY Institute for the blind and a history of his activities is contained in most encyclopedias. The Phipps children all took the name of Russ after their mother's marriage. The Phipps had an uncle, Lord Musgrove, a noted Polar Explorer, a protege of King George VIII.

*Horace was incorrect. His name was John Denison Russ and he listed in the Encyclopedia America, Volume 23, p.783, 1954 edition. This article makes note of the fact that his 'instruction of the blind' was the first attempted in the United States. DRW

The obverse side of the letter dated May 13, 1996 sent by John Follet:

Dear Marion

I send you the book of muslin I promised you. Should your mother disapprove of your going this evening, it will answer for another time. You will please accept it and oblige your YATES.

P.S. I hope you suffer no ill effects from your walk last night. My compliments to your Ma & my good cousins. Adieu.

Tuesday morning.

N.V.B. I will call this evening All is well.

The following is from an unpublished manuscript, written by William Barent Wemple II, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913 and grandson of William Barent Wemple I, sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI.

He was born in the old Wemple homestead, between Caughnawaga and Johnstown, on March 17, 1805; married Elise Marian Phipps March, 1834; died March 16, 1882; his wife died January, 1869. A published account from the NEW YORK, THE METROPOLIS is as follows:

Among the prominent men not not living, but who in their time had something to do with the progress and development of this city, was Christopher Yates Wemple, on of the oldest and most respected members of the St. Nicholas Society and one of the founders of the Manhattan Life Insurance Company. Mr. Wemple was born in Johnstown, NY, on March 17, 1805, and was of Dutch descent, his ancestors came from Holland with the early settlers of that section of the state, and he was naturally very proud of being a Knickenbocker, and sprung from a family that for two centuries was esteemed and respected and took their share, generation after generation, in the affairs and responsibilities of their time.

While still a mere boy, he left school and assuming the burdens of file, removed to Albany. But he was a bright intelligent lad, industrious and persevering, possessed of the best qualities of his race and firmly resolved to succeed in life if ability and integrity deserved success. That he did succeed is beyond question. He learned the dry-goods business in Albany, and coming to New York in 1826, just after attaining his majority, associated himself in business with Mr. Christy. The establishment was burned down in the great fire of 1835, which consumed such a large portion of the dry-goods district. Early in 1850 the Manhattan Life Insurance Company was founded, mainly through his exertions and he became its first secretary. He was elected it vice-president in 1866 and carried out the duties of the position with ability until his death, which occurred in 1882.

Indeed he was considered, and deservedly so, one of the pioneers of life insurance in this city. It must be remembered that in those days - half a century ago - insurance was not so familiar to the people as it is now, nor its blessings so much appreciated. It took time and perseverance to make it popular, and to Mr. Wemple is due a fair share of credit for the change in public opinion.

He was for many years a member of the committee which has charge of the New York Juvenile Asylum, and her a noble trait in the character of Mr. Wemple may be mentioned. He took a keen interest in youth struggling against adversity and, as is well known, gave his time and money to aid deserving lads whom he found unfortunate but trying hard to right themselves. Hence, his interest in the Juvenile Asylum, of which, as already stated, he was on of the most active supporter. 
WEMPLE, Christopher Yates (I1998)
305 Orabel Woods

Orabel Lorine Woods was born March 2, 1918, in Holdrege, Nebraska, to Elnar Alexander and Clara Orbel Fagua and passed away on June 24, 2005, in Arcata, California, at age 87.

The Ingebretsen family moved from Nebraska to Arcata, California, in 1937 where Orabel attended high school graduating in 1938. She and Glen Woods were married June 8, 1940, in Eureka and later moved to Samoa and Sunnybrae (Arcata) in 1953.

She was a devoted loving mother and wife and was well known for her love of cooking and sewing. She worked for a short time at Jacques Bakery in Arcata, and in later years, she and her husband Glen worked at Bright Angel History Room at Grand Canyon, Arizona, for two summers as a clerk-historian duo. Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated there with friends and family.

Belle was a member of the Eureka Centennial Rebecca Lodge for over 50 years, serving in the positions of secretary and treasurer. She was a member the order of Eastern Star, Camellia Chapter #63 and served as secretary there. In 2001, she was presented the Rob Morris award by the chapter for her outstanding services. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Glen Woods; their children: son Francis and his wife Patti Woods of Oregon City, Oregon, daughter Carolyn and her husband David Haddon of Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada, and son Roger and his wife Serina Woods of Arcata, California; five grandchildren: Kelda, Jasmine, and Carissa Woods of Arcata, Victoria Nelson of Texas, and Jennifer Pickard of Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews; her sister Doris and her husband Wesley Petersen of Viborg, South Dakota; and brother Homer Ingebretsen of Eureka; daughter-in-law Marjorie Ingebretsen of Eugene, Oregon; dear friends Leona Falk of Wilcox, Nebraska, and Nickey Morris of Fortuna, California.

She was preceded in death by her brother Einar of Eugene, Oregon, in 2004 and daughter-in-law Joyce Ingebretsen of Eureka in 2005.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 10, 2005, at 4:00 p.m. at the Church of the Joyful Healer, 1944 Central Avenue, McKinleyville.

Please sign the guest book at click on obits.

Published in the Eureka Times-Standard on 6/29/2005. 
INGELBRETSEN, Orabel (I12540)
306 Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - November 21, 1992 Deceased Name: BETTY L. WEMPLE
The funeral for Betty L. Wemple will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel in Vancouver, Wash.

Private burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vancouver.

Mrs. Wemple died of cancer Wednesday in a Tualatin hospital. She was 60.

Born July 26, 1932, in Randolph, Utah, Mrs. Wemple was a homemaker. She had lived in Vancouver since 1983.

Survivors include her husband, Maynard D. of Vancouver, and a brother, Bill Hansen of West Valley, Utah.

The family suggests that remembrances be contributions to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 371, Vancouver, Wash. 98666. 
HANSEN, Betty L. (I10332)
307 Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - March 22, 1989 Deceased Name: ALTON J. WEMPLE JR.

ALTON J. WEMPLE JR., 77, 2351 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, died Tuesday. Born in Leicester, N.Y., he had been a winter resident of Edgewater from Macedon, N.Y., since 1985. He was a retired bus driver for Rochester Transit Company, Rochester, N.Y. He was a member of New Smyrna Beach Elk's Lodge 1557. Survivors: wife, Evelyn; sons, Robert, New Smyrna Beach, William, Edgewater; sister, Dorothy Riess, Webster, N.Y.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Baldwin-Hughey Funeral Home, New Smyrna Beach. 
WEMPLE, Alton John (I4593)
308 Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - May 8, 1995

Deceased Name: FLORENCE PAULINE WEMPLE 85, Willow Springs Drive, Winter Springs, died Saturday, May 6. Mrs. Wemple was a homemaker. Born in Toronto, Ohio, she moved to Central Florida in 1977. A member of Azalea Park United Methodist Church, she also belonged to the United Methodist Women. Survivors: son, Richard H., Oviedo; sister, Kathleen Coil, Taylor, Mich.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Goldenrod-Winter Park Chapel. 
BRUCE, Florence Pauline (I7062)
309 Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - September 17, 1996 Deceased Name: ALICE HARRIET WEMPLE, 85 homemaker MRS. WEMPLE, 34911 Estes Road, Eustis, died Sunday, Sept. 15. She was a homemaker. Born in Stephentown, N.Y., she moved to Central Florida in 1994. She was a member of Stephentown Baptist Church. Survivors: daughters, Ruth Ann Arto, Eustis, Margaret Lehmuth, Stephentown, N.Y., Jane Thomas, Nassau, N.Y., Susan Demick, Canaan, N.Y.; sons, Robert, East Nassau, N.Y., Frederick, St. Charles, Mo., David, Nassau, N.Y.; sisters, Dorothy Albrecta and Esther Stricos, both of Albany, N.Y.; 22 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren. Central Florida Cremation, Tavares. Groveland ELDRIDGE, Alice (I5891)
310 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Pamela Rose (I1813)
311 Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - November 22, 1992 Deceased Name: GLENN WEMPLE

KEWANEE -- Glenn R. Wemple, 61, of 125 W. Garfield St. died at 2:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 1992, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Born Feb. 23, 1931, in Kewanee to Lawrence and Ethel Bauders, he married Patricia Blust on May 11, 1952, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She survives.

Also surviving are his father and stepmother, Lawrence and Lillian Wemple of Wyoming; one son, Jamie of Kewanee; four daughters, Mrs. Carl (Carol) Koehler of Atkinson, Mrs. Terry (Sandra) Barker, Mrs. Bryan (Crystal) Addis and Mrs. James (Glenda) Padilla, all of Kewanee; one brother, Vernon of Lancaster, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His mother and one brother preceded him in death.

An Army veteran serving in Germany and France in the 1950s, he was a member of Kewanee First Baptist Church, Kewanee Masonic Lodge 159, Eastern Star, Blue Lodge, Illinois Jaycee Senate, Junior Chamber International, Kewanee American Legion and Kewanee-Wethersfield Sportsman Club.

He was service manager for the former Milnes Chrysler Plymouth for 20 years. He then worked at Advance Metal Co. and later owned and operated Wemple's Sales and Service for the last 20 years.

He served as president of the Kewanee Jaycees and was past governor of Moose Lodge 1261, 40 & 8 La Chateau Park in Annawan, where he was honored with a Moose Fellowship Degree.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cavanagh & Schueneman Funeral Home. The Rev. Barry Lovett will officiate. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee, where military services will be conducted by Kewanee Veterans Council.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 
WEMPLE, Glenn Robert (I6344)
312 Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - September 20, 1995 Deceased Name: PATRICIA WEMPLE KEWANEE -- Patricia J. Pat Wemple, 61, of 125 W. Garfield St. died at 9:53 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 1995, at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Born March 14, 1924, in Kewanee to Orville and Goldie Gillespie Blust, she married Glenn R. Wemple on May 11, 1952, in Santa Barbara, Calif. He died in November 1992. One brother and one granddaughter also preceded her in death.

Surviving are her mother, three daughters, Mrs. Terry (Sandra) Barker, Mrs. James (Glenda) Padilla and Mrs. Bryan (Crystal) Addis, and one son, Jamie, all of Kewanee; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Carl (Carol) Kohler of Atkinson; one brother, Don Blust of Kewanee; one sister, Judy Redin of Sarasota, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

She graduated from Twinkle's Beauty School in Kewanee and was a self-employed hairdresser for many years. She and her husband co- owned Wemple's Sales and Service in Kewanee.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Order of Eastern Star, Women of the Moose, 40 et 8 LaFemmes and the Just Us Girls of Kewanee. She was former president of Kewanee Jayceettes.

She was an eye donor for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and participated in the University of Iowa Hospital Cancer Research study.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cavanagh & Schueneman Funeral Home. The Rev. Barry Lovett will officiate. Visitation will be two hours before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to any charity. 
BLUST, Patricia (I9841)
313 Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - September 30, 1995 Deceased Name: LAWRENCE WEMPLE

KEWANEE -- Lawrence E. Wemple, 91, of 201 W. Williams St., Apt. 3-A, Heritage Square, Atkinson, formerly of Kewanee, died at 7:06

a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 1995, at Kewanee Hospital's emergency room.

Born Jan. 6, 1904, in Kewanee to Fred and Nellie Weller Wemple, he married Ethel Bauders. She died in 1938. He married Ava L. Spencer, who died in 1968. He married Lillian Towles on April 7, 1969, in Princeton. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Vernon of Lancaster, Calif.; three stepsons, George, Harvey and Ronald Stoner; 15 grandchildren, including Mrs. Carl (Carol) Koehler, whom he raised; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Donald and Glenn, one brother, one sister and one granddaughter preceded him in death.

He was a mechanic at Annawan Motors, McBroom Motors and Kewanee Motors, retiring in 1974. He was a member of Wyoming Baptist Church in Wyoming, Ill.. He also was a member of Kewanee Masonic Lodge 159, AF&AM, and its Low Twelve Club; and Mohammed Temple, Shrine.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Cavanagh & Schueneman Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Rev. Elam Hamilton will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Masonic rites at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Masonic Lodge. 
WEMPLE, Lawrence Earl (I4173)
314 Peter's name is in the Congressional Record regarding his war pension. He was Adjutant serving in Colonel Fisher's Regiment. He was wounded in the Battle of Stillwater, NY in 1777 in which Bourgoyne and his army were captured. Allen Albright CONYN, Peter (I485)
315 Philadelphia Daily News (PA) - June 6, 1988 Deceased Name: CHRISTOPHER WEMPLE, BANK EXEC

Christopher R. Wemple, a vice president of Provident National Bank, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 54 and lived in Fort Washington, Montgomery County.

A year ago, Wemple began participating in a research program at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond involving the use of a new cancer drug, Interluken II, said his wife, DeeDee Wemple. The drug prolonged his life a year, she said, and helped him live normally.

He was a very congenial man and very, very brave to have gone through what he did, his wife said. Boy, did he know how to fight.

Wemple joined Provident in 1974 and headed the Financial Institutions Group of the bank's Corporate Lending Division. He never officially retired and worked his last days about six months ago, his wife said.

He served as director of the Philadelphia Depository Corp. and Stock Clearing Corp., both subsidiaries of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. He also was an avid golfer.

Before joining the bank, Wemple worked for the National Bank of New Jersey in Westfield as executive vice president and director. While in Westfield, he was president of the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and also was a member of the board of the New Jersey Arthritis Foundation and treasurer of Westfield Area Development Corp.

Wemple was born in Schenectady, N.Y. He graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., in 1957, and served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea after the Korean War, his wife said.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jill and Julie Gorman; two stepdaughters, Anne and Lisa Robertson; and a brother, Bill.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Chestnut Hill. Burial will be private. 
WEMPLE, Christopher Robertson (I6302)
316 Photo is of Frances and her husband Harold on their wedding day. COREY, Frances Catherine (I5109)
317 Photo is of Harold and his wife Frances on their wedding day. LAMBERT, Harold Paul (I12801)
318 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMP, Ross Allison (I4999)
319 Press-Enterprise, The (Riverside, CA) - January 13, 1993 Deceased Name: Riverside Harry Wemple

Graveside services for Harry G. Wemple, 77, will be at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Riverside National Cemetery. He died of cancer Monday at his home in Riverside.

Thomas Miller Mortuary in Corona is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Wemple, who was born in Schenectady, N.Y., lived in Riverside for 23 years. He was a salesman and manager in the auto business for 35 years until he retired.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.

Mr. Wemple was a member of the Barber Shoppers of America and he enjoyed listening to and playing classical music.

He is survived by his wife, Olive; a daughter, Marcia Bell of Riverside; two grandchildren; and three brothers, Raymond, Donald and Kenneth, all of Schenectady.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the City of Hope National Medical Center, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, Calif. 91010. 
WEMPLE, Harry George (I6654)
320 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. MOORE, Roderick Wemple (I7757)
321 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Raymond Willard (I6658)
322 Redding Record Searchlight (CA) - November 21, 2000


Deceased Name: Mary Wemple

QUARTZ HILL -- Services for former Shasta County resident Mary Verna Wemple, 89, of Quartz Hill will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mumaw Funeral Home in Quartz Hill.

Son Robert Wemple will officiate.

Visitation will be from -- to -- p.m. today at Mumaw Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Joshua Memorial Park in Quartz Hill.

Mrs. Wemple died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000, in Quartz Hill.

Born Nov. 7, 1911, in Wichita, Kan., she moved to Shasta County in 1986 from Quartz Hill and then returned to Quartz Hill in 1998.

She was -- homemaker and -- member of Bowman Community Church in Cottonwood.

Survivors include son Robert of Cottonwood; daughters Lois Alexander and Louise Goodner, both of Quartz Hill, and Patsy Chandley of Cottonwood; sister Wilmajean Coate of Littleton, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bowman Community Church, 18335 Bowman Road, Cottonwood, CA 96022.

Arrangements are being handled by Mumaw Funeral Home in Quartz Hill. 
CROXTON, Mary Verna (I6837)
323 Refer

The John Searles Story: Discovering the Desert
Author unstated

Son of George and Helen Wemple Searles was born at Tribes Hill, Montgomery county, New York. He inherited fortitude and tenacity from ancestors who won renown with the American army in the Revolutionary war. He came to California to find gold, but found riches and built a legacy of benefits and blessings through the discovery of the glittering borax crystals in the lake bed which now bears his name. This is his story:

He came by way of wagon train in 1849 to join his brother Dennis in the California gold fields. An intrepid pioneer, courage and fearlessness were his only possessions.

Mining and farming in Indian creek, Shasta county, California, for several years the two brothers eventually disposed of their holdings and moved on searching for better prospects. In 1862 the brothers began working mining claims in the Slate range, just east of the present Searles lake. The vast dry lake was thought to be carbonate of soda.

Confiding in no one, Searles gathered samples of the crystals and took them to San Francisco to be assayed. Reports were uneven, first Searles heard the samples contained borax, then other analysis reported there was not a single trace. Disappointed, he returned to the desert and continued to develop his homestead and work his claims.

He built a home, developed a well and prospected the mountains. Searles would bring in supplies and feed for his stock from Tehachapi in the mountains over 100 miles away.

While on a deer-hunting expedition in Kern county, Searles had a gruelling battle with a grizzly bear. The fight left Searles with one side of his face and a shoulder badly mangled. Companions on the hunt managed to get him to Los Angeles where surgeons miraculously saved his life. Grim reminders of the encounter he kept with him were 21 pieces of broken teeth and bones of the bear, and a Spencer rifle with dents from the grizzly's teeth all over it.

History records 1873 as a year of note for Searles, first with his marriage to Mary Covington in Los Angeles, California on January 1st, then later in the year when a man drifted into the Searles mining camp. He had samples from a new borax discovery in Nevada and showed them to Searles. Searles immediately recognized them as the same type crystals he had taken to San Fransisco years before.

In Los Angeles he struck up a partnership with Charles Grassard, Eben M. Skillings and his brother Dennis. Searles packed some supplies and left, but in a different direction, camping and prospecting along the way, still being trailed. His partners gathered simple mining equipment for starting operations and left directly to the claims. Once he was certain he eluded his followers Searles moved on to join his partners and working the claims began.

Word reached the outside world about the discovery of borax in Searles lake. Hordes of men came to stake out claims. The discovery of borax is one thing, and certainly can in its own right can make a man famous, collecting the mineral and transporting it is another matter and if done can make a man rich. Claim jumping and murder knew no law. Searles and his group continued working and perservered while most of the claimants were starved out and abandoned their claims.

The work was done in the extremes of the desert. With crude equipment Searles' little band collected borax in cowhide baskets and carried it to large boiling pots where it was boiled for 36 hours. The solution was cooled and run into vats. It cooled and the crystals formed on the sides where scraped off after drying and loaded into 70 pound bags. To haul the borax to San Pedro for shipping Searles had hired Oso Viejo to build and drive 20 mule team wagons, the first ever of such to be put into operation.

Refer Encyclopaedia Britannica CD 1998:

Lake Searles
. . . playa in San Bernardino county, southern California, U.S., that formed part of a Pleistocene drainage network linking a number of now-arid basins. Certain minerals constituting the playa's evaporites are relatively uncommon elsewhere; trona and hanksite are examples. The dry lake was named for the brothers John and Dennis Searles, who discovered borax there in 1863 and began working the rich deposits of minerals in 1873. There is now a historic landmark, recalling the discovery, in the nearby town of Trona.

Copyright 1994-1998 Encyclopaedia Britannica 
SEARLES, John Wemple (I2714)
324 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Richard Damian (I8698)
325 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. LUGLI, Antonella (I8428)
326 Reference # 7, # 2074:

Joined Church in Canajoharie in 1807, active in Church 1808-1819, replaced Luke Wessel as Elder 1808. 
HUGANAN, David (I773)
327 Reference - Cynthia Corbett:

Niskayuna - Donald Big Dad N. Wemple, Sr., 85, formerly of Loudon Place, Niskayuna, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family May 7, 2005, at Kingsway Arms Nursing Home following a long illness. Born February 27, 1920, at home in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Harry J. and Lillian M. (Silzer) Wemple. He was the beloved husband of the late Ada (Ottaviano) Wemple, who left us in July 1976, and whom he married on May 5, 1946.

Donald was a Coxswain E6 in the United States Navy, during WWII, serving in the 3rd Pacific Fleet under Admiral Bull Halsey. He was in the Battle of the Midway, Battle of Leyte Island and the Battle of Guadalcanal. He was a plankered aboard the U.S.S. Griswald, DE7. Donald earned the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater, Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation - 2 Bronze Stars and Asiatic-Pacific - 4 Bronze stars. Donald was retired from the General Electric Company where he worked for 35 years, retiring in 1983. Big Dad as he was known at GE, was first a dock worker, then a truck driver, and finally retiring as a Transportation Specialist, Over the Road Operations with Interplant Trucking.

Donald was a 32nd Degree Mason, Schenectady Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge #1174, Schenectady Shrine Club, Cyprus Temple of Albany, York Rights Bodies: St George s Chapter #157, St George s Council #74 & St George s Commandery #37, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge AERIE No. 514, former member of the Schenectady Liederkranz Club, American Legion Post #21, Life Member of Lt. Vernon F. Hovey 3rd Post 9132, Teamsters Local 294 and NYS Truck Driver Rodeo Association.

Donald was very proud of his family heritage. He is a direct descendant of Jan Barentse Wemple, who immigrated to America from the Netherlands about 1640 to Fort Orange, which is now Albany, New York. Don was a tenth generation descendant.

Donald was predeceased by his two brothers, Harry and Kenneth Wemple; and one sister, Dorothy Wemple.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen J. Wemple Forshaw and her husband, Richard Forshaw of Niskayuna; his son, Donald N. Wemple Jr. and his wife, Sharon Lynch-Wemple of Rotterdam; and one brother, Raymond W. Wemple and his wife, Diane of Rotterdam; three grandchildren, Charlotte Daley, Tara Forshaw (Corey Weakley), and Joshua Wemple; four great grandchildren, Andromeda and Aphrodite Daley, and Ava and Trevor Weakley. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Francis Marotta of Scotia; sister-in-law, Viola Isabella of Schenectady; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at a time to be announced in tomorrow s obituary. Relatives and friends may call at the Daly Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interment will be at Parkview Cemetery, Schenectady in the family plot.

Veteran s group will meet at Daley s for their service at 6 p.m. Masonic service will be at 7 p.m.

The family would like to thank the staff at Kingsway Arms Nursing Home, all the home health aides who took care of him, Ellis Hospital, Meals on Wheels, Niskayuna Paramedics and the many people who helped take care of Donald.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Donald s memory to the Shriner s Hospital for Children, (checks made payable to Shriners Hospital for Children ), Burn Unit, 51 Blossom Street, Boston MA 02114, or the Niskayuna Paramedics, Fire District NO 2, 2772 Troy Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309. 
WEMPLE, Donald Norman (I6656)
328 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Amanda Coe (I10408)
329 Reference, From the papers of Richard Leroy, Villa Park, IL:

Born in Schendecady, NY in 1853, moved with his parents, at age 3 years, to LaGrange County, IN, where he latter married Mahala Baker Doolittle. In 1898 the moved to Harrietta, Wexford County, MI where he spent 8 years working in saw mills, later buying and working his own farm. The last 7 years of his life he spent living with his daughter, Mrs. George (Vernice) Martin in Harrietta, MI. 
WEMPLE, James Vanderpool (I1340)
330 Reference, from the work of Richard Leroy, Villa Park, IL:

In 1900 the Betts family moved from Ohio to Yuma, Wexford County, MI, where 7 years later Ella married Frederick. She lived in the community for the rest of her life. Wexford County, MI Courthouse in Cadillac, MI has her first name incorrectly recorded as Ellen. 
BETTS, Ella Mae (I6179)
331 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Kenneth Ray (I6209)
332 Reference, from the work of Richard Leroy, Villa Park, IL:

The following information on the WW II military service was given to his son, Olen Clark Good, Jr.; Boot Camp, Navel Training Station, Great Lakes, North Chicago, IL. followed by radio training at the Advanced Training Base, Bradford, VA. The then served aboard the gunfire support craft, USS LCF 5, the USS L3 32, and the USS San Jacinto (CVL 30). His rank was seaman 1st class, and he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal (with 2 stars); the African-European-ME (with one star); the American Area Medal; the Philippine Liberation Medal; and the Victory Medal - PT System. 
GOOD, Olen Clark (I6243)
333 Reference:

H. Philip Wemple

Funeral srevices for H. Philip Wemple will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 26, 2006 in the Beulah Baptist Church, Cheneyville,with Dr. George Hearn and Rev. Arnold Norsworthy officiating. Music will be provided by Valerie Harper and Grace Broussard. Burial will follow in the Christian Cemetery, Cheneyville.

Visitation will be at Beulah Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until service time on Monday, June 26, 2006.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Wemple, age 93, of Cheneyville passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 in his residence. Mr. Wemple was a retired farmer who was active in Cheneyville, Rapides Parish and Louisiana organizations. During his lifetime he served on the board or as an officer in the Cheneyville Lions Club, Farmers Bank and Trust, Cheneyville Grain Elevator, Producers Mutual Gin, Bayou Boeuf Cooperative, The Louisiana Federal Land Bank, Rapides Farm Bureau, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, National Cotton Council and The Sheltered Workshop. The LSU AgCenter Research and Extension service conducted business and projects on his farm and his livestock during his life as a farmer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonadas and Nannie Phillips Wemple; his wife, Ruth Stafford Wemple and a brother, Robert Mack Wemple.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Hope Wemple of Cheneyville and Priscilla Wemple Branch of Alexandria; a brother, David B. Wemple of Miami, FL; two grandsons, L. David Branch of Cheneyville and W. Justin Branch of Alexandria; one great granddaughter, Lydia Townsend Branch and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Breaux, Bruce Brown, Ricky Halbert, Jim Harper, Greg Foote, Bill Stevens, John Wemple and Bobby Zangler.

Honorary pallbearers will be Will Bollich, Lowell King, Frank Fitzgerald, Butch Roy Linzay, Alvin May, III and Henry Vanderlick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beulah Baptist Church - P.O. Box 356 - Cheneyville, LA 71325 or your favorite charity.

Originally published June 24, 2006 
WEMPLE, Hope Phillip (I3694)
334 Residence: 1900, St. Louis Ward 10, St. Louis (Independent City), MO LAWRENCE, Hiram (I3581)
335 Residence: 1920, Pittsburgh Ward 1, Allegheny, PA LAWRENCE, James (I3584)
336 Residence: 1930, Pittsburgh, PA GOLDEN, Samuel (I12614)
337 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. LYLE, Orlando (I5599)
338 Residence: Arcata, CA WOODS, Roger (I12543)
339 Residence: Brooklyn, NY JOBSON, Columbus Drew (I7209)
340 Residence: Cal-Nev-Ari, NV WOODS, Carolyn (I12542)
341 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. JOBSON, Thomas (I7214)
342 Residence: Iowa JOBSON, Nancy Pope (I7212)
343 Residence: Liberal, KS, except for short stays in both Hutchinson, KS and Loveland, CO VESSELS, Henry Garrett (I1832)
344 Residence: Oregon City, OR WOODS, Francis (I12541)
345 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. VESSELS, Carlos Roy (I12565)
346 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. LYLE, Nancy Clyde (I5600)
347 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. VESSELS, Donna Faye (I12564)
348 Residence: Wichita, KS

Attend St. Andrews Luthern Church in Wichita, KS. 
VESSELS, Bonita Jolene (I12567)
349 Richard was a lumber mill worker living in Eureka, CA. DRW Rest in peace, Brother. OLIVER, Richard Calvin (I36)
350 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. MUSBURGER, Robert Bartlett (I6144)

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