J WEMPLE

Male 1873 - 1940  (67 years)


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  • Name J WEMPLE 
    Born 31 Mar 1873  Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Apr 1940  Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Milford Cemetery, Milford, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Joseph Crawford WEMPLE,   b. 20 Dec 1830, Rotterdam Junction, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1921, Milford, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Eliza Jane CHRISTIE,   b. 03 Mar 1839, Ingraham County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 1909, Johnstonville, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 28 Mar 1855  Tomkins, Jackson County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Adelia DECIOUS,   b. 07 Dec 1874, Lake City, Modoc County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jun 1960, Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1894  Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Infant WEMPLE,   b. 06 Dec 1894, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Dec 1894, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Claude Clement WEMPLE,   b. 03 Apr 1896, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1993, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     3. Olga Adelia WEMPLE,   b. 13 Sep 1897, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 2000, Sacramento County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)
     4. Hazel Narnia WEMPLE,   b. 07 Aug 1899, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Dec 1984, Sacramento, Sacramento County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. Joseph Irvin WEMPLE,   b. 24 Dec 1900, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Dec 1948, Johnstonville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     6. Marjel May WEMPLE,   b. 10 Mar 1904, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1996, Redding, Shasta County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     7. Raymond Jay WEMPLE,   b. 02 Oct 1907, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1988, Weed, Siskiyou County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     8. Marguerite WEMPLE,   b. 12 Sep 1909, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 2005, Reno, NV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     9. Deesse Decious WEMPLE,   b. 17 Sep 1911, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1998, Burney, Shasta County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     10. Lowell Stanford WEMPLE,   b. 03 Aug 1913, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1925, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)
     11. Neil Waldon WEMPLE,   b. 26 Feb 1918, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 2002, Tucson, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • At his funeral the compiler, aged 9 at the time, heard a community member saying, He never had an enemy in his whole life. He was loved by his whole family and his family sadly missed and mourned him when he died at the young age 67 in 1940.

      Jay was given the name J.C. at birth. After he and Libby were married, Libby had him change his name to Jay C. to end the confusion over the mail (with Jay's father, Joseph C). Jay was a farmer in Milford, CA. DRW

      A tribute to J.C. & Libby Wemple from DFD
      by Dave F. Dozier, M.D.:

      This tribute is written for the descendants of two of the most wonderful parents anyone could ever know of. Often it is difficult for children to write with the freedom which others may use in telling of a precious home and the life therein. Having known the family for seventy years, I want to tell of the life in this blessed home. Such was was the home of Jay and Libby.

      Jay Wemple and Libby Decious both grew up in Milford and attended the Milford School. Grandfather Joseph Wemple named the town and in fact bought the land which became the base of all the Wemple ranches from Peter Lassen himself.* Truly, this is the story of the beautiful love between husband and wife which thrived as long as life permitted. Every child was wanted, made welcome and secure within the family and the older brothers and sisters. No one knowing the family ever beheld a more close knit, happy and affectionate family group - all for each and each for all! There were ten children - five boys and five girls. God called one little fellow early in life and one fine son was called in the full glow of manhood. As this is written, in 1984, the eight surviving are all known to be fine men and gracious ladies whose friendship is cherished by all who know them. In the early years it was Jay's great joy after chores were done, to come into the house and pick up the youngest, bringing coos and laughs from the infant while Libby and the daughters, who were learning priceless cooking skills, readied the evening meal.

      The home was a large two story ranch home with generous room for all. And what living and what wonderful food, most of which came right from the ranch itself, with chickens, eggs and milk; beef, pork, and lamb; hams, bacon, and sausage expertly prepared by Jay and the boys. There was a large garden behind the house from which came berries and a large variety of vegetables which were used fresh, put into dozens of glasses and jars, or in large bins in the basement cellar. From the orchard came cherries, apricots, peaches, and a variety of apples all to be handled in a similar manner. There was always fresh baked bread, biscuits, hot cakes, cakes, pies, and doughnuts as only Libby and her daughters could turn out. Of course jams, jellies and preserves to match. Butter churned on the ranch, plenty of cream, plus ice from Honey Lake** stored and brought out from the icehouse for the making of glorious ice cream in the summer.

      What a wonderful life replete with so many products of the land and all under the mantle of parental, filial and sibling love seen but rarely. In these later years it is truly wonderful to see the genuine affection within all members of the families, the happy friendships and love, each and every one for the others. To have been born a child of Jay and Libby is to have been truly blest.

      Compiler's note: * (1) Joseph C. Wemple bought land from Fairfield and Whiting, not Peter Lassen.
      ** (2) Ice was not cut off Honey Lake, as the water was always murky. Rather, it was cut off the reservoirs and saved in ice houses insulated with saw dust. (3)The author of this note, Doctor Dave Dozier, as a high school boy, spent a summer with Jay and Libby working on the ranch for Jay. Doctor Dozier later married Jay and Libby's daughter, Marjel in 1981, after both their spouses had died. (4) The garden that the author noted was raised largely by Jay. DRW

      Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Tuesday, 16 April 1940, page 1c6:

      JAY C. WEMPLE PASSES AWAY AT LOCAL HOSPITAL

      At the Riverside Hospital Friday night, Susanville lost another of her old time residents, Jay C. Wemple, who passed away at about 8 p.m. at the age of 67 years and 12 days, of a very industrious and eventful life.

      Jay C. Wemple was well known about Lassen county, having been born and raised here. He was born in the home farm, March 31, 1873, and in common with his brothers and sister was educated, principally in the district school. As soon as he was old enough to be of use, he began working on the ranch, and has been actively engaged in agricultural labor since. His farm is northeast of Milford, and shows well how his systematic methods and excellent judgement brought satisfactory results.

      On February 17, 1894, Mr. Wemple married Elizabeth Decious, a daughter of Irvin Decious, of Modoc county, and into their home 11 children were born. Living are Claude C. Wemple of Milford, Mrs. Olga Burroughs of Sacramento, Miss Narnia Wemple and Joseph Irvin Wemple, both of Milford, Mrs. Marjel Edwards and Raymond J. Wemple of Westwood, Mrs. Marguerite Hallowell of Susanville, Mrs. Deesse Theodore of Litchfield and Neil Wemple of Susanville.

      He was a member of Honey Lake Parlor No. 198 N.S.G.W. (Native Sons of the Golden West), of Janesville.

      He is survived by his wife and the above mentioned children and also 16 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. One sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Harris of Elko, Nevada and Judge N.V. Wemple and F.O. Wemple, brothers, of Susanville.

      The Reverand R.G. Green officiated at services in the Methodist church at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

      Martha Torry and Ardith O'Dell sang, while Alfreda Cunningham accompanied them at the piano.

      Members of the Janesville Masonic Lodge, of which he was a member, and the Susanville Masonic Lodge attended in a body to act as honorary guests.

      Pallbearers were all nephews: Lyle Wemple, Fred Wemple, Paul Wemple, Orville Wemple, Lawrence [sic] Wemple, and Guy Wemple.


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