Laurence Allen WEMPLE

Male 1887 - 1966  (79 years)


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  • Name Laurence Allen WEMPLE 
    Born 21 May 1887  Milford, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Nov 1966  Susanville, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Janesville, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I181  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father John Barton WEMPLE,   b. 30 Jul 1864, Milford, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1931, Susanville, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Abigail Ellen WINSLOW,   b. 16 Feb 1866, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1933, Susanville, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 20 Mar 1883  Milford, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F47  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alma Norah CLIFTON,   b. 02 Apr 1890, Covelo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1969, San Mateo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 22 Sep 1910  Ukiah, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Clifton WEMPLE,   b. 10 Oct 1911, Covelo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1982, Millbrae, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The following biographical sketch about Laurence was sent to the compiler by Susan Decious on November 25, 1998. This sketch was written when Laurence was 27 years old:

      HISTORY OF MENDOCINO AND LAKE COUNTIES by Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, 1914:

      LAURENCE A. WEMPLE - Among the prominent hustling young business men in Laytonville is Laurence A. Wemple, postmaster at Laytonville, who is also engaged in the blacksmithing, carriage-making and automobile repairing business under the firm name of Downing & Wemple, and in also the manager of the Willits Telephone and Telegraph Company. He was born at Milford, Lassen county, California, May 21, 1888, the grandson of Joseph Wemple, who came from Michigan across the plains with ox teams to California in 1860, locating in Lassen county. There he improved a farm at Milford, on which he still resides. One of his sons, John B., was born at Milford, where he in turn became a farmer and married Abbie E. Winslow, who came from Vermont to California. They now reside at their ranch at Standish, Lassen county.

      Of their family of six children, Laurence A. is the third oldest, and his boyhood was spent on the farm at Milford. There he received his education in the public schools, after which he attended the Santa Rosa Business College, graduating in 1908 with a standing of ninety-eight and five-eights per cent. The same year his father had brought cattle and horses from the home ranch to Santa Rosa for sale, but the sale was so slow that he and his son brought them to Long Valley, where the latter looked after them until they were disposed of.

      Laurence A. Wemple then started to learn the blacksmith trade with J.R. Downing, continuing for three years; meantime, April 1, 1911, he was appointed postmaster at Laytonville and has since held the position. After being appointed postmaster, he quit blacksmithing for the time being, but September, 1914, he formed a partnership with his former employer, and as Downing and Wemple they are engaged in the general blacksmith business, including carriage making, as well as automobile repairing. As manager of the Willits Telephone and Telegraph Company, Mr. Wemple has charge of all the lines of the company from Laytonville as a center, the three lines running to Willits, Westport, and Covelo.

      Mr. Wemple was married in Ukiah, being united with Miss Alma N. Clifton, a native daughter of Mendocino county, born in Covelo, who ably assists him in the post office. They have one child, Clifton L. Fraternally Mr. Wemple is an active member of Cahto Lodge No. 206. I.O.O.F., in which he is the present vice grand.

      Note from the compiler:

      A few years after this above article was written, Laurence returned to Honey Lake Valley and set up a blacksmith shop in Standish and helped his father on his farm, which was within five miles of Standish. Eventually, he closed the blacksmith shop and in addition to farming, he went to work for the Lassen County Road Department, where he worked for the next 30 years or so, until he retired. Laurence and Alma were close friends to the compiler's parents and they socialized for many years, including having Thanksgivings together.

      Alma called the compiler's parents one evening and asked them to come over because Laurence was very sick and she felt that he was dying and wanted them with her. As Claude was helping Laurence out to the car in which he was driven to the hospital, Laurence took one last look around the room he was in, which was their kitchen, as if he knew he would never see it again. DRW


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