Orville Earl WEMPLE

Male 1893 - 1940  (47 years)

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  • Name Orville Earl WEMPLE 
    Born 28 Sep 1893  Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 04 Nov 1940  Fallon, Churchill County, NV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Milford Cemetery, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I186  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father N WEMPLE,   b. 07 May 1871, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1942, Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Martha Pearl BRONSON,   b. 19 Apr 1874, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1968, Sacramento, Sacramento County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 14 Aug 1892  Milford, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Marie DOTSON,   b. Abt 1895,   d. Bef 1990  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Married Aft 1920  Litchfield, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F86  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Vail COOK,   b. Abt 1900,   d. Bef 1995  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Married 03 Nov 1940  Reno, Washoe County, NV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F87  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From the LASSEN ADVOCATE, 5 November 1940:


      Susanville was shocked early this morning with the news of the tragic death of Orville E. Wemple, 47, state sales tax collector here, and the very serious injury of his bride of two days, the former Miss Mary Vail Cook of Alturas; when the car she was driving, sideswiped a stalled truck, 12 miles south of Fallon, Nevada, last night.

      Wemple was killed instantly, according to United Press dispatches to the Advocate, while Mrs. Wemple suffered a broken leg, serious body cuts and bruises and possible internal injuries. She was moved to the Handley Hospital in Fernley, Nevada, where late this afternoon it was learned her condition was grave.


      According to the message to the Advocate Wemple and his bride were married in Reno Sunday evening at 9 o'clock, leaving later for Fallon to visit Guy Wemple, brother of the deceased.

      It was learned after a pleasant visit in Fallon they left for a honeymoon trip which was to have taken them to Boulder Dam and on to Arizona.


      It was while bound south that the car driven by Mrs. Wemple encountered a truck, which had pulled to the side of the highway, where the driver and assistant were changing tires.

      Lights were burning on the truck, and the press dispatch states that the driver of the truck frantically waved a flashlight to attract attention.


      As Mrs. Wemple came within range of the truck she is reported to have swerved her car, but too late. Her automobile was completely demolished.

      Whether or not Wemple was thrown from the car was not indicated, but it was learned that his death was instantaneous.

      The body of the respected Susanville resident and Lassen County native, was being moved to this city for funeral services which will be conducted under the auspices of the Susanville Lodge of Elks Thursday afternoon from the Methodist church. Interment will be made in the family plot in Milford cemetery with C.W. Morrill in charge of the arrangements.


      The deceased was born in Milford, this county, September 28, 1893, and attended the elementary schools there, later attending Lassen high school where he was prominent and active in all student body affairs.

      Following his schooling he went to San Francisco to round out his business education, obtaining employment there. Later he migrated to Reno, Nevada to enter the employ of his cousin, Paul T. Wemple, who conducted a haberdashery in the Nevada metropolis. When Paul Wemple established a a store in Susanville, the deceased returned to this center and became identified with him in its management.

      When the state legislature directed the levying of sales tax to equalize the burden of state expenditures, creating a Sales Tax Division of the State Board of Equalization, Orville was given the appointment of auditor and collector for the organization in Lassen county area, a position he held with credit to the time of his tragic and untimely death.


      The deceased, who had scores of friends and great influence in this locality, is survived by his shocked parents, Justice and Mrs. N.V. Wemple, very esteemed and widely known residents of Susanville, three brothers - Guy Wemple of Fallon, Nevada, Fred Wemple of Wendel and Lyle Wemple, young business man of Susanville and one sister, Miss Burnice Wemple of Sacramento.

      There are also surviving, four nieces - Gynith Wemple of Fallon, Naomi and Nadene of Susanville, Phyllis Wemple of Wendel, two nephews - Frank Wemple of Wendel and Dana Wemple of Susanville; Frank O. Wemple, Lassen County Assessor, an uncle of, and William Benson (sic) of Reno and Benton A. Sifford of Oakland, also surviving uncles. There are also four surviving aunts - Mrs. Libby Harris of Elko, Nev., Mrs. Zebnor Johnson of Wendel; Mrs. Drew Raker of Chico and Mrs. Lottie Byer of Fallon. There are also surviving 32 cousins.

      From the LASSEN ADVOCATE, 8 November 1940:


      One of the largest and most solemn funerals in the history of Susanville Orville E. Wemple, son of Justice and Mrs. N.V. Wemple, esteemed pioneer residents of Lassen County, was placed to rest in the family plot beside two other children of the Wemples, in Milford cemetery, Thursday afternoon following services at the Methodist church in this city.

      The rites were largely attended by friends of the family and the deceased from all sections of Northern California and the Sacramento Valley where he was widely known and respected. The untimely and tragic death of the deceased was in an automobile accident near Fallon, Nevada, last Monday evening shocked friends and business acquaintances alike.

      The services were most impressive, being under the direction of the officers of Susanville lodge of Elks of which the deceased was an honored member. The Elks, headed by Exalted Ruler A.G. Breitweiser were assisted in the ritual by Rev. E.D. Spaulding, with Mrs. Morrill rendering sacred music, accompanied by Mrs Ben Cunningham of the console.

      The Elks and the local post of the American Legion attended the rites in a body, forming an honorary escort. The Elks ritual was employed in the dismissal services at the grave side. Legionnaires made a presentation of Arms while Taps were sounded as all that was mortal of the young resident went to his final reward.

      The pall bearers were all close associates of the deceased, being connected with the State Board Equalization with which he had been connected as Lassen county sales tax collector, since the organization of the division. They were Senator Harold J. Powers, Clarence Shearin, Dewey Eagan, Clarence E. Lowe, W.A. McIntosh and Peter Donnelly.

      The floral offerings were beyond compare and so many that the last resting place was a great bank of the season's most gorgeous blooms. The C.W. Morrill service had charge of the arrangements.

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