Percy Nolan WEMPLE

Male 1910 - 1922  (11 years)


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  • Name Percy Nolan WEMPLE 
    Born 03 Sep 1910  Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Jan 1922  Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I191  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

  • Notes 
    • Article and obituary from the LASSEN ADVOCATE, dated 27 January 1922:

      BOY DROWNED AT FRUIT GROWERS' POND

      N.V. WEMPLE'S SON SKATES IN OPEN WATER-LOCAL MAN'S HEROIC ACTION FUTILE

      Percy N. Wemple, eleven-year-old son of N.V. was drowned Monday night while skating at the Fruit Growers' pond.

      About 8:30 on Monday night while a crowd of about twenty-five people were scattered around the pond he skated into open water. O.O. Winn, without a moment's hesitation, jumped in after him and succeeded in getting hold of the boy, but had great trouble getting out himself. F.L. Shanklin, employment agent for the Fruit Growers' Supply Company, who was about 100 feet from the hole saw what had happened and threw a wooden spool to Winn. He then ran for a pike pole, but gave out before he could reach the scene of the accident and the pole was taken to Winn by another skater. By this time Winn had become so cold and numb that he had been unable to any longer hold young Wemple and had him securely held between his legs. Shanklin started to work over young Wemple, but stated at the coroner's inquest that there was no sign of life. Winn was in a very serious condition and both he and the boy were rushed to the Riverside hospital where the doctors worked over young Wemple for an hour, but without success.

      There was no water in the boy's lungs and it was the doctor's opinion that he died from drowning in cold. The shock of the cold water was severe and it is believed he was dead before Winn reached him. Mr. Winn was in very serious condition for several days at the hospital, but is now on the rapid road to recovery.

      Too much cannot be said of the heroism of Winn, who at the risk of his life and without a moment's hesitation jumped to the rescue of the drowning boy. Winn is the father of three little children. His wife died a year ago.

      The funeral of young Wemple took place yesterday from the Methodist Church of Susanville, the Rev. Ira E. Price officiating. The students of the lower grades of the grammer school turned out en masse. Master Wemple was beloved by all and his loss is keenly felt. Many were the people who came in from the surrounding country to pay their last respects. Interment was in the Milford Cemetery.


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