Emerson Henry WEMPLE

Male 1853 - 1937  (83 years)


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  • Name Emerson Henry WEMPLE 
    Born 17 Nov 1853  Chautauqua County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Sep 1937  San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 17 Sep 1937  Lot 229A, Grave 1 Hawthorne Lawn, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2691  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Henry Alexander WEMPLE,   b. 25 Aug 1819, Oneida County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1898, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth SMILEY,   b. 21 Feb 1824, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1871, Sutter County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 25 May 1845  New York State Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F724  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dora Gill FISHER,   b. 01 Jun 1859, Peoria County, Ill. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1918, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 15 Aug 1877 
    Children 
     1. Emma Augusta WEMPLE,   b. 31 May 1878,   d. 25 May 1882, Antioch, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     2. Infant WEMPLE,   b. 31 May 1878,   d. 31 May 1878  (Age 0 years)
     3. Infant WEMPLE,   b. 31 May 1878,   d. 31 May 1878  (Age 0 years)
     4. Ruby Gertrude WEMPLE,   b. Jan 1887, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1964, San Leandro, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Marie E. JAKUILLARD,   b. Abt 1860,   d. Bef 1950  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1919 
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In the early 1860's his family joined a band of 100 or so people who crossed the plains and mountains from New York to California in horse drawn covered wagons, taking six months to make the journey, and settled on the Sacramento River in Sutter County where his father owned and developed a 200 acre grain farm.

      He received his early education in the public schools of Sutter County, and in 1874 entered the San Jose State Normal with intentions of becoming a teacher, but at the end of two years he returned to the Sacramento Valley and invested in a 160 acre farm near Biggs, Butte County, CA. The wet years of 1878-79 drowned him out of the grain farming business and he sold out and removed to Mendocino County, settling near Covelo, Round Valley. where he served as a caretaker in charge of livestock for the government on the Round Valley Indian Reservation for three years. In 1882 he removed from Round Valley to San Jose, and established a grocery business. It was incorporated in 1901 as Wemple Grocery Company, with himself as president until he sold out in 1903. From 1903 to 1905 he prospected in the Sierras and developed a placer mine called Clipper Ship Mine. Upon returning to San Jose, he again entered the grocery business, assisted by his son-in-law, George A. Rucker, and the partnership of the Wemple Grocery Company was maintained until 1919 when it was dissolved. He then purchased a half interest in the Crystal Creamery Company, and his son-in-law was made an officer in the corporation. He was a member of the San Jose City Council for three years. For several years he was a member of school board of trustees, serving as president of the board for two of those years. He also served on the Republican County Central Committee of Santa Clara County. GJW


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