George W. WEMPLE

Male 1898 - 1956  (58 years)


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  • Name George W. WEMPLE 
    Born 08 Jan 1898  Fergus Falls, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jul 1956  Inglewood, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2943  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Daniel Schuyler WEMPLE,   b. 28 Nov 1853, Neenah, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1926, Fergus Falls, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Nancy Alice CLOSE,   b. 22 Oct 1858, Faribault, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 May 1924, Fergus Falls, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1879  Faribault, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F797  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Pearl Adele JELLUM,   b. 14 Aug 1895, Red Wing, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1976, San Franandro, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 21 Aug 1921  Fergus Falls, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Helen Katherine WEMPLE,   b. 11 Nov 1922, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1992, Northridge, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Daniel Schuyler WEMPLE
     3. Richard Howard WEMPLE,   b. 02 Aug 1925, Fergus Falls, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jul 1939, Los Angles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     4. Roger Allen WEMPLE
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE W. WEMPLE, by his son, Daniel Schuyler Wemple, July 25, 1997

      George W. Wemple was born January 8, 1898 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota to Daniel Schuyler Wemple (11/28/1853-5/4/1924). He was the eighth of ten children, seven of whom lived to adulthood and three died of the 1901-1902 diphtheria epidemic. Few specifics are known of his early years, much to the chagrin of myself, so we assume he had a 'normal' childhood for the time and locale. He had little formal education, six years at most, however he did much to to educate himself in all practical matters, and enjoyed reading, especially the newspaper which kept him informed. This paid off in later years as he became an electrician and earned his electrical contracting license.

      After serving as a cavalryman During World War I, George married Pearl Adele Jellum (8/14/1895-3/26/1976) August 21, 1921 and in 1923 began farming a few miles west of Fergus Falls where he grew up. They had four children whom they loved dearly and enjoyed very much and although, like most depression families, they had little in the way of material things, the whole family enjoyed life by the closeness of large families on both sides (Pearl was one of 14, 12 living to adulthood) and many friends. Everyone visited everyone in those days and we flourished in that environment.

      Farming became more and more difficult as the depression set in and in 1933, after ten years, he could no longer make a go of it and moved his family, now six, to Fergus Falls, a city of 10,214, as the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reminded us daily, and the largest city in the western half of the state. Jobs were few but he managed to get on at the State Hospital, a mental institution, as a sheet metal mechanic and supplemented his income during the winter months by cleaning heating furnaces, using a huge vacuum cleaning apparatus. He worked long hours but nothing like when he was on the farm, and leisure time for them and the children led to more friendships.

      By 1937, four years after leaving the farm, George and Pearl decided to pick up stakes again, only this time to make a long move to California where both had siblings. So, we had a house sale and headed out in our 1929 Plymouth with all our belongings packed mostly in a huge wooden box George made and mounted on the rear bumper; we were Okies through and through. We traveled west and a little north through North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington, then turned south through Oregon and finally California, stopping to stay with relatives here and there. George heard they needed a sheet metal mechanic in Yreka, California. So we lived there for two or three months while he ran the town's second sheet metal shop. Soon he realized that Yreka was too big for one shop but too small for two so when his backlog work was gone he continued on south to Santa Monica.

      In and around the Santa Monica area George found work in a lumber yard, a hardware store, as a truck driver and warehouse manager for a large electrical contractor. During this period he continued studying to become an electrician and then got his license as an electrical contractor. They also lost a son at age thirteen due to infection (d. 2 July 1939) that a few years later would have been successfully treated with penicillin. After their youngest son, Roger, finished high school in 1948 George and Pearl moved back to Minnesota where he contracted with farmers throughout the Fergus Falls area to install electricity in their homes and barns.

      Unfortunately this endeavor lasted only three years as in 1951 he suffered a severe heart attack that forced early retirement at age 53. So, they moved back to California and worked as a caretaker of a ranch (a non-productive ranch near Idyllwood used as a getaway for a wealthy family) until his death of heart failure July 10, 1956. Although he died at a much too early age, George enjoyed a full life, seeing his remaining three children marry and begin raising their own families (six grandchildren at the time of his death) and continuing to be a very active member to both his immediate and extended families. He also enjoyed becoming Uncle George or a second father figure to his children's close friends. After George died Pearl lived with two of her sisters in Los Angeles and lived another twenty years, until 1976. She continued the same active roll she had always enjoyed with he children, ten grandchildren and at the time she died, four great-grandchildren. We are all blessed for having had them.


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