Carrie Blanche KERN

Female 1871 - 1971  (100 years)


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  • Name Carrie Blanche KERN 
    Born 20 Jul 1871  PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 Oct 1971  Clarkston, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4598  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Children 
     1. Ralph Patton WEMPLE,   b. 1891,   d. Bef 1981  (Age < 89 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1384  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Frank Rensselaer WEMPLE,   b. 07 Aug 1869, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1938, Denver, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 06 Jan 1898 
    Children 
     1. Lucy Ellen WEMPLE,   b. 01 Apr 1899, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1957, Fullerton, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     2. Albert Aaron WEMPLE,   b. 27 Oct 1900, KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1901, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Alice May WEMPLE,   b. 19 Jan 1902, Logan County, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1983  (Age 80 years)
     4. Margaret Anna WEMPLE,   b. 08 Dec 1904, Arnold, Custer County, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1989, Des Moines, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     5. Helen Elizabeth WEMPLE,   b. 06 Dec 1906, Arnold, Custer County, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1916, Arnold, Custer County, NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • This paper was written by Carrie's daughter, Margaret, for a celebration of her 100th birthday and given to me by her granddaughter, Emily Barton Konu:

      Albert and Elizabeth (Liz-bet) Kern of Allentown, Pennsylvania were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their third child. They already had two healthy, nice boys and could scarcely believe their ears (July 20, 1871) when they heard the announcement It's a girl. They named her Carrie Blanche and in due time they had two more girls named Anna L. and Iva A. Then a son, Lewis, followed in 1875 and another girl, Minnie, in 1877.

      Near this time the father of this young family was forced to give up his practice of dentistry due to a health condition, and take up an out-of-door occupation. They left Pennsylvania on the train for the west. After a sojourn in Missouri for three and a half years, during which another daughter, Clara, was born, they moved to a homestead in Nuckols County, Nebraska which became their permanent home. The family added Minnie and Clara with an after thought, number nine arriving, a most Unwelcome thought to a teenage sister - He was really more welcome as Bro Charles.

      During the next few years, Carrie married, had a son Ralph, was widowed and became certified to teach by her own determination and the kind assistance of a friendly educator and his wife. Her teaching career lasted 4 years and carried her afield where she met and was married to a young New Yorker, Frank Wemple, who was fast to learn about threshing, harvesting, animal care and farming in general. He never learned (even from his teacher wife) to say his r's in western fashion. They lived in Kansas a short time and buried there their second child, Albert Aaron, who died when he was 13 months old. They (next) traveled by covered wagon across the wide Missouri River and to their homestead, which became the family farm of 640 acres and 140 acres of leased hay land in Logan County, Nebraska.

      While on this trip, the engagement-gift-sewing-machine had to be TOSSED from the wagon 'till a fire could be extinguished - but did good service for many years afterward sewing for four daughters (flour sack panties - 3 to 4 dress-up slips each, plus dresses and aprons galore. Mother's eyes were strained by sewing and always were her weakness; (she used) to rest them (as) she sat evenings in a room with no light and rocked and knit sox stockings & things to the accompaniment of the squeak, squeak of the rocking chair.

      Ralph was married & went to a homestead of his own and Helen, a beautiful, always smiling brunette with snappy dark eyes, passed away after her 10th birthday, December 1916.

      The three room sod house with frame & an entry way became too crowded with these sad memories and since no new frame home could be agreed upon - the farm was sold March 1917 and replaced by a small frame home in Logan adjacent to the new 2 room school & playground. Anna was still in school and it was something new - to be at school in a few steps across the road rather than a 4 mile drive.

      In due time Lucy, Alice, and Anna became school teachers. Lucy taught 17 years (being company for her mother the last 6 or 7 years) and married a bee keeper. Alice taught 7 years, took nurses training and married an M.D. Anna finished H.S. and became ANN at the University of Wyoming and taught 7 years before marrying Clyde, the son of a carpenter who lived and worked in the Union Pacific mines at Hanna Wyoming. Among the grandchildren are a granddaughter, great-granddaughter, a great-grandson & great-granddaughter in California, a grandson, three great-grandsons & a great-granddaughter in Texas, grandson Bill Barton & a great-granddaughter in Seattle, granddaughter Emily Konu and 2 great-grandsons in Oroville, Washington on the Canadian border.

      The girls teaching took them out of state & the Nebraska home was sold & mother moved to Denver to be near her dad, 3 sisters and a brother. Mother was a cook and companion for several years to a semi-invalid with three grown sons.


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