Joseph Irvin WEMPLE

Male 1900 - 1948  (47 years)


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  • Name Joseph Irvin WEMPLE 
    Born 24 Dec 1900  Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 02 Dec 1948  Johnstonville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father J WEMPLE,   b. 31 Mar 1873, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1940, Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Adelia DECIOUS,   b. 07 Dec 1874, Lake City, Modoc County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jun 1960, Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1894  Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Grayce TREMAIN,   b. 04 Mar 1910, Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1945, Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 05 Nov 1926  San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph Jay WEMPLE
     2. Tremain Wemple ADRIAN,   b. 15 Feb 1940, Westwood, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1959, San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     3. Nolan Mark WEMPLE
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F33  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sammy was killed in an automobile accident near Johnstonville, CA. He was an excellent horseman and truly enjoyed to ride race horses. It has been said that he had the skill to ride race horses on any track and could have competed with the best of jockeys. He was a conservative Christian who loved his Lord. He worked at various times as a mill worker, farmer, and security guard. DRW

      Obituary & article from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Friday, 3 December 1948, page 1c7-8:

      WELL-KNOWN LOCAL MAN DIED AS CAR SKIDS INTO BRIDGE

      Irvin (Sammy) Wemple Killed As Car Skids Into Bridge Near Johnstonville

      Irvin (Sammy) Wemple, 48, of Milford, was killed when his car skidded into the bridge over the Lake Leavitt Slough this side of Johnstonville Wednesday about 7:45 a.m.

      Earl Allison of Buntingville, office manager of the Susanville Logging company, a passenger in the front seat of the car, is recovering from face, head cuts and bruises at Riverside hospital.

      Frank Kliewer of Milford, who worked at Lassen Lumber and Box company with Wemple, was riding in the back seat of the car, and was not injured.

      Funeral services are scheduled Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Methodist church, with the Reverand E.E. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Milford cemetery.

      Ivan Hudson of Janesville, driving a red pickup immediately behind Wemple's car, skidded and struck the bridge, missing the other victims, when he tried to stop, according to highway patrolmen. He was not injured.

      Jay Wemple, Irvin's son, was following by about 100 yards of his father's car. Seeing the accident, he tried to stop and his car made a sliding turn through the bridge, striking only a piece of broken guard post in the road.

      The highway was icy when the accident occurred. The victim's car, a 1946 Dodge sedan, skidded first into the right end of the cement bridge, whirled around and hit the back of the car along the bridge. Wemple was thrown out of the door which was knocked open and skidded about 150 feet on the icy pavement according to the highway patrol. He was dead on admittance to the hospital, presumably from skull fractures. The car landed in the ditch.

      Survivors include three sons, Jay, Tremain and Nolan Mark, from about 20 to 5; his mother, Mrs. J.C. Wemple of Milford; brothers, Claude of Milford, Raymond of Redding and Lt. Col. Neil Wemple of Spokane, Washington; sisters, Mrs. Nolan Hallowell of Susanville, Mrs. Olga Burroughs of Sacramento, Miss Narnia Wemple of Milford, Mrs. D.I. Edwards of Westwood and Mrs. John Theodore of Wendel. His wife, the former Emma Grayce Tremain, died several years ago.

      Lt. Col. Wemple flew in by bomber to Reno Thursday night. Other brothers and sisters are expected to come to the funeral.

      This is the tragedy which has struck the family in a week; the funeral of Spencer Burroughs, who was a brother-in-law of Irvin Wemple, was last Saturday.


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