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WEMPLE, Maj. Mindret


Posted By: Sharon R Becker (email)
Date: 1/3/2018 at 06:23:58

Obituary ~ Major Mindret Wemple
September 15, 1830 ~ February 06, 1900

Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, February 15, 1900

The frequency with which we are called upon to render tribute to the memory of the honored dead is a forcible reminder of the brevity of human life. "He cometh forth as a flower and is cut down." Seasons and generations succeed each other and even the earth and Heavens shall pass away, for there is nothing enduring but the laws and kingdom of God. We pause in the dull routine of life's labors to pay homage to a good man and citizen and a faithful public servant.

MINDRET WEMPLE was born in Monroe County, New York, September 15th, 1830 and died at his home in Garden Grove, February 6, 1900. He was educated in the common schools of his county and was a graduate of the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and also of Jefferson College, Philadelphia. He practiced his profession in Kentucky and at Mt. Pulaski, Illinois.

In 1861 he was appointed by Gov. Richard Yates a captain in the Fourth Illinois Cavalry. He was present with his regiment at the battle of Shiloh, was promoted to Major for personal valor and afterwards breveted colonel. He was twice married and is survived by his widow and three children.

In 1893 he moved to Decatur County and located on a farm near Garden Grove. He represented this county in the lower house of the 27th general assembly.

MAJOR WEMPLE was endowed with a social personality. Kindness and goodness of heart were his in a marked degree. He was noted for his devotion to the performance of duty and was never faithless in any cause. As a soldier, a citizen, a servant of the people in the legislature, it can be truthfully said that he devoted his energies to the full performance of his duties. We shall see his form and face no more upon earth, but those who loved him best can carry with them the consolatory reflection that he has left behind the richest of all legacies -- the memory of a good citizen and the record of a patriotic soldier of his country.

[Interment was made at Garden Grove Cemetery.]

Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
June 29, 2001

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Humeston New Era
Humeston, Wayne County, Iowa
February 15, 1900

Death of Dr. Wemple.

Dr. Wemple, one of the most prominent citizens of Garden Grove, died at his home there at Tuesday of last week. He was the father of F. Y. Wemple, of Humeston. We take the following obituary notice from the Express:

"Mindret Wemple was born in Monroe county, N. Y., September 15, 1830 [the son of Gerrett and Dorcus (Irwin) Wemple]. He received his schooling in his native county of Monroe and studied medicine and graduated at the Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati, O., also taking a post graduate course at Jefferson College, Philadelphia. After graduation he practiced his profession in [Carroll County] Kentucky, afterwards he removed to Mt. Pulaski, Ills., where he continued his practice. In 1861 Dr. Wemple joined [Company H] the Fourth Illinois Cavalry and was commissioned Captain by Gov. Richard Yates. [He was present at the Battle of Shiloh and] was soon promoted to the office of major and was brevetted colonel for meritorious conduct. [ After being mustered out of service in November 1864 Wemple returned to farming and practicing medicine, and in 1867 suffered personal tragedy with the death of his wife Lucy. ]

"Dr. Wemple was twice married and leaves a widow and three children. He moved to Garden Grove in 1893, and made this his home until the time of his death, which occurred Tuesday, February 6, 1900. He was elected representative from this [Decatur] county to the 27th General Assembly in 1898, and would have been re-elected had not his illness prevented it. [Dr. Wemple proved to be very busy during his one term in the legislature, serving on the house committees on Constitutional Amendments, Agriculture, Public Health, Horticulture, Pharmacy, Military, Mines and Mining, the Board of Public Charities, the Institute for the Feeble Minded, and the Soldiers and Orphan's Home.]

"There have been few residents of Garden Grove who have beenmore highly esteemed by everyone than he was. He had been in poor health for a good while and his death was not unexpected. The stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community."

NOTE: Dr. Wemple married in Carroll County, Kentucky in to Miss Lucy Butts (died 1867), who later gave birth to two sons, Frank Yates (born 1854)) and Elmer Hatch Wemple (born 1866). Lucy died in 1867. He remarried in November 1869 in Morrow County, Ohio to Miss Amanda Nye, a member of the prominent Nye family in that state. Mindret and Amanda later became the parents of two children, Edith Claire (born 1876) and Irma Nye (born 1887). Dr. Wemple was interred at the Garden Grove Cemetery in Decatur County and was survived by his wife Amanda, who died in Kissimmee, Florida in April 1935 at age 89 and was interred at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee.

Photograph from "Iowa Legislature Historical Database"
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2017


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