WEMPLE, EDWARD, partner in the well known banking firm of Wemple Brothers, Waverly, Ill., was born three miles southeast of that place, April 12, 1847, the son of Jacob Anthony and Delia (Visscher) Wemple. His parents were of Dutch descent, representing one of the old substantial families of the Mohawk Valley. In 1884 the family located upon the farm where Edward was born, the father accumulating a large estate prior to his death in October 1887, his wife, the mother of Edward, passing away two years previously.
Edward Wemple received a thorough education in the schools of Waverly and at the Wesleyan College, at Bloomington, Ill., and his mental training was strengthened by wholesome farm labor on the family homestead. He remained thus profitably employed until 1877, when, in partnership with Francis H. Wemple, his elder brother, he established the banking house of Wemple Brothers, which is acknowledged to be among the most reliable private financial institutions of the State. Their real estate transactions, in connection with the banking business, have reached considerable proportions, the basis of the bank's stability being 1,400 acres of rich farming lands owned and operated by the Wemple Brothers.
On May 15, 1878, Edward Wemple was united in marriage with Martha Adeline Carter, daughter of Orrin Carter, a leading farmer of Morgan County. Their six children are Hattie Leonie, Mary Edith, Jay Earle, Leland Edward, Clarence Carter and Holland Russell. Mr. Wemple is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Republican, and in every respect a substantial and progressive factor in the prosperity of Morgan County.