CHARLES EDWIN WEMPLE, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
To the enterprise of Charles E. Wemple and his associates in the American Stone Company, of which he is secretary, treasurer and general manager, is due the gratifying circumstance that West Virginia is today second in the production of wood pulp grindstones in the United States. He was the organizer of the American Stone Company, whose products have played a great part in removing the dependence which compelled American paper manufacturers to buy pulpstone abroad, principally from England, a situation which proved embarrassing to the industry when war disturbed the balance of production. In this emergency Mr. Wemple made vast strides in the development of American production and his interests today represent immensely important factors in American paper manufacture. The American Stone Company quarries are distributed over a large area in this section of the Middle West; the factories where the company produces every variety of wood pulp grindstones are located at Littleton and Georgetown, West Virginia, and at Steubenville, Ohio.
Charles E. Wemple was born in Lockport, New York, October 23, 1878, son of McKenny and Eliza (Jakeway) Wernple, and was educated in the public and high schools of Lockport. He has been engaged in paper manufacturing and related industries since graduation from high school. For three years he worked in the joint offices of the Lockport Pulp Company and the Lockport Felt Company. In 1900 he entered the employ of the Tippecanoe Pulp and Grindstone Company, New Philadelphia, Ohio, and when that business was dissolved in 1905 he was one of the three organizers and became secretary and manager of the Smallwood Stone Company at Empire, Ohio, which offices be filled till 1915, when he bought the stone properties of J. A. Connelly, at Littleton. This was the nucleus of the American Stone Company, which he founded at that time, and which has expanded so that today it ranks among the leaders in its field. In November, 1920, headquarters of the American Stone Company were established in Wheeling.
Mr. Wemple also has limestone and marble interests in Virginia and is a director of the Security Trust Company of Wheeling, a member of the Rotary Club of Wheeling, and is otherwise affiliated as follows: Wheeling Gun Club; Cedar Rocks Country Club; Wheeling Chamber of Commerce; Wheeling Tennis Club; Mannington Lodge No. 3r, F. & A. M.; Mannington Chapter, R. A.M.; Wheeling Commandery No. 1, K. T.; Osiris Temple of the Shrine, Wheeling; West Virginia Consistory No. 1, Scottish Rite, and a member of the Wheeling Court of Honor, Boy Scouts of America. As a former leading citizen of Toronto, Ohio - where he served on the city council - he served as chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias lodge of that city.
He married, June, 1903, Minnie B. Rignall, of Lockport, N. Y. Their children are: Martha Louise (Mrs. George B. Lukens), Ella Kate, Priscilla and Philip Edwin.
Home: 13 Laurel Avenue, Lenox, Wheeling. Office: McLain Building, Wheeling.