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KAMP (KEMP/E) family information

1926 Laura KAMP

Born 15 (or 17) Aug 1907 in Stevens Co WA to J R and Isabell (ROSSMAN) KEMP. ~WABI. She never married, and died at Walla Walla on 30 Aug 1996, age 89 ~WADI, SSDI.


On 22 Oct 1906 at Spokane, John P KEMPE married Isabelle RUSSMAN. According to the
marriage return, John was 29, a farmer in Chewelah, Stevens Co WA, born in Iowa to Henry and Elizabeth (BRINKMAN) KAMP. Isabelle was 27, housekeeping in Lind, Lincoln Co WA, born in Iowa to John and Mary (LEPOLO [LEOPOLD/LIPPOLD]) RUSSMAN. The marriage certificate lists the parties as J P KEMPE and Belle RUSSMAN.

In 1910, John P KAMP, 34 IA (GER GER), farmer, married 3 years, was listed as a boarder in Spokane. His wife and child were not with him. --Apr 1910 Spokane ward 4, ED185 p15B. His brother, George, was a lead miner in Wardner ID.

On 15 Sep 1918, John P KAMP, of 921 First, Spokane, age 41, born 6 Jan 1877, registered for the WW1 draft. He reported he is a farmer, owns his own place, and his nearest relative is Laura M KAMP, "living in Coeur d'Alene". She was probably a boarding student at IHM Academy.

In 1920, John P KAMP, 43 IA, widowed, farmer, lived in a hotel on the corner of Division & Trent, Spokane. --15 Jan 1920 Spokane, Ada precinct, ward 8, ED152 p3A. Laura is not listed in this census anywhere, but was probably a boarding student at IHM Academy [students not enumerated in 1920]. John's brother, George, is also in Spokane, 48, single, working as a mine laborer, living in a hotel at 734 W Main Ave (previous census page from John).

In 1930, Laura (21 WA, parents b IA, USA) was an RN at the Kirkland (WA) Sanatorium and City isolation hospital ~1930 King Co WA, ED288 p1B. Her father, John P KAMP, 52 IA (parents b Germany), widow, real estate, was a roomer in Apts at 919 Riverside, Spokane. --1930 Spokane, ED85 p1A.   According to his eldest sister's obituary (Mrs Mary GROETKEN), his brother George also lived in Spokane in 1930. George KAMP, 78, (born 1870-71) was buried 12 May 1949 at Holy Cross cemetery, Spokane.

In 1934, Laura moved to Walla Walla and worked 31 years as an RN at the Veterans' Hospital there. She retired in Dec 1965. She belonged to Assumption Parish in Walla Walla. Shortly before her death she donated $130,000 for the massive stained-glass window that faces east at Assumption church (see detail of window.)

She lived with the MOCK sisters (see photo, 1969), who were also nurses at the VA and active in the same organizations with her: Catholic Daughters, Assumption Altar Society, St Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, St Mary's School of Nursing Alumnae, Nat'l Assn of Retired Federal Employees, and RSVP. Thanks to the internet, we also know Laura got a $25 speeding ticket in Dayton WA in 1976 at age 69! --Walla Walla Union Bulletin newspaper society pages, 1947-1977

Laura died 30 Aug 1996 at the Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, and is buried in the Catholic section of Mountain View cemetery.

KAMP, ROSSMAN, LEOPOLD families in the census

In 1860,there's an Elizabeth BRINKMAN, 24 GER, house servant to a wealthy attorney in Galena IL. (see census image (fee req'd).) She's a likely candidate for wife of Henry KEMP.

On 6 Jul 1860, Mary LEOPOLD, age 1 IA, was with her parents, William 37 and Hannah 30 (both b Germany), and six siblings, in Davenport, Iowa. census image (fee req'd).

On 13 Jun 1870 Mary "LIPPOLD", 10 IA, was with her parents and siblings in LeClair, Scott county, Iowa. census image (fee req'd).

On 18 Jun 1870, Henry KEMP, b c1833 Westphalia, Prussia, sells dry goods and groceries; also in the family are his wife Lizzie, children Mary 9 IN, Henry, Jack, Anna, Susan, all b MN. census image (fee req'd). There is also a WorldConnect listing for this family.

In 1876, the KEMP family moved to Iowa, where John, the youngest child, was born 6 Jan 1877.

It appears that Mary LIPPOLD married Joh(an)n RUSSMAN c1877-78. Her daughter Isabelle [mother of Laura M KAMP], was born in Dec 1878. Mary C (LIPPOLD) RUSSMAN died 8 May 1879, when daughter Belle was less than six months old.

In 1880, John KAMP, 3 IA, lived with his parents and siblings in Stanton, Plymouth, Iowa. See census transcript (free).

On 5 Oct 1881, Joh(an)n RUSSMAN married his sister-in-law, Margaret LIPPOLD, in Pottawattamie county, Iowa. --county marriage records.

In 1900 Henry KEMP, b 1 Nov 1834 GER, married 40 years; and wife Elizabeth (BRINKMAN), b 3 Jan (?) 1834 GER, 8 births, 6 living; are in LeMars, Plymouth, IA. census image (fee req'd). John KEMP, 23, b Jan 1877 IA, is listed as a farm laborer, living with his sister, Mary GROETKEN, 38, a widow with 7 children, in Elgin twp, Plymouth county, Iowa. census image (fee req'd). John's future wife, Belle RUSSMAN, 21, b Dec 1878 IA, was living (perhaps summer visiting?) with her uncle, George LEOPOLD, and his wife and family, including a daughter, Laura [namesake for Laura KAMP?]. --25 Jun 1900, Pottawattomie Co IA, ED150 p12B. census image (fee req'd). John RUSSMAN, b 1857 GER, immigrated 1874; with #2 wife Maggie, and some of kids, mostly hers --28 Jun 1900, 5 pages away from Belle. See census image (fee req'd).

31 Jan 2009