Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, March 19, 1936

Len W. Kemp Killed in Accident When Horse Fell Off Trail

Len W. Kemp, 47, among the largest operators of sheep ranches on the upper Snake river, was found dead last Wednesday afternoon by Ted Bettison and Forrest Rudolph, in the remote section of Nez Perce county about half mile from the mouth of China creek emptying into the Snake, about 8 miles south of the mouth of the Salmon.

Kemp was leading a pack string fro his camp at the mouth of the creek to Forest and it is believed that while the horses were fighting their way through the deep snow one of the string lost its footing and fell down an embankment, dragging the horse Kemp was riding also.  In falling it appeared that his head had struck a rock which resulted in death.

The body was brought out to Winchester Thursday by settlers of that neighborhood after a 12 hour struggle through the rugged mountain country over snow-covered trails.  Pack horses brought the body as far as the Hortsman mine where it was loaded in a sleigh.  From Winchester, it was taken to Lewiston where funeral services and burial were held.

Mr. Kemp was one of the best known sheep and wool growers of the northwest.  He came to Nez Perce County 26 years ago and resided with his family at Forest.  He was well known on the prairie and had many friends in Grangeville.  Besides his wife and two sons, he leaves a father and two sisters in England and a sister in Massachusetts.




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