Zemple was founded in the 1890's.It was a logging town at the turn of the century that had a logging company right on the Mississpi river. The town grew to about a 1000 people until the logging company closed. What was once a thriving town is now just a few bundle of houses left and a population of 74. One of the founding families that has lived there since the town came to be over 100 years ago (the Reed family) is still living there to this day.
There were 27 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out with 36.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 17.3% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 141.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,750, and the median income for a family was $28,125. Males had a median income of $23,542 versus $11,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,615. There were 15.4% of families and 19.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including 27.8% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.