Thursday, February 25, 2010

Whipple Servicemen Buried Overseas

I received the following from Blaine Whipple yesterday, listing three "Whipples who were killed during World War I and buried in cemeteries overseas." I have identified David O. Whipple in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/117979. Unfortunately, I haven't (yet) been able to identify James B. Whipple or John B. Whipple. (Please comment if you know their "connection.")

James B. Whipple
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
6th USMC Regiment, 2nd Division
Entered the Service from: Michigan
Died: June 3, 1918
Buried at: Plot A Row 8 Grave 53
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
Belleau, France

David O. Whipple (in the Whipple Genweb)
Private, U.S. Army
128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division
Entered the Service from: Indiana
Died: November 10, 1918
Buried at: Plot D Row 15 Grave 40
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Romagne, France

John B. Whipple
Private, U.S. Army
12th Engineer Regiment
Entered the Service from: Michigan
Died: March 31, 1918
Buried at: Plot B Row 11 Grave 18
Suresnes American Cemetery
Suresnes, France

Blaine states that "the source of the information is the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), an agency of the Executive Branch of the federal government, established 1923 to 'commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces where they have served overseas since 1917.' The web address is www.abmc.gov/home.php."

Thank you very much, Blaine! ... and thanks to James, David and John for your sacrifice in preserving freedom. Thanks to all our servicemen and women for their efforts in promoting and preserving freedom.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dewey Whipple Family Reunion, June 12, 2010

I just received the following announcement of the annual Dewey Whipple Family Reunion in Salt Lake City, June 12, 2010:

Come to the annual Whipple Reunion at the This Is The Place Heritage Park and see the area where your ancestor, Edson Whipple, came into the valley. You can see his name on the “This is the Place” monument and experience a bit of his pioneer lifestyle at the This Is The Place Heritage Park. Let all the family know!! Reconnect, share your history and have fun!

Date: Saturday, June 12th 2010
Place: This Is The Place Heritage Park
2601 E Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Atkins home inside the park is reserved for our reunion “headquarters” and is available to us all day. Register and get your name tag here, stash your stuff and enjoy the park! Food is available to purchase in the park at the Huntsman Hotel. If you want to drive your own cooler etc. up to the house you have to do it before the park opens by 8:30 a.m. otherwise carry it in. The house is air conditioned and will be the place we hold our family gathering/picnic in the evening.

Go to www.thisistheplace.org to see a virtual tour of the Atkins home and for information about the park. For the reunion we get half price admission to the park (tell them you are with the Whipple reunion): adults $4 children 3-11 and seniors 55+ $3 (regularly $8 and $6)

Admission includes any 3 take- home craft, pony ride, mini-train ride. Additional activities are $1 per craft or ride. Two replica trains, included in admission, give everyone a relaxing and fun way to see the entire 450 acre park. Explore pioneer homes and shops and watch authentic trade and craft demonstrations, shop at Z.C.M.I., pet animals or enjoy the pioneer playground. See the same view Edson Whipple saw when he entered the valley.

Time: The Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00. The family gathering/picnic will be at 5:30. If you are only coming to the family gathering/picnic you have to be at the park gates by 5:20 and you will be let into the park by a park representative.

What to bring:
  • Your own picnic and a favorite dessert to share (there will be water and lemonade provided)
  • Raffle prizes to donate (hand made or store bought, there will be a quilt drawing)
  • Park admission fee
  • dues per family$5 (includes 1 ticket for the quilt drawing)
  • Money for raffle tickets $1 each
  • Your smiling face! See you there!!
Questions: call/email Jeanette Whipple Eggett @ 801-299-0264 eggettkj@hotmail.com