Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gaspee Days 2015: Seeking Descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple

Each June the Gaspee Days Parade takes place in Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island. June 2014 will be no exception.

However, this post is about the 2015 Gaspee Days Parade. Dr. John E. Concannon, Webmaster of Gaspee.org and Pawtuxet.com, recently sent this email, with the subject: Descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple.

The Gaspee Days Committee is a civic-minded, nonprofit organization that operates many community events in and around Pawtuxet  Village, including the famous Gaspee Days Parade each June. These events are all designed to commemorate the 1772 burning of the hated British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, by Rhode Island patriots as America's First Blow for Freedom

The Gaspee Days Committee will be having our 50th Gaspee Days Parade on June 13, 2015 and we are already in the planning stages of operating this big event.  One idea is to ask for return visits during our parade of those units than marched in the original 1966 Parade.  The Parade Grand Marshal of that Parade was Walter Whipple and his family.  My understanding is that he was very old in 1966, so I doubt he's available.  We are interested in a few direct descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple to represent him in this historic recognition.  Please let us know your thoughts.

John Concannon, DO, FAAP
Drs. Concannon & Vitale, LLC
Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
1145 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 124
Cranston, RI  02920-6055
Phone: 401-943-7337   Fax: 401.942.1509
Web: DrConcannon.com

Dr. John Concannon
Webmaster, Gaspee.org and Pawtuxet.com
If you are a direct descendant of Commodore Abraham Whipple (or know someone who is), you might want to make them aware of the 2015 commemoration.

You can read about Abraham Whipple on the The Commodore's Page at Whipple.org. One of my favorite biographies is by Sally D. Wilson.

The Commodore's descendants (some of them) are listed on this iWhipple.org page.

Author H.P. Lovecraft (a Rhode Island Whipple descendant) wrote about the Commodore in his book entitled The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Read my review of that book on the Whipple Website

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Report: 72nd Whipple Reunion of Descendants of John and Adeline Whipple and 2014 Invitation

Today I received a report of the 72nd Whipple Reunion at Otter Brook State Park in Keene, N.H. According to Raymond A. Whipple (who sent the email):

The reunion is the 2nd Sunday in August starting at around 10am with business meeting around noon before lunch. It is at Otter Brook State Park in Keene N.H.  For those that wish to attend next year and would like some information, feel free to email me at raywhipple1@aol.com. We hope to see many more relatives attend next year. We are hoping to meet new Whipple's and see ones that have not attended in some time once again.
Here are the minutes of the reunion:

72nd Whipple Reunion

45 descendants of John and Adeline Whipple attended the 72nd Whipple reunion at Otter Brook State Park in Keene N.H. Guest in attendance came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

Recognition were as follows:
  • Oldest in attendance: John Whipple Sr.
  • Youngest in attendance: Shea Brett
  • Married the longest: Don & Betty Whipple
  • Married the shortest: Armand & Robin Comtois
  • Travelled the farthest: Donna Comtois
Thank you to Carole DeWolf for doing the gifts! Hello's and well wishes from those that could not attend. Jim and Len wanted to be remembered as well as Jean Whipple Thomas who recently had surgery.

There were no reported births or reported marriages.  Wes Martin sent a letter to tell us that his wife Betty had passed away. Cards will be sent from all of us.

A vote was take and passed to have the reunion at the same location next year but a little closer to the rest rooms. A vote was also taken for the officers which are, John Whipple Jr. as President, Raymond A. Whipple as Vice President, and Karen Hall as secretary/treasurer. Both Karen Hall and Raymond Whipple will continue as historians.

Everyone shared dishes at the center table and are encouraged to do so again next year. The grill as well was used by many. The raffle was once again manned by Herve and Janice Bosse. The cake was donated by Rod & Helen Whipple. A collection was taken and the raffle was a huge success and will help to continue to fund the reunion.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Hall

Note: John Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/27148. Adeline is at http://whipple.org/37844.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Charles Whipple, Montana Bank Hero

During the rewrite of the Whipple Website over the past few months, I've rediscovered (and learned for the first time!) many fascinating factoids about Whipples. Here is one such example, submitted by Carla Armstrong in 1999. (See her original submission at http://www.whipple.org/photos/genchwhipple1881.html).

Bishop Henry B. Whipple (first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota) had a son named Charles Henry Whipple. At the age of 23, Charles became cashier at the Citizens' National Bank of Faribault, Minnesota. (The diocese of Minnesota is centered in Faribault.)

While carrying a $30,000 payroll to an army encampment in Montana, bandits held up the stage coach. "The guard was killed, the stage driver was wounded, but Whipple took to the underbrush with the money and escaped."

After ten years as a bank employee, Charles joined the army. He retired from the army on February 15, 1912, after having been appointed brigadier general and paymaster general.

Read the full story at http://www.whipple.org/photos/genchwhipple1881.html.