Monday, July 27, 2009

Whipple Street in Newport, Rhode Island

Jeff Congdon sent this photo "from his iPhone." This Whipple Street is in the Newport (RI) Naval Base. Jeff's brother, Steven Whipple Congdon (a retired Coast Guard Commander), provided access to the otherwise restricted naval base.

Thanks for the photo, Jeff!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

August 2009 WhippleFest in Oregon

I received a note from Blaine Whipple, mentioning a WhippleFest in Oregon in August. (You can see a photo of Blaine's 2007 WhippleFest held in Rochester and Stewartville, Minnesota at

In his note, Blaine indicates that he won't be attending this year. However, if you would like a WhippleFest T-shirt, you can order one for $15. Send check payable to Blaine Whipple to 1834 SW 58th Ave., Ste. 105, Portland, OR 97221. Be sure to include size(s). Color is white only. No orders accepted after Saturday July 25.

Blaine's web site is at You can contact him at

89th Annual Whipple Reunion August 16, 2009

For Whipple relatives living near Chautauqua County, New York (Chautauqua is the western-most county in New York State):

The 89th Annual Whipple Reunion will meet at the Lake Chautauqua [New York] Lutheran Center on Sunday, August 16 at 12 noon.

The directions to the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp from the Dunkirk-Fredonia Thruway Exit:
  1. Left on Bennett road (Bennett Road also Route 60) South to Cassadaga.
  2. In Cassadaga take a right on Maple Ave., and remain on this for 10 miles.
  3. Turn right on Centralia-Hartfield Road for 0.1 mile.
  4. Left on Elwood Road for 0.2 mile.
  5. Turn left on Route 430 for 9 miles (also called East Lake Road) and follow to Camp.
A special thank you to Rich and Deb Stearns, who will host this year's event. The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade, and we request that everyone please bring a dish to pass along with table service items, plates, cutlery, etc.

For those comping from long distances and do not have access to kitchen facilities, we suggest a stop by the super market for convenience food: cake, pie cookies, chips. We shall have the blessing and start the meal by 1:00 p.m. sharp.

There will never be a fee for the Whipple Reunion. However, this year the rental for the Lutheran Camp went up from $50.00 to $75.00, and other expenses have come into play since last year. In the past, we have raised money for the Whipple Reunion through the White Elephant sales and passed the hat for postal expenses on the flyer.

This year proceeds from a free-will offering basket at the buffet table will in part determine what the Whipple Reunion President and Secretary can provide for next year's reunion.

Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (

Annual Whipple Reunion, Bountiful, UT, August 8, 2009

I received the following announcement for a northern Utah Whipple reunion.

Date:Saturday, August 8, 2009
Time:4:00 p.m. Socializing

6:00 p.m. Family Dinner

7:00 p.m. Quilt & Raffle Drawing
Place:720 East 550 North, Bountiful, UT (LDS chapel Bowery)
  • Bring your picnic
  • Bring your favorite dessert to share
  • Bring your blanket and chairs
  • Drinks will be provided
  • Games

Dues:$5 per family (includes one ticket for quilt drawing)
Raffle Tickets:$1 each

7 for $5

14 for $10

25 for $20

Hold Whipple memories close: Bring a raffle prize to share.
Questions? Call
  • Dewey/Marilyn 801-255-1879
  • Brenda 801-750-5581

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Whipple Road in Smithfield, RI: A Question

Last night I received the following query from a Whipple Website visitor:
Do you know of any tragedy to a child at any time on Whipple Road in Smithfield? We bought a house ... and my daughter is "seeing" things and hearing things. Something about a young boy maybe around age 8 with blonde hair and brown eyes.
If you have insight, please comment.



Friday, July 3, 2009

Twitter Update

After a week or so of using using my own name as the Twitter name for the Whipple Website, I noticed that many other sites use the name of their web site. I began to ask myself what would be wrong with using the Whipple Website as my Twitter name.

Unable to find anything wrong, I changed the address to:

Sorry for the confusion!

(Note that there is no space between "Whipple" and "Website"; also that Twitter is case insensitive: you can also use