Monday, September 28, 2009

Dorothy Whipple, the "Jane Austen of the 20th Century"

That is how J.B. Priestly once described British author Dorothy Whipple (1893-1966, born and died in Blackburn, Lancashire). The blog Lakeside Musing has written a review of Dorothy's novel Someone at a Distance, first published 1953 and republished last year. Rather than repeat what the muser by the side of the lake had to say, I'll let that review speak for itself.

Dorothy is mentioned on the Whipple Website's Fiction by Whipples page. You can also read about her in Wikipedia.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Whipple Genweb Maps Now Zoom and Pan

Last night I programmed late, converting the static Google maps (added earlier this week) to dynamic maps. You can now zoom in and out and pan in all directions.

Try President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's page for example.

I still have plans to improve performance, etc. (All I need is time! :-)

(If you notice bugs, please comment!)

Later ...


More Whipples on the Web

Blaine Whipple has been actively searching for Whipples on the Web. Here are two of his latest:

In York, England (photo included), students can refuse vaccinations:
Deborah Whipple and her daughter, Kate, review a letter sent to parents of Grade 7 students in the York Region District School Board about hepatitis B and meningitis vaccinations, stating children have the choice to receive or refuse the vaccine, regardless of age or parental wishes.
Improvement in Devices to Aid in Ironing Clothes:

In 1872, Waterford, CT, resident Charles S. Whipple patented a device to aid in ironing clothes. (Photo included). (Note: The Whipple Genweb has five Charles S. Whipples, any of whom might have been the Charles mentioned here. Does anyone have an idea of who this Charles is?)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Eva Dalton Whipple, Sister to the Dalton Gang

Nick Russell is the author of a September 21, 2009 post to the website about the Dalton Gang Hideout in the "friendly little town of Meade, Kansas." The beginning of the fifth paragraph begins with Eva Dalton Whipple, "sister to the infamous Dalton Gang." It's an interesting read!

Eva (at was the wife of John N. Whipple, born in April 1841 in Connecticut (according to the 1900 census). I still don't know who his parents were (but will likely begin looking as soon as I finish this post :-).

Many thanks to Blaine Whipple for informing me about the link!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Google Maps on Individual Whipple Genweb Pages

This weekend I found a few hours to cobble together an initial--pre-beta--proof-of-concept implementation of static Google Maps on the individual pages of the Whipple Genweb.

If the Genweb page-generation script detects an individual's place(s) of birth, christening, marriage, death or burial, it attempts to create a Google Map in the upper right-hand corner of her/his page. With 130,000+ separate pages in the Whipple Genweb, there are bound to be errors caused by typos in places and other unforeseen conditions.

If you find errors, feel free to comment on this blog.

Next step: Add controls to zoom in/out and pan the maps (as soon as I find the spare time.)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Henry Whipple School, Nottingham, England

Blaine Whipple just sent me a news item about the Henry Whipple School in Nottingham, which is set to be redeveloped. Who is this Henry Whipple?

I entered his name in the Whipple Genweb search page at Realizing in advance that I wanted to search only Henry Whipple's in England, I entered "England" in the "All Placed (combined)" field. The result was six Whipples named Henry (there was a seventh, but Henry was his middle name):
  1. Henry H. Whipple (ABT 1822 - ____) (
  2. Henry Whipple (ABT 1510 - 31 Mar 1585) (
  3. Henry Whipple (CHR 8 Apr 1576 - 9 Jul 1576) (
  4. Henry Whipple (CHR 21 Jul 1580 - ____) (
  5. Henry Whipple (ABT 1838 - ____) (
  6. Henry Whipple (ABT 1910 - ABT 1985) (
Yes, the Whipple Genweb does have some British Whipples. If you scroll to the bottom of each individual's page, you can see the information sources--some of them better than others.

Feel free to e-mail the Webmaster (that would be me) if you have any insight into Whipples in England--or any place, for that matter.