Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Photos of Elizabeth Harriet (Whipple) Kerr

I recently received an email from a researcher in Wisconsin, who has two photographs of Elizabeth Harriet Whipple:
  1. Aged 4 mos., 7 days, June 1898, taken in Saginaw, Michigan
  2. Age 11 1/2 years, Aug 1909, taken in Marinette, Wisconsin
Here are excerpts from that email:
Recently I was given two photos and asked to see if I could find out if any of this person's descendants are living or anyone who would be interested in having these pictures. They are originals not prints.

From my research, I have confirmed that this individual is Elizabeth Harriet Whipple, daughter of Harry A. Whipple and Adelaide McMann, born 21 Feb 1898 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married David Clinton Kerr on 28 June 1924. She died suddenly in Marinette, Wisconsin on 24 Sept 1975.

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She continues by stating that the email address at the bottom of Elizabeth's page in the Whipple Genweb (http://whipple.org/49566) is no longer active, then asks:
Do you know of any other descendants from this family line who might be interested in these photos? If they can explain their connection to Elizabeth, I will gladly send them the photos by snail mail.

Just out of curiosity; did Elizabeth have relatives in Marinette From some of the clues, it seemed like she died unexpectedly while in Marinette, possibly while visiting. Also the fact that one of the childhood photos was taken in Marinette. ...

Any help would be appreciated. The woman who gave me the photos owns an auction business and said that normally they would sell them at auctions, but because the two were of the same person, she was hoping I could find the family they belong to.
If you are Elizabeth's descendant (or know of  one of her descendants), please contact:
Debra A. Batt
PO Box 250
Kewaskum, WI 53040

Saturday, July 10, 2010

S. Lawrence Whipple, Lexington Town Historian, Dies at 88

I can't believe I'm writing a third post today! Ray Whipple reports that "Larry" Whipple, longtime Town Historian for Lexington, Massachusetts, passed away recently at the age of 88. While I haven't made a habit of posting obituaries on the Whipple Blog, I will post this one. (Indeed, some newspapers frown on having current obituaries copied verbatim and posted elsewhere, so the Whipple Website has abandoned that practice.)

Here is a link to the article/obituary. I found it interesting; perhaps you will, too!

S. Lawrence Whipple appears in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/126956. (I'll add dates and places to his entry forthwith.)

90th Annual Whipple Reunion, August 15, 2010, Lake Chautauqua, NY

August must be Whipple Reunion Month! This announcement is for a second August 2010 Whipple Reunion. (Click here for the WhippleFest in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on the previous weekend.)

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

The 90th Annual Whipple Reunion will meet at the Lake Chautauqua [New York] Lutheran Center on Sunday, August 15 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.

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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 coming 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. The rental for the Lutheran Camp is $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.

Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (kvvogt@earthlink.net).

Aug. 7 2010 WhippleFest, Mount Vernon, Iowa (2nd post)

I received the following (second) announcement of the August 7th WhippleFest in Mount Vernon, Iowa. (If you are uncertain about whether or not to attend, contact Blaine Whipple by visiting http://www.blainewhipple.com and clicking the "Contact" link near the top of the page. This is a followup to an earlier pre-announcement on this blog.)
WhippleFest will be held Saturday August 7 in conjunction with Elaine Whipple West's 100th birthday celebration. (Photo below is Elaine and her mother, 1910.) Everyone receiving this message is invited to attend.

Place: The Lodge at Palisades State Park, 700 Kepler Dr., Mount Vernon, Iowa. Mount Vernon, home of one of Iowa's oldest 4-year colleges, is about 20 miles from the Cedar Rapids airport. It is also about 20 miles from Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa; 30 miles from West Branch, birthplace of President Herbert Hoover and home of his Presidential Library and Museum; and approximately 30 miles from the Amana Colonies, a favorite tourist spot of travelers nationwide.

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Time: Festivities begin in the afternoon

Motel: Sleep Inn & Suites in Mount Vernon, 319-895-0055. E-mail: gm.ia111@choicehotels.com. If you stay there, ask for the group rate under Whipple Fest. There are many motels in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

Bring your family memorabilia to share. We will display family charts beginning with Matthew and Whipple of Ipswich.

Visit http://whipplefest2010.yolasite.com/ and send birthday greetings to Elaine in the Guest Book.

It will help in planning if you e-mail me if you plan to attend. Include the number in your party.

The attachment is a picture of Elaine and her mom taken in 1910.

I look forward to seeing many of you August 7.
Blaine Whipple
Visit my Web Page: http://www.blainewhipple.com

Friday, July 9, 2010

Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight

I just returned from an evening watching (from the second row) Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka: A scrumptious musical theatre treat. My next-door neighbors Ryan (Grandpa George), Zak (Oompa Loompa who rode a unicycle) and Maddie (another Oompa Loompa), as well as my niece Hannah (ensemble dancer), were all actors.

I was reminded again that Whipples figured prominently in the play--in the form of their namesake Wonka Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallo Delight chocolate bar. (Yum, yum!)

... So I blogged about it. (You can see the original submission of this photo in the Whipple Website photo gallery at http://whipple.org/photos/whipplescrumptious.html)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day 2010!

Today we celebrate the 234th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. General William Whipple of New Hampshire was one of the 56 patriots who signed the document. (You can read more about him on the Whipple Website.)

Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island--also a Whipple descendant (of the Rhode Island Whipple line)--also signed. (Am I missing any other Whipple signers?)

Here is the Declaration William and Stephen signed:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Aug. 7, 2010 WhippleFest at Palisades State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa

I received the following from Blaine Whipple six days ago. (He gave permission to post it. Visit Blaine at http://www.blainewhipple.com/)
We are in the final stages of planning for WhippleFest this year and hope to be able to provide full details in early July.
This year's WhippleFest coincides with my sister Elaine Whipple West's 100th birthday and will be held Aug. 7 at Palisades State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa where she lives. Her birthday is Aug. 6.
We will be selling T-shirts and the attachment includes three possible designs.  I would appreciate your vote on which design you prefer -- regardless of your intention to buy one.
Once the design is determined I will order the shirts and for those interested in acquiring one, advise me of your size(s).  Mens, Womens, and Kids all come in Small, Medium, and Large.  The cost is yet to be determined because it is based on the size of the order  The shirts will be sold at cost.  Individuals not attending but interested in acquiring a shirt are welcome to place orders.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would respond to this request before July 4.  Thank you for your help.