Thursday, July 28, 2011

91st Whipple Reunion, Sunday, August 21, 2011, Forestville, NY

I just received the annual mailing from Kenneth L. Vogt about the 91st Reunion of the Chautauqua Whipples. (I really need to crash that party sometime--maybe in years, when they have the 100th reunion!) The following is excerpted from the mailing:

This year James and Joan Lisa are hosting the reunion at their home at 2361 Straight Road, Forestville, New York. The reunion starts at noon on August 21.

From exit 59 of the New York State Thru-way:
  1. Left on Bennett Road (Route 60)
  2. Left on Route 20
  3. Right on County Road 81/South Roberts Road (for 3 miles)
  4. Right on Whitaker Road (is 0.4 miles past Epolito Road)
  5. Right on County Road 79/Center Road
  6. Take 1st left onto Straight Road
  7. Look for a sign in front of the residence.
Please bring a lawn chair.

"The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade and we request that everyone bring a dish to pass along with table service, plates, cutlery, etc. For those coming long distances, and do not have access to kitchen facilities, we suggest a stop at the supermarket for convenience food, maybe a salad, cake, pie, chips."

We shall have a blessing and the start of the meal at 1:00 p.m. sharp.

"We will have a free will donation basket at the food serving table. Also don't forget the white elephant raffle. Bring in those knick knacks, plants, or most anything you would care to donate for the white elephant auction. There are expenses for our hosts and we should reimburse them."

Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dewey Whipple Reunion Photos

I received the following photos from the Dewey Whipple Reunion held June 3-4, 2011, Camp Atoka, Utah. The first photo shows four of Dewey's children (L-R): Dexter, Dewey Jr., Albert and Illa.

Next is a group photo of all in attendance. (Hmmm ... I wonder if the photographer is missing ...?)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

On the Death of Priam Parker Whipple

(Originally submitted by Susan Newell to the Whipple Website, May 30, 2011: "Transcribed from a fragile document, beautifully handwritten in fine, small, perfect script with quill pen and now faded ink, probably dating to the mid to late 1800s." At the time, Susan thought Priam might be a child of Eugene Whipple? On July 10, 2011, Susan submitted a correction, suggesting that Priam might more likely be a brother of Eugene. Within the next few days, Priam will appear in the Whipple Genweb as Eugene's brother.)

Here drooping by his lifeless side
        Pensive retired with grief oer' borne
Lovely in Death my darling pride
        He my long weeping Heart will Mourn.
Farewell then Dearest of my Heart,
        Whom neither tears nor prayer could save,
Tis Deaths redoubled pain to part,
        And leave such Beauty in the Grave.
Ah! He that once such Beauty graced.
        His winning smiles -- His angel form,
Corruptions greedy train shall waste.
        The Mouldering Dust -- the feasting Worm:
His tongue whose gentle prattlings blest,
        His hands whose tender touch could charm,
No more with Kisses shall be prest,
        No more his Mothers bosom warm.
Where His loved sight could once rejoice,
        Now forced his absence to sustain.
Mine ears wait listening for His Voice,
        I turn and seek His glimpses in vain.
By Night my Eyes the search repeat,
        Sad to the Glittering Skies they roll,
"Tell Me" I say The Happy Seat,
        Say where reside His blissful Soul:
Yet with bright hopes in distant View
        My faith instructed by the Sod,
Bids the false joys of Earth Adieu,
        And Bows before the Sovreign God.
Happy for Him so soon -- so well,
        To escape the woes which life annoy,
To part with few sad tales to tell,
        With me black grief to damp His joy:
Till the last hour of general Doom,
        Kind Angels guard his precious trust:
Lock the cold Chambers of the Tomb,
        Then wake my Priam's slumbering Dust.
That day shall bring Him to my Sight,
        His presence shall my joys restore,
Tell me thou thought with vast delight,
        When Death shall never part us more.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thank You, William Whipple!

This is the weekend the United States celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Associated Press writer Kathy McCormack just posted an article entitled Never too late: Declaration signers being honored. It begins by mentioning William Whipple and cites Whipple genealogist Blaine Whipple.

As Americans celebrate Independence Day this year, we honor William Whipple and others who gave so much that the United States of America could be born and thrive for 235 years.

God bless America!