Friday, July 12, 2019

Commodore Whipple vs. the Ohio River

One of my relatives recently recommended a new book by David McCullough entitled The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal. (See the book at Amazon.com.)

On page 136 of the book, the author describes the difficulties of navigating the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to the Mississippi River. The "Falls" or "Rapids" at Louisville, Kentucky, were a dangerous two-mile stretch of whitewater rapids where the water level cascaded downward, ending up 26 feet lower. Experienced pilots were able to routinely guide smaller craft safely through the Falls.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Who Is John William Whipple, M.D., of Chile?

Twenty-two years ago in March 1997 (barely two months after the whipple.org domain was "purchased," and before the Whipple Website existed), I received an email from Oscar Eduardo Whipple Ascui of Chile, telling of his ancestor John William Whipple, who emigrated from the U.S. to Chile in "about 1850." I added John to my PAF database that I eventually used to create what is now the Whipple Genweb. A few years later he was among the initial Whipples to end up on the newly created Disconnected Whipples page. He has remained in the database unchanged since March 1997—until today.