96th Chautauqua Whipple Reunion, Sunday, August 21, 2016

(Only four more years until the 100th Chautauqua Whipple Reunion!)

Yesterday’s mail had this year’s announcement of the 96th Whipple Reunion. This year it will be held the same place as last year—at Midway State Park, on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York State.

The Chautauqua Whipples are primarily the descendants of Deacon James Whipple and Persis Sheldon. (See their descendants in the Whipple Database.)

This year President Jerry Stearns has reserved Shelter #9 (same as last year). Like last year, the shelter is reserved from 9AM until 6PM, with the reunion officially starting at 12 noon. The blessing and start of the meal will be at 1:00 p.m.

Please bring a lawn chair to ensure you will have a seat.

Food: The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade. Bring your own dish to pass along and your own table service. Those coming long distances can stop at the supermarket for convenience food, possibly a salad, cake, chips, fried chicken, pizza, etc.

Expenses: There will be a free will offering at the food serving table. Don’t forget the Chinese auction. Bring your knick-knacks and fascinating items for the auction. (The hosts have expenses; we should reimburse them for reservations and advertising.)

For more information, contact Kenneth L. Vogt.


Note: In 1941, Emmett Whipple, then President of the Whipple Reunion, suspended the reunions with the imminent approach of World War II. Over 95 percent of the Whipple Reunion attendees are descendants of Emmett and his wife Julia Estelle (Gron)  (Brown) Whipple.

The Vogt Branch of the Whipple Reunion consists of descendants of Charles and Cora (Whipple) Vogt. The Franklin Branch descends of Richard and Alice (Whipple) Franklin.  The Stearns branch descends from Robert and Onolee (Franklin) Stearns.