Georgia Whipple Reunion Reminder

Anne Murphey sends a reminder regarding the July 10th Whipple Reunion at Jekyll Island, Georgia (announced earlier on the Whipple Blog):

We’re pleased over the interest shown by all you Whipples (by whatever name) in attending Fielding’s July 10 birthday party at Jekyll Island and, yes, it’s also a time for family reunion.

It’s not too late for you to be there, too. There are a few rooms left at the Hampton Inn, so call Mimi by June 8 for the $159 group rate at (912) 635-3733 and make your reservation. Many of us are spending Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

To make reservations for Sunday’s birthday buffet luncheon at the Jekyll Island Club, mail your check by June 28 payable to “Anne Murphey” to Jonathan Alderman, PO Box 6497, Macon, GA 31208-6497. (For Adults – $20 and $10 for children ages 3 – 11.)

No gifts, of course, but you may send a birthday greeting to Amy Alderman at for his birthday scrapbook.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at Jekyll.

Whipple Family Reunion at Camp Atoka, UT, June 3-4, 2011

I received the following from Susan Freeze:

Whipple Family Reunion
June 3rd and 4th, 2011
Friday and Saturday
Camp Atoka
Just 4.3 miles East of Huntsville, UT
on the
South Fork of the Ogden River
Get ready for the Old Style Reunion. There will be camping, fishing, games, geocaching, letterboxing, visiting and an old fashioned campfire with campfire stories and songs. Also the drawing for the Famous Reunion Quilt that Deborah, Susan and Mom (Illa) have been working on since last year’s reunion.
Planned Events
  • Friday start at 1:00 p.m. available for camp setup
  • Friday 5 pm gather at bowery
  • Friday 6 pm dinner (drink furnished)
  • Saturday 8am to 9 am breakfast for the overnight campers (furnished)
  • General camp activities
  • Cleanup and depart by noon

What to Bring

  • Craft to donate for the raffle
  • Friday night dinner
  • Camp chairs
  • Camp gear (if camping)
  • Fishing gear (if fishing)
  • Camping games
  • Warm clothing (gets cool at night)
  • GPS (if you are going to Geocache)
  • Money for the raffle and dues ($5.00 per family)
  • Family photos
  • Camera
Important Information
  • What: Whipple Family Reunion
  • Where: Camp Atoka (a church campground located 4.3 miles east of Huntsville, UT. Less than an hour’s drive from downtown Salt Lake City)
  • When: June 3rd and 4th 2011
  • Why: Help you know who you are, and where you came from so you can determine where you would like to go.
  • How: OK, too many questions. Just pack up and head to the reunion
Contact Information
  • Susan Freeze ( phone: 801-467-4446
  • Bob Harvey ( phone: 801-628-7211
  • Deborah Goates ( phone: 702-283-6095
  • Steve Harvey ( phone) 801-825-1770

Whipple Reunion at Jekyll Island, Georgia, July 10, 2011

I received the following notice this week from Bennett Whipple of Georgia. He asked me to post it on the Whipple Blog. It also indicated that Whipples that aren’t “immediately related” are also welcome to attend. Bennett’s sister Anne drafted the invitation:

Our brother Fielding Dillard Whipple turns 89 on July 10, 2011.  Nona and Bennett, Anne, and Harriett plan to celebrate with Fielding at Jekyll Island that weekend. The actual birthday party will be Sunday, July 10, at eleven a.m. at the old Jekyll Island Hotel.  We want all of you there. We hope this will be a Whipple reunion.  Some of us plan to spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at the Hampton Inn, on the site of the demolished Holiday Inn.  MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATION.  They have given us a group rate.

The Hampton Inn
200 South Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA  31527
Phone 912-635-3733
Fax 912-635-3738
Mimi is contact person.
Group rate:

  1. Standard: 2 Q beds, 159.00 + 12% tax
  1. Suite:  2 Q or 1 K bed, 179.00 + 12% tax (with 1 Q sofa bed and balcony) 

No additional per person charge. All rooms have microwave, fridge and coffee service. Hotel has complimentary hot breakfast (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and coffee service 24-7, and shuttle service available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at no charge to anyplace  on island.

Birthday Lunch:

The Jekyll Island Club
Birthday Luncheon
Sunday, July 10, 2011 gather at 11 a.m.
Bring photographs, scrapbooks, genealogy notes, and musical instruments.
Adult buffet – $20.00
Child age 3-11 – $10.00
Reservation by check by July 1 made to Anne Murphey and sent to Jonathan Alderman:
                  PO Box 6497
                  Macon, GA  31208-6497

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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 (

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 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: 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 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
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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

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.


Dewey Whipple Family Reunion, June 12, 2010

I just received the following announcement of the annual Dewey Whipple Family Reunion in Salt Lake City, June 12, 2010:

Come to the annual Whipple Reunion at the This Is The Place Heritage Park and see the area where your ancestor, Edson Whipple, came into the valley. You can see his name on the “This is the Place” monument and experience a bit of his pioneer lifestyle at the This Is The Place Heritage Park. Let all the family know!! Reconnect, share your history and have fun!

Date: Saturday, June 12th 2010
Place: This Is The Place Heritage Park
2601 E Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Atkins home inside the park is reserved for our reunion “headquarters” and is available to us all day. Register and get your name tag here, stash your stuff and enjoy the park! Food is available to purchase in the park at the Huntsman Hotel. If you want to drive your own cooler etc. up to the house you have to do it before the park opens by 8:30 a.m. otherwise carry it in. The house is air conditioned and will be the place we hold our family gathering/picnic in the evening.

Go to to see a virtual tour of the Atkins home and for information about the park. For the reunion we get half price admission to the park (tell them you are with the Whipple reunion): adults $4 children 3-11 and seniors 55+ $3 (regularly $8 and $6)

Admission includes any 3 take- home craft, pony ride, mini-train ride. Additional activities are $1 per craft or ride. Two replica trains, included in admission, give everyone a relaxing and fun way to see the entire 450 acre park. Explore pioneer homes and shops and watch authentic trade and craft demonstrations, shop at Z.C.M.I., pet animals or enjoy the pioneer playground. See the same view Edson Whipple saw when he entered the valley.

Time: The Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00. The family gathering/picnic will be at 5:30. If you are only coming to the family gathering/picnic you have to be at the park gates by 5:20 and you will be let into the park by a park representative.

What to bring:

  • Your own picnic and a favorite dessert to share (there will be water and lemonade provided)
  • Raffle prizes to donate (hand made or store bought, there will be a quilt drawing)
  • Park admission fee
  • dues per family$5 (includes 1 ticket for the quilt drawing)
  • Money for raffle tickets $1 each
  • Your smiling face! See you there!!

Questions: call/email Jeanette Whipple Eggett @ 801-299-0264

August 2009 WhippleFest in Oregon

I received a note from Blaine Whipple, mentioning a WhippleFest in Oregon in August. (You can see a photo of Blaine’s 2007 WhippleFest held in Rochester and Stewartville, Minnesota at

In his note, Blaine indicates that he won’t be attending this year. However, if you would like a WhippleFest T-shirt, you can order one for $15. Send check payable to Blaine Whipple to 1834 SW 58th Ave., Ste. 105, Portland, OR 97221. Be sure to include size(s). Color is white only. No orders accepted after Saturday July 25.

Blaine’s web site is at You can contact him at

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