Families - Whipple

My Great Grandfather, Charles Allen Whipple (1854-1937), was the son of Russell (1821-1870) and Mary Allen Whipple (1826-1873), from Camden, New York. They moved to Henry County, Illinois, in 1856, when Charles was but two years old.
His Grandparents, Persons (1781-1867) and Chloe Tuttle (1787-1859) Allen, also moved to Henry County, Illinois, from Camden, even though quite aged. Mary Allen Whipple's brother, Royce Allen, was a cattle farmer in Henry County, Illinois.
Chloe's father, Noah Tuttle, was one of the first founders of Camden, New York, and Persons Allen's father, Phineas Allen, was an American Revolutionary War soldier.
Russell Whipple's parents were Reuben Jenks Whipple and Deborah Mapes, both buried at Amboy, New York.
Persons and Chloe Allen, Russell and Mary Allen Whipple, and members of both families, are buried in Munson Cemetery, Henry County, Illinois.
Charles grew up in Henry County, and after marriage to Alice Isabella Flansburg, in 1876, the couple lived in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois for several years.
My Grandfather Arthur Charles Whipple was born in Galesburg, in 1886. Charles' father died when he was about 16 years old, his mother followed only 3 years later.
Charles was the oldest son in the family. His older sister, Samantha Chloe Whipple, married William John Shoup, brother of Senator George Laird Shoup, whom she met during college days at Knox College. Another older sister, Sophia Royce Whipple, acted as the "mother" of the family, after the death of the Whipple children's parents.
There were other younger brothers, Edwin and Andrew, who continued to operate the family farm, even though only 14 and 13 years old at the time of their parents death. Other sisters were, Mary Nellie, Lillian and little Daisy Whipple, only 5 years old when left without either mother or father.
We don't know how Charles came to have the inventive mind or the engineering skill that he had. He was a master at the craft of Marquetry and made several clocks for gifts for members of his family, which still survive today, in the year 2000. He also made lamps, boxes, and other items, intricately trimmed with marquetry.
He was an inventor, as well as a farmer, and held many patents in his lifetime, including one of the first ditching machines. My Grandfather Arthur operated for a living for a number of years before the Great Depression.
One of Charles' patents was obtained while he was living in Galesburg, Illinois. A portion of the patent record can be seen by clicking on the thumbprint image of it on the right. The patent was for a device that looked like the tubes departments stores and offices used to use to deliver things to a work station, arriving at their destination with a solid "thunk"! It was sort of a precursor of the vacuum tubes banks used yet today to deliver money to the drive-in stations.
Charles and his wife, Alice Flansburg Whipple, moved on to Iowa about 1891, then to North Dakota about 1892, and then to Anoka, Minnesota, about 1903. Alice Flansburg Whipple died in Anoka in 1918. Charles died there in 1937.
Their children were Walter Edwin born at Galesburg in 1877, Daisy Lousile born at Galesburg in 1879, Leonard Flansburg born 1882, my Grandfather Arthur born in 1886, John Flansburg born in Galesburg in 1889, and Otho Paul Whipple born in Minnesota in 1898.

Contributed Dec 2000 by Lynda Darby Ozinga

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