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Joseph Reed "Reed" Whipple

Joseph Reed "Reed" Whipple

Male 1842 - 1912  (69 years)

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  • Name Joseph Reed "Reed" Whipple 
    Born 8 Sep 1842  New Boston, Hillsboro, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jun 1912  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried New Boston Cemetery, New Boston, Hillsboro, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15928  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2009 

    Father John Whipple,   b. 31 Aug 1806,   d. 28 Mar 1887, New Boston, Hillsboro, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Philantha Reed,   b. 23 Sep 1808, Barre, Washington, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1890, New Boston, Hillsboro, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1831  Barre, Washington, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rose Gay Higgins,   b. 1843, of, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 2 Sep 1865  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary "Lizzie" Whipple,   b. 16 Dec 1865, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Reed Whipple,   b. 15 May 1871, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1899, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F8391  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Sep 1842 - New Boston, Hillsboro, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Sep 1865 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jun 1912 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Boston Cemetery, New Boston, Hillsboro, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Email from Joanne Lahr-Kreischer to Weldon Whipple, 5 Feb 1998.

      !OCCUPATION: Grocer and the proprietor of Hotel Tourine and Young's Hotel in Boston, Mass. --J. Lahr-Kreischer

      !RESIDENCES: "In the 1890's he lived at Shagbark Farm on Lowell Street in Lexington, MA. Sometime prior to 1895 he gave this farm to Mary Adeline Morrill. This property still exists in Lexington and is now Fairlawn Nursing Home and the neighborhood of Whipple Hill." --Larry Gallagher (a descendant of Mary A. Morrill), (undisclosed at example dot net), in email to the Whipple Website dated 30 Nov 1999.

      !SOURCE: Email from undisclosed at example dot net to Weldon Whipple, 18 Feb 2005. Went by "Reed." "I have paraphrased and combined these source materials prepared in 2000:
      • Those Wonderful Years, New Boston, 1763-1963;
      • History of Hillsborough County, NH, pg 28;
      • History of New Boston, From Dairy to Doorstep, Milk Delivery in New England 1860-1960; and
      • About the Farm, An Illustrated Description of the New Boston Dairy, NH Historical Society
      Reed Whipple was a wealthy hotel owner in Boston and a businessman who was much admired for his ability to build one business venture (and failures) on another. The Whipple Valley View Farm in New Boston was advanced for its time in terms of design and use of space and many visitors came great distances to admire the showplace farm. The Valley View Farm was established in his hometown of New Boston, NH in 1881. The J. Reed Whipple Company owned three of Boston's finest hotels, the Parker House, Touraine and Young's and sustained the family farm by sending produce, dairy products and other goods from the farm by special refrigerated train cars to Boston on a daily basis. The return trains brought food waste to be fed back to the farm animals. At its peak, the VFF produced 6000 quarts of milk, 2000 quarts of cream and 4 tons of butter to be shipped to the three hotels each month. The large complex of buildings on the farm consisted of a "cement" barn, other barns, a piggery which housed 1800 Yorkshires and hen houses with laying and breeding hens and a cider mill which produced and stored 24,000 gallons of cider (vinegar). The cement barn alone cost $100,000 to construct, a large sum for that time period.

      J. Reed started out his business venture with a loan of $65,000 and ended up a millionaire. When Whipple died in 1912, this successful farm-to-hotel operation ceased. A few years after his death his farm was sold at public auction but two of his hotels remained with the Parker House and Touraine's reputation living long after his death. After the railroads had extended into Canadian farm country, New Hampshire had to compete with its producers. Prices weakened the market for butter and cream and by 1917 only 35 creameries and four cheese factories remained active in the state (NH). Today the Whipple cement barn still stands (2002) where fiberglass boats are made.

      In 1887 on May 11th a fire burned the central part of town (see Joseph K. Whipple) and the J.R. Whipple building, a business block later occupied by the Dodge Store. The upper level housed the meeting place for the town and on the ground floor was the Post Office. In 1889 the town used the whistle at the Whipple Creamery for the town fire alarm. Mr. Whipple collected books and set up a library on the ground floor and privately maintained the library until he died in 1912. His wife and daughter gave the town the Whipple Free Library which still stands today (2000).



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