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Ira J. and Hattie Whipple, sons Dallas D. Whipple and Alan Whipple, daughter Ethel (Whipple) Armknecht, Jaqua

Ira J. Whipple, a teamster born about 1855 to John Whipple Jr. and Euphonia, married Irena L. Stephanson, daughter of Luke Stephanson and Elizabeth, September 29, 1874 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

They had Leon W. Whipple in Lowell Massachusetts February 29, 1876.

(In 1881 Stanstead, Quebec, John Whipple Jr. is 49, Euphrosine 46, with Martie 13.  That's very near the U.S. border - New York.   John 1830-1923 is buried in Quebec 76842452. So is E. Standish 1833-1900  # 76842493)

In 1880 Lowell, Massachusetts, Irena Stephenson, 27, married but no spouse,  works in a cotton mill, living with her mother Elizabeth 52, widowed, and sister Annette 29, a dress maker.  Leon Whipple, Elizabeth's grandson, is 4.

 Charles F. Urann, at Lowell, 28 Apr. 1897, married Irene L. (Stephenson) Whipple, dau. of Luke and Elizabeth (Hammond) Stephenson.

In 1900 Irene L. born July 1852 is married three years to Charles F. Urann, a stone mason foreman,  Jan 1840 New Hampshire.  His son Winfield June 1886 born in Massachusetts is with them.

They're still in Lowell in 1910, second marriage for both. 

July 23, 1928 -Lowell Massachusetts.  "Funeral services for Mrs. Irene L. Urann were held at her home, 408 Lincoln Street, yesterday afternoon.  Rev. Myles Blanchard, assisted by Rev. Daniel MacLanghlin, both of Boston, and Rev. Roger Sherman of Pasadena, Calif., officiated.  Rev Daniel MacLaughlin sang a favorite selection of Mrs. Urann.  There were many flowers.  Burial was in the family lot in the Edson cemetery, where Rev. Mr. Blanchard read the committal prayers."

Ira J. Whipple, born in Hatley Pennsylvania, to John Whipple and Euphrosyna Standish, married Hattie A. Dunbar Feb 17, 1885 in Corning, Adams County, Iowa.  She was 22, born in Franklin, Illinois to Otes Dunbar and Abbie Gorden.

Alan C. Whipple claimed 40 acres in 26 5S 46W - Kit Carson County, in 1931.

 Ira J. Whipple claimed land in 6S 46W and 7S 46W (Kit Carson County, Colorado) in 1891, 1897, and 1901.


On December 18th, 1903, Ira J. Whipple applied for Mortgage deed for a number of properties in Yuma County, Colorado, previously owned by Ira & Latham E. Harrison from an agreement made on October 23rd, 1903. I have included images from the actual mortgage deed on file in the Clerk and Recorders office (Yuma County). I've also included pictures that detail what properties were involved in the transaction, a map on where those properties are location that put Whipple as a land owner at/near the spot of this marker during this time period.

I can also verify that Ira J. Whipple maintained land ownership rights to all his properties through at least 1922. If there was a duel to the death here, Whipple's story continued.

I spent some time looking for clues to the identity of CHAFFEE. I see no record of any CHAFFEE families on the books in Yuma County, but he may be a resident of Cheyenne County, Kansas. I spent some time in the Wray Library looking through cataloged obituaries from 1903 - 1908 and found no record of any CHAFFEE death. I also visited the Wray Gazette and researched their archives of era-specific newspapers. Although very fascinating (and leads to other mysteries), no shootout appears to be recorded in the papers. This is only true for January and February of 1906, as they were unable to locate the archived for additional months.



Everyone involved in horses has heard of the Quarter Horse and Appaloosa, but not everyone knows about another breed that has been around as long as both of these; the Colorado Ranger.

The roots of the Colorado Ranger (also known as the Colorado Rangebred) lie in the Middle East, where General Ulysses S. Grant befriended Sultan Abdul Hamid II of Turkey in 1878, and was given a gift of an Arabian Stallion named Leopard and Barb Stallion named Linden Tree.  The two horses were subsequently used in a program designed to create a new breed of light harness horse to be called the Americo-Arab.

The advent of the automotive engine thwarted plans for the new breed, and the two stallions were sent to Nebraska for a summer to stand stud on the property of a rancher named General George Colby.  Here Colby bred the stallions to his mares of mixed breeding (some reportedly spotted), producing excellent working horses.

The reputation of Colby’s fine ranch horses soon spread, and not long after, the Ira J. Whipple family of Colorado purchased a double-bred grandson of Leopard from Colby, along with mares sired by Leopard or Linden Tree. In doing so, they brought the legacy of the fine horses to the state of Colorado.


By the late 1890s many good reports had drifted across cow country concerning the excellent horses being bred on the Colby holdings back Nebraska way. Several of the big outfits on the eastern Colorado plains decided to give the Colby horses a try. They sent one of the plains' most respected ranchers, Ira J. Whipple of Kit Carson County, Colorado, back to the Colby Ranch in Nebraska with instructions and money to buy a band of mares and a stud. In due time Mr. Whipple returned with an outstanding group of young mares, all of which had been sired by either Leopard or Linden Tree. To head this band of foundation mares, Mr. Whipple had selected a snow white stallion with black ears (a few spot leopard) named Tony who was a a double-bred grandson of the desert stallion, Leopard AHC #233.

This line bred Tony was crossed on the Colby mares with remarkable success. You must understand that these early breed makers were not interested in creating color. They were cattlemen whose primary objective was to raise working cow horses to meet their ranching needs. A wealth of odd, barbaric color patterns did, however, evolve from their intensive line-breeding program. Horsemen on the high plains had never seen such leopard spotted, rain dropped horses before. The blanket hipped and snow-flaked patterns shocked them. The horses carried very conceivable color patterns.

The W.R. Thompson Cattle Company of Yuma County, Colorado, added a new infusion of Barb blood to this Plains’ breed in 1918 by purchasing a pure Barb stallion, Spottle, for their daughter as a wedding present. Cronin Horse Import Co. of Milan, Texas, shipped this stallion from Algiers, North Africa. In the same year a stud colt named Max was born in the headquarters of Gov. Oliver Shoupe in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He too was to leave a lasting imprint upon the Rangerbred horses of the High Plains. Under the ownership of the greatest horseman the plains ever knew, Mike Ruby, Max became the sire of outstanding CRHA horses.



In 1900 Kit Carson County, Ira J., born Dec 1854 in Massachusetts, is married fifteen years to Hatta January 1862 Illinois, with Dallas D. Aug 1888, Alan  Sept 1890, and Leverne Oct 1895, all three born in Colorado.

In 1910 Hale precinct Ira J. is 55, Hattie A. 48, with Clare A. 19, and Ethel L. 14.

In 1935 "Ira J. Whipple, another widely known Hale resident, was caught in the flood waters which completely surrounded his home. His home, however, withstood the water and he was carried to safety by rescuers. "


In 1920 Ethel is 24, married to William Armknecht, 26, with Harold seven months old.

They're still in Hale precinct in 1930, with Harold 10, Howard 8, Raymond 6, Wilda 5, and Richard 3.

In 1940 the Armknecht family is in Cheyenne County, Kansas, having added Wanda, now 8.

Ethel Laverne 1895-1952 and William Henry 1894-1978 are buried in Saint Francis, Kansas.



Dallas proved up 320 acres in 15 and 22, 5S 42W in 1914 - witnesses Archie Codie, Hans Juhl, and Clair Whipple  all of Jaqua Kansas, and Walter Hunt of Hale, Colorado. 

Dallas married Alma Juhl, July 5, 1914, recorded in Yuma County. 


Alan C. Whipple married Gladys Alma May, October 13, 1918, recorded in Kit Carson County.  They had Forrest Alan Whipple March 6, 1920, who died Oct 8, 1988 in Denver.

In 1930 Hale precinct, Yuma County Ira J. Whipple, born about 1855 in Massachusetts is widowed.

Ira  1854-1939 and Hattie 1862-1919 are buried in Armel  # 81872894.  So is Clair - 1890-1946.


Leon married Ethel P. Holmes born about 1897 in Dracut, Massachusetts, in Lowell July 20, 1898.

In 1900 Lowell, Massachusetts, Leon and Ethel Whipple have Howard R. eleven months, and are living with Ethel's parents Royal J. Holmes 54 and Laura Holmes 46.

Leon Wellington Whipple applied in 1907 for a patent on an circular amusement ride with miniature automobiles.

In 1910 Lowell, Massachusetts, Leon is 33, Ethel P. 30, Howard R. 10, and Everett L. 9.

In 1930 Lowell, Leon 54 and Sadie R. 42 have Priscilla J. 3.

April 14, 1949 Mrs. Sadie R. (Carmichael) Whipple, a resident of Lowell for the past quarter century, making her home at 408 Lincoln Street, died suddenly late last night at St. John's Hospital. She was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but came to this country during her twenties. Mrs. Whipple is survived by her husband, Leon W. Whipple; her daughter, Miss Priscilla J. Whipple of Lowell; a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Johnson of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the First United Baptist Church and was also affiliated with the King's Daughters group of that church.

Harold and Priscilla Vickery lost an infant son June 21, 1952, buried in the family lot in West Lawn Cemetery.

April 11, 1961 "Leon W. Whipple, 86, of 408 Lincoln Street died Sunday at the Lowell General Hospital.  He was born in Lowell, the son of the late Ira and Irene Whipple and had been a life-long resident of this city.  Until his retirement some years ago, Mr. Whipple had been employed as an electrician by the Boston and Maine Railroad and had been associated with that utility for over 50 years.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Whipple; a daughter, Mrs. Priscilla Vickery of Lowell, a son , Everett L. Whipple, of Metliuen, nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.  Mr. Whipple was an attendant of the Immanuel Baptist of Lowell."

Leon W. Whipple's tombstone has

Leon W. Whipple 1876-1961

HIS WIVES Ethel P. Whipple 1879-1921, Sadie R. Whipple 1888-1949

Priscilla J. Vickery 1927-1977, Harold R. Vickery 1929-1986  (Priscilla was the daughter of Leon and Sadie.

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