Tom's 25 years association membership in the Fire Department

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For many years membership in Kurhessich-Waldeck-Feuerwehr-Verband spoke district chairman Thomas Specht (5th from right) honors to Alber Kallenbach, Gerhard Münzel, Horst Feik, Werner Ries, Heinrich Westermann and Hermann Daube for 60 years, Edwin Erbert, Hans-Jürgen Bey, Alfred Kruger, Lothar Siebert, Erich Herwig, Gerhard Kärsten, Reinhold Hollstein, Helmut Issleib, Heinz Möller, Rudi Golez and Jochen Richter for 50 years, Mathias Katzmann, Karl- Heinz Schran, Gerd Köhler, Gerd Thenert, Harald Rimbach, Wolfgang Feik, Karl-Heinz Schaub and Dieter Brandenstein for 40 years as well as Erhard Hebel, Michael Rudolph, Klaus Schimm, Steffen Schran, Thomas Whipple, Detlef Fritsch, Kai Volkenand, Günter Kuske, Detlef Fritsch and Wilhelm Rüger for 25 years association membership. Deputy City Fire Inspector Guido Kamm and Mayor Daniel Iliev (from right) also congratulated.



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Whipple Family

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Whipple Family Name in History


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This very interesting surname has long proved a puzzle to etymologists.

The eminent Victorian Canon Charles Bardsey claimed it to be a Devonian dialectal form of 'Whimple', a village near Exeter, or from a lost site called 'Whiphill'. Other researchers claim that it is a reduced form of 'Whippletree' (an early name for the Dogwood), and implying residence thereby. Chaucer in 'The Canterbury Tales' refers to the 'Whippletree', so this adds further credence to the possibility. Our opinion is that the surname is probably habitational, as shown in the earliest recording below, but that it may be a diminutive form of 'Whipp' (Whipp + 'le' to give Little Whipp or Son of Whipp). Whipp itself is an early metonymic surname for one who carried out judicial punishments! What is certain is that the origin is either Old English pre 7th century, or Anglo-Saxon pre 9th century.

Examples of the surname recording showing its long term development include William de Whipulle of Somerset in the rolls of 1274, Samuel Whiple in the register of the church of St Margarets Lothbury, London, on September 21st 1591, whilst Robert Weepel is recorded as marrying Agnis Gosse at Huntsham, Devon, on April 8th 1641. William Whipple, born in Maine, America in 1730, was one of the signatories of the 1776 American Declaration of Independance. His great grandfather is believed to have been amongst the first settlers to New England in 1638. The Coat of Arms has a silver field, a bend between a green eagle displayed in the sinister chief, and two pellets in base The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Wipphulle, which was dated 1273, in the Hundred Rolls of Wiltshire, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as 'The hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307.

Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Tom finds his Siblings

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  After 42 years, Siblings find each other...

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QUEENSBURY The man on the phone had a thick German accent. "is your name Tony?" he asked. "Yeah," said Tony Johnson, bit confused. "Did you have a younger brother and sister?" "Yes" said Tony. "I'm Tommy," said the voice. Tony nearly fell off his stool. For years, he had searched for his younger brother, Tommy, and sister, Valerie, who had been adopted when they were toddlers.

Lost Siblings 2     Riding a wave of adrenaline, the two brothers talded for three hours. This was four weeks ago.

     Tom Whipple, known as Tommy when he was little, had been trying to find his brother and other two siblings for several years. But living in Germany for the last 20 years made the task extremly difficult. 

     From his adoption papers, Tom knew he had three older siblings. He decided to hire an international search agency to help him.
"It started to eat me up inside," said Tom, from his home in Heringen, Germany.

     Then, about a month ago, the agency gave him a phone number, and he decided to give it a try. 

     "I was scared, because I didn't know if I was going to ge rejected or accepted," said Tom.

     But then got his answer. Tony was excited to hear from his brother that, within a couple of weeks, he racked up a $350 phone bill calling Germay.

Lost SiblingsThe family was seperated 42 years ago. Their mother deserted her five children. The children lived with their father in the town of Adirondack for a while. Eventually, the youngest two, Tommy and Valerie, were adopted by a family in Basom in Genesee County and the older three were shuffled among family members and foster homes in the area. Their parents are now dead.
The three older children have always kept in contact. Johnson is a self-employed contractor who lives in Queensbury. His sister Elaine live in Hudson Falls and the eldest borther Rick, lives in Wilton.

They didn't know what becaem of their two younger siblings.

     After getting off the phone with his brother that first night, Tom called his sister, Valerie, who was living in Hornell in Teuben County.

     "All of a sudden, I am minding my own business, and my brother calls me and says I have some good news," said Valerie.

     Valerie has four children and works part time at a high school. She had also been searching for her other siblings. From her birth certificate, she knew she was born in Glens Falls and had planned to drive to the city this summer with a freind to see if she could track anyone down.

     "Anytime I heard the Johnson name, I would always wonder, is that a relative?"

     Tom gave Valerie the phone numbers of her three older siblings, and she decided to call her sister, Elaine, first.

     "It is just so unbelievable," said Valerie a few days ago.

     She was getting her home ready to welcome Tony and his family, who went to see her this weekend. She planned on making a big lasagna. Ton's favorite meal. She was also pulling out as many photographs as she could find. They have a lot of catching up to do, she explained.

     "It was liking reading a book and someone tore out pages in the book. Those pages are back. I know who I am. I know who my brothers and sisters are."

     Tom plans to go to Germany in April to see his brother. All the siblings hope to get together this September for a grand reunion.

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