|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1860|
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 1942|
THE ABILENE REPORTER NEWS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1942
HUNDREDS ATTEND LAST RITES FOR NEWMAN FRED WHIPKEY
COLORADO CITY ~~ Hundreds put aside the pleasures of Christmas Day to turn in deep sadness to pay tribute to one of the grand old men of Texas newspaperdom as the funeral was held for 82 year old Fred B. Whipkey, who died Thursday as the result of burns suffered last week.
Rites were held at the First Baptist Church at 3:30 p.m. with the pastor, the Reverend A. E. Travis officiating, assisted by a former pastor, the Reverend Dick O'Brien, now of Big Spring. Mr. Whipkey had been a member of the Baptist denomination for more than 55 years.
Born on a farm in southern Illinois, Mr. Whipkey was one of 13 children and was orphaned when he was 14. At the age of 19 he came to Hillsboro to be with his older brother, the late Reverend Stephen Whipkey, pastor to the Baptist Church there.
In 1884 he entered his newspaper career as circulation manager for a newspaper in Cameron and two years later, in 1886, he and his younger brother, A. L. Whipkey wrote, published and printed a paper in Granger.
In 1887 the brothers were persuaded by Capt. J. F. Lewis, an ardent prohibitionist, to publish a paper in Temple. Prohibition was a great issue in the state that year but the "Drys" suffered an overwhelming defeat and the two brothers were forced to walk out of town as their effigies were hanged from telephone poles in front of the newspaper office whose fašade was literally hidden by beer barrels.
Soon after, however, the brothers founded the Holland Guard and a year later leased the Corsicana Courier. This they operated for a few months until an editorial on prohibition angered a bitter anti-prohibitionist, Senator Mills, noted in the famed Mills-Carrols debates. Senator Mills procured and injunction against the Courier and the doors were closed. Four days later, however, the Whipkey presses began to hum to put out the Corsicana Evening Light which they ran for 13 months. They then opened a paper in West Called the West Times which they operated for 14 years.
In 1905 the brothers were on their way to California but stopped over in Colorado City, liked the place and stayed. They bought the Colorado City Record from Mrs. T. A. Kindred and Mr. Whipkey continued crusading for the public good. He fought for the incorporation of Colorado City, and was instrumental in having a law passed to prohibit the running loose of "miscellaneous cattle" in the city's streets.
Mr. Whipkey would never ride in an automobile and frequently walked to church and to other places when other members of his family "took the car."
No civic program in Colorado City, however, whether it was a church affair or other public function ever "started" until Mr. Whipkey arrived.
In 1887, Mr. Whipkey was married to the former Miss. Rose Lee Salyer in Georgetown. She died in 1929 and there was one child of that union, Walter W. Whipkey who is now active publisher of the Colorado City Record.
In 1926 Walter W. Whipkey bought out the interest of A. L. Whipkey which ended the Whipkey brothers' partnership of many years.
In 1931 Mr. Whipkey married the former Hettie Smith. There were no children born to this union, but there is an adopted daughter, Mary Louise.
Other than his wife and adopted daughter his son and brother, he is survived by a granddaughter, Virginia Rose Whipkey, Baylor University, and another granddaughter, Mrs. William Wade of Roswell, New Mexico, and a nephew, Robert W. Whipkey, publisher of the Big Spring Daily Herald.
Pallbearers included J. W. Randle, Joe Mills, R. J. Wallace, Joe Smoot, Tom Russell, Bill Turner, A. L. McSpaddn, J. Ralph Lee and James Herrington.
Father: Simon Baucher Whipkey
Mother: Mary Jane Saunders
Simon Baucher Whipkey (1821 - 1871)
Mary Jane Sanderson Whipkey (1827 - 1871)
Rosa Lee Salyer Whipkey (1868 - 1929)*
Hettie B Walford Whipkey (1874 - 1950)*
Walter Wells Whipkey (1888 - 1965)*
Alonzo A Whipkey (1846 - 1852)*
Mary Frances Whipkey (1849 - 1852)*
Elvira Elizabeth Whipkey Shultz (1852 - 1929)*
Stephen E. Whipkey (1853 - 1926)*
Marshall E. Whipkey (1855 - 1939)*
Benjamin Franklin Whipkey (1858 - 1931)*
Fredrick Bierer Whipkey (1860 - 1942)
Priscilla Jane Whipkey Fueg (1862 - 1905)*
Abraham Lincoln Whipkey (1865 - 1954)*
Colorado City Cemetery
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