At the age of 23 he was given a position as cashier at the Citizens' National Bank of Faribault, Minnesota. During this period an accident won him national attention. While carrying the payroll of $30,000 to an army encampment in Montana, bandits held up the stage. The guard was killed, the stage driver was wounded, but Whipple took to the underbrush with the money and escaped.
After ten years as a bank employee, he joined the army. He won his rank as lieutenant colonel and deputy paymaster general in 1901, three years later being raised to colonel and assistant paymaster general. In 1908 he was appointed brigadier general and paymaster general. He retired February 15, 1912, after seeing active service in the Philippines, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
General Whipple moved to Los Angeles with his wife Evelyn McLean Whipple in 1908. (Mrs. Whipple was the daughter of John McLean, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.)
(Photo submitted by the General's great granddaughter, Carla Armstrong, April 30, 1999)