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Whorf Family

Isaiah Atkins Whorf (1848-1901)
Thankful Ann Whorf (Baker) (1844-1922)
"Isaiah Whorf was originally from Provincetown, Massachusetts. Isaiah had been a
ship builder in the boom days of the Provincetown fishing industry. Isaiah Whorf lived for a time in Chelsea before coming to Winthrop c. 1880-81. In 1879, his business is listed as merchant tailor. He was a partner in a business called Whorf, Nicholson and Paine, Boston. In 1885, his occupation is listed as "designer, 101 Arch Street, Boston". Isaiah Whorf was very active in the civic life of Winthrop. He was elected to the board of the Frost Librarv in 1887. He was also a founder of the first Winthrop Yacht Club."
- >Harry Whorf House, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System
Harry Church Whorf (1874-1922)
Sarah "Sadie" Edna Whorf (Lee) (1871-1962)
"Harry Whorf was a well respected commercial artist. He first studied at M.l.T., and went on to become an artist and graphic designer. He is perhaps best remembered professionally as the designer of the Old Dutch Cleanser Woman which became a popular brand name logo. Like his father, Isaiah, Harry was made numerous contributions to the community. He was the founder and director of the Winthrop Pageant Association in 1919. The first pageant held in 1919 was called "America in the World War". In that year, a repeat performance was given at Fort Banks for the benefit of the United States Army Relief Society.In 1920, an even more elaborate pageant was offered by Whorf with a small army of amateur actors, singers, dancers and musicians participating. This pageant was entitled "1920, or Faith in America". The third pageant in 1921 was called "America First" (evidently reflecting America's growing post war isolationist tendencies). Once again, this pageant was staged for the benefit of charitable organizations including the U.S. Army Relief Society, the Miliatary Hospital Aid Association, and the Winthrop Branch of the American Red Cross."
- >Harry Whorf House, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System
"Grandma Sadie was a wonderful designer and very good at details. She was a competent technical writer and a gifted planner and advisor, Apparently, she was able to assist her husband on many assignments. They made a pretty formidable team.."
- Bohemia by the Sea, Michael Whorf, 2016 (eBook preview)
Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897-1941)
"Benjamin L. Whorf was an American linguist and fire prevention engineer. Whorf is widely known as an advocate for the idea that because of linguistic differences in grammar and usage, speakers of different languages conceptualize and experience the world differently. This principle has frequently been called the "Sapir–Whorf hypothesis", after him and his mentor Edward Sapir, but Whorf called it the principle of linguistic relativity, because he saw the idea as having implications similar to Einstein's principle of physical relativity

Throughout his life Whorf was a chemical engineer by profession, but as a young man he took up an interest in linguistics. At first this interest drew him to the study of Biblical Hebrew, but he quickly went on to study the indigenous languages of Mesoamerica on his own. Professional scholars were impressed by his work and in 1930 he received a grant to study the Nahuatl language in Mexico; on his return home he presented several influential papers on the language at linguistics conferences."
- >Wikipedia - Benjamin Lee Whorf
John Calderwood Whorf (1903-1959)
"John C. Whorf was a gifted artist, perhaps best known as a watercolorist. He achieved the supreme honor of being asked to donate examples of his work to the National Academy of Design on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. During the late 1910's and1920's, he was a rising star of the Boston art world. Well known artists such as John Singer Sargent and Dodge Mc Knight purchased his work for their own collections. Examples of his work are in the museums of Europe as well as the United States."
- >Harry Whorf House, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System
Richard Baker Whorf (1906-1966)
"Richard B. Whorf was an actor, movie and television producer. He was a 1929 graduate from Winthrop High School and went on to have a 40 year career in the entertainment industry. He played Richard III on the Boston and Broadway stages and costarred opposite Jimmy Cagney in the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy. During the 1950's he produced several popular TV shows including Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Raw Hide, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock and other shows."
- Harry Whorf House, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System
- Wikipedia - Richard Whorf
- IMDb - Richard Whorf
 
 
 
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