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Whitney, Perry H. 1858

WHITNEY, ROCKWOOD, KEEFER

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Date: 5/16/2015 at 08:18:40

PERRY H. WHITNEY.

Perry H. Whitney, prominently identified with commercial interests of Burr Oak as a partner in the conduct of the business operated by the Burr Oak Mercantile Company, was born near Watertown, in Jefferson county, Wisconsin, May 29, 1858. He is a son of Brayton and Martha (Rockwood) Whitney and is the second in a family of seven children.

Perry H. Whitney came to Winneshiek county with his parents in 1867 and was reared upon his father's farm in Hesper township, acquiring his education in the district school. He remained at home until 1881 and then removed to Ransom county, North Dakota, making the journey with his father and his brother, D. B. Whitney. For a number of years he went back and forth between Winneshiek county and North Dakota, spending his winters in the latter place until 1884, when he married and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits upon the old homestead. After the death of his father, which occurred in August, 1894, he sold his North Dakota interests and in connection with his brothers, Milton D. and Claude R., operated the farm until 1898, when Claude Whitney died. The subject of this review and his brother Milton remained upon the homestead for one year thereafter and at the end of that time Perry H. sold his interests and removed to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where he spent one year and a half. He next removed to Clark county, that state, and there engaged in farming until 1912, when he formed a partnership with Dr. W. H. Emmons, organizing the Burr Oak Mercantile Company. They control a large and profitable general store in Burr Oak and in one year have secured an excellent patronage, accorded them in recognition of their reliable and honorable business methods and their straightforward dealings.

In 1884 Mr. Whitney was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Loretta Keefer, a native of Columbus, Wisconsin, and they became the parents of three children: Ray, who was killed at the age of eight years; Lottie, who died at the age of eleven months; and Bessie, who lives at home. Mr. Whitney is a man of many sterling qualities and these have gained him the respect and high esteem of all with whom he is associated.

Source: History of Winneshiek County, Iowa Vol. II Chicago the S. J. Clark Publishing Company 1913

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