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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)

Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.

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is any occupation that requires close observation, discriminating judgement and a level head it is that of a pilot on a steamboat on the Missouri river, with its treacherous sand bas, its changing currents and its constant dangers. It has, however, its draw- backs, and the man who wishes to have a home of his won and enjoy its quiet, and who, besides, has decided home instincts, will not choose long between the pilot house and the home when a young lady to whom he is devotedly attached points the way to the home. He was married to Miss Mildred A. BUCKNER, of St. Charles, Mo., and to them have been born two sons and one daughter. We are inclined to think the good lady did not think much of the business of steamboating, for we find that in the fall of 1874 the family removed to Mexico, Mo., and Mr. WHITNEY was engaged during that fall in the stock business, buying and shipping. June 1, 1875, he went to Washington, D. C., and was clerk of the committee of the house of representatives of the District of Columbia, and for two terms was clerk of the banking and currency committee. A position like this is all right for a young man for two or three years, but all wrong as the settled business of life, and in 1880 Mr. WHITNEY resigned his position to take charge of a farm in Saline County, Mo., ten miles southwest of Mar- shall, and for eleven years engaged in general farming and stockraising, handling mostly beef cattle. When cattle began to decline in 1886-87 he sold his herds and made up his mind to become a breeder of Holstein-Friesians and a breaker up of the way toward making Missouri the great dairy state for which nature intended her. His first investment was in 12 head of cattle costing $2,800. This was the foundation of the present herd, which now numbers over one hundred. He has from time to time added such individuals as in his judgement would bring them up to his ideal standard, and as a result he has a herd which is recognized as one of the leading Holstein-Friesian herds in the west. In the fall of 1890 he met Mr. M. E. MOORE, of Cameron, Mo., at the Kansas City Exposition, for the first time, and after discussing fully the necessity for a state Holstein association they finally agreed to organize it, and the following spring united in a call for the Holstein-Friesian breeders of the west to meet at Marshall, Mo., in the month of April. The beginning was small, only six breeders being present, and Mr. WHITNEY was elected secretary. The following October another meeting was held, at which time the membership had increased to twenty-seven, and it was then named the Western Holstein-Friesian Association. The second annual meeting was held in Kansas City, October 26, 1892, when the membership numbered ninety-six, and when the important step of establishing a herd book was agreed upon, one reason being that they believed the fees charged by the old association were exorbitant. In the hands of Mr. WHITNEY and the able board of directors, the association has become a very great success, and now numbers one hundred and eighty-five breeders, distributed through twenty-six states of the Union, and is still on the increase. Mr. WHITNEY is the originator of the present system of keeping the records, which is regarded as many as the most complete of the kind in the United States; res. Mexico, Mo. 9353a. i. AVLETTE HOWE, b. Apr. 20, 1870; m. June 5, 1894, Mabel ROBINSON; res. M.; is a druggist. 9353b. ii. ARTHUR BUCKNER, b. Jan. 5, 1877; res. M. 9353c. iii. MILDRED CLARK, b. Feb. 27, 1887; res. M. 7288. CLARENCE SMYRNA WHITNEY (Samuel, Smyrna, Samuel, Samuel, Wil- liam, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Ashland, Mass., Mar. 27, 1850; m. Feb. 18, 1875, at Providence, Martha Watson HUNT, b. June 7, 1849. He was born at Ashland, Mass., where his father was engaged in the manufacture of paper. After an excellent common school education he entered Phillips academy, Andover, Mass., and was graduated in 1870. He then started into learn the paper business. At present he is associated with his brother in the wholesale paper busi- ness at 63 and 65 Essex St., Boston; res. Sutherland Road, Boston, Mass., and Hyde Park, Mass. 9354. i. MARY ERVING, b. June 17, 1876. 9355. ii. LAURA NOBLE, b. May 7, 1882. 7290. WILLIAM ERVING WHITNEY (Samuel, Smyrna, Samuel, Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. North Reading, Mass., Aug. 9, 1855; m. in Boston, 1878, Mary E. FENN, b. Aug. 12, 1858. He was born in North Reading, Mass.; fitted for college at the Phillips acad- emy, Andover, Mass.; entered Yale college in 1873, and was graduated in 1877. He at once entered into the wholesale paper business with his brother, under the firm name of Whitney Bros., and is now located at 63 and 65 Essex St., Boston, Mass.; res. 453 Columbus Ave., Boston, Mass.; s. p.

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