Fred A Whitney

File contributed by:
Nancy Grubb 1997

From "The History of North Washington" Published 1904
Stevens County, WA Biographical Sketches


Fred A. Whitney, connected by marriage with the oldest settlers in
Stevens county, came to Stevens county in 1889, just as the territory of
Washington was entering into statehood. His comfortable surroundings warrant
the belief that he has no occasion to regret his choice of a home. He is one
of the successful farmers and cattle men of the country.

Camppoint, Illinois, is the place of his nativity, and he was born May 15,
1855. His father, J.W. Whitney, a native of Ohio, removed from Illinois to
Minnesota in 1859, when the subject of this sketch was four years of age. The
mother, Martha J. (Riggin) Whitney, was born and reared in Illinois. In 1887
they came from Minnesota to Spokane where they now reside. Their union was
blessed by nine children, of whom seven survive, viz.: J.M. and G.W., of
Bozeman, Montana; Mary E., widow of Samuel Tower, in Springdale; Emma A.,
widow of J.S. Boyd, in St Paul, Minnesota; Ella L., wife of G.W. Bowers, of
St.Paul; W.H., a resident of Spokane; and Fred A., our subject.

In the excellent public schools of St.Paul, Minnesota, the latter
received a thorough practical education, and at the age of twenty-five he
left home and faced the world. He at first engaged in the business of
contracting and building. In 1889 he located the homestead on which now he
resides, four miles south of Springdale, Stevens county. Here he has a
quarter section of land, twenty-five acres of which are under cultivation,
with good buildings and other valuable improvements. On the same land there
are over a million feet of timber. He usually winters twenty head of fine

His marriage to Miss Emeline Heller was solemnized in 1891. She is the
daughter of Thomas and Esther (Gangro) Heller, the father a native of New
York, the mother of Oregon. They are among the first settlers of the county
and the wealthiest farmers of the valley. To Mr. and Mrs. Whitney seven
children have been born, Alfred R., Rosa J., Ivy M., Ruth, Frank, Harry T.,
and an infant daughter unnamed.

Mr.Whitney is an advocate of Republican principles and a member of the
I.O.O.F., in Fregus Falls, Minnesota. He is highly esteemed by all friends
and acquaintances.

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