Biography of Rufus M. Whaley
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RUFUS M. WHALEY
Rufus M. Whaley, of Oakland, is rendering a high type of service to his community, for, in the capacity of assistant adult probation officer, having charge of the more extreme cases in the police and justice courts, he has been able to exert an uplifting influence over many who have been in need of encouragement and the right kind of counsel. He has had wide experience in dealing with lawbreakers and is well qualified by temperament and training for the duties which he is performing. Mr. Whaley was born in the Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, on the 7th of February, 1887, and is a son of Rufus M. Whaley, who served as United States marshal of the eighty third district, comprising Indian territory, in the days when that section of the country was infested with bad men and criminals of every character, and won a high reputation as a law officer.

Rufus M. Whaley, Jr., received his educational training in the Indian Industrial University and was deputy sheriff in the first sheriff's office in Indian territory, serving in that capacity during the Crazy Snake Indian uprising. He liked that line of work and later served as deputy sheriff in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. In 1920 he came to California and in the same year was appointed deputy sheriff of Alameda county, in which office he continued for five years, when he resigned to accept his present position, to which he was appointed by the judges of the superior court. He is given the most difficult cases and enjoys his work, for it gives him a splendid opportunity for the reclaiming of the "down and out," and he has received high commendation for the splendid results which he has achieved. At the same time, he is stern and insistent where discipline is required and has proven able and resourceful in handling the cases assigned to him.

Mr. Whaley was united in marriage to Miss Lucile Shannon, of Texas, and they are the parents of a son, George. In his political views Mr. Whaley is a republican, actively interested in public affairs. He is a veteran of the World war, having enlisted in the first students' training camp, and was among the first ten thousand to volunteer. Commissioned a captain, he saw active service in France, being one of the three hundred men who were cited by General Pershing. He is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the United Veterans of the Republican, and Oakland Post, No. 5, A. L., of which he is commander, this being the largest Legion post west of Nebraska. He has done much effective work in the interest of disabled veterans, in which line his efforts have been greatly appreciated. A man of earnest purpose and sterling integrity, he commands the confidence of all who know him, and particularly of those who are acquainted with the fine work he is doing, and among his associates, being a man of genial and friendly manner, he is deservedly popular

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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