Biography of John G. Whelan
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John G Whelan. Born in Livingston county, New York, May 7, 1849. Here he learned the trade of painting. In 1862 he went to Michigan, where he followed sign painting for one year. He then spent six years as a commercial traveler. In 1875 he came to California and engaged in the saloon business in Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, where he remained until the spring of 1876, when he went to Skaggs' Springs. Here he clerked in a hotel until the fall of 1876. He then returned to Santa Rosa and engaged in his former business, which he continued until 1877, when he came to Mendocino county and opened the resort known as "Whelan's Sample Rooms," located in Ukiah, south side of the plaza. Here he has since remained. Mr. Whelan married, August 4, 1878, Mrs. Lena Wadsworth, a native of Michigan.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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