William J. Whitlatch, wide awake, alert and enterprising, is numbered among the leading young farmers of Indiana
township. He was born December 26, 1885, on the farm which is still his home, his parents being George and Sally
(Simmons) Whitlatch, both of whom were natives of Marion county. The father died here on the 16th of July, 1887,
and is still survived by his wife, who yet makes her home in this county. In their family were three children:
Lennie; Ernest G., now living in Lucas county, Iowa; and William J.
The last named entered the public schools at the usual age and therein mastered the branches of English learning.
He also worked in the fields and his practical training qualified him for the responsibilities of business life
when he started out for himself. He was married February 17, 1904, at Knoxville, Iowa, the lady of his choice being
Miss Anna Eliza Bybee, who was born October 14, 1883, a daughter of Lyman Lee and Elizabeth Emma (Bellamy) Bybee,
who are now residents of Knoxville and who are mentioned elsewhere in this work.
After his marriage Mr. Whitlatch rented a farm for a year and then purchased property. He is now the owner of eighty
acres on section 28, Indiana township, and he operates altogether three hundred and seventy acres, being thus extensively
engaged in farming. He has studied the best methods of crop production, knows the nature of the soil upon his farm
and through careful cultivation has made his fields very productive. He also engages in stock raising and keeps
on hand good grades of cattle and hogs. He is a breeder of pure bred Hampshire hogs and Oxford sheep and a profitable
department of his stock raising is his pure bred Brown Leghorn chickens. Success has attended his intelligently
directed efforts and he is accounted one of the representative farmers of his community.
To Mr. and Mrs. Whitlatch has been born a daughter, Emeline Jeanette, who was born November z6, 1906, and is now
in school. The parents are members of the Methodist Protestant church and are people of the highest respectability,
their genuine worth having gained for them high esteem. Mr. Whitlatch exercises his right of franchise in support
of the men and measures of the democratic party. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons, holding membership
in Attica Lodge, No. 229. He is also identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all of
the chairs in Lodge No. 657, while Mrs. Whitlatch is a member of Lodge No. 70, Daughters of Rebekah, at Knoxville.
His life has been characterized by high and honorable principles and he is ever devoted to duty, nor through neglect
thereof leaves to others the work which he should do. He is thoroughly honorable in matters of citizenship and
matters of business, and he holds friendship inviolable.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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