Biography of William W. Whaley
Monroe County, MI Biographies

WILLIAM W. WHALEY, of Milan, was born in London, Monroe county. Mich. November 22, 1834. His parents were eastern people, coming from New York in 1832, and taking up 80 acres of Government land. When William was ten years old his mother died, and he left home to do for himself. On September 29, 1853, he married Sarah Vealey, of London township, Mich. Mr. Whaley was a cooper by trade. In January, 1864, he enlisted as corporal in Co. B, 1st Cavalry. He remained with his regiment during all its engagements of 1864. He was discharged from the service August 5, 1865. He returned to London and engagearming until 1874, when be sold out and came to Milan village, Mich., erecting a cooper shop and cider mill, doing the work at the mill with horse power. His business so increased that he was obliged to enlarge his works, and in 1884 put in a 40 horse power engine. In 1886 he used 25,000 bushels of apples and produced 3,000 barrels of cider. He ships his cider all over the United States. In 1886 be manufactured 3,000 gallons of apple butter, for which he found ready sale. Mr. Whaley is a member of the Cider Makers' Association of the State of Ohio, and is considered the representative cider maker of the Association. Mr. Whaley has four children, one an adopted daughter. He is a member of the Lucius Taylor Post, No. 274.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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