William Whaley, one of the pioneers of Sheldon township, was born in Ireland in 1821, and was a young man when
he came to the United States. For some years he resided in Ohio, and then came to Houston county, Minnesota. Here
at first he worked out at anything he could find to do, for a part of the time at railroad work. In 1858 Minnesota
became a state, and it was about that time that Mr. Whaley purchased the farm in section 26, Sheldon township,
which has since been the family homestead, its present proprietor being his son, William
J. Here he resided until his death, March 26, 1893, or for a period of 35 years, during which time he improved
the property and erected good buildings on it. He was an industrious and respected citizen and for many years was
a member of the district school board. He was survived by his wife, who is now residing on the farm with her son
above mentioned. She, like her husband, was born in Ireland, her maiden name being Katherine McNamara. Their marriage
took place in Houston county.
The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919
Houston County, MN
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Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906