Biography of William J. Whaley
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William J. Whaley, who is carrying on a good business as farmer and stock raiser on a farm of 120 acres in section 16, Sheldon township, which was established by his father, was born on this farm, Nov. 28, 1884, son of William and Catherine (McNamara) Whaley, both natives of Ireland. He was educated in District School No. 25, and has always resided on the homestead, assisting his father until 19 years of age, at which time he assumed the management of the farm and has since operated it. He has improved the property by adding some modern buildings, including an excellent barn, 34 by 60 feet, fully equipped with all needful apparatus. He breeds Polled Angus cattle and Persian horses, gradually raising the grade of his stock, and is a shareholder in, the elevator at Caledonia and a member of the Houston Shipping Association. In religion he is a Roman Catholic. Mr. Whaley was married in November, 1914, to Catherine Hurley, who was born in Crystal Valley, Union township, daughter of William and Catherine (Cunningham) Hurley. Her parents were both born in this county, and were farmers. Both are now deceased, the father dying July 25, 1911, and the mother in 1888. Their daughter Catherine was their only child.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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