H. E. Whitten, a well to do farmer residing in South Cedar township, was born in Augusta, Maine, on the 7th
of February, 1851, of the marriage of Thomas and Sarah T. (Bowler) Whitten. Both came of English stock but were
natives of Maine, where their marriage occurred. They continued to reside in that state until 1863, when, with
their family, they removed westward, locating in Van Buren county, Michigan, in the fall of that year. On the 1st
of September, 1865, they left that state and began their overland journey to Harrison county, Missouri. They resided
there until the 3d of May, 1869, when they started by team for Saunders county, Nebraska, arriving here on the
15th of that month. The father homesteaded land on section 14, Center township, and engaged in farming there until
his demise in 1880. He was buried in West Wahoo cemetery and his wife, who died in 1871, was buried at Wahoo. They
were the parents of four children, namely: H. E.; Ellen F., who married Daniel Weaver, of Cheney, Washington; Flora
E., the widow of Edward Burch, of Chattaroy, Washington; and Charles W., who resides with our subject.
H. E. Whitten attended school in Augusta, Maine, and as his parents lived in the same block as the noted statesman,
James G. Blaine, he went to school with the Blaine children. He was twelve years of age when the family home was
established in Michigan, and he accompanied his parents on their various removals, remaining with them until their
deaths. He homesteaded land in Center township adjoining his father's farm and has since devoted his entire time
and attention to agricultural pursuits. He still owns two hundred and forty acres of land in Center township, one
hundred and sixty acres on section 14, Cedar township, where he now resides, and a half section in Dickey county,
North Dakota. He carries on general farming and in his work follows up to date methods and utilizes the most improved
machinery, thus increasing his efficiency. He recognizes the value of cooperation and is an active member of the
Mr. Whitten was reared a republican and for a number of years voted that ticket but is now somewhat independent
in politics. He is well known in Masonic circles, belonging to the blue lodge at Cedar Bluffs, the chapter at Wahoo
and the commandery at Fremont, and in his daily life seeks to exemplify the teachings of the order. He is public
spirited and can be depended upon to further the community advancement in every way possible.
Charles W. Whitten, a brother of H. E. Whitten, was born in Harrison county, Missouri, and there attended school.
He, too, has devoted his life to farming and has proved an able agriculturist. He married Miss Dora Bailey, by
whom he has four children, Labelle, Wallace, Ellen and Edna.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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