Biography of Merton H. Whitney
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Merton Harvey Whitney, retired, is a substantial and widely known citizen of Chatham. He was born there, Nov. 4, 1873, the son of John Bunyan and Adelaide Lucinda (Clapp) Whitney.

John Bunyan Whitney was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born near Granville, N. Y., in 1848. During the Civil War he served as a member of the 166th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was a farmer during his life and died at Chatham in 1876. Mr. Whitney married Miss Adelaide Lucinda Clapp, the daughter of Luther and Hannah Clapp, the former a well known farmer of Chatham. Mrs. Whitney died in 1926. There were two sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Whitney: Dr. E. L., physician, lives at Walla Walla, Wash.; and Merton Harvey, the subject of this sketch.

Merton H. Whitney has always lived at Chatham and was educated in the public schools. He was interested in farming until 1902, at which time he entered the offices of a railroad company at Lodi, Ohio, and in whose employ he remained for two years, when he returned to the farm in Chatham Township until 1919. From 1919 until 1928 Mr. Whitney was identified with the hardware business in Akron. He has since lived retired in the village of Chatham.

On April 16, 1896, Mr. Whitney married Miss Esther C. Myers, a daughter of Amos and Lucy A. Myers, of Akron, Ohio. They have three children: Leon, mention of whom is made below; Helen Adelaide, married Fred Mann, lives at Detroit; and John B., who died in 1919, is buried in Chatham Cemetery.

Leon Whitney was born at Chatham, Jan. 21, 1897. He is a veteran of the World War, having served in France as a member of Company D, 146th Regiment, 37th Division. He saw active service during the Argonne drive at Belleau Wood and Chateau Thierry. After his discharge from the service in April, 1919, he returned to Akron, Ohio, where he is employed in the post office. He is married and has a son, John M. Whitney.

Merton H. Whitney is a Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, and belongs to Medina County Grange. He is township clerk, and also clerk of the school board.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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