Charles N. Whinnery, for many years a well known and influential farmer of the town of Dunn, but now living retired in Menomonie, was born on a farm in that town, July 26, 1862, son of George and Mary (Pratt) Whinnery. As a boy he attended school in Downsville and grew to manhood on his parent's farm, on which he lived until he had attained his majority, during that period helping his father to clear and cultivate the land. In 1883 he became a camp cook, an occupation that he followed continuously for 11 years following, for the most part along the Chippewa, Flambeau, Jump and Apple Rivers.
In 1894 he went to South Dakota and took a homestead of 160 acres in Cuddington County, which he subsequently proved up and farmed for five years. In 1899 he returned to Dunn County and bought the old farm of his father's consisting of 200 acres in Sections 25 and 26, town of Dunn, which property he proceeded to improve, erecting various new buildings. Among them were a frame house 28x30 feet, with an addition of 16x28 feet, containing a kitchen and bathroom; a basement barn 30x100 feet, with a silo at one end measuring 14x40 feet; a granary, machine-shed, poultry house, and whatever other buildings were necessary or desirable, all well constructed and conveniently placed and equipped. Mr. Whinnery gave his special attention to dairy farming, and developed a good herd of some 40 or more Holstein cattle, one-half of which were full bloods, and with a pure bred sire at the head. He continued his operations until September, 1921, at which time he retired, renting the farm to his son Eldon. Moving to the city of Menomonie, he bought the residence he now occupies at No. 913 Eighth Street.
During his active career in the town of Dunn Mr. Whinnery performed some good public service. He was for two years town assessor, served one term as enumerator, and two terms as a member of the town board of supervisors, and was school clerk of District No. 7 for ten years. He helped to organize the Downsville Co-operative Creamery, of which he has since been a director, and fraternally he is affiliated by membership with the camp of Modern Woodmen of America at Downsville. His active career was one of intelligent industry along lines highly beneficial to the county and was crowned with ample success.
Mr. Whinnery was married March 21, 1896, to Elizabeth Lyness, who was born in Grant County, Wisconsin, Oct. 24, 1873. The Whinnery family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Among the solid and effective upbuilders of Dunn County, they occupy a good social position, having a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.The children of this union are:
1. Eldon, born May 1, 1898, who is agent for the Delco Light Plants, married Faye Randolph.
2. Everett, born Sept. 19, 1900, who is now conducting the home farm, married Mabel Thompson and has one child, Galand.
3. Raymond, born May 27, 1905, is a graduate of the Menomonie High School, class of 1924 and now a student in Lawrence College, at Appleton, Wis.
Source: "History of Dunn County, Wisconsin" (1925) Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) pages 293-294.
George Whinery (1821 - 1903)
Mary Pratt Whinery (1831 - 1872)
Johanna Elizabeth Lyness Whinnery (1873 - 1939)*
Eldon D Whinnery (1898 - 1963)*
Everett E Whinnery (1900 - 1975)*
Albert P Whinery (1853 - 1863)*
Eldon C Whinery (1857 - 1863)*
George J Whinnery (1860 - 1920)*
Charles N Whinnery (1862 - 1944)
Walter Whinery (1862 - 1863)*
Franklin Isaac Whinnery (1865 - 1947)*
Ella M Whinery (1866 - 1878)*
Alice Whinery (1870 - 1871)*
Arthur M. Whinnery (1872 - 1945)*
Created by: Susan Hunt Williams
Record added: Jan 13, 2012
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