PFC Earnest Bertrum Whiteley

PFC Earnest Bertrum Whiteley

Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA
Death 28 May 1961 (aged 71)
Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington, USA
Burial Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington, USA
Plot WALLA-VE-97A-WWI-19
Memorial ID 143524696 · View Source
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Earnest was the son of Ella Louise Smith. Who his birth father was is unknown. Ella was a young widow and Earnest was born the same year that Ella married the Widower Lindsey Boone Whiteley, who, himself had 3 young boys. Lindsey Boone Whiteley adopted Earnest as his own.
Earnest served in World War I. When he was young, and had just gotten out of the service (about 1918), he had a horse flip on him (when the horse he was riding tripped on a calf) The saddle horn landed on his chest. He was unconscious for 13 days. From then on 13 was his lucky number.
Earnest lived most of his life in Milton-Freewater as a manager of Harris Orchards. He never married, but was known all over town as a friendly man who loved to hang out at the ice cream parlor. He was a little bit of a ladies man, and liked to buy the girls icecream. He also went to the Whiteley ranch (his Brother Earls place), to eat ice cream every weekend, and to help Earl and his sons. He was a great handyman, talented with carpentry and electrical work. He wasn't afraid to stick his fingers into electrical sockets. He was an honest and good worker.
He had some model T cars and a big tall black doberman dog.

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  • Created by: S. W.
  • Added: 8 Mar 2015
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Earnest Bertrum Whiteley (6 May 1890–28 May 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 143524696, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by S. W. (contributor 47460352) .