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 Floyd Whittemore

Floyd Whittemore

Birth
Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 May 1939 (aged 64)
Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Burial Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Plot ELMWOOD 1 26W 2
Memorial ID 149689329 · View Source
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True Republican, 10 May 1939

Death called, at 1:45 o’clock Saturday morning, Floyd Whittemore, known to hundreds in Sycamore and elsewhere as a business man, financier, good friend and citizen. At times, words are inadequate to express the feelings that the passing of such a man engender.

He was the descendent of a long line of estimable women and men who served their neighbors and the country in official capacities, and in the wars in which this country has been engaged.

The Illinois Whittemores are representatives of a staunch, true and loyal family whose name is as well known in New England, as it was in their mother country. He is a descendent of that Thomas Whittemore who came from Hitchin, County Hereford, England, in 1641, and settled in Charlestown, Mass. Thomas Whittemore was the great grandfather of Lieutenant James Whittemore, who became first sergeant of a war of the Revolution. He marched with his company to Lexington, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Samuel Whittemore, the great grandfather of Floyd Whittemore came to Sycamore as a pioneer. His father, Henry C. Whittemore, for years an honored citizen of Sycamore, a captain in the Union army in the war between the States served many years here as a supervisor, and in other capacities for the good of his township, and county.

Below is a brief synopsis of the life of one of the Whittemore family.

Floyd Whittemore was born in Sycamore, December 8, 1874. His parents were the late Henry C. and Amelia (Martin) Whittemore. He attended Sycamore public schools and graduated from the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois in the class of 1896. While in the university he was manager of the baseball team and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

After graduation he was employed in the office of the State Treasurer at Springfield under his uncle, the late F. K. Whittemore. Later he operated a general store for several years at Lanesville in Sangamon county.

In 1908 he married Patsy G. Pickrell of Springfield who survives. During the early part of 1918 he returned to Sycamore and became associated with the Sycamore National Bank, first as a teller and later as cashier. In 1925 he resigned his position with the bank and went to California where his family had been since the previous year. Four years later he returned to Sycamore as Secretary and Treasurer of the Turner Brass Works where he remained until his retirement in, the fall of 1936.

Mr. Whittemore was a charter member and Past Exalted Ruler of Elk’s Lodge No. 1392. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Shriners and Knights Templar. Until his last illness he had been a director of the Community Credit Loan Association.

Surviving him besides his widow are one sister, Mrs. G. W. Nesbitt, a brother, H. M. Whittemore, one son, Kelsey P. Whittemore, and two grandsons, Stephen K. and Donald S. Whittemore.

Private funeral services were held from the E. E. Johnson chapel at 2 o’clock, Monday afternoon, the services being private. The body was cremated, with burial in Elmwood cemetery.


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  • Created by: Steve
  • Added: 23 Jul 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 149689329
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Floyd Whittemore (8 Dec 1874–6 May 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149689329, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Steve (contributor 48380989) .