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 Harry Martin Whittemore

Harry Martin Whittemore

Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Death 1948 (aged 78–79)
Burial Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Plot ELMWOOD 1 26E 2
Memorial ID 149689500 · View Source
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True Republican, 18 June 1948

Harry Martin Whittemore, prominent and honored life-long resident of this community, passed away Tuesday at midnight at the Sycamore Municipal hospital, where he had been a patient since suffering a heart attack three weeks ago. The passing of Mr. Whittemore removes from Sycamore one of its most highly regarded and best known citizens.

He was engaged in business here for years, first with his father in the Hardware store, then becoming a partner in the firm of Oleson, Whittemore and Walrod, groceries. Later Mr. Whittemore became associated with the First National Bank of Sycamore and was one of its directors and up until the time of his demise was actively associated with the National Bank and Trust Company of this city, of which he was a valued person on its staff and will be greatly missed there. He also was a director of the DeKalb-Ogle Telephone company and of the Building and Loan Association and was a former member of the school board.

Mr. Whittemore had been interested in lodge work for years, having been a member of the Sycamore Lodge No. 134, A. F. and A. M. and just recently received his 50 year pin. He was also Past Eminent Commander of the Knight Templars. For many years Mr. Whittemore faithfully served as an usher at the Federated church of which he was a devoted member.

Besides his business affiliations, he also entered into the civic and social affairs of the community. He was well liked by all who knew him, and his ever present kindly humor was always enjoyed.

Mr. Whittemore was born in Sycamore on September 25, 1869, the son of Captain Henry C. and Amelia Martin Whittemore. Following his high school graduation he attended the University of Illinois. On April 11, 1894 he was united in marriage to Gertrude Chapell, and their home has been made since then, at the present address, 232 South Main street.

Surviving his death are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. H. V. (Helen) Engh of Sycamore, Mrs. Ruth W. Reckhow of Rockford and Mrs. George F. (Marion) Lange of Madison, Wis., one sister, Mrs. George W. Nesbitt of Sycamore, also nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A sister, Mary Whittemore and a brother, Floyd Whittemore, predeceased him.

Many were in attendance at the final rites accorded Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Johnson-Van Natta Funeral Home with the Rev. H. L. Michael of the Federated church officiating. Masonic services were held at the grave, burial taking place in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Serving as honorary pall bearers were F. E. Brower, Justice W. J. Fulton, Clifford Danielson, George E. Dutten, Charles B. Townsend, F. L. Moudry, T. H. Roberts, John B. Adee, R. A. Lease, Fred O. Larson, B. J. Nelson and John Slezak. The abundance of beautiful floral tributes evidenced the high esteem in which Mr. Whittemore was held.

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