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 William Henry Harrison Whitehill

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William Henry Harrison Whitehill

Birth
Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
Death
3 Mar 1908 (aged 67)
State Center, Marshall County, Iowa, USA
Burial
State Center, Marshall County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID
46240498 View Source

W H Whitehill, whose serious illness has been noted in these columns the past three or four weeks, died at his home Tuesday morning. He had been in poor health for the past two years, but it was only lately that he compelled to remain at home, and even then most of the time he was able to be up and around. The cause of his death was pernicious enemia. Mr Whitehill was 67 years of age last week, Tuesday. He had been a resident of Marshall county for 40 years.

William Henry Harrison Whitehill was born February 25, 1841, at Ryegate, Vermont. He was of Scotch descent, his grandparents having come to America about the year 1790. He was the third of four children, two of whom survive, a brother Andrew and a sister, Mrs Clara Bailey, who live in Peacham, Vermont. In 1868 Mr Whitehill with his surviving brother came to Marshall county, settling at Green Mountain, and in 1869 he was married to Margaret J Gibson. Their eldest son, Dr Nelson McPhee Whitehill of Boone was born there. In 1871 the family moved to the vicinity of State Center, purchasing the farm east of town, where the other three children, William J, Benjamin C and Annabel G, were born. In 1899 Mr and Mrs Whitehill retired from the farm, moving to a resident in this place, which has continued to be their home. At the time of Mr Whitehill's peaceful death he was surrounded by all the members of his family. Two of his sons are prominently connected with the business and commercial interests of State Center, while his daughter is a successful school teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado.

During his residence in Marshall county Mr Whitehill cultivated a wide acquaintance by his honest and upright life and for his active interest in public matters was honored many times with positions of trust and importance. For two terms he served the county on the board of supervisors, besides having been retained in other minor offices a considerable portion of the time.

Two years ago this winter he untied with the Presbyterian church of this place, where he was a faithful attendant.

Mr Whitehill's military record was a brilliant one. He enlisted in Co A, 10th Vermont Infantry on July 2, 1862. This regiment immediately joined the 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac and was with this branch of the service until the close of the war. This corps came into active just after the second battle of Bull Run and after that they were in almost all the fiercest engagements of the war that were fought in Virginia, including the battle of the Wilderness, at Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, with Sheridan in the Shenandoah, at Winchester, Fisher Hill and Cedar Creek, finally helping capture Lee's army at Appomatox. Mr Whitehill was mustered out of service on June 22, 1865 and arrived home on July 2, just three years from the day of his enlistement.

We have known Mr Whitehill ever since we were old enough to remember, and we have always looked upon him as a man greatly to be admired. A man of few words and exceedingly strong convictions, we have known his advice and counsel to be eagerly sought upon questions involving the general public welfare. He was honest, straight forward, industrious, and withal ever ready to aid the needy by both word and deed.


March 5, 1908 State Center Enterprise.

W H Whitehill, whose serious illness has been noted in these columns the past three or four weeks, died at his home Tuesday morning. He had been in poor health for the past two years, but it was only lately that he compelled to remain at home, and even then most of the time he was able to be up and around. The cause of his death was pernicious enemia. Mr Whitehill was 67 years of age last week, Tuesday. He had been a resident of Marshall county for 40 years.

William Henry Harrison Whitehill was born February 25, 1841, at Ryegate, Vermont. He was of Scotch descent, his grandparents having come to America about the year 1790. He was the third of four children, two of whom survive, a brother Andrew and a sister, Mrs Clara Bailey, who live in Peacham, Vermont. In 1868 Mr Whitehill with his surviving brother came to Marshall county, settling at Green Mountain, and in 1869 he was married to Margaret J Gibson. Their eldest son, Dr Nelson McPhee Whitehill of Boone was born there. In 1871 the family moved to the vicinity of State Center, purchasing the farm east of town, where the other three children, William J, Benjamin C and Annabel G, were born. In 1899 Mr and Mrs Whitehill retired from the farm, moving to a resident in this place, which has continued to be their home. At the time of Mr Whitehill's peaceful death he was surrounded by all the members of his family. Two of his sons are prominently connected with the business and commercial interests of State Center, while his daughter is a successful school teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado.

During his residence in Marshall county Mr Whitehill cultivated a wide acquaintance by his honest and upright life and for his active interest in public matters was honored many times with positions of trust and importance. For two terms he served the county on the board of supervisors, besides having been retained in other minor offices a considerable portion of the time.

Two years ago this winter he untied with the Presbyterian church of this place, where he was a faithful attendant.

Mr Whitehill's military record was a brilliant one. He enlisted in Co A, 10th Vermont Infantry on July 2, 1862. This regiment immediately joined the 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac and was with this branch of the service until the close of the war. This corps came into active just after the second battle of Bull Run and after that they were in almost all the fiercest engagements of the war that were fought in Virginia, including the battle of the Wilderness, at Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, with Sheridan in the Shenandoah, at Winchester, Fisher Hill and Cedar Creek, finally helping capture Lee's army at Appomatox. Mr Whitehill was mustered out of service on June 22, 1865 and arrived home on July 2, just three years from the day of his enlistement.

We have known Mr Whitehill ever since we were old enough to remember, and we have always looked upon him as a man greatly to be admired. A man of few words and exceedingly strong convictions, we have known his advice and counsel to be eagerly sought upon questions involving the general public welfare. He was honest, straight forward, industrious, and withal ever ready to aid the needy by both word and deed.


March 5, 1908 State Center Enterprise.


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