Biography of Albert D. Whaley

Albert D. Whaley is one of the industrious and enterprising men whose hands have brought the excellent products from the reservation lands that make Nez Perces County one of the best in the state of Idaho. He resides on a farm immediately north from Summit and gives his attention largely to truck farming and raising hogs and poultry. Mr. Whaley is making a fine success of his labors and has this year one of the finest onion patches of one acre to be found in the entire County.

Albert D. Whaley was born in Lake County, Illinois, on March 22, 1852, being the son of David and Prudence (Corser) Whaley, natives of New York and Vermont, respectively. The mother went to Illinois in an early day with her parents in a wagon. Mr. Whaley had two brothers. Charles A. and Cyrus C, in the Civil w: ar. both being privates in the Twelfth Michigan. Charles lives in Oakesdale, Washington, and Cyrus lives in Kansas. His other brothers are Marcus, in Kansas, and Marlow, in Oakesdale.

Mr. Whaley married Miss Irene, daughter of John W. and Elizabeth (Smith) Dinwiddie. After the war the parents of our subject came to Douglas County, Kansas, and there and in his native place. Albert was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. When he was twenty-one he went for himself and worked on the railroad and followed other occupations, also purchasing eighty acres which he rented. In 1888 he came from Kansas to Oakesdale. Washington, and farmed for three years and then went to Chehalis, where he was engaged in timber work for seven years. In 1898 Mr. Whaley filed on his present place and since that time he has devoted his energies to its improvement and development. He has a comfortable home and is one of the thrifty residents of the community. To Mr. and Mrs. Whaley there have been born the following children, Charles J., Maude L., Lester Z., Lizzie I., and Floyd W. Mr. Whaley is a Prohibitionist in politics, while he and his wife are soldiers in the Salvation Army, holding their enrollment at Chehalis. While there, Mrs. Whaley was sergeant major, having charge of the children’s branch.

Our subject and his wife are highly respected and are valuable acquisitions to the community.

Source: An Illustrated History of North Idaho: Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho; Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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