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Western Historical Publishing Company, An Illustrated History of North Idaho, Embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai, and Shoshone Counties, State of Idaho (Spokane, WA: Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903).

GEORGE B. WHITNEY One of the leading farmers and stockmen in the vicinity of Copeland, a man of intelligence and enterprise, this subject is accorded representation in the history of his county and we append an epitome of his career.

George B. Whitney was born in Marshall, Michigan to ____and Ida (Ansley) Whitney who came from Michigan to Kootenai Valley in 1891. The father located on a homestead in the valley and in 1898, he removed to Porthill and is now engaged in operating a hotel there. Our subject received his first educational training in his native place and then graduated in 1886, from the Detroit Business University. He came to this valley in 1891, located on unsurveyed land, which proved to belong to the railroad, and then he bought it and homesteaded another piece. In addition to this half section, he owns in company with his father another quarter, making him a fine estate of four hundred acres. This land is devoted to general farm products, hay and the pasture of stock. Mr. Whitney owns and handles from twenty-five to fifty head of stock. He is a man of enterprise and is counted one of the substantial men of the valley.

In 1896 Mr. Whitney married Miss Nellie T., daughter of Volney and Anna (Siverson) Washburn, natives of New York and Norway, respectively. Mrs. Washburn came from Norway with her father in 1852, aged twelve, and met her husband in Illinois. After marriage they came west in 1884 and after a decade in Wardner, they removed to Kootenai Valley, where they now live. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney are the parents of two children, one of whom is living, Hazel L. Mr. Whitney enjoys the good will and confidence of his fellows and is to be credited with much done to improve and develop this country. He is a man of energy and has labored with assiduity and real perseverance since coming here.

Copyright © 2007, Carolyn Cook and the Whitney Research Group

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