Family:Whitney, Horace Gibson (1858-?)

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Horace Gibson10 Whitney (Horace Kimball9, Newel Kimball8, Samuel7, Samuel6, Samuel5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Horace Kimball9 and Mary (Cravath) Whitney, was born 6 Jan 1858, Salt Lake City, UT.

He married, 10 Jan 1884, Marion Mumford Beatie. She was born 21 Apr 1861.

The subject of this sketch is the eldest issue of the marriage of Horace Kimball and Mary Cravath Whitney, and was born at Salt Lake City, UT, on the 6 Jan 1858. His early life was much the same as that of any other western boy, born of intelligent and moral parents, in a region at that time - though it had been settled for over ten years by his people - still remote from outside civilization. His education, however, was not neglected, and a very tender age saw him under the tutelage of the best school "marms" and masters that his native town could boast. This early training prepared him in due time for the local university, through which he passed with credit, excelling in rhetoric and English literature. At the age of fifteen, he wielded a facile and even brilliant pen, and gave promise of being a satirist and an essayist of no mean ability. Like his father before him, he early imbibed a passion for reading, and devoured with avidity the standard authors - poets and novelists; Dickens of the latter and Goldsmith of the former class being his especial favorites. These authors probably did more to shape his literary style than any others, and the clever imitations he sometimes gave of them, to the delight of admiring friends, told how deeply their genius had impressed him. In 1873 he left the university to engage in business, not on his own account, but as bookkeeper for a wholesale liquor firm, which place he vacated about a year later for a more advantageous position in the prominent banking house of White and McCormick. This situation he retained for ten years, during a portion of which time he maintained his connection with the Zeta Gamma Debating Society, an adjunct of his alma mater, the Deseret university, and its contemporary Wasatch Literary Association, in both of which he shone among the leading lights. In 1884 he was solicited to take a place on the editorial staff of the Salt Lake Daily Herald, to whose columns he had previously contributed to some extent, principally dramatic notes and criticisms, paving the way for his subsequent creation of the dramatic and lyric department of that now flourishing journal. As city editor of the Herald, Mr. Whitney was a marked success, but his business tact and energy made him a desirable acquisition in its financial department, and on September 1, 1887, at the reorganization of the Herald Publishing Company, he became its treasurer and assistant manager, retaining, however, the dramatic and lyric department after which excellent feature several of the local journals patterned. In 1889, Mr. Whitney became sole manager of the Herald, which responsible position he now occupies. He is also manager of the Home Dramatic club, which he helped to found in April 1880, and of which his brother Orson F. was also a founder and for sometime a leading member. This club still delights local audiences occasionally, and has acquired an extensive reputation by its highly creditable productions of standard plays. Mr. Whitney, like most of his father's family, is musically inclined, and the cultivation of the divine art is with him almost a passion. He has a good tenor voice, and as a choir leader may be said to excel. He married 10 Jan 1884, Miss Marion Mumford Beatie, and is the father of two fine boys. Barring two or three visits to New York, Chicago and other eastern cities, combining business with pleasure, Mr. Whitney has dwelt all his life in his native city; resided Salt Lake City, UT.

Children of Horace Gibson10 and Marion Mumford (Beatie) Whitney:

i. Horace Beatie11 Whitney, b. 10 Mar 1885.
ii. Frank Mumford Whitney, b. 11 Jun 1888.


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