• Veteran of Spanish-American War


Eugene Herbert Whitney Sr was born 7 September 1872 in Deep River, Poweshiek County, Iowa, United States to Myron Whitney (1826-1889) and Rosina Breniman (1840-1905) and died 24 January 1936 Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States of unspecified causes. He married Ruth Ernestine Green (1881-1967) 24 September 1902 in Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. William I of England (1027-1087), Henry II of England (1133-1189), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899)/s, Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Henry II of England (1133-1189)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s, William I of England (1027-1087)/s, Rollo of Normandy (860-932)/s.

Eugene Herbert Whitney, Sr., was born 7 Sept. 1872, in Dresden, Iowa, to Myron Whitney and his second wife, Rosina Breniman. His father's first wife Sophia Grier had died in 1868, so Grandpa came to a household that already had a 9 year old boy named Evan, a 7 year old girl named Edith, and a 4 year old girl named Ethel. He would later have a full brother named Rudolph, and when he was 12, a little sister named Julia. His father Myron Whitney had come to Dresden in 1855 from Poultney, Vermont, his birthplace. Myron's older brother Newton bought land in Iowa two years earlier, after a trip to California in 1849. These two brothers started a mercantile business in about 1856.

About Dresden: The first permanent settlers came about 1847 to Deep River Township, SE corner of Poweshiek Co., originally a part of Jackson Twp. The first post office was established in 1852 and called Deep River. The village of Dresden was surveyed in June of 1856. A stagecoach passed through Dresden on the route between Iowa City and Des Moines. This route was known as the Diamond Trail or Black Diamond. Coaches ran on schedule and accommodated 7-9 passengers. A large amount of mail was carried.

A. C. Armstrong [later to marry Helen Whitney, Grandpa's aunt] built the first residence in Dresden, and the first business was a general store started by Newton and Myron Whitney [Grandpa's uncle and father]. Deep River Twp. was organized 7 Mar 1857 and the first election was held the next month. The meeting was held in Whitney's store in Dresden. Myron was the clerk of the board of trustees. He was appointed postmaster in 1857.

Before 1880, there were 3 stores, a hotel, etc., 2 churches, a schoolhouse, and 140 residents. (History of Dresden from History of Poweshiek Co.)

Dresden declined when the railroad went through one mile to the west, and nearly everything in Dresden moved to Deep River. (Centennial Hist. of Deep River)

From the Deep River Centennial Book of 1984: "E (Evan) T Whitney ran a grain and feed store in 1900. He apparently began operating about 1884 or 1885. In 1916 he and a Terry Connell jointly built a large brick building which still stands (as Winegarten Hardware). It was designed as an undertaking business." [Perhaps this is connected to Grandpa's early occupation?]

April 29, 1898: E. H. Whitney, Sr., enlisted (age 25) for Spanish-American War, Served in Co. A of 52nd Inf., Iowa Volunteers. Discharged on Oct. 30 at Des Moines. Height given as 5 ft. 9 in., dark blue eyes, dark brown hair, a carpenter. Private, involved in no battles. "Character: Excellent. Service: Honest and faithful." He was paid $68.55. (See copy of his papers. Also Roster Iowa Volunteers, p. 725.) Gene: "His company was from Mason City, and they went to a camp for training near Chattanooga, TN. It rained hard most of the time while they were there. They didn't get out of the country because of the short duration of the war.


Offspring of Eugene Herbert Whitney Sr and Ruth Ernestine Green (1881-1967)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Eugene Herbert Whitney (1903-1996) 12 August 1903 Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States 21 December 1996 Redlands, San Bernardino County, California, United States Irma Snow (1909-2000)
Alonzo Myron Whitney (1905-1990)
Helen Janett Whitney (1908-1997)
Charles Silsby Whitney (1910-1967)
Rosemary Jeanne Whitney (1913-2008)
Bonnie Laurine Whitney (1914-1935)
Ruth Gloria Whitney (1916-1991)
Cherie Priscilla Whitney (1918-1996)
Jack Douglas Whitney (1920-2003)
Juliet Lila Whitney (1924-2003)


Offspring of Myron Whitney (1826-1889) and Sophia Grier (1833-1868)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elon M Whitney (1860-1862)
Evan Thomas Whitney (1863-1929)
Edith B Whitney (1865-1942)
Ethel Sophia Whitney (1867-1949)

Offspring of Myron Whitney (1826-1889) and Rosina Breniman (1840-1905)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Baby Girl Breniman Whitney (1870-1870)
Eugene Herbert Whitney (1872-1936) 7 September 1872 Deep River, Poweshiek County, Iowa, United States 24 January 1936 Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States Ruth Ernestine Green (1881-1967)
Rudolph Whitney (1876-1952)
Julia Lela Whitney (1884-1899)


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