HORACE S. WHITNEY, a resident of McLean County since 1869, is now living a retired life in the city of Bloomington, where he owns and occupies a pleasant and comfortable homestead, having retired from his labors as an agriculturist in 1883. Our subject was born in Pennsylvania in 1833, and is the son of Horace and Lucinda (Cole) Whitney, the father a native of Vermont and the mother of Pennsylvania. Horace Whitney, a prominent resident of Erie County, Pa., was there engaged as a lumber dealer and sheep trader, and removed from the Keystone State to Wisconsin in 1843, locating upon a farm in Dane County, where he engaged in agriculture. The parental household consisted of five children, of whom our subject was the second in order of birth. During the progress of the late war he enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. F, 36th Wis. Vol. Inf., and was in the service twenty-two months. He participated in the battle of the Wilderness, Turner's farm, Weldon Railroad, and many skirmishes, and escaped comparatively unharmed. At the close of the war he returned to his parents in Wisconsin, where he remained until 1869. He then came to McLean County, and located in Padua Township, where he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth (Ganoe) Baddeley, the daughter of Elijah and Blender (Evans) Ganoe. The parents of Mrs. W. were natives of Ohio and early settlers of Bloomington City. Of their five children, four are still living, Mrs. Whitney being the eldest. Her first husband, William H. Baddeley, was a native of England, and came to America with his parents when a lad eight years of age. They settled in McLean County, Ill., and engaged in merchandising at Le Roy. Their son William was reared on a farm and married when twenty-five years of age. After this event, with his young wife, he settled upon a farm in Padua Township, and continued there until his death in 1863. Mr. and Mrs. Baddeley became the parents of three children, two now living: Josephine, Mrs. Rodman, is the mother of two children—Elmer P. and George S.; William H. married Miss Virginia Fulton, and they have one son, named after his father.

Mr. and Mrs. Whitney, in their pleasant home at No. 506 South Evans street, are highly respected in their community and number as their friends some of the best people of Bloomington. Our subject is Republican in politics, and while in Padua Township served as School Trustee and was otherwise honored with positions of trust. He has in all respects fulfilled the obligations of a good citizen and a useful member of society.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 488. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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