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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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George D. Whittum.

George D. Whittum, a prosperous and highly esteemed citizen of Adair county, has lived on his home place on section 19, Lincoln township, for the past forty-six years and now in possession of more than eight hundred acres of valuable land in Jefferson and Lincoln townships.  His birth occurred in Lewiston, Maine, on the 12th of March, 1840, his parents being Daniel and Betsey (Statson) Whittum, who spent their entire lives in the Pine Tree state.

George D. Whittum acquired his education in the district schools, and after attaining his majority worked as a farm hand by the month until 1869, when he left his native state and came west to Iowa.  In Adair county he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of raw prairie land in Lincoln township and on this property he has resided continuously to the present time, giving his attention to its cultivation and improvement.  In later years he has augmented his holdings by additional purchase from time to time until he now owns over eight hundred acres of land in Lincoln and Jefferson townships --- the most fertile and richest section of the county.  Mr. Whittum has cultivated the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and has also been extensively engaged in stock-raising, now making a specialty of Black Polled Angus cattle.  His undertakings have been attended with a highly gratifying and well merited measure of prosperity.

On the 8th of October, 1872, Mr. Whittum was united in marriage to Miss Emma Easton, a daughter of William H. Easton, who came to this county from Illinois in 1855 and took up his abode in Jefferson township.  He is now a resident of Oklahoma.  To Mr. and Mrs. Whittum have been born five children, as follows:  Charles D. and Alton S., both of whom are deceased;  Fred S., who operates his father's half-section farm in Jefferson township;  Arthur H., who cultivates the home place;  and Clara E., at home.

Mr. Whittum cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln and has since supported the men and measures of the republican party, believing firmly in its principles.  He has never sought nor desired the honors and emoluments of office, but has ably served as township trustee and member of the school board.  His religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which his wife is also a consistent and valued member.  He has now passed the seventy-fifth milestone on life's journey and his career has ever been such that he is numbered among the most respected and leading citizens of his community.



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