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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WHITING, DR. E. C., physician and surgeon, P. O. Shenandoah; born July 14, 1838, in Colwell county, Missouri. His parents removed to Hancock county, Illinois, in 1841, remaining until 1846. They then went to Florence, Nebraska, at which place the mother of Dr. Whiting died in the following spring. The boy went to St. Joseph, Missouri, living for the next two years with a Mr. George Snyder. His patron then went to Salt Lake City, Utah, and Dr. Whiting to Mills county, Iowa, engaging in any honorable occupation that promised remuneration or livelihood. In 1855 he became the purchaser of an interest in the first threshing machine brought to this section of the state, a venture which proved exceedingly lucrative. He is next found in Fremont county, at Fisher’s grove, working in a chair factory until 1861. In 1862 he commenced the study of medicine, with Dr. William Hamilton, of Hamburg, remaining with him one year. He then matriculated at the Eclectic College of Medicine, at Cincinnati, Ohio. In October, 1866, he attended his second course of lectures and graduated the same year. His first location after graduation was at Bartlett, Fremont county, Iowa. In December, 1876, he came to Shenandoah, where he has since resided, enjoying a growing practice from that date. He was married January 21, 1871, to Miss Lucy J. Sand, of Jack son county, Iowa, by whom he is the father of one child: Essie Lula, born November 14, 1871. Mr. Whiting is a man distinguished for great energy of character and strong will; a man among men, becoming rich by his own unaided efforts. His integrity is of the strictest kind, and his social-position such as becomes a man of his standing—respected by, and enjoying the confidence of, all.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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