Porter S. Whitmer

Porter S. Whitmer carries on not only a successful business at Lanark in painting and paper hanging, but also owns a small fruit farm which is very profitable. he is well known all through Carroll county, his family being one of the old pioneer ones of this part of Illinois. He was born on his parents place, October 11, 1869, and his a son of Abraham and Catherine (Zuck) Whitmer.

Both parents of Mr. Whitmer were born in Franklin county, Pa., about 1836, and came to Carroll county, Ill., in 1864, living at Lanark until 1866, when Abraham Whitmer moved to the place now owned by his son, Porter S. Here both he and his wife died, her death occurring in 1871, and his in 1903. To this union were born the following children: Emmert C., Belle, Emma, Albert, and Porter S. In 1872 Abraham Whitmer was married (second) to Julia A. Snyder, and to this union were born the following children: William O., Anna, Mary, Charles, Harry, Ira, and Ida.

Porter S. Whitmer obtained his education in the public schools and for some three years afterward taught school and proved very acceptable as an instructor. As his father was a carpenter by trade he learned quite a great deal along that line and later took up painting and paper hanging. Since coming into possession of his valuable little fruit farm of six acres, he has greatly improved the place and has made it one of the most attractive in this section. In 1911 he erected his handsome eight-room residence and hopes to make this his permanent home and in this hope he is joined by his fellow citizens by whom he is universally respected.

On January 28, 1893, Mr. Whitmer was married to Miss Ida Frey, who was born in Washington county, Md., January 23, 1870, a daughter of John and Anna M. (Reynolds) Frey, natives of Maryland, who came to Illinois in 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Whitmer have five children, namely: Mabel, who lives with her parents, was born March 7, 1894; Kathryn, who was born July 10, 1895; Fred E., who was born April 22, 1897; Edna G., who was born May 10, 1899; and Lucile Marie, who was born January 15, 1904. Mr. Whitmer and family are members of the Brethren Church. In politics he is a Republican and from 1902 until 1906 he served in the office of town clerk of Cherry Grove township

Contributed by Carol Parrish from the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and the History of Carroll County, pg. 923 -

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