Eldon Duane WHITEHILL 1164
- Born: 23 Nov 1924, Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa 51601 32,1164
- Died: 4 Dec 1989, Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa 51601 at age 65 1164
- Buried: Dec 1989, Rose Hill Cemetery: Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa, USA 1164
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Noted events in his life were:
• Religion: Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa 51601. 604 Summit United Methodist Church
• Residence, 1930, Morton Township, Page County, Iowa, USA. 1153,1165 living with his parents.
• School: Page County, Iowa. 1165 Centennial Country School, first teacher was Mayme Braymen.
• Graduation, 1942, Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa 51601. 604,1165 Shenandoah High School. While in high school, Eldon participated in an essay writing contest and won $25 prize money.
• Occupation: Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa 51601. 604 Farmer
• Military Service. 1165 Deferred from military service due to shortage of farm laborers.
• Honors, 1984, Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa 51601. 1165 Bio in History of Page County, Iowa
Eldon Whitehill, elder son of Paul and Ester Whitehill was born in Page County, Iowa, November 23, 1924. At that time his parents resided in Fremont County, south of Shenandoah, on a farm purchased by Eldon's great-grandfather, Matthew Whitehill in 1872 for $25 an acre. In 1930, the Paul Whitehill family moved from this farm to Page County, renting an 80 from (sic) Charles Fienup and additional crop land from two neighbors. Three years later, the family moved onto a 160 acre farm, 1 1/4 miles north, purchased by Esther's father, A. H. Olson. Later the Whitehills purchased this farm from Mr. Olson. When moving, Eldon, then eight, drove a team of horses to a hayrack loaded with furnishings. Eldon attended Centennial country school, his first teacher, Mayme Braymen. Showing an interest in livestock and farming at an early age, Eldon would hurry home from school to work the field a couple of hours rather than do chores. While in Shenandoah High School, Eldon participated in an essay writing contest and won $25 in prize money. Upon graduation, he worked on a farm for his Uncle Vern Whitehill, before starting to farm for himself, renting crop land from a neighbor. Eldon was deferred from military service as were other farm boys due to shortage of farm labor. In 1952, Eldon was married to Ada Barett, a native of Eastern Kentucky. They moved onto a farm north of Shenandoah, owned by Belle Seabloom. In 1958, they purchased 240 acres in Morton Township, 2 1/2 miles northeast of Eldon's parental home. Here they built a new house in 1965. Later they purchased two addition 80 acre farms, in 1976 and 1979. Upon coming to Shenandoah, Ada was first employed at Jay Drug Company. For several years, she owned and operated a restaurant in Shenandoah. Here the son, Randall, started showing an interest in the restaurant business. Ada has also helped at special functions at the American Legion Country Club and at the Elks in Shenandoah. Recently, she completed a course as Nurses' Assistant and is serving in that capacity at Garden View Care Center. She also looks after their rental properties in Shenandoah. Eldon and Ada have three sons. Randall, the eldest resided's in Clarinda and is employed as Cook in the "Little Caesar" restaurant. He married Ester Miller and they have two children, Michael and Jennifer. Rick, upon completing High School, took a course enabling him to enter the Ambulance Service. When not on duty with the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, his is employed at Cooks in downtown Shenandoah. Rick married Marisa Gant of near Coin and they have one daughter, Traci. The family resides in Shenandoah, where they have purchased a new home on Cherry Hills Drive. Bryan is at home and employed by his father on the farm. Submitted by Esther Whitehill.
• Funeral, 7 Dec 1989, Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa 51601. 604 Funeral services were held at the Hackett Funeral Home in Shenandoah on Thursday, Dec. 7, 1989. The Rev. Lowell E. Hoyle officiated. Soloist was Mrs. Robert Finlay and organist was Mrs. George R. Whitehill. Mrs. Elbert Lynn, Mrs. Eldon Pierson and Mrs. William Tyner were in charge of caring for the flowers. Mrs. Rex Whitehill was in charge of the memorials. Mrs. Charles Pease was in charge of the memory register. Pallbearers were Clarence Dalton, Finton Eitzen, Dan Finlay, Charles Pease, Charles Dean Pease and Curtis Pease. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.
• Cemetery, Dec 1989, Rose Hill Cemetery: Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa, USA. 1164 Lot 87
Eldon married Living