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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Floyd Irving Whitmore

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 453-454 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Floyd Irving Whitmore, long numbered among the foremost business men and leading citizens of New Berlin, was called to the home beyond on the 31st of May, 1920, at the comparatively early age of forty-seven years, and his passing was mourned by all who knew him. He was born in the town of Columbus, on December 15, 1872, his parents being Samuel and Mary (Marvin) Whitmore. He is survived by one brother and two sisters: H. Fred, a resident of New Berlin, New York; Mrs. Edwin Marvin, who makes her home in Detroit, Michigan; and Mrs. E. R. Maine, living in Columbus, New York.

Floyd Irving Whitmore spent his youthful days at the home of his birth and when seventeen years of age entered the Wyoming Business College, from which institution he was graduated in 1891. Subsequently he entered the employ of the George B. Whitmore Company, commission agents of New York. It was there that he formed the acquaintance of Miss Alice Hulin and their marriage was celebrated at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hulin, in Brooklyn, on the 4th of February, 1897. Failing health compelled Mr. Whitmore a few years later to give up his position and with his family he took up his abode at New Berlin. As soon as he was again able to work, he embarked in the egg, butter and cheese business, which he conducted successfully until about 1910, when he built the large feed store on lower Genesee street and established the coal and feed business, which through his perseverence and integrity gained a splendid name and standing.

Genuinely public-spirited and actively interested in the progress and upbuilding of his community, Mr. Whitmore served for several years on the school board of New Berlin as a member and its president. He was also village president for one term. At the time of his death one of the local papers said:

"In all his undertakings, whether for himself, in business, or as a servant of the public interests of our village, Mr. Whitmore entered whole-heartedly into the tasks before him. Strong in his convictions, he was ever sincere and steadfast. Noble and generous in character, his memory will long linger in the hearts of a host of friends. To his home and family he was ever devoted and the best of his fine character was constantly made manifest to those in his own family circle, whom he loved so dearly… New Berlin has lost one of its foremost business men and citizens, whose interest in the welfare of our community has always held a prominent place in his heart. But greater than the loss which the community feels in the passing away of Mr. Whitmore, comes the loss to a bereaved family, of a husband and father whose presence was the comfort, consolation and inspiration of a loving wife and children. It is with genuine sincerity that the community extends to the family its sympathy."

Mr. Whitmore is survived by three children, namely: Irving, who was born on the 14th of March, 1900; Virginia, whose natal day was May 22, 1908; and George, born on March 14, 1915. Mrs. Whitmore now makes her home in Miami, Florida.

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