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Uriah Stone Whaley
(s/o David W. Whaley and Sarah Kilbourne)
Sarah Mariah Soules
(d/o David Soules and Margaret Drinkwater)


Uriah Stone Whaley, s/o David W. Whaley and Sarah Kilbourne, was b.October 2, 1826, Onedia Co., New York, d.October 12, 1916, Roseau Co., Minnesota, buried Zumbro Falls Cemetery, Zumbro Falls, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, m.1849 New York to Sarah Mariah Soules (she b.April 1, 1836, Onandaga Co., New York, d.February 20, 1896, Zumbro Falls, buried Zumbro Falls Cemetery, d/o David Soules and Margaret Drinkwater). Their children were:

1-David W. Whaley, b.September 1850 New York, d.April 20, 1922, Warroad, Roseau Co., Minnesota.

2-Adeline Whaley, b.1858 Iowa, d.1944 Warroad, m.December 19, 1873, Maiden Rock, Pierce Co., Wisconsin to Frederick J. Dunn (he b.1849 Pennsylvania, d.Roseau Co., Minnesota). One child was Lindsay Dunn who married Edith Lillian. Three known children were Riley Maurice, James Lindsay, Robert Lee.

1920 Federal Census, Moranville Twp., Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 857 Book 1, Page 207b, Household #34:
Dunn, Fred J., Age 71, General farm, Born Pennsylvania
Dunn, Adeline, Age 60, Born Iowa

1930 Federal Census, Moranville Twp., Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 1125 Book 1, Page 208b, Household #73:
Dunn, Fred, Age 81, Dairy farmer, Born Pennsylvania
Dunn, Adeline, Age 70, Born Iowa

3-Olive Whaley, b.July 1858 Iowa, m.January 8, 1871, Pierce, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin to James B. Glover (he b.October 1847 New York). Two known children were Arthur James (b.April 15, 1873, Minnesota, d.May 9, 1949, m.Mayme Schofield); Myrtle (1878).

1880 Federal Census, Chester, Wabasha, Minnesota, Family History Library Film 1254636, NA Film Number T9-0636, Page Number 457B:
James GLOVER Self M Male W 32 NY Farming ENG VT
Olive GLOVER Wife M Female W 25 IA Keeping House NY NY
Arther GLOVER Son S Male W 7 MN At School NY NY
Myrtle GLOVER Dau S Female W 2 MN NY NY

1900 Federal Census, Zumbro Falls, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, Page 54, Household #11:
Glover, J. B., Age 52, Born NY (divorced), Boarding in hotel operated by W. Winston

4-Elpha Whaley, b.1859 Allamakee Co., Iowa, d.January 23, 1940, Spokane, Spokane Co., Washington, m.February 22, 1882, Pierce, Maiden Rock Co., Wisconsin to Julius Porter Steele (he b.October 25, 1858, New York, d.February 6, 1959, Spokane, s/o William and Mary Steele). Their children were:

1-Pearl G. Steele, b.January 25, 1882, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, d.April 12, 1971, Walla Walla, Walla Walla Co., Washington, m.August 9, 1911, Warroad, Roseau Co., Minnesota to Amed Soderstrom (he b.October 20, 1883, Minneapolis, d.August 3, 1943, Kevin, Toole Co., Montana, s/o Alfred J. Soderstrom and Wilhelmina - parents born Sweden). Their children were:

1-Doris M. Soderstrom, b.1913 Seattle, King Co., Washington, m.Lloyd Siverts.

2-Phillip C. Soderstrom, b.1915.

3-Melvin A. Soderstrom, b.1917, m.Dorothy.

4-Donald W. Soderstrom, b.1919.

1920 Federal Census, Warroad, Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 857 Book 1, Page 136b, Household #205:
Soderstrom, Amid J., Age 36, Born (illegible)
Soderstrom, Pearl, Age 34, Born (illegible)
Soderstrom, Doris M., Age 7, Born (illegible)
Soderstrom, Phillip C., Age 5, Born (illegible)
Soderstrom, Melvin A., Age 3, Born (illegible)
Soderstrom, Donald W., Age 1, Born (illegible)

5-Ida May Whaley, b.July 1863 Allamakee Co., Iowa, m.August 25, 1885, Stockholm, Pepin Co., Wisconsin to Wharton D. Little (he b.December 1852 Canada). One known child was Hazel R. (March 1900 Minnesota). Wharton was previously married October 19, 1870, Sussex, Kings Co., New Brunswick Canada to Susan Hannah (she b.1846 Belfast, Ireland). Their children, all born New Brunswick, Canada, were Wharton D. (1874), Charles B. (1874), Mable M. (1880), Jennie E. (1880).

1881 Federal Census, Hammond, Kings, New Brunswick, Family History Library Film 1375816, NA Film Number C-13180, District 27, Sub-district J, Page Number 15, Household Number 66+:
Wharton LITTLE1 Male English 33 N. B. <New Brunswick> MDoctor Church of England
Susan LITTLE M Female Scottish 35 Belfast, <Ireland>Presbyterian
Wharton D. LITTLE Male English 7 N. B. <New Brunswick>School Church of England
Charles B. LITTLE Male English 7 N. B. <New Brunswick>School Church of England
Mabel M. LITTLE Female English 1 N. B. <New Brunswick>Church of England
Jennie E. LITTLE Female English 1 N. B. <New Brunswick>Church of England

1900 Federal Census, Mazeppa, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, Page103:
Little, Wharton D., Age 47, Physician, Born Canada
Little, Ida M., Age 29, Born Iowa
Little, Hazel R., Age 2 months, Born Minnesota

6-Uriah Stone Whaley, b.April 22, 1864, Minnesota, d.January 14, 1956, Warroad, Roseau Co., Minnesota, m.April 12, 1890, Mazeppa, Goodhue Co., Minnesota to Estella Isabel Price (she b.December 18, 1869, Minnesota, d.February 7, 1947, Warroad, Roseau Co., Minnesota, d/o George Washington Price and Isabel Craig). Their children were:

1-Leo Craig Whaley, b.August 11, 1892, d.1958, m.April 2, 1919, Mazeppa Twp., Wabasha Co., Minnesota to Dorothea Amanda Pehl (she b.1894 Minnesota).

1920 Federal Census, Moranville Twp., Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 857 Book 1, Page 209a, Household #75:
Whaley, Leo C., Age 36, Farmer, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Dorothy, Age 26, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Clayton V., Age 25, Born Minnesota (brother)

2-Clayton Verne Whaley, b.December 13, 1894, Minnesota, d.March 8, 1956, Warroad, Roseau Co., Minnesota, m.November 25, 1926, Warroad to Selma Regina Patterson (she b.February 20, 1904, Minnesota, d.1987 Bloomington, Hennepin Co., Minnesota). Their children were:

1-Ella Beth Whaley, b.March 19, 1927.

2-Robert Craig Whaley, b.November 28, 1928.

3-Marlys Joanne Whaley, b.March 13, 1935.

4-Dennis Verne Whaley, b.February 7, 1938.

1920 Federal Census, Moranville Twp., Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 857 Book 1, Page 209a, Household #75:
Whaley, Leo C., Age 36, Farmer, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Dorothy, Age 26, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Clayton V., Age 25, Born Minnesota (brother)

1930 Federal Census, Moranville Twp., Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 1125 Book 1, Page 209b, Household #84:
Whaley, Uriah S., Age 65, Grain and dairy farmer, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Stella I., Age 6, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Clayton V., Age 35, Grain and dairy farmer, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Selma R., Age 26, Born Minnesota (wife of Clayton)
Whaley, Ella Beth., Age 3 years 1 month, Born Minnesota (granddaughter)
Whaley, Robert Craig, Age 1 year 5 months, Born Minnesota (grandson)

Information Pertaining to Uriah Stone Whaley and Estella Isabel Price:

1900 Federal Census, Gillford Twp., Wabasha Co., Minnesota, Page 25a, Household #100:
Whaley, Uriah, Age 35, Farmer, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Estella, Age 30, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Leo, Age 7, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Clayton, Age 5, Born Minnesota

1910 Federal Census, Mazeppa, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, Roll 728 Book 2, Page 111b, Household #52:
Whaley, Stellah J., Age 39, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Leo, Age 17, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Clayton, Age 13, Born Minnesota
Price, Isabel, Age 69, Born Scot English

1920 Federal Census, Warroad, Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 857 Book 1, Page 134b, Household #170:
Walley, Rye, Age 55, Occupation difficult to make out, Born Minnesota
Walley, Stella, Age 50, Born Iowa
Price, Isabelle, Age 79, Born South Dakota (mother)

1930 Federal Census, Moranville Twp., Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 1125 Book 1, Page 209b, Household #84:
Whaley, Uriah S., Age 65, Grain and dairy farmer, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Stella I., Age 6, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Clayton V., Age 35, Grain and dairy farmer, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Selma R., Age 26, Born Minnesota (wife of Clayton)
Whaley, Ella Beth., Age 3 years 1 month, Born Minnesota (granddaughter)
Whaley, Robert Craig, Age 1 year 5 months, Born Minnesota (grandson)

7-Nathan E. Whaley, b.May 1871, Minnesota, d.October 5, 1923, Ramsey Co., Minnesota, m.Hannah Helen Johnson (she b.June 1873 Sweden). Two known children were Hazel and Ruby.

1900 Federal Census, Zumbro Falls, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, Page 54, Household #30:
Whaley, Nathan, Age 39, Farm laborer, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Hanah, Age 26, Born Sweden
Whaley, Rubie, Age 2, Born Minnesota

1910 Federal Census, Moranville Twp., Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 722 Book 1, Page 57b, Household #83:
Whaley, Nathin, Age 40, Born Minnesota

1920 Federal Census, Moranville Twp., Roseau Co., Minnesota, Roll 857 Book 1, Page 207b, Household #37:
Whaley, Nathan E., Age 46, Farm laborer, Born Wisconsin

8-James Bird Whaley, b.November 15, 1873, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, d.December 4, 1943, Zumbro Falls, Wabasha Co., Minnesota.

9-Grace Edna Whaley, b.June 1881, Minnesota, d.March 11, 1945, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, m.October 13, 1900, Wabasha Co., Minnesota to Claude K. Perkins (he b.July 6, 1874, Zumbro Falls, s/o Alexander Perkins and Emma A. Perkins, both having the same surname but different parents - no blood relationship known). On known child of Grace and Claude was Glenn.

1900 Federal Census, Zumbro Falls, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, Page 53, Household #185:
Perkins, Claude K., Age 24, Grocery agent, Born Minnesota
Perkins, Grace V., Age 20, Born Minnesota


Information Pertaining to Uriah Stone Whaley and Sarah Mariah Soules:

1850 Federal Census, Allamakee Co., Iowa, Roll 182 Book 1, Page 6a, Household #101:
Whaley, Urich, 27, M, farmer, born NY
Whaley, Sarah M., 17, F, born NY
Whaley, David, 9/12 M, born NY

1856 State Census, Center Twp., Alamakee, Indiana, transcribed by Patrick J. Utecht and proofread by Maureen O'Brien Creswick for the US GenWebCensus Project, web addresshttp://www.us-census.org/pub-ftp/ia/allamakee/1856/center.txt, Microfilm Number: Family History Center, #1021290/J-59925 (051-018):
Uriah Whaley, 30, born N.Y.
Mariah Whaley, 19, born N.Y.
David Whaley, 6, born N.Y.
Olin Whaley, 1, F, born Iowa

1860 Federal Census, Makee Twp., Allamakee Co., Iowa, Roll 310 Book 1, Page 206, Household #987:
Whaley, Euriah, Age 34, Saloon, Born NY
Whaley, Mariah, Age 24, Born NY
Whaley, David, Age 10, Born NY
Whaley, Olive, Age 4, Born Iowa
Whaley, Adaline, Age 3, Born Iowa
Whaley, Elpha, Age 7 months, Born Iowa

1870 Federal Census, Gillford, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, Roll 717 Book 1, Page 548a, Household #118:
Whaley, Uriah, Age 42, Farmer, Born NY
Whaley, Mariah, Age 34, Keeping house, Born NY
Whaley, David, Age 20, At home, Born NY
Whaley, Olive, Age 16, At home, Born Iowa
Whaley, Adaline, Age 14, At home, Born Iowa
Whaley, Elphie, Age 10, At home, Born Iowa
Whaley, Ida May, Age 8, At home, Born Iowa
Whaley, Uriah, Age 5, At home, Born Minnesota
Whaley, Nathan, Age 2, At home, Born Minnesota

1880 Federal Census, Guilford, Wabasha, Minnesota, Family History Library Film 1254636, NA Film Number T9-0636, Page Number 468D:
Uriah WHALEY Self M Male W 55 NY Farmer NY NY
Maria WHALEY Wife M Female W 44 NY Keeping House NY NY
David WHALEY Son S Male W 28 NY Laborer NY NY
Elpha WHALEY Dau S Female W 19 IA At Home NY NY
Ida May WHALEY Dau S Female W 17 IA At Home NY NY
Uriah WHALEY Son S Male W 14 MN At School NY NY
Nathan WHALEY Son S Male W 12 MN At School NY NY
James WHALEY Son S Male W 6 MN At School NY NY


Eighth Regiment Volunteer Infantry (http://www.rootsweb.com/~mnwabcw/8.htm): The 8th regt. Minn. Inf. Was organized August 1, 1862, and was stationed at frontier posts until May 1864, when is was ordered upon the Indian expedition, and participated in the following skirmishes, battles and marches: At Tah-cha-oku-tu, on July 28, 1864, battle of the Cedars, Overall's Creek; ordered thence to Clifton, Tennessee, and thence to Washington; from Washington to Wilmington, North Carolina, and thence to Newbern; was in the battles of Kingston, March 8, 9 and 10, 1865. This regiment was mustered out at Charlotte, North Carolina, July 11, 1865, and was discharged at Fort Snelling. Includes Uriah Whaley Private H Zumbro dsch 7/11/65 and JamesWhaley Private H Gillford promo corp dsch 7/11/65


Excerpt taken from "Zumbro Falls, Minnesota Memoirs: 100 Years Plus, Then and Now:

Chapter 2,Village History: The history of Zumbro Falls actually began around 1855 when David Tibbetts came to this area and built a substantial log house on what is now the railroad right of way, south of lot 6, block 2, south row, Whaley's Addition, and nearby established a ferry ... About the time of the Civil War, Uriah S. Whaley bought out David Tibbetts, moved into his house and started operating the ferry. The village south of the river became quite a hamlet, giving a considerable impetus by the surveying, grading and building of the railroad. As the pioneers continued to travel the area, Zumbro Falls became a convenient stopping place. Businesses that catered to the traveler, his animals and wagons sprung up rapidly. There were hotels, blacksmith shops, harness shops, wagon shops, general stores, drug stores, a shoe shop, two churches and even a saloon. Fidel Sugg and Andrew Scholer platted the south side settlement in 1878, but by 1883 after suffering a devastating cyclone and a number of floods, residents of the settlement thought about relocating to the north side of the Zumbro. In 1879 after relocating, Uriah Whaley platted the new village. With the completion of the railroad in 1881, businesses and residents alike clamored for a depot. Shortly thereafter a depot was established and in operation, serving the area residents.

Our Forefathers: In doing the research for this book, several names have come up repeatedly and need a special mention. Many relatives of these people are still residents of Zumbro Falls or remain connected to this area. This list of names is of people instrumental here before 1915 and are as follows: Uriah S. Whaley, Abner and David Tibbetts, Benjamin J. Clark, L.A. Doty, Eldon Doty, J. J. Sprenger, W.J. Disney, L. W. Disney, Fidel Sugg, Albert Sugg, Andrew Scholer, George Stevens, Richard Greer, H. F. Anding, F. B. Anding, L.C. Ingram, Pratt Drinkwalter, Samual D. Welch, Hugh R. Smith, H. Gray, J. L. Strickland, Sam Malchert, C. H. Hedemann, A. C. Hosking, E. Theisen, A. S. Roberson, J. and E. Freiheit, J. C. Brinkman, Jake and Tony Schwatz, A. D. Klindworth and Minnie Smith.

With the increase in population and the erection of a number of new houses in the spring of 1896, there came a concerted demand for an organized village government. As the result of the work of a number of prominent citizens, a meeting was held, November 3, 1897, with Samuel Welch as chairman and Dr. Thomas R. Watson as clerk. Shortly afterward a committee of four, previously suggested by L. A. Doty, consisting of Samuel D. Welch, J. C. Strickland, W. J. Disney and Dr. T. R. Watson, consulted with attorney A. J. Green of Lake City. A census taken November8 showed a population within the proposed limits of one hundred and ninety-three. A petition was presented to the county board, November 24, 1897, signed by Uriah Whaley, David Whaley, Nathan Whaley.


From the book about Wabasha Co. Minnesota - HISTORY OF WABASHA COUNTY

Whaley, Uriah, was born in New York in 1826. At the age of nineteen he left his home in the east and has spent his whole life in the west. He was two years in the service of the government, with the 8th Minn., and was in some of the principal battles of the war. Mr. Whaley has a family of eight children. He has always been a hard-working and industrious man, being engaged in farming in early days, but now an employee of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company.


Chapter 15, Zumbro Falls, Gillford and Chester, Pages 113 ~ 120:

The history of Zumbro Falls dates from the old ford across the Zumbro on the territorial road leading from Lake City to Rochester. Here the road southward wound its way from the prairie down into the valley, crossed the river a few rods from the present railroad station, continued across what is now called "Drinkwater Flat," south of the river, and then up the grade onto the level of the prairie again, and southward. To this place in 1855 came David Tibbetts, who built a substantial log house on what is now the railroad right of way, south of lot 6, block 2, south row, Whaley's Addition, and nearby established a ferry. At the same time his brother, Abner, of Lake City, secured the land south of the river, but resided on it only long enough to enable him to prove up his claim. His cabin was on the high land south of what is now the Drinkwater Flat. On the ridge north of the village, some 30 or 40 rods northeast of the present schoolhouse, James B. Glover built a cabin in 1858.

Traffic over the road and ferry increased in 1858. John Van Smith built a house on the south side of the river near the ferry, and opened a hotel, furnishing a convenient stopping-place for travelers. In 1859 Edwin Beeman built a shoe shop and Orrin Pencille a blacksmith shop. These two men had no families an lived at the Smith Hotel. The flood of 1858 covered the flat and did considerable damage. The inhabitants took refuge on higher land, Mr. Tibbetts' family being rescued through the gable end of the roof. The cabin withstood the rush of the waters, but it was flooded nearly to the upper story. As a picture of the life in those times, it is told that Mr. Tibbetts kept his old musket hung from the rafters by leather thongs just under the upper floor and the water flooded the hammers of this old weapon.

About the beginning of the Civil War, Uriah S. Whaley bought out David Tibbetts, moved into his house and started operating the ferry. The village south of the river became quite a hamlet, given a considerable impetus by the surveying, grading and building of the railroad. Among the business houses on that side of the river were those of Charles Bryant, blacksmith shop; David Willard, harness shop; John Dale, wagon shop; Perry Card, hotel; Fidel Sugg, general store; James Burns, saloon and store; Mathias Bright, harness shop; Dr. Rogers, drug store; E. A. Harridan, general store. William Oliver erected a hall, a neat structure with mural paintings, and this became one of the social centers of the community. A Methodist church was also built. In the meantime Benjamin Clark put in a dam at the rapids which gave the village its name, and erected a grist mill, which he operated for a number of years. When the railroad came through, Mr. Whaley platted a village on the north side of the river, and Whaley's Addition is what now constitutes the village of Zumbro Falls.

In that year, 1878, E. B. Doty erected a store on lot 10, block 1, north row, Whaley's Addition, and opened a hardware store. At the same time a duplicate of the Doty store was erected on lot 11, and William Churchill opened a drug store therein. Other business houses followed. After the cyclone of 1883, E. A. Harridan moved his store and post office from the old village to lot 8, block 1, north row, Whaley's Addition. Business began to die away on the south side of the river, and that hamlet never recovered from the cyclone of 1883. Fidel Sugg and Dr. Rogers were the first to give up business there. The locality is now a residence section, with two churches, the village park, and a number of pleasant homes. In the meantime Whaley's Addition has grown into the village of Zumbro Falls, taking the name of the former village south of the river.

With the increase in population and the erection of a number of new houses in the spring of 1896, there came a concerted demand for an organized village government. As the result of the work of a number of prominent citizens, a meeting was held, November 3, 1897, with Samuel Welch as chairman and Dr. Thomas R. Watson as clerk  ... A petition was presented to the county board, November 24, 1897, signed by Uriah Whaley, David Whaley, Nathan Whaley.

The first postmaster was probably Uriah S. Whaley, who kept the office at his cabin north of the river. He was followed by E. A. Harridan, who kept it at his store south of the river.


Biographies From the book about Wabasha Co. Minnesota, "HISTORY OF WABASHA COUNTY", Compiled by Dr. L. H. Bunnell, Published Chicago by H. H. Hill, Publishers, 1884:

Whaley, Uriah, (page 1089), was born in New York in 1826. At the age of nineteen he left his home in the east and has spent his whole life in the west. He was two years in the service of the government, with the 8th Minn., and was in some of the principal battles of the war. Mr. Whaley has a family of eight children. He has always been a hard-working and industrious man, being engaged in farming in early days, but now an employee of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company.