Emmett Johnson WHALIAN

Emmett Johnson WHALIAN

Male 1868 - 1954

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  • Name  Emmett Johnson WHALIAN  [1
    Born  12 Mar 1868  Chelsea, Washtenaw Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Dexter Township
    Gender  Male 
    Died  20 Jun 1954  Hayward, Alameda Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Porterville, Tulare Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I5153  Munro
    Last Modified  7 May 2007 

    Father  Richard Starr WHALIAN,   b. 29 Apr 1845, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1923, Chelsea, Washtenaw Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Harriett E. JOHNSON,   b. 1850, Dexter, Washtenaw Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1869, Lyndon Twp., Washtenaw Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Jan 1867  , , Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F19417  Group Sheet

    Family  Rosa Cornelia MONROE,   b. 19 Nov 1865, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1947, Oakland, Alameda Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Mar 1889  North Lake, Marquette Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Myrtle Harriet WHALIAN,   b. 30 Dec 1889-1890, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >2. Olive Buckley WHALIAN,   b. 8 Nov 1891, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Alma Ruth WHALIAN,   b. 12 Mar 1894, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1929
    >4. Ila Verle WHALIAN,   b. 19 Apr 1896, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1977, Billings, Yellowstone Co., Montana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Velna Ethel WHALIAN,   b. 20 May 1902, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1991, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Amy Arvilla WHALIAN,   b. 1 Feb 1911, Fingal, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F2129  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Emmett Johnson Whalian (or Whalien)

      Emmett's mother died when her second child was born. He was boarded around until his father remarried and he moved back home. Although he loved his father, his step-brothers made his life miserable. His life was brightened by Rosa who had also lost her mother and was living with her aunt Emma, Emmett's step-mother. They both became teachers and had many things in common and they eventually fell in love and married.

      Emmett attended Valpariso Normal School to sharpen his teaching skills. Before his marriage, he alternated between farming with his father and teaching schools of 10 weeks to 4 months duration. He was paid $20 per month for teaching.

      When Emmett's mother died, she left cash in trust for his college education. He wanted to be a lawyer. He was a brilliant student and looked forward to attending the University of Michigan law school. However, when he was ready to use the money in trust for him, he found that it had been spent by his guardian to buy a piece of land adjoining the farm. This was a keen disappointment.

      He tried to become interested in farming but realized that he would not be using his talents in agriculture. He and Rosa and their two girls moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan then moved to Howell, Michigan where he took a job at the Michigan Condensed Milk Company testing raw milk. The family lived there until 1901.

      In 1910, the family moved to Fingal, North Dakota where Emmett took the position of Superintendent of Schools. Emmett's Uncle John Kalmbach, who taught at Fargo College at the time, was influential in getting the family to make this move. They moved again to Carrington, North Dakota in 1919 where Emmett went into the insurance business. That summer they moved to Larimer, North Dakota where Emmett taught Manual Arts, or Shop. He served one year as County Superintendent of Schools in Manville.

      At about this time, they sent their daughters to California to live with relatives because they thought they would get a better education there. Later, in 1925, Emmett and Rosa moved to California. He got a job in Porterville for a year. They then moved to Salinas, California in later years, where he was very active in the Methodist church. In Salinas, he was robbed of church money and a gold watch as he went home from a church function one night. The church bought him a new watch.

      Emmett lived with his daughter, Amy in his old age until it was necessary to place him in a nursing home. One night he wandered away from the nursing home and was found freezing in a field. He contracted pneumonia and passed away. His final estate was valued at $2,288 which was distributed equally among the five surviving daughters.

      Emmett was an amateur actor and a good public speaker. He participated in debates and the local Debating Society. He regularly attended the North Lake Methodist Church.

      Ref: Clan Munro files - Griffin, Richard
      - Farlow, Donna

      Ref. (1) says Emmett was born in Howell, Michigan and died in Oakland, California.

      References:

      (1) "History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Mass. Munroes" by R. S. Munroe,
      2nd ed. - Florence, Massachusetts (1986) - 13-87-13/5-1 - p. 372

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA

  • Sources 
    1. [S559] Clan Munro files - Antunes, Rebecca E., Rebecca E. Antunes, Membership application for Rebecca E. Antunes - 16 Dec 2006 (Reliability: 3).