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William H. Whidden

From the records of the Lake Worth Pioneers’ Association and the 1910 Census, the following information was taken: William H. Whidden was born 4 August 1865 and died 11 September 1951. On 12 March 1893, he married Georgia Elizabeth Johnston (born 17 October 1872, died 12 December 1934.) He arrived on the shores of Lake Worth in 1886, about twenty-one years of age.

In 1882, he left Hillsborough County to join his father on the shores of Lake Worth. He spent some time in Jupiter, Juno and on the shores of Lake Mangonia, where the Whiddens had established a dairy. This dairy was still there in 1900 when the Thomas Wade family was making their way to Biscayne Bay from Fort Meade (near Lakeland, Florida). The Wades had heard there was scarlet fever and malaria in Miami, so they resided in Indiantown as one of three white families. They eventually lived in Lantana for a while before returning to Fort Meade, at Mrs. Wade’s pleading. Mr. Wade worked for Whidden at the dairy but the work was not to his liking.

William and Georgia had five children: Estelle W., Viola W., Belle W., William Jasper and Clara

W. They all attended school in Jupiter. Estelle married Stanley Walicki. Viola married Charles W. Crow and had two daughters, Carol and Jane. Belle married, first, David A. Nasal and, second, Morton W. Fichtelberg. William married, first, Helen Keyes and, second, Claire Webb. Clara married Forrest Warren Dana, and they had one son, Forrest, Jr. Belle served as historian of the Lake Worth Pioneers’ Association.


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