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Whaley House/Robert J. Whaley
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 43° 01.208 W 083° 41.044
17T E 281291 N 4766546
Quick Description: Located at the corner of northbound Chavez Drive and Kearsley Street, just east of I-475. Parking available on site.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 12/10/2006 7:10:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM117H
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member "Paws"itraction
Views: 21

Long Description:
WHALEY HOUSE The central portion of this handsome Victorian home was built in the late 1850s. Several prominent Flint families lived in it before Robert J. Whaley purchased it 1884. Whaley, a local lumberman and banker, remodeled the house extensively. Three bays, the library alcove and a west-end addition were among the exterior changes. The interior was enhanced by adding ornate woodwork and colorful tiled fireplaces. In 1925, Whaley's wife endowed the house, making it a home for elderly women. In 1975 it became a public museum.

ROBERT J. WHALEY Robert J. Whaley was born in Castile, New York, in 1840. He moved to Wisconsin with his family in the 1840s, then returned to New York. There he met and married Mary McFarlan of Flint. Whaley and his bride moved to Flint in 1867. Here, he joined his father-in-law in lumbering and later banking. He purchased this gracious structure in 1884. Serving as president of Flint's Citizens Bank for forty-one years, Whaley was also a trustee for the Michigan Charitable Schools, a Mason, an Elk, and a 1912 Democratic candidate for state treasurer. He died in 1922.
Historical Name: Robert J. Whaley, Mary McFarlan

Parking nearby?: yes

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Registered Site #: Local Site #0502

Historical Date: Not listed

Description: Not listed

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