Name: John Frederick WHITFORD 1 2
Birth: 18 JAN 1878 in Berlin, Rensselaer Co., New York
Death: 5 DEC 1965 in Janesville, Rock Co., Wisconsin
Burial: 8 DEC 1965 Milton Cemetery, Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
Occupation: Educator, Administrator
Religion: Seventh-Day Baptist
Change Date: 6 MAY 2005
Census: 1880 Berlin, Rensselaer Co., New York: age 2
GRAD: 25 JUN 1903 Milton College - BS, Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
GRAD: 1907 University of Wisconsin - BA, Madison, Dane Co., Wisconsin
EMPL: 1923 Milton College, Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
Residence: 1965 736 Madison Ave., Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
John Frederick Whitford 1878-1965
"The Milton Courier", Milton, Wisconsin, December 9, 1965, p 9.
John Frederick Whitford, 87, Milton, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 5, in Mercy Hospital, Janesville, following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church, Rev. Elmo Fitz Randolph officiating. Burial was in the Milton Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Stuart Shadel, Edward Ellis, Norris Rowbotham, Kenneth Smith, Leland Skaggs and Milton Van Horn.
Born Jan. 18, 1878, in Berlin, N. Y., he was the son of John and Mary Francis Summerbell Whitford. He attended Alfred University, Alfred, N. Y., transferring to Milton College and graduated in 1903 with a B. S. degree. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1907 from the University of Wisconsin.
As an educator and school administrator, he was principal at Williams Bay, 1903-1906, and at old Milton High School from 1907-1913. Following his work in Wisconsin, he served more than twenty years as an administrator in New York State School systems. From 1923 to 1930 he was professor of education and psychology at Milton College. Later he served seven years as director of public relations for the college. In 1956 Mr. Whitford was named recipient of the Pillar of Milton award by the Milton College Alumni Association.
He was married Sept. 2, 1903 to Leo Coon of Milton, who died Sept. 23, 1957. On Nov. 2, 1958 he was married to Mizpah Bennett, a teacher in Janesville schools for many years.
He was a deacon in the Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church, where he was active in the educational programs of the church. He was president of the congregation, and superintendent of its Sabbath School for several years. He had been affiliated with the I.O.O.F. Lodge and the Masonic Lodge, together with community and civic organizations.
He was an authority on the life of Abraham Lincoln and had done extensive research on his lifelong hobby, collecting many rare documents and pictures. Of the many articles written on Abraham Lincoln by Mr. Whitford, his most recent one was published on Aug. 18.
Survivors include his wife, Mizpah of Milton; a daughter, Major Geraldine L. Whitford. U. S. Army Nurse Corps, U. S. Army Hospital, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; two brothers, William G. Whitford of Orchard Park. N. Y., and Ferris S. Whitford of Little Genesee, N. Y.
Father: John Byron WHITFORD b: 19 AUG 1836 in Berlin, Rensselaer Co., New York
Mother: Mary Frances SUMMERBELL b: 27 JAN 1850 in Petersburg, Rensselaer Co., New York
Leo Ninette COON b: 31 MAY 1880 in Utica, Dane Co., Wisconsin
2 SEP 1903
in Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
Mizpah Evangeline BENNETT b: 26 SEP 1896 in Lima, Rock Co., Wisconsin
2 NOV 1958
in Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
- Text: Rootsweb Worldconnect database by Jon Saunders, email@example.com, http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2232377
- Text: Book, Title: ?Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants? by John Cortland Crandall; Higginson Book Co., Salem MA; Date: 1949