From: May Heath Saugatuck Book

Early Memories of Saugatuck, Michigan : 1830-1930
Author: Heath, May Francis
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Grand Rapids, Mich: 1930


Calvin Whitney, son of Robert and Sarah Whitney, natives of New York, was for many years an enterprising and successful fruit farmer in Saugatuck, living just outside the village limits.

When but fourteen years of age he started out to make his fortune; he worked at brick-laying until the outbreak of the Civil War, when in August, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, Third Michigan Cavalry,  though he was only seventeen years old; he served throughout the war, his regiment being discharged at San Antonio, Texas, in February, 1865.    After this be went to Cleveland and took a business course, attending night classes so he could work during the day.

Coming to Saugatuck he ran the Saugatuck House for several years and in 1874, was married to Miss Johanna Burns, only daughter of John Burns, a native of Prussia, coming to America in 1854.

Mr. Whitney besides farming interested himself in, several other business enterprises, the Saugatuck Basket Factory —also in a Chicago Boat line.

Mr. Whitney died in August and Mrs. Whitney the following June; as they had no children, they left bequests to F.& A. M. of which Mr. Whitney was a member, to the Congregational church and society of which Mrs. Whitney was a charter member and organist for many years, also $500 to the village for park purposes, and $500 for beautifying the school grounds.    They were a most worthy couple.