During the early 1900s, the Whitney family was
living in upstate New York. My great grandfather Hugh Frederick Whitney owned a dairy farm in Pulaski, New York.
On their farm in Pulaski, they raised cattle for dairy products and chickens for eggs. The only vegetation growing on
their farm were some wheat and oats for only their basic family needs and the needs of their animals. The farm was mainly
a dairy farm.
In the early 1920s, the tuberculosis sanitarium in the mountains that
the cows supplying their milk were infected with tuberculosis. The sanitarium made a contract with Hugh to buy milk
exclusively from him. Fortunately, only one of my great grandfather's cows had tuberculosis and all of the others were
found to be in perfect health. This contract lasted for about a year and it provided a steady income during the troubled
In addition to being a dairy farmer, my great grandfather was also
a judge. He ruled over the local court in his rural community, in the Pulaski Court.
My great grandfather's family did not invest very much money in
the stock market, and that helped them immensely. When the market unexpectedly crashed, they did not lose their entire
savings. They still had money left over that was enough to survive off of.
My grandfather, Hugh Frederick Whitney Jr. had to pay for college during the Great Depression.
Although his family still had much of their savings, it was still difficult to afford the schools. Colleges back in
those days cost a couple hundred to one thousand dollars. And on top of the tuition fees, my Hugh Jr. was in the
hospital for a month with appendicitis.
My grandpa married Doris Lusina Newton in 1937. She lived in
a rural community in New York. She lived in the city of Sherrill. Since my grandparents got married in 1937, they
did not own any stock nor did they want to buy any because of the Great Depression. They moved to New Jersey after their
wedding, where they raised their family.