Although comparatively young, in respect to many other Western Iowa towns, Whiting has made rapid strides since it first settlement. A complete representation of its more enterprising business establishments will be found among the biographical data hereto appended.
Cassady & Whiting, dealers in general merchandise, located in Whiting in June 1880. Mr. Cassady is a native of O.; moved to Ia. in 1867, and settled near this place. W.C. Whiting is a native of Monona County, and has always resided in it.Koon & Dimmick, dealers in general hardware, established business in Dec. 1881. Mr. Koon came to Mills county, Ia., in 1868, from Ill.; thence to Monona county in 1873. Mr. Dimmick is a native of Pa.; moved to Ashton, Ia., in 1856; thence to Whiting in 1881.D. Rust, M.D., of the firm of Rust & Morley, druggists, was born in Ill.; moved to Fremont County, Ia., in 1876. He established his present business in Whiting in 1879, and in 1880 L.A. Morley became a partner. They do a general drug business, and deal in paints, oils, etc.Lyman Whittier, the pioneer merchant of Whiting, was born in Essex county, Mass.; came to Ia. in 1870, and located at Missouri Valley and engaged in the mercantile business; removed to Whiting in 1873, and built the first store and started his present business. He enlisted in Oct. 1862, in the 1st battery of Mass. heavy artillery, and served until June 1865. Mr. W. traveled extensively through Europe during the year 1879. He was appointed postmaster of Whiting in 1873, and has held the office ever since.A.G. Wright, dealer in general merchandise, was born in Ohio; moved to Ia. in 1865, and settled in Monona county in 1867. In 1875 he moved to Whiting and engaged in the hotel and livery business which he still continues, and in 1876 engaged in the mercantile business.