David Whitney was born in Kingston, Ontario, in 1860, and came west to Fort Macleod in 1882. He ranched there with his brothers, Robert and Walter for a number of years, and then moved to Lethbridge where he became a real estate dealer. He owned the "Ideal Farm" just outside of Lethbridge. He married Nancy Etta (Nettie) Hutton in 1886. David and Nettie had four children: three boys, Stanley, Frank, and David, and a daughter, Maude.
David Whitney Sr. died in 1936. His wife continued to live on the farm until 1940, when she married Newton Parsons and moved into Lethbridge. Nettie died in 1956.
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