George M. Whitenack, a worthy and respected citizen of Pleasant Township, was born on a farm between one and two miles south of Greenwood, December 3, 1842, and was the son of Peter and Elvira J. (Harris) Whitenack. He was reared on the old homestead and received a common school education. August 18, 1862, he entered the service of the Union Army in company F, fifth Indiana Cavalry, and served until July 31, 1864, when he was taken prisoner near Macon, Ga., and imprisoned at Andersonville. He received and honorable discharge at Columbus, Ohio, June 21, 1865. He then returned home and engaged at farming; he married Elizabeth Park, born in this county November 2, 1845, and was the daughter of James W. and Elizabeth (Young) Park, who were respectively natives of Kentucky and Indiana. While the chief pursuit of Mr. Whitenack has been farming, he has also, for the past fifteen years, been quite extensively engaged in buying and selling poultry. He and wife have had a family of ten children, as follows: William L., James H., George M., Fred D., Charles E. and Carrie, who are living; and Minnie, Jessie, Samuel, and a son unnamed, who are deceased. Our subject and wife are members, of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Whitenack is a member of the G. A. R., and, in politics, he is a republican. His record, both as a citizen and soldier, is irreproachable, and his honesty and integrity are unquestioned.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 830.