Lester Whitney ~ DCHS Schmidt Family Image Collection
Use of these images is the gift of the Schmidt family of Pine Plains. They are items formerly belonging to Corporal Lester Whitney, a friend of the family who entrusted items to their family's care. Image and "Image use" gifts to DCHS are ways for families to retain personal items while allowing the extraordinary stories of the individuals involved to be shared with a wide audience.
Lester Whitney was born in Brooklyn and served in the largely Brooklyn-composed 59th Coastal Artillery. Corporal Whitney was involved in the “big gun” artillery that supported a rotating set of advancing infantrymen determined to break through the Hindenburg Line. By the early 1940s, Whitney had moved upstate and was managing Green Hill Farm, raising pheasants and other game. He was very involved in the Pine Plains American Legion Post, the Shekomeko, he was past Master of the Stissing Lodge No. 615 F & AM (Free & Accepted Masons), and was involved in other Masonic organizations. He was living on Maple Avenue in he house he and his wife, Marie, had built, when he died in 1978. They are both interred nearby in Evergreen Cemetery.