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 Enid Caroline Whittlesey  (1895 - 1981)

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Following is information published online by the Albuquerque Press Club:

"The Whittlesey House, home of the Albuquerque Press Club, 201 Highland Park Circle S.E."

The Whittlesey House was designed by architect Charles Whittlesey and built as his family residence in 1903 on the western edge of the Highland east of Albuquerque. It is a three-story frame structure designed after a Norwegian villa. Low-pitch roofs with exposed log fronting, rough log-cut facades and a wide porch, which surrounds its eastern rooms, characterize the house.

For the Whittlesey family this rustic and rough-texture structure was, no doubt, a change in lifestyle from their previous Chicago residence. It stood, at that time, virtually alone on the Highland -- the town not having grown in that direction. There was no vegetation or trees in the area. The view east to the Sandias and west to the town, river, and volcanoes was unobstructed.

Of the Whittlesey family, only the two daughters, Enid and Beatrice are alive today. The following are excerpts from correspondence with Enid Whittlesey. They provide some insight into the family lifestyle.

“The Rattlesnake’ -- I came from San Francisco with a French governess soon after you (Enid) had your accident, and returned before June 1904. It was while I was there in Albuquerque that Austin (Whittlesey’s son) shot the snake. You were living in the big log house on the edge of the mesa. The living room was sixty feet (actual size) long with an immense fireplace with log stumps on the hearth where we used to crack nuts in the evening, or make candy and tell stories. There were great many large easy chairs, Indian rugs, huge baskets and pottery, making it cozy although it was so large. Surrounding this room on three sides was a ten-foot veranda. It was all very beautiful with a marvelous view.

I saw a huge rattlesnake lying across the beams, head raised, mouth wide open with a forked tongue lashing in and out, and the poor little bird, not a foot away, trying to keep it from her nest. I immediately called the family. Edie (Whittlesey) was down sewing, and Austin had just come in and still had his cowboy hat on. He couldn’t have been much past eleven, if he was even that, but he had manly ways, and felt his responsibilities, his father being away from home a great deal. He naturally took the lead, got his gun and shot the snake at the first aim; then he skinned it and found four of the bird’s eggs inside.

The Xmas before (1903) my horse jumped over the fence opposite the University, I grabbed the saddle went over and I was dragged a block with my foot in the stirrup. Dad on a fast horse met us near the big bar (a stable Whittlesey built below the house structure.). He started carrying me up the hill. ‘I am all right, I can walk.’

For a while the plumbing was not in and my mother had to dump the buckets on the cobblestones away from the house. Nothing grew around the house -- no trees. Below the hill toward the University was a tiny park - green.”

In 1908 the Whittleseys sold to Theodore S. Woolsey, Jr., who owned the house for the next twelve years.


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information was published in the Los Angeles Times, May 29, 1997

"Man Ordered to Stand Trial in 1981 Slaying of Woman"

A man whose fingerprints were matched to a 16-year-old murder case using new computer technology has been ordered to stand trial in the slaying of an elderly woman, authorities said.
Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Elva Soper ruled Tuesday there was enough evidence presented at a preliminary hearing to hold Karl Franklin Stewart, 41, in the 1981 killing of 86-year-old Enid Whittlesey.

She was found stabbed to death at the home where she had lived for 40 years. Her house had been ransacked.

A new computer allegedly matched Stewart's hand to a bloody handprint left at the scene. The case went unsolved until police received information that led them to take another look at the bloody handprint with the aid of the computer, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Steve Savitt.


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Enid Caroline Whittlesey was born in Illinois on Jan. 2, 1895.  Enid was the sister of artist Bea Whittlesby and a resident of Berkeley in 1920.  By 1930 she had settled in Los Angeles.  A spinster, she was murdered there on March 13, 1981.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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