Warren County Iowa Genealogical Society




    Spouse: Scott WHITNAH
    Parents: James and Anna (PEVERLEY) LUNDY
    Brother: Hugh W. Lundy

    Source: County Conservation News, Warren County Conservation Board, Fall 1987

    Friends of Conservation

    It takes a special person to make outright donations to improve the quality of life in Warren County. The WCCB is very fortunate to have generous people assist in local conservation efforts... after all, it is the people who benefit from the conservation areas in Warren County. The following article is about one of these generous people.

    Helen LUNDY WHITNAH was born in 1896 in Spring Hill, Iowa. When she was two years old, her family moved to Indianola. Mrs. WHITNAH attended Indianola High School in 1914 and graduated from Simpson College in 1919 with a teaching degree.

    In the fall of 1919 she began teaching in the Indianola School System. She taught for 30 years including two years in Spring Hill. In 1959 Helen married Scott WHITNAH, a Consulting Mechanical Engineer from Minnesota, and moved to Minnesota where she now resides.

    Her father, James W. LUNDY was a monument dealer in Indianola for many years. Her mother, Anna (PEVERLEY) LUNDY ws a long time resident of Warren County. Anna's family moved to the "old Green Bush" area, near Spring Hill, when she was five years old. She was also a teacher, starting when she was 18 years old and completing 27 terms. Anna (PEVERLEY) LUNDY was known for her concern and care for the needy long before there was much attention given to this area. Helen's brother, Hugh W. LUNDY, was an attorney in Albia, Iowa. He was also a State Senator and Representative for the Monroe County area.

    "I think it's a shame that so much of Iowa's native timber has been cut down," she said. Mrs. WHITNAH donated her woodlot to the Warren County Conservation Board so that the timber will be preserved and enjoyed for years to come.

    As with other land donations to the Conservation Board, Mrs. WHITNAH has the privilege of naming this new area. She decided to call it "Lundy Acres" because four members of the Lundy family have owned the woodlot for over 100 years.

    On behalf of the WCCB and citizens of Warren County, we thank Helen (LUNDY) WHITNAH and welcome her donation into the system of Warren County Parks.