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C. A. Wheelock residence, project
Purcell and Elmslie
Fargo, North Dakota   1913

Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1910
Text by William Gray Purcell
for 1913

Job Date (in Parabiography): July 21, 1913

C. A. Wheelock, Fargo, N.D.

The depression reached this fine man just twenty-seven years before it hit the rest of us. The son of a wealthy North Dakota pioneer and a man of large means, Wheelock extended himself too far in real estate operations, and was caught in the business depression that was gathering a few years before the World War. We made some interesting studies for a fine house which he proposed to build. He was delighted with our design. He and Mrs. Wheelock were people of fine feeling, and broad culture, but with a simple humanity that made them very popular in Fargo. His business failure was a genuine distress to the community, and coming without warning in the midst of happy preparations for a fine home, it was a disappointment to us to lose this opportunity.

   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.7]
research courtesy mark hammons