Died: September 21, 1927
Eddy Whitby was a co-founder, with George V.W. Duryee and Walter Cluett, of Duryee & Company in 1909, which specialized in renting properties to prominent or prosperous health seekers and summer vacationers. The same three men organized the Rockledge Company to build Saranac Lake's second exclusive subdivision.
Whitby had a real estate office at 72 Main Street from at least 1918 through the late 1920s. 1 2 It was later acquired by Clinton J. Ayres. He was elected as a village President in 1919, 3 and as a village Trustee in 1927, running as a Democrat. 4 He also served as secretary and treasurer of the Adirondack Skating Association in 1924. 5
He was a member of the Good Roads Association
Malone Farmer, June 18, 1919
"Hoist by his own petard" is an old familiar saying and Eddy Whitby, the new village president of Saranac Lake now knows what it means. He fathered the appointment of a motorcyclist to stop speeding and violation of other motor car regulations, and it now turns out that he was the first person halted-by the new motorcycle cop for violating the speed limit. He was on his way to Lake Placid and was late. After reaching the outskirts of Saranac Lake but still within the corporation limits, he started to make time and had gone but a little way when the motorcycle officer appeared almost on him on his machine and called him down. After promising to be more careful the village president was allowed to proceed. Mr. Whitby delights in telling about it and derives much satisfaction from the officer's efficiency.
Lake Placid News, October 14, 1927
SARANAC LAKE FIRM IN TRANSFER
Control of Eddy Whitby Real Estate and Insurance Agency Passes to Clinton J. Ayres, Inc.
On Thursday, October 6 the real estate and insurance business, conducted for many years at 75 Main street, Saranac Lake, by the late Eddy Whitby under the name of Duryee & Co., passed under the control of Clinton J. Ayres, Inc., of Saranac Lake. Mr. Ayres has maintained offices for several years in the Berkeley building, Berkeley square.
William H. Scopes, executor of the will of Mr. Whitby, closed negotiations for the sale of the business. Mr. Whitby died at his Saranac Lake home on September 21.
Two of the oldest business organizations in Saranac Lake are thus brought under one management. More than 25 years ago the Whitby business was organized by the late George V. W. Duryee. The Ayres agency is successor to the business established in 1885 by the 1st 0. E. Miller. Both offices have long occupied an enviable position in Adirondack real estate circles.
The new owner plans to continue the Whitby office at the present location. It will do business as the Whitby agency, Clinton J. Ayres, Inc., successor, for a period of at least a year.
One of the largest consolidations of insurance agencies in this part of the state is effected by this deal. Thirteen companies have been represented by the Whitby agency and twenty by the Ayres office.
Much comment has been caused in Adirondack real estate circles by the announcement of this consolidation.