We owe a debt of gratitude to Maricos Whitter and his family and the Whittier Trust for the Beautiful log-style Whittier Museum Building in which our collections reside. We have an area dedicated to the Whittier Family and Mericos Whittier - stop by the Whittier Museum for a history and tour. Mericos, who was often called by the name "Max," was an extraordinary visionary man from our small rural community of Caribou, Maine, in beautiful central Aroostook County. He went on to do some amazing things. To this day, the Whittier Foundation has supported and helped us keep the Whittier Museum up and running.
For those who do not know, Mericos "Max" Whittier (1867-1925) co-founded Belridge Oil in Southern California in 1911 and developed the town of Beverly Hills in the early 1900s before becoming an avid philanthropist and creating the precursor to the Whittier Trust Company. What a remarkable feat for any young man who left his family's potato farm with $25 in his pocket and a new suit to follow the lure of the Western tales that fascinated "Max." It sounds like a movie. But it is not a movie but a true story of a remarkable person and an example of the pioneering men (and women) who left their roots and forged a future for all of us today. For that, we of Caribou, Maine, are forever grateful.
To read more about Mericos "Max" Whittier, check out the Whittier Family Legacy Platform website: https://maxwhittierfamily.org/
THE CREATION OF WHITTIER TRUST COMPANY
In 1935, Max Whittier’s family and advisors started the Whittier Family Office, which later became the Whittier Trust Company, a multi-family office. Today the company continues to serve high net worth families with a focus on tangible and intangible aspects of family wealth – as it has done for six generations.