H.W. (Harold Wave) Whicker was born in Columbia City, Indiana in 1895. Whicker graduated from Indiana University before serving in World War I. Whicker relocated to the Pacific Northwest after the war and attended State Normal School at Cheney, which is currently known as Eastern Washington University. Attending school in Cheney, Whicker met his wife Meta. H.W. and Meta continued their education at State College of Washington in Pullman (now Washington State University). After graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts, Whicker taught English at State College before attending the University of Washington as a graduate student of English, History and Government. He continued in academia teaching at the University of Montana, the University of Maine, and the Naval Academy. By 1936, H.W. and Meta returned to the Pacific Northwest where they lived out their retirement. Whicker published one book length work titled Silver Strike: The True Story of Silver Mining in the Coeur d'Alenes, which is an account by William T. Stoll as recorded and edited by Whicker. Whicker also published a number of short stories and essays, including works in Frontier and Midland, Scribner's Magazine, and the North American Review. Whicker passed away in 1955 in Oak Knoll, California.
From the guide to the H.W. Whicker papers, 1929-1955, (University of Montana-Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections)