Biography of L. E. White
Mendocino County, CA Biographies





L. E. White. Was born in Prescott, Hampshire county, Massachusetts, October 25, 1828. After residing in various localities with, his parents, they, in 1841, settled in Lewis county, New York, where young White remained till 1848, receiving his education in the meantime at the Whitesborough Seminary and the Lowvile Academy. On December 28, 1848, he went to New York City, and with thirty four others chartered the brig Renrico, and sailed to Chagres; at Panama they took passage on the bark John Kitson, and after a voyage of ninety five days arrived at San Francisco, May 18, 1849. He, in company with twelve others, immediately started for the mines in a whale boat for which they paid $300, which they disposed of at Rodgers' ferry on the Tuolumne river. They then proceeded to Sparks' ferry, and from there to the mines. In August of that year, on account of sickness he returned to San Francisco, and thence proceeded to the San Geronimo Ranch, in Margin county, and engaged in stock raising, where he remained till 1855. He then spent two years at Corte Madera, when he went to the Lagunitas, where he remained six months. He then took his cattle and drove them to Big River township in 1858, residing on Clift's hill for three years. In August, 1861, he went to Albion and began merchandising, in which business he continued till October, 1868, when he went to San Francisco, where he has since been in business, retaining, however, interests in Mendocino county, notably the Salmon Creek Railroad, of which he is one of the principal stockholders. He was married, July 16, 1850, to Miss Jane Sheridan. Their children are: Nellie, now Mrs. Frank Stewart, and William H.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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