Biography of Robert White
Little Lake Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Robert White, Whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Ireland in 1822. When he was very young his parents came to America, and resided at New Albany, Indiana, ten years; they then went to New Orleans. Here young Robert received his education and resided till 1849, when he started for California over the southern route, coming through Texas and Mexico, arriving at the Mariposa mines. After a two months stay he went to San Francisco and engaged in teaming till 1851. He then went home, and after a short stay returned to California. He went to Sonora, Tuolumne county, and with John P. Simpson and others engaged in the quartz mill business. After eight months he returned to the city, and came up to Big River, Mendocino county, and he and Simpson occupied a place known as the Log Cabin till 1854. He was then employed by Thomas J. Henley on the Mendocino Reservation, and had charge of the establishment of Fort Bragg. In 1858 he and Simpson came to Cahto and began supplying the reservation with beef, and they finally located permanently. They soon opened a store and now quite a town has grown up around them. Mr. White is known all over the county as the soul of wit and good nature, and a gentleman of honor. He married, in 1860, Miss Laura A. Simpson, who was born in Illinois, on the 28th day of June, 1843. Their children are, James N., born April 10, 1862; Willie S., born April 24, 1864; Harry, born July 26, 1867; Ella, born February 5, 1871; Belle, born October 16, 1866, and Charles F., born June 9, 1879.

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


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