Biography of S. A. White
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S. A. WHITE
Substantial men of affairs from the East have been attracted to California through that fascination of climate and environment which the country almost invariably weaves around its visitors and which impels them to forsake the associations of their business activities for the favored land of sunshine. The important enterprises that once engaged the keen mental energies of S. A. White were relinquished when, after having maintained a winter home in California for some seasons, he became so attached to the country that he retired from business and removed permanently to Riverside, where now he enjoys a life of leisure in the midst of attractive surroundings at his home, No. 1017 Tenth street. The tastes of a gentleman of cosmopolitan culture are apparent in the artistic furnishings of the residence and also in the beautiful aspect of the grounds, the whole combining to form an attractive addition to Riverside's galaxy of artistic homesteads.

Born at East Randolph, Mass., February 21, 1845, S. A. White is a son of Samuel L. and Silence Swift (Adams) White. The father, who was born at East Randolph in 1818, remained a resident of that locality throughout his entire life and had charge for years of an express business between his native city and Boston. Eventually retiring from business cares, he passed away in 1894. Upon the completion of grammar school studies, Mr. White entered the high school of his home town and remained in that institution until he responded to a call for volunteers. The Civil War had reached its height and there was need of young men to aid the Union, so at the age of eighteen years he offered his services to the country. As a private soldier in Company I, Forty second Massachusetts Infantry, he served from 1863 until the expiration of his term of enlistment, when he received an honorable discharge.

An era of business enterprise received its original impetus when Mr. White, at the close of the war, entered the boot and shoe business as an employe of L. B. White, of Brockton, Mass., a manufacturer of that place. For two years he held a position as superintendent of his factory and then resigned in order to establish business associations in Boston. For seven years he maintained an enviable record as a traveling salesman for the shoe finding firm of B. F. Brown & Co., of Boston. The connection was terminated through his decision to embark in business for himself, his specialty being the manufacture of shoe finishings for shoe factories. Solely through his energy and business acumen he built up a plant that was the largest of its kind in the world for shoe upper finishes, with a factory at Montreal, Canada. a branch store in Leicester, England, and agencies in France, Germany and Australia. The trade in every country was familiar with the business and the S. A. White Co. Its success won recognition from men engaged in every department of the shoe business and its sales aggregated figures representing large dividends on the original capital.

The desire to spend the winter months in a climate less bleak and dreary than that of New England led Mr. White to establish a winter home in Riverside in 1898. The impression created by temporary residence here was so favorable that he sold out his business in 1903 and came to the West to establish his citizenship and enjoy the comforts connected with a life of leisure. Aside from taking care of his real estate holdings and superintending his investments, he has no business to engross his attention or distract from the enjoyment of prosperity. While living in the East he was united in marriage, in Boston, November 2, 1887, with Miss B. K. Sanger, who presides over his elegant home with accustomed dignity and graciousness. Their only child, Arthur B., a civil engineer by occupation, is a graduate of the Institute of Technology in Boston. At no time in his life has Mr. White been active in partisan politics. Indeed, he takes no part in public affairs aside from voting the Republican ticket. For years he has been deeply interested in Masonry. During a sojourn in England he identified himself with the blue lodge at Leicester and later he rose to the Knights Templar degree, being now past commander of Riverside Commandery No. 28, K. T.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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