Biography of J. A. White
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J. A. White, a retired farmer of Honey Creek township, who is a member of the present board of county supervisors, was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, on the 10th of November, 1850, and is a son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Wycoff) White, natives of Washington county, Pennsylvania, and Muskingum county, Ohio, respectively. His maternal grandparents were Joseph and Susan Wycoff and his grandfather was a soldier of the War of 1812. The paternal grandparents were James and Elizabeth White, whose ancestry has been traced back to the Revolutionary period, our subject's sister being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to which his wife is also eligible. The parents of our subject were married in Muskingum county, Ohio, the father having located there when a young man. He engaged in blacksmithing in that county until 1865, when he removed with his family to Mercer county, Illinois. The following fall, however, the family continued their journey westward and located in Honey Creek township, this county on the land which the father 'had entered from the government some eleven years previous. The original patents which were signed by President Franklin Pierce are now in the possession of our subject. In 1884 a removal was made to College Springs, Page county, Iowa, where the mother passed away in 1904 at the age of seventy years. The father then made his home with a daughter in South Omaha until his demise, which occurred in 1906, when he was seventy two years of age. For a number of years he was trustee of Honey Creek township, this county, and was also justice of the peace. He was one of the influential men of his locality and was highly respected.

J. A. White remained under the parental roof during the period of his minority and attended the public schools. He continued to reside at home for about eleven years after reaching his majority and assisted in the work of the homestead. At the end of that time he was deeded an eighty acre farm, which, however, was encumbered with a seven hundred dollar mortgage, which he obligated himself to pay off. Upon the removal of his father to Page county, our subject rented the homestead and was so successful in its operation that at the end of four years he was able to purchase one hundred and sixty acres of the farm, buying that part of the place on which the buildings were located. The remainder of the homestead was sold and the proceeds divided among the other heirs. He carries on general farming and raises abundant crops, the sale of which returns to him a good profit annually. He also feeds stock to some extent and finds that line of business profitable. His farm is one of the well improved and valuable places of the township and everything is kept in excellent condition.

In July, 1884, Mr. White married Miss Salome Sullenberger, of Koszta, this county, who was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, August 3o, 1855. Her father, David Sullenberger, was born in Ohio and came to Iowa in 1850. Later, however, he located in Schuyler county, Illinois, where he was married in 1854 to Miss Elizabeth Pruett, a native of Indiana. For two years they made their home in Missouri but came to Iowa in 1861, locating in Honey Creek township, Iowan county, where Mr. Sullenberger died. His wife is still living. Mrs. White received a good practical education in the schools of Koszta and Marengo and for nine years prior to her marriage successfully engaged in teaching. Mr. and Mrs. White have become the parents of six children, of whom four survive, as follows: Charles M., who is farming near Redwood Falls, Minnesota; Orrie E., who is teaching in the Newton (Ia.) schools; David A., who is operating the homestead; and Lawrence S., who is attending the Marengo high school.

Mr. White is a republican and has been honored with election to a number of local positions of trust and responsibility. For many years he was township trustee and is now serving his second term as a member of the board of county supervisors. He is one of the influential men of his part of the county and is not only generally respected but also has many personal friends, who hold him in warm regard.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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