Biography of William Henry White
Erie County, NY Biographies


White, William Henry, Buffalo, son of Lester S. and Adeline (Hurd) White, was born in Caton, Steuben county, N. Y., October 11, 1854, and received a public school education. He is one of the celebrated White brothers of base ball fame, the other being James L. White, familiarly known as "Deacon" White. Mr. White began playing in 1875 and continued for twelve years in the National League and American Association, winning a reputation as one of the ablest and best pitchers on the diamdnd. Besides playing with Boston, Detroit and Buffalo clubs he was for ten successive years a member of the famous "Red Stockings" of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he also conducted a retail drug and grocery business during the same period. He is the only ball player who ever wore glasses or spectacles during the game, and this finally led him to engage in the optical business. In the fall of 1887 he sold his store in Cincinnati and moved to Buffalo, and in the spring of 1888 became the manager of the International Base Ball Club. Soon afterward he began his optical studies with Dr. W. H. Gilbert, of New York city, where he was graduated from the Ophthalmic College in 1890. He then engaged in the optical business in Corning, N. Y., and in 1893 removed to Buffalo, where he established a manufactory and salesroom at 66 West Chippewa street. In May, 1895, he occupied his present quarters at 532 Main street, in the Genesee Hotel building. Under the style of the Buffalo Optical Company Mr. White has built up a large and successful business, both as manufacturer and dealer, and is distinguished as one of the ablest and best opticians in Western New York. In December, 1875, he married Hattie L., daughter of J. S. Holmes, of Caton, N. Y., and they have one daughter, Catherine L.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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