Biography of D. F. White
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

D. F. White is among East Liverpool's successful pioneer business men. He is extensively engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He was born in Carroll County, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1860, and is the son of David and Caroline (Bryan) White.

David White was a native of Beaver County, Pa., as was his wife. In 1852 they settled in Carroll County, Ohio, and Mr. White established a general mercantile business at Wattsville. During the Civil War he was a conductor on the "underground railroad" and was one of the leaders of that movement in this section. He had volunteered for service, but on account of a large family of daughters and having a farm for production to carry on the war, he was released. However, he was commissioned to raise recruits for the army and sent three full companies to the front. In 1889 Mr. White removed to East Liverpool, where he died the following year. He was an ardent prohibitionist and did much campaigning for that cause. Caroline (Bryan) White died in September, 1910, and with her husband is buried at Scroggsfield, Carroll County, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. White 11 children were born as follows: Hannah, married David Ralston, who died in January, 1924, and she lives at Smiths Ferry, Ohio; Anna, married Archie Seawright, both deceased; Lizzie, Evelyn, Aaron, and Ella, all deceased, having died from black diptheria within 12 days of each other in 1862; D. F., the subject of this sketch; Henry Bryan, deceased; Kate Lulu, married John Grant, lives in East Liverpool; Caroline, married W. W. Price, lives at Burbank, Cal.; and Mary Belle, the widow of Elmer Stephenson, lives at Burbank, Cal.

D. F. White spent his boyhood in Carroll County and was graduated from Fox Township Academy in 1881. He farmed on the home place until 1887, at which time he moved to East Liverpool and engaged in the pottery business as a kiln hand for 13 years. He then went into the real estate business in East Liverpool. He served as a member of the city police force for two two years and in 1891 opened his present offices in the Hill Building, 543 Mulberry Street. Besides his real estate interests Mr. White is a well known insurance man of this section.

In 1883 Mr. White was united in marriage with Miss Anna Belle Yoder, of Carroll County, who died in 1893, leaving the following children: Effie May, married James Crites, lives in Los Angeles, Cal.; Adnah L., married Jessie Andrews, secretary of the Federal Building & Loan Company, East Liverpool; James D., married Anna Linden, lives at Lansing, Mich.; Howard B., deceased; and Emma C., married John Robbins, lives in East Liverpool. In 1895 Mr. White was married to Miss Mattie J. Smith, of Carlton, Ohio, the daughter of John Vance Smith, deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. White were born nine children as follows: Vance Smith, married Viva Bowman, enlisted for service during the World War with the Canadian army, Jan. 1, 1918, and was killed in action in France, Oct. 12, 1918, is buried at Bucquoy Road, British Cemetery, Ficheux; Helen, died at the age of three years; Adeline, married James A. Reaney, lives in East Liverpool; Charles and Bryan, twins, both deceased; Robert M., Paul A., both at home; Ruth and Donald, both deceased.

Mr. White is a member of the Second United Presbyterian Church and a dependable citizen of Columbiana County. He is a Republican. He has been a member of the school board since 1917 and since 1925 has been president of the board.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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