Henry White, senior member of the hardware firm of White & Weir, Cambridge , was born in Salem , Washington Co. , N. Y., July 17, 1836 . James White, the father of Mr. White of this sketch, was born in the North of Ireland and came to this country when quite young and was a soldier in the War of 1812. He was engaged in farming both before the war and after, and died from the effects of a fall from an apple-tree in 1840. He married Jane Hall, who was a native of Argyle, Washington County . She died at Salem , in 1872, after becoming the mother of 12 children. Five of her sons are now living in the State of Illinois .

   Mr. White attended school in West Hebron in the county where he was born, and when he was ready to settle himself in business he acquired a knowledge of the trade of a joiner and pattern-maker. He passed about six years in the pursuit of these, and in 1862 came to Henry County . He bought out a hardware store at Geneseo and the new firm was known as White & Tuttle. They were engaged in the prosecution of their joint interests until the spring of 1871, when Mr. White sold his interest, and in the autumn of the same year he opened the business which he is now conducting at Cambridge . The building of the railroad through the place attracted him hither. In 1872 he admitted J. I. Weir to partnership. Mr. White is the cashier of the First National Bank at Cambridge . In his political preference he is a Republican. He is President of the Board of Village Trustees.

   The marriage of Mr. White to Sarah C. Irwin took place in Southwest Oswego , N. Y., Dec. 24, 1858 . She died Sept. 4, 1866 . Mr. White was again married Oct. 4, 1871, in Cazenovia, N. Y., to Hattie E. Sims, and they have had four children, -- Frank J., born Jan. 13, 1873, died July 20, of the same year; Katie L., born May 13, 1875; Harrie S., Sept. 30, 1878; Herbert D., July 14, 1884. The mother was born Feb. 12, 1844 .

   Mr. White is a member of the O. O. O. F. at Cambridge .


1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Ill. page 599



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