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Michael White

Michael White

Submitted by : Sheryl McClure.


Taken from: Portrait and Biographical Record of Oklahoma, 1901


MICHAEL WHITE, one of the wide-awake business men of Guthrie, is a native of West Virginia, his birth having taken place in Lewis county August 31, 1842. He is the eldest born of Thomas and Esther (Eustice) White, who were natives of County Roscommon, Ireland, and Lewis county, W. Va., respectively. The father crossed the Atlantic and settled in Virginia in 1837. He became a well-to-do farmer and was respected by all of his neighbors and acquaintances. Seven of his nine children attained maturity and six of the number are living today.
Prior to the Civil war Mr. White followed the usual peaceful vocations of a country lad, and when the war came on his knowledge of his own state and the Old Dominion made his services as a scout of great value, and he was thus employed for a long time. In 1865 he came west to Kansas, and, locating in Lawrence, he engaged in the manufacture of lime, in company with his brother-in-law. In 1868 he embarked in the same line of business on his own account, in Topeka, and continued to be thus actively employed until the Centennial year. At that time he commenced taking and executing contracts for contracting and building, and, among numerous, other structures which he supervised while they were in process of erection, the Grant school, many substantial business blocks and private homes stand yet as a monument to his skill. For six years he then devoted his time and attention exclusively to the construction of bridges in Shawnee county.
In 1890 he located in Washington county, Tex., where he was in charge of a stone-crushing plant for the Santa Fe Railroad. In the autumn of 1891 he came to Guthrie, and since then has been contracting for brick and stone work for buildings, and has been actively engaged in the laying of brick and flagging sidewalks. He built the Guthrie Opera-house, the Oswego block and many other fine public and business buildings and the foundations for scores of others. According to the county specifications for bridges, he has erected the masonry for a number of bridges throughout this county, and has given entire satisfaction. He affords employment to a number of workmen and is highly regarded by all with whom he has dealings.
Politically Mr. White is a stanch believer in the merits of the Democratic party. He is a member of the County Central committee and belongs to the executive committee of that body. In his religious faith he is a Catholic.
While a resident of Lawrence, Kans., Mr. White married Miss Mary Keefe, a native of Ireland. Their eldest child, Edmond, a graduate of Pond's Business College, in Topeka, is an insurance man of Kansas City, Mo. Nellie, also a graduate of the college mentioned, is a bookkeeper for a thriving business house of Topeka. Mary and Julietta are at home with their parents.

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