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Delaware County, Iowa


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George O. White


Delhi Township



        George O. White, who is engaged in general farming on section 16, Delhi township, was born in McHenry county, Illinois, on the 20th of December, 1850, his parents being Benjamin F. and Betsey (Tubbs) White. The father died before the birth of George O. White, who was the youngest of three children, the others being Betsey and Benjamin. The daughter is now deceased. Following the death of her first husband Mrs. White left Illinois with her parents and came to Delaware county, Iowa, in the year 1851, settling upon the present site of Delhi. Her father secured a quarter section of land, which he entered from the government, and later bought another quarter section, which he lost owing to the hard times. He died many years ago and his remains were interred in the cemetery at Delhi. In 1857 E. M. White came to Delaware county, and not long afterward he married Mrs. Betsey White. They were not related, although of the same name. Their three children were: Hattie, the deceased wife of E. J. Carpenter; John R., living in Delhi; and Lou, who occupies a farm east of the place upon which George O. White resides. The father of these children made farming and stock raising his life work and was regarded as one of the useful and valued citizens of the community. He was generally interested in public affairs and gave his endorsement to various plans and measures for the general good.
      George O. White, who has spent practically his entire life in Delaware county, attended the district schools and started out for himself when about twelve years of age. Since that time he has been dependent upon his own resources and his energy efforts have been the foundation upon which he has built his success.
     On the 28th of October, 1874, Mr. White was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Rich, daughter of Theodore and Elizabeth (Tillie) Rich, natives of England. They emigrated to Iowa in 1853 and both have now passed to their reward. In 1888 Mr. and Mrs. White took up their abode upon the farm which is now their home. Today the place comprises more than three hundred and twenty acres of rich and arable land, all of which is under cultivation, responding readily to the care and labor bestowed upon it by the owner. Mr. White has erected all of the buildings upon the place except the house, which was built in 1859. He carries on general farming and also raises graded stock. Everything about his place presents a neat and thrifty appearance and in his farm work he follows the most practical arid progressive methods. His place is divided into fields of convenient size by well kept fences and he utilizes the latest improved machinery to facilitate the work of handling the crops from the time of early spring planting until after the harvests are gathered in the late autumn.
      In his political views Mr. White is a stalwart democrat and has served as trustee and assessor of his township. He keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day and votes according to the dictates of his judgment. He stands for progress and improvement along all lines and is accounted one of the valued residents of the community.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 397-398. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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