Caleb E. White (c.1830 - 1902)

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Birthplace: Holbrook, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States
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    • Rebecca
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    • Annie
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    • Harry
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    • Jonathan
      father
    • Abigail
      mother

About Caleb E. White

Los Angeles County Biography Caleb E. White

Very few of the men who lived in Pomona were identified with the history of California for a longer period than Caleb E. White. He was one of the '49ers who were led to cast in their lot with the then unknown West at the time of the discovery of gold here. The wonderful improvements that have brought this state to a foremost position among the great commonwealths of America he witnessed and he deservedly occupied a position among the public-spirited pioneers to whose self-sacrificing efforts the organization and development of the state may be attributed. 

Mr. White was born in East Randolph, now Holbrook, Mass., February 5, 1830, a son of Jonathan and Abigail (Holbrook) White, natives of the same place as himself. His father, who was the son of a Revolutionary soldier, was for years engaged in the manufacture of shoes at Holbrook. During his boyhood our subject had some experience in the nursery business at Holbrook, where he attended the grammar and high schools. When nineteen years of age he started for California, being one of a party of fifteen who purchased the brig Arcadia, and sailed from Boston for San Francisco via the Straits of Magellan. After a tedious voyage of 263 days they sailed through the Golden Gate October 29, 1849. In 1850 Mr. White embarked in the general mercantile business in Sacramento, as a member of the firm of White & Hollister. However, this firm was dissolved in a short time. Subsequently he engaged in the nursery business on a ranch on the American River, and also for seventeen years was a member of the firm of White & Hollister at Courtland, in the raising of fruits. At a later date he became interested in sheep raising with James Denman, having a sheep ranch of 6,000 acres at Florence, Los Angeles County.

The year 1880 found Mr. White a pioneer of what is now the city of Pomona. He was one of the prime movers in securing the organization of the city, and served as a member of its first board of trustees. He became one of the well-known horticulturists of the region. His place consisted of seventy acres, of which sixty acres were in orchard. In addition to the management of this property, he served for ten or more years as vice-president of the People's Bank of Pomona, owning the bank building; he was one of the trustees of the University of Southern California. The Republican party always received his allegiance and its candidates his vote. He was invariably found on the side of progress and development, and his support was given to measures for the benefit of the city and the development of its resources. Fraternally he was a Mason and in religion a member of the Pomona Methodist Episcopal Church.

The marriage of Mr. White took place in Sacramento, Cal., November 13, 1857, and united him with Mrs. Rebecca Ann Holship, neé Ferguson, born in Nashville, Tenn., December 12, 1835. She crossed the plains with her husband and baby, and were the only ones in the train who had horse teams. They brought with them two negro slaves, who were emancipated after arrival in California. Mr. and Mrs. White have two living children: Nannie C., born in Sacramento, is the wife of Charles L. Northcraft, of Patagonia, Ariz., and Harry R., of Pomona, who was born at Courtland. Helen M., who passed away in March, 1920, was the wife of Hon. R.F. Del Valle, of Los Angeles, and was very prominent in club life, especially in the activities of the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Mr. White died at his home on September 2, 1902, and his wife passed to her reward on December 12, 1910.

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Caleb E. White's Timeline

1830
1830
Holbrook, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
1902
September 2, 1902
Age 72
Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States
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Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States