John M White


JOHN M. WHITE, of Mahoning, a popular official and business man, is one of the best known residents of his section of Armstrong county, his numerous interests bringing him into contact with an unusual number of his fellow citizens. He was born in Pine (now Boggs) township, this county, May 4, 1853, son of David White and grandson James White.

James White and his wife Ann (Charlton) were the first of this family to come to Armstrong county, where they located in what was then Pine township. They died in Boggs township, she in April, 1865, he in January, 1879.

David White, son of James, was born in 1822, in Pine township. Though his educational advantages were confined to such as the common schools near his home afforded, he became a well educated man, and taught school for several terms. He was a farmer by occupation, and well known and popular in his community, though he never aspired to publicity of any kind. In political sentiment he was a Democrat, and he was a member of the United Presbyterian Church. He married Nancy Jane Mateer, a native of East Franklin township, this county, born June 11, 1824, daughter of John Mateer. Mr. and Mrs. White had four children, viz.: James, formerly a teacher, who has become a prominent official in this section, having served in township offices and for two terms as county commissioner (he now lives in Rayburn township) ; John M.; William M. at one time a teacher and for many years a well known merchant of Mahoning, who died Jan. 9, 1911, aged fifty-three years; and Margaret, who married Peter Elliott, a mill man, of Steubenville, Ohio.

John M. White obtained a common school education in the home neighborhood. When he reached his majority he began farming in Boggs township on his own account, following that calling for over a quarter of a century with continuous success. Business pursuits have since occupied his attention. In 1901 he located at Mahoning, buying the "Mahoning Hotel," which he has since conducted. Mr. White�s geniality and friendliness attract patrons, and his obliging disposition and good management retain custom, so that he has many qualities which insured his success as a host from the very beginning. For the last three years he has been postmaster at Mahoning, and he also served as registrar of births and deaths for Boggs, Pine and Mahoning townships. In 1887 he served as mercantile appraiser, a county office, and he has held the office of school director continuously for the last eighteen years, also filling other offices. On political questions he has been associated with the Democratic Party. Mr. White is a well informed man, fitted for the various responsibilities that have been intrusted in him, as his intelligent attention to their duties proves.

On Feb. 24, 1885, Mr. White married Margaret Hull, of Boggs township, daughter of John W. Hull, of Armstrong county, who is an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and has been a railroad man all his life. Three children have been born to them: Edith is married to Charles Beatty, of Pine township, and has two children, Margaret and John; John D. is timekeeper for J. H. Crebett & Co., on the railroad; Harry is at home. Mrs. White is a Baptist in religious connection. Mr. White belongs to the B.P.O. Elks Lodge at Kittanning.

Source: Page 893, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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