Transcribed by Joseph Dominao
(From the scrapbook of Eddy C. [1857-1944] & Helen White Gilbert [1855-1929]. Clippings may not be dated and newspaper may be unknown, unless noted. Most dates supplied were handwritten and initialed by the collectors.) In most cases, these clippings were from Rushford Spectator/The Spectator
Washington White died June 19,1889, aged 60 years, 8 mo's., and 10 days.
He was born in Cavendish, Vermont and in 1821 or '22 his parents removed to Rushford, where they reared their four sons and two daughters. Of their sons one perished during the war in a rebel prison, another, Quincy, died May 26. One sister lives in Kansas. The remaining brother and sister were at the funeral. In January,1844, he married Abigail Willard, who survives him. they have two sons and twi daughters, All were present at his death except one son who lives in Denver, Colorado. His attention in early life was directed to mercantile pursuits. He served as a clerk in Olean and then went into business here. He was one of our business man many years. But the scenes on the street and in the stories were loved even after he was too feeble to walk from his house to the places of business. Though he has been out of business for some years he will be missed on the streets. All respect him as a man of business here. We have a monument of his industry in the concrete block, which bears his name. The first shock of the disease that afterwards proved fatal occurred in Nov. 1887. From this he partially recovered so as to be about to attend to his business to some extent. The second shock come on Christmas in 1888. Though considered at first as less severe, he did not rally from it, but remained quite feeble. He did not experience a third shock, as was anticipated, but sank to rest after a gradual decline. As a man he was very reserved respecting his views and feelings on the subject of religion. His pastor learned from him that he did not hope to recover and that he thought seriously of his need of preparation for the life to come. The funeral was attended at his house. Mrs.White, who is in very feeble health,was able to be present at the services, but could not go with the procession to the grave. The funeral services were conducted by their pastor, Rev.Cone.