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 Henry Ernst White

Henry Ernst White

Birth
Medaryville, Pulaski County, Indiana, USA
Death 1 Mar 1945 (aged 78)
Knox, Starke County, Indiana, USA
Burial Knox, Starke County, Indiana, USA
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Henry E. White Obituary from North Judson News, written by Henry F. Schricker

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches and loving favor rather than silver or gold." This was the keynote of the life of Henry E. White, the son of August and Sophia Ehdy White, who was born December 18, 1867, on a farm near Medaryville, Indiana, and after a long and useful career, departed this life in Knox, Indiana, on February 28, 1945, at the age of 78 years, 2 months and 10 days.
Shortly after his birth the family removed to a farm four miles north of San Pierre where the father also assumed the duties of caretaker of the Monon Railway bridge over the Kankakee River. When he was 12 years old, the family removed to a farm on the west shores of Bass Lake. Here he received his elementary training in a one-room country school, known for many years as the "White School."
In the fall of 1880, as a youngster in his early teens Mr. White accompanied his brother-in-law Harvey Herrold to a newly acquired homestead in the State of Nebraska. Here the lad worked on the farm for several years and attended the pioneer schools of that new state. Following this experience, he returned to the family home in Indiana and again sought to improve his education in the schools of his native state. This insatiable desire for knowledge became a part of his daily life and also a rich legacy to his children and close personal friends. He never grew weary of searching for the truth, and he lived by the maxim that "an educated man was one who could withhold judgment until he had obtained all the facts."
Off and on for four or five years, he worked as a clerk in the County Recorder's office, and his penmanship was widely credited as being the finest in Northern Indiana. Some of his letters are still being prized as master specimens of the art of long-hand writing.
Mr. White entered the Junior Law Class of Valparaiso University in the fall of 188[], attending only one year. Later he was admitted to the practice of law in Starke County. He taught school for a couple of years, but resigned to enter the country store business at Toto. He followed this venture with the lumber business at North Judson, remaining there six years, from 1892 to 1896. During these years he served on the School Board of North Judson and played an important part in securing the first modern school plant for that community.
In August, 1893, Mr. White was united in marriage to Estella Elizabeth Collins, daughter of a prominent Starke county family, who preceded him in death a little more than a year ago. To this union, of more than a half century, three sons were born: Rex, Victor and Max, all of them a credit to this fine Christian Indiana home.
In the fall of 188[] Mr. White was elected Clerk of the Starke Circuit Court, and in 1902 was chose for a second term.
In 1908 Mr. White was one of the organizers of the Fountain Square State Bank in Indianapolis and became its first cashier. Some years later he brought his family back to Starke County and located on the old Collins homestead south of Toto in Wayne Township. During this period he also served the Hamlet State Bank as Cashier for about one year.
The White family spent the winter of 1919-20 in Miami, Florida, and upon his return assisted in organizing the North Judson State Bank and was chosen as its first cashier. A serious operation compelled him to relinquish this position in the summer of 1922. That fall, however, he was elected to the office of County Assessor and held that position through five successive terms for a period of twenty years. After long and faithful service, he retired from office in 1942 at the age of 75 years.
For more than fifty years, Mr. White was an honored member of North Judson and Knox Masonic Lodges. He served the local lodge as secretary for many ears and was also a Past Master of the Order.
Mr. White, both by nature and by training, was a deeply religious man. His faith in God was unwavering and he delighted in bringing aid and comfort to his fellow man. He cultivated a profound appreciation of the best in literature and in his earlier years was recognized as one of the best interpreters and readers of Riley's poems in the county. Even now, in the silence of death we can hear him speak to us in the language of the Hoosier poet: "When The Frost is On The Pumpkin;" "Thought for the Discouraged Farmer;" "Out to Old Aunt Mary's;" "Knee Deep in June;" "An Old Sweetheart of Mine;" "Ike Walton's Prayer;" and many other favorite numbers. His love for the beautiful things in life was the best index to his Christian character. His rugged honesty and deep sense of duty, his spirit of tolerance and fair play, his innate modesty and strict sobriety, coupled with a long and faithful record as a public servant, all are intermingled in a beautiful pattern as we stand before the finished tapestry of his life today.
To him "public office was still a public trust." We honor him in this hour not for what he received, but for what he gave:

He who builds for self alone,
Builds but for a day,
But he who builds for fellow man
Builds for aye and aye.

"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty, or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction."
Numbered among Mr. White's survivors are two sons, Victor E., of Knox and Max R. of Storrs, Conn., three grandchildren, many other near and distant relatives and a host of sorrowing neighbors and friends.

-- Henry F. Schricker


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  • Created by: Thomas Allen
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101364881
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Ernst White (18 Dec 1866–1 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101364881, citing Round Lake Cemetery, Knox, Starke County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Thomas Allen (contributor 46501215) .