Almond A. White


Almond A. White

Whiting, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Death 14 Aug 1930 (aged 86)
Blois, Departement du Loir-et-Cher, Centre, France
Burial Blois, Departement du Loir-et-Cher, Centre, France
Plot Grave 1, Row 2
Memorial ID 104370457 View Source

Almond was a very busy real estate dealer in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. Took after his father, Lyman, it appears.

He platted and filed the West End Addition to the City of Brainerd (Minnesota) in 1902, and donated most of it to the City in May of 1921 for a Tourist Park.

      A GLARING OUTRAGE.—On Thursday night about 10 o'clock, a sleigh load of drunken rowdies, were whooping and shooting about the streets. In one of their rounds, and as they passed the office building of A. A. White, Esq., they fired two shots at the building, both of which went through into the inside, across the room, through a desk and through the rear wall into the back shed, shivering things generally on their passage. Mr. W. White was sitting at his desk writing, and the bullets passed within a foot of him. Yesterday Marshal McKay and Alderman White, were engaged in working up the case. Such beastly and malicious conduct MUST BE STOPPED, if the Council have to appoint fifty policemen, and the perpetrators of such deeds as this, and all others we could name, must be punished, and the community cleaned of such vermin. Well disposed people who have made their homes here, are willing to bear all necessary expense toward the preservation of life and property, if the authorities will do their work to the end of our needs; and we believe it will be done, now. (Brainerd Tribune, 25 January 1873, p. 1, c. 5) [Contributed by A. Nelson]

      Cecil White a little daughter of A. A. White while playing around a bon fire one day this week came in contact with the flames her clothing taking fire and before assistance reached her she was quite seriously burned about the back of the head and shoulders and the only wonder is that she escaped alive. Fortunately, however, she is not seriously injured and will be around all right again in a few days. (Brainerd Tribune, 18 May 1878, p. 1, c. 6)

      On a recent trip to Moorhead a TRIBUNE representative took occasion to call upon the firm of Comstock & White, who are doing the largest real estate business in this upper country. They take great pains to please their patrons by finding out their exact wants and through their square dealing have been enabled to command the vast amount of business which they are crowded with. (Brainerd Tribune, 08 April 1882, p. 5, c. 2)

1875 MN census for Brainerd, family #176:
White, A.A., 30, b. Vt
White, Marion L., 26, b. Vt
White, A.A., 4, b. Kansas
White, Cecil E.(Fem.), 1, b. Minn
Knight, E.W., 60, b. Vt
Lytle, Josephine, 19, b. Germany

1880 census for Moorhead, Clay, Minnesota, E.D. 186, family #102:
White, Almond A, 34, head, b. Vermont, real estate dealer
White, Marion, 30, wife, b. Vermont
White, Almond A, 9, son, b. Kansas
White, Cecil E, 7, daughter, b. Minnesota
Knight, Unis W, 78, mother-in-law, b. Vermont
Potter, Christine, 25, servant, b. Norway

1885 MN census for Moorhead, Clay, family #322:
White, Almond A., 40, b. Vermont
White, Marion L., 36, b. Vermont
White, Cecil, 11(Fem.), b. Minnesota

1895 MN census for St. Paul Ward 4:
   59 W 10th St.
White, Almond A., 50, b. Vermont, res. MN 20y E.D. 2y, real estate
White, Marian L., 46, b. Vermont
   59 St. Peter St.
White, Claycle E.(Fem.), 21, b. Minn., student
Knight, Geo. W., 52, b. Vermont, clerk

1900 census - not found. But Almond A. White is in the St. Paul City Directories 1894 - 1909. In 1900 he is boarding at the Hotel Ryan. In 1909 he is at the Hotel Aberdeen.

1905 MN census for St. Paul ward 7, persons #49-51:
White, A. A., 60, b. Vt., res MN 33y E.D. 7m
White, Mrs. Marion L., 56, b. Vt.
White, Cecil E.(female), 24[sic], b. Minn.

In 1910, Mrs. Almond White, age 50, last residence, NY, was a passenger on a ship departing from Genoa, Italy, on October 20.

1910 census - not found.

Almond A. White is in the St. Paul City Directories 1918 - 1925.

1920 census - Almond and Marion are living in St. Paul Ward 7.

Almond died in 1930 in France - see image at right.

He was a Civil Var veteran, enlisting in Co. E, 40th Wisc. Infantry out of Appleton in 1864.

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      Col. A. A. WHITE is a man of achievement, a constructive genius who has been the confidante and advisor of such great empire builders as the late James J. Hill. Colonel White has long regarded Montana as his home, and he enjoys the fame of history accorded in the phrase “father of Kalispell.” He laid out the townsite of Kalispell for James J. Hill of the Great Northern Railroad.
      Colonel White began his career June 18, 1841, when he was born in Addison County, Vermont, at the Village of Whiting, named in honor of his ancestors. He is a descendant of the Peregrine White family of Mayflower fame. Several generations of the Whites have lived in Massachusetts. Colonel White’s grandparents moved from Boston, riding horseback all the way, a journey of several hundred miles through a rough and sparsely settled country, to Otter Creek, Vermont, and their settlement on Otter Creek subsequently became known as Whiting. The White family is remarkable for longevity. Grandfather White died at the age of ninety-nine and his wife at a hundred and one. Their family consisted of Lyman P. White, father of Colonel White, six older brothers, and two older sisters, all of whom reached extreme old age. Lyman P. White died at Brainerd, Minnesota, at the age of ninety-three and never was ill a single day in his life, his mind remaining perfectly clear until thirty minutes of his death. He married Phoebe Keeler, of Vermont, who died at St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of fifty-two.
      A. A. White was educated in the public schools of Vermont, also at Fond du Lac and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and at the age of eighteen graduated from Lawrence University at Appleton, Wisconsin. On the day of his graduation he and twenty-one other university boys enlisted in Company E, of the 40th Wisconsin Infantry for service in the Civil war. He became sergeant of his company, and after a period of training at Madison went south with the troops and for some time was employed as a picket guard around the approaches to Memphis. While in this service the rebel General Forrest with a regiment of cavalry men dashed into the city over the Hernando road at 3 o’clock one morning, forced his way through the picket lines and made a dash for the Gayosa Hotel, his objective being the capture of Maj. Gen. C. C. Washburn of Minnesota and two other major generals who were stopping at that hotel. Some enterprising Union pickets had succeeded in outrunning the Confederate cavalryman, and by their early alarm General Washburn escaped, but he and his companions had to run clad only in their night clothes a distance of half a mile to the protection of the garrison. General Washburn believed that General Forrest was 2000 miles away fighting Maj. Gen. A. J. Smith, Colonel White’s colonel of the regiment was W. Augustus Ray, a prominent Wisconsin banker, while the lieutenant colonel was at that time a Methodist minister at Appleton, but is now an Episcopal bishop in Chicago.
      After the war Colonel White took up civil engineering as his profession. He was also an expert accountant and bookkeeper and for four years was employed in the auditor’s office of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company. Railway magnates recognizing in him unusual ability and trustworthiness sent him out to Kansas to build railroad lines. He went there in September, 1868, and had charge of the construction forces during the building of several railway lines, and for four years supervised the operation of 2,000 men and 500 teams. It was a profitable venture for him, and he returned to Chicago with a modest fortune of $15,000.
      At Fort Scott, Kansas, Colonel White married Marian L. Knight. Her father was John Knight, a merchant of Rutland, Vermont, while her mother was a descendant of the Daniel Webster family, Mr. and Mrs. White had two children, Almond A. Jr., and Cecil E. The son Almond, Jr. died at the age of fourteen at Moorehead [sic], Minnesota, while attending Dickey College. Miss Cecil was educated in Minnesota, spending, one year in Dickey College, two years at St. Mary’s Hall at Faribault, Minnesota, two years in Mrs. Sylvanius Reed’s School at New York City and another two years in Mount Vernon Seminary at Washington, where she graduated with high honors. Miss Cecil has crossed the ocean sixteen times visiting European countries. In 1916 she became the wife of the Italian Consul to Spain and is now a resident of Barcelona, Spain. She has a fluent command of French, Italian, German and Spanish as well as English.
      Through all these yeas and for half a century altogether Colonel White has been a townsite promoter. He has laid out sixty townsites in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington and Oregon. He was the man above all others who exercised the chief influence in the development and sale of the magnificent sites around the glacier National Park, and he bought a large amount of land on Flathead Lake.
      In November, 1890, he came to Montana and spent fourteen days at Demersville. He was at that time on a mission for James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern Railroad. Mr. Hill had instructed him to locate a townsite in the most eligible and scenic point of Flathead Valley. As a civil engineer he spent ten days making a thorough inspection of the country, and at the conclusion of his investigations bought 1,600 acres for Mr. Hill and including the present site of Kalispell. He then organized the Kalispell townsite Company and served as its vice president and managing director for 24 years. About 10 years ago Colonel White also bought land in Santa Ana Valley in Lynn County, Oregon, containing valuable townsites, water power and timber.
      Colonel White is a staunch republican and he and his wife are members of the Episcopal Church. He was baptized and confirmed in that church 40 years ago and has served as a vestry man more than 30 years and as a senior warden 16 years. He has never been a candidate for office, though frequently tendered county and state political honors. He is affiliated with Acker Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of St. Paul.
      Colonel White is an eminently positive character, as are all men of constructive genius. He has gone ahead and done things or got things done, and has seldom concerned himself with the criticisms either favorable or the reverse. Some have said that no man between St. Paul and the Pacific Coast has ever been criticized so freely as Colonel White, but while he freely recognizes that there are sins of omission at his door, there is on the other hand a large program of real work and achievement to his credit. (Montana, Its Story and Biography: A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Montana and Three Decades of Statehood, Volume III, edited by Tom Stout, The American Historical Society, 1921; p. 1274)

    -=-=- More on his wife, Marion -=-=-

The 1915 obituary for Jennie M. White, her father-in-law's wife, stated that she passed away "while visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. A. White of St. Paul."

1860 census for Rutland, Rutland, VT family #490:
Knights, John P., 53, b. Mass.
Knights, Eunice, 48, b. Vt.
Knights, Mary, 24, b. Vt.
Knights, Sarah, 18, b. Vt.
Knights, Marion, 12, b. Vt.
Knights, George, 15, b. Vt.

Mary. b. ~1836, is Jennie M. Knight, future wife of Lyman.

Marion, b. ~1848, is Marion Knight, future wife of Almond.

So Lyman P. White, Sr., and his son Almond married sisters.

According to the Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974 database at Ancestry, Mary Ann (Night) White, age 81y 7m, died of bronchitis on March 9, 1930, in Basel Switzerland, and was buried at Servigliano, Province of Marche, Italy. Her effects are in the possession of her only child, Cecilia Vecchiotti, wife of the Italian Consul General at Basel, Switzerland. The husband [no name given] of the deceased, sick in France has been notified by the son-in-law.

    -=- More on his daughter, Cecilia -=-

The fascinating Death of an American Citizen document reveals that Almond's daughter is married to Gaetano Vecchiotti.

The Italian-language History of the community of Servigliano page has a biography about one of its famous citizens (translation help via Google):

Gaetano Vecchiotti (1886-1973) - Consul and Ambassador of Italy

Born in Servigliano February 2, 1886, to Commendatore Giuseppe Guerriero Vecchiotti and Benedetta Counts Gualtieri. Completing elementary school, he attended Baccalaureate boarding school at the National Amedeo of Savoy Tivoli and graduated with honors in Consular Sciences at the School of Commerce of Venice. Consular Officer in Barcelona and intended then as Vice - Consul in Cannes. Promoted console interest Consulates in Barcelona, ​​Florianopolis, Janet, Nancy and finally to Basel. After promotion to Consul General, as holder interest, Consulates of Lyon, Sao Paulo and one in New York. The French government for his uncommon gifts of mind and heart conferred the decoration of the Order of the Legion of Honor. He died in Servigliano 21 December 1973. On 11 November 1913 he was united in marriage in the Principality of Monaco with Cecilia White, daughter of Armando Alonso and Maria Luisa Knight.

Google helped me find this online:

     Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan and Westchester members of the Italian Professional Women of America attended a reception and dance given by their organization in the Hotel Pierre, Manhattan, in celebration of their second anniversary. The guests of honor were Comm. Gaetano Vecchiotti, Consul General of Italy in New York, and Donna Cecilia Vecchiotti. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York, 15 January 1938, p. 19, c. 6)

("Donna" is an Italian courtesy title before the name of a woman, similar to Madam or Lady in English.)

What a life the little girl raised in Minnesota must have had! Presumably, she is buried with her husband, probably in his hometown of Servigliano (where her mother is buried).

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