Daniel Marion White
Obituary

Lewiston Teller
Lewiston, Idaho, December 14, 1898

Daniel Marion White Dead.

On Sunday morning at twenty minutes after twelve D. M. White died at his home on Main street in this city. He had been sick only a week. His malady was one that perplexed the attending physicians and the ablest and best practitioners in the state were summoned in consultation. The theory of gall stone and appendicitis were dismissed in turn. It was finally decided that the patient suffered from obstruction of the bowels. The treatment was upon this theory throughout and the post mortem examination established the correctness of the diagnosis at the time of the last consultation.

Mr. White's sickness and death cast gloom over social and business circles in the city. He was most intimately identified with the public enterprises at this time. His large private interests too brought close relationship with a large number of people and his circle of personal friends is very large.

His age was 55 years and one month. He was born in the state of Indiana and spent a part of his boyhood in Iowa before he crossed the plains to the Willamette valley in the early 50's. The family settled on an Oregon donation claim near the present town of Cottage Grove where the aged mother and a brother still reside. At this Oregon home he spent ten years; but before arriving at his majority he came to Idaho. He has made the Lewiston valley his home since 1862 almost continuously. He may be said to have been one of the most energetic business men in the community for so long a period. He never lost confidence in the future of his chosen country.

His beginning was humble. He worked for wages as ferryman on the Clearwater and became a skillful navigator. Later he became associated with John Silcott in the ownership of the Clearwater and the Snake river ferry five miles below the city. This interest brought a large income for a number of years. In the meantime he engaged in the stock business and made various fortunate investments in real estate both in Idaho and Washington. He always maintained the closest vigil over his business interests and he was justly rewarded by a rapid accumulation of wealth. Even the hard times of the past few years effected him very slightly, so conservative had been his methods of investment.

He was retiring in disposition. He never sought personal honors. His intelligent advise and help were often sought in public and private matters. He was a leader in fraternal work and had a recognized influence in the politics of the city, county and state. He often declined official preferment, but accepted positions of trust on several occasions. He was county commissioner for three terms; and he declined the position on other occasions. He was mayor of the city two terms, a member of the city council three terms. He declined various offices of honor and trust preferring to give all his time to large personal business enterprises.

Mr. White was president of the Lewiston national bank. This important financial institution exerts a great influence in business and throughout the country. His loss will be felt by those with whom he came in contact through that medium. He was the manager of the new electric light system. He devoted a great deal of energy to this new public enterprise and its promotion is largely due to his individual efforts. He was for many years an owner of half interest in both the city ferries. And besides these active interests he was a large holder of city realty and farm lands.

Mr. White left an estimable family to mourn the loss of a model husband and an indulgent and loving father. The family was united at his bedside. The family consists of wife two sons and a daughter. Mrs. W. F. Kettenbach Willie and Forrest White are the children.

The funeral was conducted from the Church of Nativity, yesterday at 10:30, Rev. J. D. McConkey officiating. The Masons, assisted by the Red Men, assumed general charge of the ceremonial rites and both orders joined in the procession. The public as well as the orders turned out generally in observance of the last sad rites and in the bestowal of the last honors due the respected dead. The procession formed at 10:30 and proceeded to the Masonic cemetery, where the good man was laid to rest to await the summons to his eternal reward.

The deceased left a large estate as the fruits of years of labor in intelligent investment. He also carried about $13,000 in life insurance, divided between several companies. But the inheritance of the memory of his kindness and nobility is the most prized by his family and intimate friends. The chief honor available at this time is public judgment that he lived a useful life and left an honorable name to be cherished in memory.


Contributed by Natalie Huntley


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