Evie Giffen White

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Saturday, May 25, 1940

Mrs. Evie White, 82, Is Called By Death

Mrs. Evie White, resident of Lewiston for more than 65 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. H. Hamblen, early yesterday. Death came while Mrs. White was sleeping.

Born Evie Giffen, Mrs. White came from Albany, New York, on the long boat voyage to San Francisco when she was 15 years old. The route was by the Isthmus of Panama which was crossed at that time on foot or muleback. With her parents she came from San Francisco to Portland where she lived three or four years before she came to Lewiston to live with an aunt, Mrs. Faunce.

Two years after the Nez Perce was of 1877, she married George White, July 3 (or 8), 1879. For some time they farmed property now submerged in the millpond. Later they moved into town, operating the Fred Emory sawmill near the Clearwater, north of the site of the old building of the Lewiston Cooperative association.

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Mrs. White frequently recalled that when she came to Lewiston houses were rare. Her husband, George White, built the fourth house in east Lewiston 46 years ago. Mr. White was a riverman several years.

She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church which she joined about 15 years ago.

Surviving are a son, Charles White, Port Angeles, Wash., and three daughters, Mrs. Hamblen, Lewiston; Mrs. Jude Wang, Vancouver, Wash., and Mrs. E. F. Decker, Lewiston. Mrs. White is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Alida Hughes, Yacolt, Wash., and seven grandchildren.

The body is at the Brower-Wann mortuary. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon and interment will be in Normal Hill cemetery.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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