Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.
A well known florist of Afton, Mr. WHITE is associated with his brothers, James and Frederick WHITE, in the cultivation of roses for the New York market. This business was established by their father, John H. WHITE, a native of Ireland, born October 20, 1829, the son of John and Honora (HALLAHAN) WHITE, both of whom were natives of Tipperary county, Ireland. He spent his early youth on the Emerald Isle, but when sixteen years of age bade adieu to home and country and sailed for America. He made his first location in Newark, New Jersey, where he engaged in clerking for a time. He then came to Afton, where he secured a situation in a nursery and after working for others for a considerable period he established a fine peach orchard of his own and for some years engaged in the cultivation of that fruit, which enterprise he successfully followed until 1880. That year witnessed the establishment of the business which is now carried on by his three sons.
John H. WHITE was married February 4, 1854, at St. Vincent Roman Catholic church, at Madison, New Jersey, to Miss Mary J. FRAHER, a native of Ireland, who came to this country when about eighteen years of age. She was born September 18, 1830, being the daughter of John and Mary FRAHER. Mr. and Mrs. John H. WHITE became the parents of five children:
The parents held membership in the Catholic church and reared their family in that faith. The father died on the 17th of September, 1886, and his wife passed to the eternal home above September 27, 1892. Mr. WHITE was a Democrat in his political predilections, always casting his ballot for the men and measures of that party.
Upon the death of the father his three sons succeeded to the business. They had previously served as his assistants and had thus become well acquainted with the work in its various departments. They make a specialty of the cultivation of roses for the New York market and have some of the finest varieties of the “queen of flowers" to be found in the country. Their greenhouses are extensive and splendidly adapted for the purposes for which they are used. They have upward of twenty-five thousand feet under glass, and their fine plants, with their many-colored blossoms, present a most beautiful and delightful picture. They have a liberal New York patronage and their business is bringing to them excellent financial returns. The brothers are all men of good business ability, energetic, enterprising and progressive, constantly watching to find some new methods to improve their plants and add to the varieties, and all these qualities have secured them a patronage which is indeed enviable. The sons, as well as their father, have done considerable toward the progress and development of their particular line of enterprise in their neighborhood. The children are members of the St. Vincent Roman Catholic church, at Madison, New Jersey. James L. WHITE, brother of our subject, was united in marriage, June 23, 1897, to Agnes PENNEY, of New York city.
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