SOLOMON WHITE, one of the enterprising business men of Vinton, is a native of Lincoln County, Me., born June 24, 1839. He is a son of Solomon and Joanna (Hathorn) White, also natives of the same State. They were the parents of eight children, six of whom are now living. In 1856 they emigrated to Kane County, Ill., locating near Maple Park, where they subsequently died.
The subject of this sketch was educated in the High School. On the first call for 75,000 men, on the breaking out of the Rebellion, he enlisted in the service, but his company was not accepted. In September, 1861, he enlisted in the 8th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, and was mustered into the service at St. Charles, Ill. The regiment was first sent to Washington. D. C., and attached to Gen. Sumner's corps. It was subsequently under command of Gens. Stoneman and Pleasanton. The regiment was with Gen. McClellan, and participated in the seven days' fight before Richmond, acting as a rear guard. It also participated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In January, 1864, the regiment received a furlough, went home and was re-organized at St. Charles. It was again sent East and participated in an engagement at Frederick City, Md. It was afterward engaged in various battles and skirmishes and was mustered out at Benton Barracks at St. Louis, in July, 1865. Mr. White came to Vinton in 1877 and for a time engaged as clerk, and in 1878 commenced business for himself. He has now a large and well-selected stock of clothing and gent's furnishing goods, and enjoys a large trade.On the 7th day of September, 1861, at St. Charles, Ill., Mr. White was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Baxter, daughter of Richard Baxter of that city. They have one child — Elsie. Mr. White is at present the Senior Vice-Commander of P. M. Coder Post, G. A. R. He is also a member of the Benton County Veteran Association and of the Masonic fraternity, being a member of Vinton Lodge, No. 62, Adoniram Chapter, No. 15, and Cyprus Commandery.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 210-211.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.