Solano County

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For nearly twenty-eight years Dan H. White has been serving the people of Solano county as superintendent of the schools of this county and in that capacity has rendered a measure of public service that is reflected in every department of endeavor throughout this section of California, his influence in behalf of the cause of education throughout this region having thus been effective in more ways than one in helping to bring about better conditions here. One of the veteran educators of the state, Mr. White has a wide acquaintance in educational circles in California and has for many years given of his best to the promotion of the cause of education in this state. For five years prior to his election to the responsible position of superintendent of the schools of Solano county he had rendered service as a member of the county board of education, president of that board for four years of that period, and was thus thoroughly familiar with the needs of the schools when he came into charge as superintendent. Even the casual student of local history is familiar with the amazing progress that has been made in the administration of the school system of Solano county during the past three decades and it is not too much to say that the friends of better schooling throughout this region freely give to Mr. White a full share of credit for that progress, for in season and out of season he has devoted his energies and his talents to the development of an educational program that has placed the schools of Solano county in the forefront of the educational system in this state.

Dan H. White is a native son of California and is a past president of Solano Parlor No. 39, Native Sons of the Golden West, to the affairs of which interesting compatriotic organization he has for years devoted his earnest attention. He was born at Petaluma in the neighboring county of Sonoma on December 29, 1865, and is a son of Daniel and Elizabeth J. (Kennedy) White, both now deceased and the latter of whom was born in Ireland. The late Daniel White, a native of Scotland, was a sailor who about the year 1850 had left his vessel in the port of San Francisco on the completion of a voyage up from Australia and had put in his lot with the thousands who then were coming into California on the crest of the great wave of immigration which followed the announcement of the discovery of gold here a year or two prior to his arrival. After his marriage he established his home in Sonoma county and there he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, helpful and influential pioneers of that county.

Reared in Sonoma county, Dan H. White was graduated from the Petaluma high school in 1884 and was for a year thereafter engaged in the study of law with a view to taking up the practice of law as a life profession. He presently was diverted from that course, however, and began clerking in a Petaluma hardware store, a line in which he continued employed until in 1887, when he entered upon his career as an educator, beginning as a teacher in the schools of his home county. For two or three years he was thus engaged in Sonoma county and then his services were obtained by the schools of the village of Cordelia, this service bringing him into Solano county, where he ever since has made his home. Mr. White was retained in the schools of Cordelia until in November, 1898, when he was elected to the responsible administrative office of county superintendent of schools and by successive reelections has been retained in that office, with offices in the courthouse at Fairfield, this service now covering a period of almost twenty-eight years and establishing a record for continuous service as county superintendent that is believed to be unique, in the state of California. In 1893 he had been elected a member of the county board of education and was retained in that office until his election to the office of county superintendent, during four years of that term of service having served as president of the board.

In 1892, at Suisun, Dan H. White was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Higgins and they have four children, a daughter, Miss Isabel Doris White, who is now a teacher in the public schools of the city of Sacramento, and three sons, Forrest Russell White, who is connected with the radio department of the Mare Island navy yard; Cedric Hamilton White, who is connected with the operations of the Standard Oil Company, and Douglas Cameron White, a student at the University of California. Mrs. White prior to her marriage had been for some time engaged as a teacher in the schools of Solano county and has ever been a valued helpmate to her husband in the exacting duties of his official and professional vocation. She was born at Green Valley and is a daughter of William Higgins and wife, who were among the pioneers of that settlement.

For many years Mr. White has been a leader in educational circles throughout this district. In the activities of local fraternal societies both he and Mrs. White take a helpful interest. Mr. White is a Royal Arch Mason, past worshipful master of the Masonic lodge at Suisun and present secretary of the same, and he and Mrs. White both are affiliated with the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. He is a past noble grand of the lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Suisun and he and Mrs. White both are affiliated with the Daughters of Rebekah. He also is a past chancellor commander of the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias at Suisun and is affiliated with Mt. Moriah Encampment I. 0. 0. F., at Vallejo and with the local lodge of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Sciots in that city. As noted above, he is a past president of the local parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West at Suisun and has done well his part in promoting the interests of this organization throughout this section of the state. In his political views he is aligned with the democratic party. The Whites have for years had their home at Fairfield and they are very pleasantly situated there.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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