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Edward White

Veteran Saws Wood at 95 years
Patriarch Edward White and his winter supply of firewood.

After having sawed more than a cord of wood for kindling last month with a saw he purchased in England. In 1863 and which he carried across the plains to Utah in 1864, Edward White Sr. 94, pioneer resident of sugar House and patriarch of Granite Stake, announced his readiness Saturday to continue the toil. Patriarch White, on arriving in Salt Lake valley settled on a farm in the Sugar House district on which he planted a large orchard and a number of shade trees, among which were several poplars. All are still standing, but four poplars which were cut down in Nov. To make way for a road on his farm. After the filling of the trees he took down his age worn saw, and after working for a month sawed in stove lengths more than a cord of the wood which he stacked in a wood shed, in addition to that used in daily consumption. The life of Patriarch White has been one of continue activity. He was born at Southampton, Hampshire, Eng. Feb 8, 1831. When a young man he served on a fishing vessel until he became captain of the craft. After accepting the gospel he emigrated to this country and walked the entire distance from the Missouri River to Utah driving an ox team. In Utah he worked at the tannery established by Pres. Brigham Young. And also served in the church woolen mills which are operated at that time. He assisted in the construction of the irrigation canal from Utah Lake to Salt Lake City. Four years ago, out of a desire to visit the land of the Laminates he made a trip a one to New Zealand, and the Samoan and Hawaiian Islands where he visited the Saints. He sang gospel songs in the mission and accompanied the elders to the preaching services. He is now living on his farm on south eighteenth East Street.

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