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The Marin Journal
Thursday, February 10, 1910
Events of a Local Note
Lovell White, one of the founders of Mill Valley, and a pioneer banker of San Francisco, died last week.
Mill Valley Independent
Friday, February 4, 1910
Lovell White Dies Last Monday Afternoon
Was Prominent Banker
Man Closely Indentified With Early History of Mill Valley Passes To Final Rest
Lovell White, one of the most prominent men associated with the early history of Mill Valley, died at his home in San Francisco at 2245 Sacramento Street, Monday night. The funeral was held Thursday morning at the First Unitarian Church at Franklin and Geary Streets.
The funeral services were attended by a committee of the associated savings banks of San Francisco, the directors of the San Francisco Savings Union and by representatives of other organizations with which he was identified, besides the many friends of the dead banker. Flags were at half mast over many financial institutions Tuesday in honor of the memory of Lovell White.
Lovell White was born in Newport, New Hampshire, March 23, 1827, of old New England stock. Early in life he decided to become a banker and set about in the face of great difficulties to equip himself for that work. He studied law, not with the intention of practicing at the bar, but to fit himself the better for banking.
Young White began his business career in Davenport, Iowa, and later removed to Des Moines. In 1859 he came to California on a recommendation of General Robert Allen, a relative, then stationed at the Presidio. He first settled in Nevada County, where he engaged in mining for 5 years. In 1864 he came to San Francisco and at the request of W. C. Ralston became connected with the Bank of California. He was the confidential representative of that bank for more than five years and acted for the bank in all matters pertaining to the sales of mines and other properties. He and W. C. Ralston maintained a close friendship during Ralstonís life.
White accepted the position of cashier of the San Francisco Savings Union in May 1870, and remained with that bank until the time of his death. Some time ago he was elected president of the bank. He was at one time president of the California Bankerís Association and was a prominent member of the committee of bankers invited to co-operate with the State Legislature in the preparation of a new State banking law.
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