I didn’t know much about Charlotte White and after an afternoon of researching her, I don’t really know much more than I did before. I think Charlotte was born in about 1873-1874 in California to Lowell Clark White and his wife, who may have been named Jennie. I think in 1880 the family was living at 1516 California Street in San Francisco but there is a little, bitty shred of doubt that maybe I have the wrong family.
Based on Charlotte’s obituary, she had a brother named Marshall Winship White but since he was born in 1883, he wouldn’t have shown up on the 1880 census making positive identification of the family nearly impossible. But I’ll continue with this theory because as I trace back the parents of Lowell Clark White, I found that his father was Marshall White and his mother was Marsylvia Winship. So those two clues seem pretty solid.
Of course without the 1890 census, the next place I looked was the 1900 census. I haven’t found any of them yet but I’ll keep looking.
1910 found Charlotte with Adolph Gunzendorfer on 1637 Sacramento in San Francisco. Charlotte and Adolph stated that they had been married for 9 years so I searched for any sort of marriage records from about 1901. Nothing. Marshall W. White was living with them, along with a boarder, Ralph Knowlton. I don’t know what caught my eye but I noticed that Ralph listed his occupation as “Repairer, Typewriters”. Now that was an interesting tidbit since Adolph’s younger brother, Jacob, was the proprietor of Typewritorium in San Francisco. Perhaps Ralph worked for Jacob?
In 1916, Adolph and Charlotte were living at 1516 Larkin and by 1918 they had moved to 645 Bush. The 1920 census shows them on Bush street, enumerated as Lodgers with about 90 others. It looks like that address is currently a 5 story apartment building, built in 1911, with 52 units. So that makes sense.
And that’s about all I know until Charlotte died on 10 Feb 1922 in San Francisco.
California, City of San Francisco, Halsted & Co. register of deaths
Halsted & Co. funeral records, register of deaths, book 3, A-N, Apr. 1913-Sept. 1930
Could the date to the left, 1-3-1873, be her date of birth? The column heading is just “No.” and most of the column is blank. Maybe they used it for the date of birth if they knew that at the time of death? But after searching for a birth record for Charlotte with that date and father Lowell Clark White, no luck.
I have no idea how she died or any details. But the death notice in the paper was what led me down the path of her brother, Marshall White.
San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 1922
And after a few hours following that path, I’m really no further than I was before. I have no idea where she is buried or even where Adolph is buried. Maybe I should request death certificates for both Charlotte and Adolph. But as disorganized as I am, I can’t guarantee I don’t already have them.