Don White, 4th generation White Bros. Lumber in Oakland, California 1

The White Brothers Mill has the "largest supply of mouldings in the San Francisco Bay Area." The company specializes in fine hardwoods and manufacturers crown moulding, baseboards and casings, made from various hardwoods such as cherry, oak, maple, mahogany and much more.

It was originally begun as the Straut-White Company in 1868 and was located in San Francisco at Sacramento Street and Davis Street. By 1872 company partner Peter White's brother Asa White joined the Straut-White Company. Together they bought out Straut and renamed the company White Brothers. Jacob White, a third brother joined the company, which continued to rapidly grow.

"On April 18, 1906, the San Francisco earthquake and fire all but leveled the city. Incredibly, the inventory at White Brothers was spared, leaving it the only company in San Francisco with a supply of hardwood lumber. In the spirit of helping to rebuild the city, White Brothers did not take advantage of the disaster by raising its prices." 1

Jacob White's son Charles Henry White managed the White Bros. from 1920 to 1948. In 1948 the company moved to Oakland, California, where it remains today. Charles Henry White's sons Don White and Charles White, along with their cousin, W.T. White, Jr. continued the family business.

The White family tradition lives on with 4th generation Don F. White, Jr. overseeing operations of the 130 year White Brothers Hardwood Lumber Company.


430 Lesser Street Oakland Ca 94601




Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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Links and References

  1. THE GREAT QUAKE 1906-2006 / Businesses weather a century / The small companies that survive adapt but stay true to their roots SFGate

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