Before Rolla W. White became a successful Grove City businessman, he spent 13 years as a salesman on the road for Green, Joyce and Company, a wholesaler based in Columbus. 

 When White decided to start in business for himself, he partnered in the retail field with T. J. Boyd.  After four years, White purchased Boyd’s interest and remained as the sole owner. White’s business was known for its large inventory consisting of general dry goods, shoes, rugs, linoleums, bed springs and mattresses. He was also stocked in men’s furnishings.

 In addition to his business, he served as the Grove City fire chief and was one of the charter members of the Masonic Lodge.