JACK R. WHITE
Jack R. White is winning success in his new venture, known as “Jack’s Place—Airport Station,” which is located at the high point between Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta, across the highway from the new airport. A more promising site could hardly have been chosen and all predict for him abundant success here. Mr. White was born in Missouri, on the 15th of November, 1881, and is a son of Nathan and Amanda (Wells) White, neither of whom case west, but spent their lives and died on the old homestead in Missouri. The father was a farmer and blacksmith and also held the office of justice of the peace.
Jack R. White was reared and educated in his native state and on coming to California located in Glendora, Los Angeles County. There he engaged in the nursery business on Foothill Boulevard, but a frost completely ruined his stock and he was compelled to go to work. For two years he served as a forest ranger in New Mexico and then went to Idaho, where he spent four years. In 1919 he bought a hay ranch, which under ordinary conditions would have been a good investment. At the time he bought the property, hay was selling at sixteen dollars a ton, but in the following year it sold at eight dollars and in the next year at four dollars a ton, which completely wiped out his investment. In 1923 he came to Siskiyou County and, locating at Weed, entered the employ of the Long-Bell Lumber Company, being employed in the box factory for four years. Later he worked for the state highway department and in 1930 came to his present location and has here installed a modern service station. He leased a good sized piece of ground across the road from the new Siskiyou county airport, and here he has not only arranged for automobile service, but also sells cold drinks and lunches. He has a well equipped repair shop and caters to the patronage of tourists. Over fifty thousand dollars will be spent on the airport and landing field, and Mr. White is expecting to erect enough cabins to properly take care of his trade. One of the attractive features of his service is the bountiful and inexhaustible supply of ice-cold mountain water which flows from Mt. Shasta. A remarkable view is afforded of the mountain and surrounding country and this is one of the most attractive spots in this section of the valley. Hunting and fishing are abundant in every direction from this point and Mr. White has already had tangible evidence of the wisdom of this location for his service station. He handles the Shell line of products.
Mr. White is the father of three children, who reside with their mother in Azusa, California. They are Lawren, who was born in New Mexico; Verdie; and Bert, who has just finished high school and is now working at the butchering trade. Lawren and Verdie are radio entertainers with the Beverly Hill Billies and the Arizona Wranglers. They sing and play stringed instruments.
Politically Mr. White is a Republican. He is a member of the Glendora Lodge, I. O. O. F., at Glendora; the Knights of Pythias at El Capitan, New Mexico; and the Neighbors of Woodcraft at Dunsmuir. He is an expert player of the steel guitar and banjo and calls all of the old-fashioned dances which are frequently held near his place. Hunting, fishing and dancing are his favorite means of recreation and he is well liked by all who know him because of his kindly manner and uniform courtesy.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J. W. Major, History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 293-294. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.