Rose Davidson in Heart
O’ Texas News
30 April, 1931
The spirit of the pioneer was strong among the early members if the White
family-five brothers having settled in this part of the country in frontier
days. Tom White blazed the trail in the summer of 1875. He came in
frontier fashion, drove his cattle before him and trekked westward across
the wild almost untraversed lands from Idaho to Texas. This country
had been pictured in gloomy colors and he decided to see for himself just
what Texas had to offer. He stopped en route at Ft. Richards, thence
to Ft. Griffin where he heard a certain Mr. Snyder tell of the beauties
of the old Schleicher ranch near Cherokee, so Mr. White, in company with
a cowboy ("Handsome Brady"), drove the cattle through the country and settled
near the mouth of Onion Creek, below the present Brooks ranch. There
he found a log house and water for his herd. After Tom White settled
here, the other 4 brothers soon followed. G. R. White, W. B. White
(affectionately known in McCulloch County as 'Bill' White), Sam and Joe
White (now a resident of Brady). Mr. Joe White in speaking of the
old "trail days" says the height of his ambition was to someday own a board
house with a glass window and a shingle top! Joe White came to Texas
in the year of '76. He, of course, remembers Brady in pioneer days.
One thing that particularly stands out in his mind was the time the election
was to be held under the old live oak trees along the creek bank.
The citizens were going to decide at this election where to place the county
seat. Mr. White had to miss the eventful occasion as he was then cooking
for some cowboys at a camp near Brady for fifteen dollars a month and was
afraid to leave long enough to vote – he might lose his job. Confidentially,
he can still cook beans. (In eating Mr. White's home cooked beans
always say the beans are perfect. I find that is the best plan!)
Tom White remembers one of the first stores owned in Brady belonged to
a woman. The lady came to this country from Corsicana, Texas.
It seems she rode two hundred and fifty miles on horseback, fifty miles
a day for five days and the evening of her arrival, she attended a dance
and danced all night.- real frontier days those!
Next came Sam White. In speaking of Mr. Sam White's coming to Texas, Joe White recalls that "Sam didn’t have much money but he sure had some pretty neckties!" All of which shows he had the right spirit anyway.
W. N. White, father of the five brothers, would often visit his sons in their new home. He was a resident of Missouri, a land owner with a great number of horses, mules and darkies. He sent his sons to private school in Missouri. Mr. Tom White mentioned the fact that there were no public schools in pioneer days. One paid according to one's grade, the higher the grade, the higher the charger were. He also says he has in his possession a gun he values highly bought in early days from Henry Lenmon, a six shooter of the old type with a pearl handle. Of course, every one carried guns then, they were just as necessary as a coat or hat and too there were many enemies. In speaking of the buffalo, Mr. White says that they were very hard to kill; unless hit near the heart or lungs shots would not prove fatal. Also he mentions the fact that Indians in the olden days would not wear hats unless the tops were cut off.
W. B. White ("Bill") came to McCulloch as an early pioneer in the fall of '75. He was married at the time of his coming to Texas. Rollie, the eldest son was a very small baby. His sons are G. R. White, W. N. White, J. E. White, C. T. White, all of whom are prominent in the cattle industry of McCulloch and the southwest.