Yuma County, Colorado
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Adelibert J. and Ella (Malone) White , 1 South 43 West
Adelibert cash-claimed a quarter in 8, 1S 43W in 1889, and another in 1891.
"Adalbert" is the Worthy Master in the Wray Masonic Lodge in 1895.
In 1900 Ouray County, Colorado, Adelbert, born January 1855 in Michigan, married 15 years to Ella S. Jan 1866 Missouri, have Earnest Sept 1886 Colorado, Lester W. Oct 1888 Missouri, Inez Oct 1891 Colorado, and Elen D. Feb 1896, Colorado.
In 1910 Yuma, Arizona, James A. White is a carpenter, with Ella 44. Lester, 21, is a shoemaker, Inez a clerk, and Elen 14.
In 1920 Calexico, California, John A. White, 62, born in Michigan, is a carpenter, with Ella S. 58 Missouri, and Inez B. 28 Colorado, a clerk.
In 1940 Phoenix, John D. White, 84, born in Michigan, and Ella S. 75 Missouri, are father-in-law to Harry S. Abbott, 53, Wisconsin, a farmer. born in Wisconsin. Sara E. 44 , born in Colorado. It must be a sizable farm, because the next household is Horace Bruton, a "timekeeper for the Abbott farm."
Arizona Independent Republic March 20, 1941 Page 12
(Litchfield Park March 19) John Adelbert White, 84 years old, died died this afternoon in the ranch home of his daughter, Mrs. H.S. Casey Abbott, southwest of here.
A native of Muir, Mich., and a retired Fresno, Calif., rancher, Mr. White came here a year and a half ago to make his home with Mrs. Abbott, wife of a widely known Salt River valley rancher.
Also surviving are his wife, another daughter, Mrs. Edward Case of Fresno, and a son, Lester White of Phoenix.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning in Memory Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons, followed by cremation.
Fresno Bee, March 20, 1941
"John Adalbert White, 84, a former Fresnan, and the father of Mrs. Edward W. Case of this city, succumbed yesterday in the home of another daughter , Mrs. H. S. Abbott, in Phoenix, Ariz., following a lengthy illness. A native of Muir, Mich., White lived in Fresno for nine years. He moved to Phoenix a year and a half ago. For a number of years he was engaged as a building contractor in the Imperial Valley. Before coming to California White served several terms as sheriff of Durango County, Colorado, and as road supervisor in Ouray County in the same state. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Ella S. White, the two daughters; a son, Lester White of Wickenburg, Ariz., and several grandchildren. Mrs. Case and her son, Michael Case, left today for Phoenix where...
The tombstone in Phoenix says J.A. White 1873-1941 Beloved husband and father" # 101431697
H. S. “Casey” Abbott – Early Rancher
A rancher, yes, but so much more! He was determined to preserve the beauty of the area and worked diligently to preserve Camelback Mountain from commercial and residential development. He was the first chairman of the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission which was created in 1949 and served on it until his death in 1962. Born Harrison Scott Abbott on October 1, 1883, at Florence, Wisconsin, Casey earned his nickname in high school. A shortage of funds caused him to leave college after two years. His first job was as a reconnaissance engineer for a mining company in Goldfield, Nevada. He soon grew weary of the lonely, nomadic life and went to Los Angeles where he was given the opportunity to supervise the development of farm land in Baja California on a lease from the Mexican Government. He lived in the nearby border town of Calexico, California and for the next seven years made the Mexican farming project very successful. He was elected Calexico’s mayor in 1921. It was there that he met Sarah Ellen “Sally” White and made her his wife. They had two children, John Scott and Sarah Ellen, but both died as infants.
In 1923 it appeared that the Mexican government was about to take over the Baja ranch so he moved to Gila Bend where land was being cultivated for the first time. After four years they moved once more to Phoenix where Casey managed ranches for the Babbits. The next move took the Abbotts to the Avondale Ranch where Casey leased 2,000 acres that prospered under his management. They lived in the ranch house for the fourteen years they were there.
Their last move took them to 117 Los Robles, Goodyear, a cozy home on a street full of shade trees. From there he continued to operate Abbott Ranches which included 150 acres near Roll, AZ and 850 acres in the Goodyear area. When Maricopa County created the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission, Casey was named the first chairman. While serving on the commission he saved Maricopa County from the blight and ugliness that has occurred in other fast-growing areas. The preservation of the beauty of the county was his passion. He worked with Jim King to get the Estrella Mountain area set aside for a regional park. The active recreational area of the park is named in his honor, and includes the various ramadas, playground, ball fields and the Nature Center. At the time the Park was first constructed there was no development south of MC 85 (Hwy 80) and there was no real concern about development in the area. However, he and Jim King’s foresight preserved the land for all to enjoy.
Arizona State Miner (Wickenburg AZ)
Saturday, April 3, 1926, p 1:6
Mrs. Lester A White was called to Phoenix Tuesday on account of the death of the infant daughter of Mrs Casey Abbott. Mrs Abbott is Mrs White's sister and visited here. Friends here extend their sympathy to the bereaved parents.
The Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, AZ November 2, 1994, p. 2
James Robert White of El Cajon, California, and a native of Wickenburg, died earlier this year in El Cajon, California. Mr. White died July 16. He was 72.
He was born January 23, 1922 in Wickenburg and lived here until age 18, when he moved to San Diego to join the Marine Corps. He served in the Marines for four years. Following World War II, he remained in California and owned a successful construction company from which he retired in 1975.
He enjoyed golf and spending time with his wife, family, and dog Ashley, his constant companion.
Mr. White loved the Wickenburg area and visited the area on numerous occasions.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mildred Isabel White; son and daughter-in-law Robert and Donna White; daughter and son-in-law Pamela and Troy Hooks; daughter and son-in-law Judy and Larry Jaehn; grandchildren Traci Koener and husband David, Robert White, Heather Jaehn, Honey Jaehn, Larry Jaehn, Cassandra Hooks and Melissa Hooks; and great-grandchildren Paige Koerner and Lindsay Koener, all of E l Cajon, California.
Private services were conducted at Greenwood Mausoleum in San Diego
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