Capt John White

Capt John White

Birth
Ireland
Death 13 Feb 1894 (aged 78–79)
Grand View, Owyhee County, Idaho, USA
Burial Grand View, Owyhee County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 31385783 · View Source
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"Captain John White, an old man who has lived for many years at the mouth of Bruneau river, earning a livelihood principally by fishing, and who for the past year has been practically a county charge, died on the 12th inst. at Turmes ranch, on Shoo Fly, where he has been stopping during the winter. Captain White was an honest man and respected by all who knew him. He was about 70 years old". [DeLamar Nugget, Delamar, Idaho, 24 Feb 1894]

"On a hillside near Shoo Fly creek, midst the wierd and mysterious wind-carved formations of colitic sandstone, is another Owyhee County pioneer cemetery. Here other hard and perserving pioneers who helpd make our history are found at their final resting places.
A white marble stone wtih the inscription, "Captain John White" indicates he lived in the area. John White was born in County Louth, Province of Leicester, Ireland, in 1815. He began seafaring at an early age and worked his way from cabin boy to captain of a vessel. After many adventures on sea and distant lands, Captain White came to the United States, going first to California in the early 1850's. White tried his fortune in the gold mines until he had the misfortune to lose his eyesight. After partially regaining the sight in one of his eyes he came to Idaho Territory. Captain White lived alone on the Bruneau river for a quarter of a century where he was known by the old timers as the "lone fisherman". White fished for salmon in the Bruneau and Snake rivers and once or twice annually delivered fish by the wagon load to the mining camps. During the 70's and 80's the people of Silver City looked expectantly for Captain White. The warm-hearted Irish sea captain was long and tenderly remembered in Silver City not only because of the treat of fresh salmon but for his sea-faring tales and genial manner. An unknown friend summarized his passing with the following, "He never married and had no relatives of which he knew. He was happy in his old days and had the best care taken of him. 'Poor Captain, may your rest be eternal, your sleep peacefu and your hopes realized'. " [Idaho Free Press", Nampa, Idaho, Tuesday, February 29, 1972, section D-4 Owyhee County]




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  • Created by: Lorrie
  • Added: 14 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31385783
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John White (1815–13 Feb 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31385783, citing Shoo Fly Cemetery, Grand View, Owyhee County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Lorrie (contributor 46846473) .