Isaac Underhill “I. U.” White

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Isaac Underhill “I. U.” White

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Death 23 Jun 1927 (aged 73)
East Gull Lake, Cass County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 66700815 · View Source
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1885 MN census for Brainerd family #140:
White, I. U. (M), 31, b. Illinois
White, C. (F), 29, b. Minn.
White, Ira (M), 7, b. Minn.
White, L. (F), 4, b. Minn.
White, V. (F - sic), 1, b. Minn.
Family #141:
Dean, Mary, 52, b. Canada

1895 MN census for Brainerd family #270:
White, Isaac U., 41, b. Ill., rec MN 28y E.D. 23y
White, Christy A., 38, b. Minn.
White, Iraton C., 17, b. Minn.
White, Lottie E., 13, b. Minn.
White, Vernon E., 11, b. Minn.
White, Artie C., 9, b. Minn.
White, Ulmont D., 4, b. Minn.

1900 census for Brainerd ward 2, family #265:
White, I. U., head, b. Jun 1854 Ill., m. 28y
White, Christy A., wife, b. Sep 1857 Minn., 7 ch. 5 liv.
White, Vernon, son, b. Feb 1884 Minn.
White, Lottie E., dau., b. Sep 1881 Minn.
White, Artie, son, b. Jun 1886 Minn.
White, Dean, son, b. Apr 1891 Minn.
Family #253:
White, Ira, head, b. Sep 1878 Minn., m. 1y
White, Carrie, wife, b. Apr 1882 Minn., 0 ch.

"On 20 September 1870, I reached Brainerd, the beautiful city of pines, consisting at that time of one small frame building (used as a townsite office by Lyman P. White as agent for the Lake Superior and Puget Sound Land Company) and numerous tents and lean-tos constructed with a piece of two-by-six nailed to two trees, and new boards with slab battens. One of these was my first resting place on my arrival from Crow Wing, which city I reached from Sauk Rapids by stage. From Crow Wing I proceeded by foot, via the Leech Lake trail, to the Frenchman's Crossing, six miles west of Brainerd. There I was told to follow the grade stakes by which the surveyors had marked the trail. I followed these stakes until I came to the hill where the Northern Pacific Hospital later was located. I could see all the tents over on the other side of the river, but thought it would be a pretty good swim to get across. After looking around a little, I saw a fellow pulling a wanigan with a rope, so I crossed the river on that ferry. The first thing which attracted my attention upon reaching the east bank of the river was my father's coat hanging on one of the outer corners of a little lean-to. Depositing my "luggage," I began to make my way to the top of the river bank, where I could hear numerous hammers and saws at work, and at the first building at the top of the hill, I found my father, in charge of the construction of a building for Fuller and Huestis. That building still stands; it is the old Indian trading post, and has been used for fifty-two years as saloon, hotel, trading post, and dwelling. Hundreds of carloads of blueberries, and tons and tons of deer saddles passed through its doors during the many years when James Hallett had it as a trading post. This was the first frame commercial building in the growing city." (I. U. "Dad" White.) (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; pp. 10- 11) (Town of Brainerd, The Crossing, Anna Himrod, WPA Writer's Project; CWC, BC8.1.w 956, box 219; CWCHS; ca 1941-1944; p. 20)


I. U. White, Who Came to Brainerd Before the Railroad Died Last Evening


Was Noted Contractor and Builder as Well as Senior Partner of Hardware Store

I. U. White, a resident of Brainerd for over 57 years died last evening at his lake home on Gull Lake at 6 o'clock in his 73rd year. His family were in attendance at his bedside. Mr. White had been in feeble health for the last few years.
Mr. White was born June 3, 1854 in Peoria, Ill. He came to Brainerd in 1870 when sixteen years of age to work for his father Edward White who was building the railroad bridge across the Mississippi river at that time. He has made Brainerd his home since. Senior partner in the White Brothers hardware store, Mr. White was also contractor and builder. He married Christy Dean, November 11, 1877.
Surviving, besides his wife are five children, four sons, Ira, Verne, Art, and Dean and one daughter, Mrs. Louis M. Hohman, all of this city. He also leaves five brothers and two sisters, C. B. and H. R. White, of this city, Frank A. and William of Los Angeles, N. P. White, of Duluth, Mrs. Henry Dredge, of Monmouth, Ill., and Mrs. Clarence Grinell, of Oakland, Cal., and 13 grand children.
The funeral will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon from the residence, 1005 Main street, by the I. O. O. F. of which Mr. White was one of the oldest members in the city, assisted by Rev. Fred Errington, of Moorhead, a personal friend of Mr. White. The deceased also held membership for many years in the Knights of Pythias. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery. (Brainerd Dispatch, 22 June 1927, p. 7, c. 3)

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac Underhill “I. U.” White (3 Jun 1854–23 Jun 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66700815, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Jim Lee (contributor 46942055) .