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E. La Clare White


Posted By: Clay County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 1/15/2011 at 07:52:13

E. La Clare White, a successful publisher, is well known in newspaper circles of northwestern Iowa as the owner of the News-Herald, and he also owns a half interest in storm Lake Register. For ten years Spencer has numbered him among its leading citizens. He was born August 4, 1884, near Fairfax, Missouri, and is the youngest in a family of four children. The others are: Lillian, the wife of H. E. Robinson, of Chariton, Iowa; Cline C., who lives in Riverside, California; and Chloe, who married Dr. F. S. Williams and resides in Villisca, Iowa. Their parents were James R. and Ruth May (Cadwell) White. The former, a native of Illinois, engaged in farming and merchandising as a young man and later spent several years in Denver, Colorado. He next purchased some orange groves in California and is now living retired in Riverside, that state.

In 1890, when E. when E. La Clare White was six years of age, the family moved to the town of Fairfax and there he attended the public schools until his parents migrated to Colorado. He was a student in the West Denver high school and went with the family to the Pacific coast, spending a year in the Golden state. He then returned to Colorado and for about nine years was identified with mercantile interests of Denver. On the expiration of that period Mr. White engaged in the printing business in Forest City, Missouri, and worked for some time on the local Forest City Press, then edited by Fred R. Barkhurst. Subsequently he located in Iowa, becoming a reporter on the Villisca Review. In partnership with B. C. Hullinger he afterward purchased a half interest in the Review and for about nine years was a resident of Villisca. In June, 1915, Mr. White sold his interest in the paper back to Mr. Hullinger and came to Spencer. Since March 1, 1916, he has been manager, editor and owner of the News-Herald, which combines the best elements of modern journalism, and now has a wide circulation. Its editorials are well written and his broad experience in newspaper work enables him to conduct the business without loss of time, labor or material.

On April 27, 1910, Mr. White married Miss Agnes E. Lundberg, who was born in Rhode Island. Mr. White is liberal in his political views and regards the qualifications of a candidate as a matter of first importance, refusing to obey the dictates of party leaders. He is a member of the Congregational church and shapes his conduct by its teachings. He exerts a strong influence upon public thought and opinion and has made his paper an effective exponent of local interests, writing many articles which have led to the accomplishment of valuable results.

Contributed by: Debbie Clough Gerischer. Source: Northwestern Iowa, Its History and Tradition, Volume II, 1804-1926.


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