LESTER WHITE'S REAL ESTATE AND INSURANCE OFFICE -- Wearing a vest, bowtie and cap, Lester White stands in front of his small business office on Main Street in the Kansas prairie town of Isabel, Barber County, in the early 1900s. The scene shows a crowd of local men gathered as a box is unloaded from a sled drawn by two horses. This postcard image was published in the 1987 book Isabel, Kansas, the 1st 100 Years, with the original now in the Minerd.com Archives.
In 1869, Lester and his parents Luther and Mahala (Minor) White pulled up stakes in Cardington, Ohio and migrated to Missouri as pioneer settlers. Their new farm was located near Haseville, MO, about seven miles east of Laredo. Then in 1884, with his mother's health failing, Lester and his parents relocated again to south-central Kansas, putting down roots for good in Isabel. One of their grandchildren recalled that "After a long and arduous journey by rail to Harper, then by wagon, with their household goods aboard, they reached their destination and homesteaded farms about a mile southeast of the present town of Isabel, located 30 miles northeast of the historic town of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. They were among the first settlers to that sparsely settled territory." More>>>