Lynn G. White. As editor and publisher of the Alva Daily and Weekly Review, in the fine little city that is the judicial center of Woods County, Mr. White has shown the technical and executive ability, the progressive policies and the civic loyalty that have not only made him distinctively successful in his chosen field of enterprise but have also given him secure vantage-ground as one of the representative newspaper men of Oklahoma–a prestige which, with his incidental influence, makes him specially eligible for recognition in this history of the state of his adoption, the consistency being further conserved by reason of his prominence as an exponent of the principles and policies of the republican party and his influence as one of its loyal representatives in Oklahoma.
Mr. White was born on a farm in Oneida County, New York, on the 11th of August, 1873, and is a son of Duane D. and Jennie M. (Mattison) White, both likewise natives of the old Empire State, where the former was born April 6, 1844, and the latter April 13, 1843, their respective parents likewise having been born in the State of New York, where the families were founded in an early day. Duane D. White devoted his entire active career to the great and fundamental industry of agriculture, and in 1879 he removed with his family to Harper County, Kansas, where he obtained a tract of Government land, in what is now Attica Township. He assisted, in the organization of the county and both he and his wife endured the full tension of the strenuous pioneer life in the Sunflower State, with the incidental privations and hardships entailed by crop failures due to drouths and the ravages of grasshoppers. He eventually reclaimed one of the fine farms of Harper County and became one of the substantial and influential citizens of that section of Kansas. In 1911 he released himself from the arduous labors and heavy responsibilities that had long attended him and since that year he has lived in gracious retirement at .Alva, Oklahoma, in the enjoyment of the well earned rewards of former years of earnest and worthy endeavor. As a young man he wedded Miss Jennie M. Mattison, and she proved his devoted companion and helpmeet until she was called to the life eternal, her death having occurred on the 18th of September, 1902, at the old home in Harper County, Kansas. She was an earnest and active member of the Presbyterian Church and held the affectionate regard of all who came within the circle of her gentle and gracious influence. The subject of this review is her only child. In 1905 Duane D. White wedded Miss Lillian Douglas, who likewise is a native of the State of New York, and they have a pleasant home in the City of Alva, where they have resided since 1911, as previously intimated.
Lynn G. White was a lad of about six years at the time of the family removal to Kansas, and there he was reared to adult age under the conditions and influences of the pioneer farm, the while he made good use of the advantages afforded in the public schools of Harper County and those of the high school at Wellington, Sumner County, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1891. For seven years thereafter he continued his effective services as a popular teacher in the public schools of Harper and Barber counties, and he retained his residence in the Sunflower State until 1904, when he established his home at Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma Territory. Here he purchased the plant and business of the weekly republican paper known as the Alva Review, and in 1908 he absorbed the Alva Courier and continued the publication of the combined papers under the title of the Alva Review-Courier. In 1911 he gave further evidence of his success and progressiveness by assuming control also of the Alva Daily News, and the year 1914 found him similarly taking over the Morning Times. The publication of the Daily Review has been continued by him since 1914 and his success has indicated not only the working out of the rule of the “survival of the fittest” but has also proved him a man of much initiative and resourcefulness in business and a strong force in the domain of practical journalism. It is needless to say that both the daily and weekly editions of the Review have excellent circulation and receive a substantial advertising support, the while it should not be forgotten that both are made effective exponents of the cause of the republican party, to which Mr. White himself pays unequivocal allegiance, his paper being the official organ of Woods County and of the City of Alva. In a reminiscent way it may be noted that in the years 1880-81, when he was a mere boy, Mr. White came over from Kansas into the Indian Territory and employed himself in the collecting of buffalo bones, which found ready demand for commercial purposes, and that incidentally he traversed in this enterprise the ground on which is now situated the enterprising and vital little city in which he maintains his home.
Mr. White has been actively identified with the affairs of the republican party in Oklahoma, has been a frequent delegate to its territorial and state conventions, and has served as chairman of the county committee of his party in Woods County as well as chairman of the republican committee for his congressional district. In a fraternal way he is identified with Alva Lodge, No. 84, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and as a loyal and public spirited citizen his co-operation and that of his paper are ever to be counted upon in the furtherance of movements for the general good of the community and of the state in whose great future he is a firm believer.
At Attica, Kansas, on the 10th of February, 1894, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. White to Miss Josephine Warren, who was born in Greene County, Missouri, on the 10th of May, 1875, a daughter of James H. Warren, who likewise was born in Missouri and who became a pioneer settler in Harper County, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. White have one child, Duane Kidder, who was born at Attica, Kansas, on the 25th of December, 1894.