Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 67
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 67

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
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Capt. White At Home. . On Land. VISIT TO THE BOAT DOCKED AT WITCHER Capt. White With Capt. Dwyer (Pappy) Hanshaw .. On the River Sunday Gazelle-Mail THE WHITE HOME ON WITCHER CREEK ROAD Olympic-Size Pool, Cook-Out Area Is in Back By Connie Shearer Harry F. White is at home on land and ; on the river. · : Capt. White, president of White Broth- ;'ers, Inc., started working for the govern- iment 51 years ago washing dishes on a -boat. He's been "river people" ever since. But it all came honest to Harry White 'and his brother, Clifford B. White. Their father, the late W.C. White, was in charge of all boat repair on the Kanawha River. White Brothers, Inc. has four boats which travel the Kanawha and Ohio Riv- ·ers -- the Winnie Mae of sternwheeler regatta fame; the Juanita White, named for Harry White's late wife; the Tammy L. White, named for his oldest granddaugh- ter; and the Major. The boats carry crews of varying sizes and are involved in carrying coal and in construction work. The Tammy L. was docked last week at the Witcher Creek landing, and we were offered an opportunity to go aboard and visit the crew. The captain of the Tammy L. is Dwyer (Pappy) Hanshaw of Point Pleasant. He will be licensed this year as a 25-year-on-the-river man. There are chores to be done on the river, and every man must pull his share. The boat we visited has a large kitchen (galley) with a restaurant-size stove, large refrigerator and freezer. It generates its own power. Capt. White doesn't spend too much time on the river anymore, except when sternwheel regatta day rolls around. That's when the Winnie Mae. is shined and polished and put to the test with Capt. White at the helm. This year the Winnie Mae will be seeking its third win in the annual Labor Day weekend race. White has learned to relax on land as well as on the river. He lives in a large house on Witcher Creek Road, the area where he was raised. His love for the river is obvious in the decor. Stairs leading to the second floor are the winding metal type found on riverboats and the chanda- lier in the den is made from a huge old steering wheel. The living room of the White home is a formal one done in hues of sea blue and neutral beiges. A picture window overlooks a large front lawn. The dining room has the high-back chairs often associated with a ship's dining room. If his first love is the river, then surely his second is cooking. The "galley" at home attests to this fact as does the king- size outdoor grill beyond the Olympic-size swimming pool in the back of the house. The deck of the master bedroom on the second floor is one more ship's theme carried home. He loves the river, his home and he enjoys cooking, but probably his favorite conversation topic is his 8 granddaughters and 4 grandsons. His children are Richard White, who is his father's next door neighbor; Phyllis Maltby of Closter, N.J.; Pat Scott of Ripley, Brenda Briscoe of Salisbury, Md., and the late Capt. Harry White Jr. If you ask Harry White about his family's involvement with the boats, he'll answer: "I'll have my grandchildren on board the Winnie Mae again this year and, of course, I just couldn't operate without my son, Dick." Charleston, West Ifirginia IE -June 9. 1974 HELM OF THE TAMMY L. WHITE Boat Was Named for Oldest Granddaughter AT HOME 11^ A NAUTICAL SURROUNDING Capt. White Descends Steps in Den of His Home

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