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Lake White dining room in 1940's

Lake White Dam after the sudden fill up the Lake 1935
picture provided by Gary Cooper

Lake White beach 1950s

 Lake White while leaking Dam is being repaired

photo by Tyrone Hemry 9 September 2014

 Lake White while leaking Dam is being repaired

photo by Tyrone Hemry 9 September 2014

 Lake White while leaking Dam is being repaired

photo by Tyrone Hemry 9 September 2014

Work on repairing Lake White leaking Dam

photo by Tyrone Hemry 9 September 2014

Work on repairing Lake White leaking Dam

photo by Tyrone Hemry 9 September 2014

 Lake White while leaking Dam is being repaired

photo by Tyrone Hemry 9 September 2014

 Lake White while leaking Dam is being repaired

photo by Tyrone Hemry 9 September 2014

Governor's Lodge exterior view

Gary Minor, " I took this photo with a Polaroid camera about 1976. You can see the addition that Rick and Dick Ford added to the front .There was a beautiful old willow tree that overhung the bait house, you can see the stump.  There was a trap door in the floor of the original building that Bill Neufarth fed the fish with dead minnows and then Rick and Dick continued the same.

Lake White Governor's Lodge in 1940s  

Governor's Lodge interior 1953

In the 1980s the managers were Earl  and Betty Paxson.  Governor's lodge I understand is now a private residence.

Lake White Club 20 May 2006

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Lake White Club front July 2010

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Picture from a post card showing the Lake White Club

Lake White Club is now owned by Kevin Ross

Lake White looking north from the shelter house

Lake White Governor's Lodge in 1940s  

Lake White Lounge in the 1950s 

This short history was on the menus when the Fords owned the Lake White Club. 

Lake White Club showing cars in parking lot 

Lake White Boat House about 1944 with Woman

Original log cabin that is now part of Lake White Club 1930

"My mother's family lived in the old home while the lake was being built. I'm not sure how long they lived there, but my mother talked about the lake filling up over night. My mother Juanita Pfeifer and her sister Virginia Ferguson are the only members of the Barch family left. They are 87 and 90. They love going to the club and seeing part of the old home still visible." This from Penny Williams 12 Sep 2014

When you walk through the entrance of the Lake White Club, 1166 St Rt. 552, you are virtually stepping back in time nearly two centuries. The huge timbers you see forming the walls of the foyer are the original walls of a log cabin built on this spot in the mid 1820's.

One of the first things you see as you enter the door, is a life-sized photograph of George D. Nye with his hand extended in welcome. As the man most responsible for the development of Lake White. This lounge is dedicated to his memory. As you pass through the cabin to the dining room, you are looking at the original logs cut from the surrounding hills and laid up in the 1820's. You will notice the large fireplace built entirely of stone taken from Pee Pee Creek.

The first white man to own the land where the latke white club sets was John Winton from Virginia who laid claim to 700 acres recorded February 4, 1799. John died in 1837. His Virginia relatives seeing little value in the distant backwoods land unloaded it for $1,829 (about $2.60 an acre). The buyers were John Roe and William Price who later sold it to millionaire, James Emmitt. A great grandson-in-law of Emmitt's, Lou "Mace" Dayton, later farmed the land and thus it was known for years as "The Dayton Farm". The next owner was Piketon, Judge G. W. Rittenour, who later sold it to former Ohio Lt. Governor George D. Nye for use by Lake White, Inc.

The late Wayne Wick purchase several acres from the original tract, including the two and one-half acre Club site. The lake completed in August of 1935, expecting months to fill but less than a week later the area was drenched by a terrific storm filling the lake over night.

In 1936, a year after Lake White was filled overnight, the log cabin kitchen started preparing delicious fried chicken for visitors coming from all over the state to visit the scenic spot. In 1938, it officially took the name of the Lake White Club. The restaurant, and its chicken, quickly became so popular that a huge screened-in porch had to be added to the log cabin dinning room. This porch, now enclosed is the present dining room.

In 1970, Dick & Audrey Ford purchased the Lake White club and they have ran it till March 17, 2011. Dick passed away in 2010. The Lake white Club is now owned by Dick Crawford and Jodi Harmon.


The Lake White Club held an Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddies in Pike county up to 7 years of age. (10 years ago column 12 Apr. 1951The Republican Herald)

Beachcomber is Re-opened 

"The Beachcomber," popular Lake White restaurant, near the bathing beach in the west side of the lake, has re-opened on Saturday by R. W. Connett, Piketon high school music instructor.
Mr. Connett has leased the property from Fred Foil, the owner, and he and his family will operate the resort lunch room during the summer.
Mr. Connett extends a very cordial invitation to all his Pike county friends to visit him at the establishment.

8 Jun 1950 The Republican herald

Lake White in 1950s looking at the Beachcomber Restaurant  

Looking at the Beachcomer Restaurant 

Note: building 50 x 40 plus porch in upper corner of picture

Lake White 1950 looking north 

Lake White Beach in 1950 

Lake White 1935

picture provided by Gary Cooper

Lake White State Boat House 

1950 Lake White state boat house replete with a pier, dressing rooms and a lounge from which the activities at the beach can be watched.

Ohio & Erie Canal Lock 46 In the Pee Pee Bottoms now part of Lake White. Lock 45 is also at bottom of Lake White. Both lock 45 and 46 were constructed predominately of wood.

Building Spillway at Lake White in 1935 

Lake White, Pike Co., OH pictures and information

337 acres of Water

Lake White was started on 3 January 1935 during the great depression by the W. P. A. and was thought to take a considerable long time to fill but an overnight downpour filled the banks to overflowing. It had been a long struggle to get the lake built. With the aid of Gov. George White, for whom the lake is named, Ohio's Lt. Gov., George D. Nye and H. W. Nelson pushed the project. Additional support was given by T. S. Brindle, Col. David C. Warner and others of the White Administration. The Lake was completed in August of 1935, but was expected to take months to fill. However, one night, less than a week later, the area was drenched by a terrific storm. The next morning the lake was filled.

Wells S. Jones Jr., president of the Waverly First National Bank, John W. Gregg, G. W. Rittenour and Clarence Vallery brought Pike countians together in support of the project. When the going was particularly bad, these men and 18 others provided the necessary funds for the purchase of land.

Madalyn Lambert  was the 1st person to drown in the lake.

Lake White's Nelson dam under construction 1935. The lake buried two of the Ohio & Erie Canal Locks. 

picture provided by Gary Cooper

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