purchased the White in 1913
|The legend at the time of the
original restoration in the1960's, was
that the White had originally been owned by the B.X. stage lines and
had worked as a stage in the Cariboo district. I was never able
to determine where this information had its start. I was able to
find out, however, that the B.X. company did operate a fleet of cars
express work, but they used Wintons, as opposed to Whites.
I have been able to document that the White was originally owned by Stephen Tingley, who had risen from stage driver to become the owner of the B.X. Stage Lines. The White was his private vehicle, and it seems that this is where the connection was made.
In 1914 the White was sold to Judge Frederick Calder of Cache Creek. Before becoming a judge, Fred Calder had been employed as the company lawyer for the B.X. Company, and as such had been associated with Mr. Tingley for many years. The Calder family already owned a family car at this time, a 1912 Ford runabout, and the White was to be used in his duties as County court judge for Cariboo. This territory included locations such as Ashcroft, Quesnel, Prince George, Barkerville, and Richfield.
The White, circa 1920
Mrs. Calder driving, Judge Calder in front,
and Bill Calder home on leave from France, in uniform
trips, Judge Calder employed a chauffeur to do the driving and make
needed repairs along the way. It has been noted that around home, the
White was driven mostly by Mrs. Calder, as Mr. Calder was not a very
good driver, and put the White in the ditch a number of times and
caused a certain amount of damage. The White was also driven by his son
Bill, who later went overseas to fight in the first world war. The car
remained in the Calder family until around 1925 when it was sold.