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Elijah ‘Scratcher’ White Jr. (1935-2013)

WINDHAM - Elijah "Scratcher" White Jr., of Windham, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

He was born on Sept 1, 1935 in Mexico, a son of Helen and Elijah “Tiger” White Sr. Elijah grew up in Carthage.


Elijah "Scratcher" White Jr.

Carrying on the White tradition set by his dad and uncles, Elijah spent his life as a fourth generation logger and small business man. He began at age 8 peeling fir trees for 10 cents a tree and in his teens he worked in the Carthage Sawmill and for Frank Rossi cutting trees.

At age 16 he joined the Army National Guard and at 17 he joined the Air Force for four years, where he learned to be a mechanic. When his brother Wayne returned home from the Army they started a logging company, E & W White. Elijah finished his logging career last year working alongside his son Lance White in their company E & L Logging.

Elijah was inducted into the Loggers Hall Of Fame in Rangeley on July 29, 2011. He enjoyed spending time with family and watching sports, and what he enjoyed most recently was traveling the country with his love Sue Cousens playing in poker and cribbage tournaments. He earned a Masters Award in the American Cribbage Congress in 2010.

He survived many life-threatening injuries like rabies (first to use penicillin in Rumford), gunshot (hunting accident), broken neck and back (logging accident), and salmonella (medical mystery).


Elijah "Scratcher" White Jr

Elijah is survived by his Love, Sue Cousens of Windham; his siblings: Wayne White and wife Emmy, Gloria Ellis and husband Ron, and Ronnie White of Carthage; Meredith Robbins and husband Randy of Dixfield, Doreen Smith and her husband Dean of Tennessee; his children: Jo Spielvogel and husband Stephen of Virginia, Laurie McCabe and husband Dennis of California, Rosemary Deckard and husband Brian of Kentucky, Lance White and wife Tess of Dixfield; his stepchildren: Gloria Wilkins of Wilton, Michael Rice of East Dixfield, and Gena Flagg of Farmington; and his 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Elijah was predeceased by his parents, his sister Marie Conant of Waterville, his children Elijah White III and Ladonna White, and his stepchildren Terry Rice, and Ricky Rice.

Condolences and tributes may be shared on his memorial wall at

Public memorial services will be held at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 42 Weld Street, Dixfield on Friday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Eva Thompson, officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Newman Cemetery in Carthage. The family suggests that those who desire consider memorial gift’s in Elijah’s memory to the Rangeley Logging Museum, PO Box 154, Rangeley, ME, 04970.

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  1. So sorry Jo and Laurie, that you have lost your Dad so soon after losing your Mom. I only met him once, but what a pleasant fellow.

  2. Sending our sympathy to the whole family. We know he will be missed so much by all of you. We enjoyed our visit with Elijah in Indiana in May 2011. He was a kind, gentle, and friendly man. Praying for God's comfort to all of you.

  3. Jo, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in my prayers. Praying God will comfort you at this difficult time.

  4. Sorry for your loss.

  5. We were so sorry to hear about Elijah's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his children and family. He was quite a guy! RIP

  6. The family of friends from the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum are indeed sadden by loss of Llijah but are proud to see his name, along with his father's, engraved in our Plague hanging at the Museum for future generations to see. Our condolences to all the family. Ron Haines / President RLRLM

  7. Gina and Mike i send my love and prayers to you . He was an awsome dad to you . He will be missed but never forgotten .

  8. Sue,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Nancy & Bob Hall

  9. He was quite a cat.. I remember his days at Oxford Plains along with his dad and brother.. He wore out, he didn't rust out. Nothing wrong with that.. You will be missed and remembered.. RIP.

    Phill & Jan

  10. To the family of Elijah, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Thinking back on so many racing memories. Harry always had so much fun with Elijah on racing trips. I am sure they are reminiscing now!