By Norris Chambers
White Settlement is blessed with many streets bearing names of people. Some of them are listed here. The oldest street in White Settlement is, of course, White Settlement Road. This original trail led from the fort to the "white settlement" about eight miles west into Indian territory. The area was called "white" because it was a settlement of "white" homesteaders, as opposed to other settlements in the vicinity that were composed of both white and Indian residents. As the Indian problems subsided and the settlement moved westward, the road followed. This was the only public road in White Settlement's early history.
As the need arose, other short roads were !aid out, usually between property lines, so that settlers could have access to a public road. These were called 'lanes" and usually were named for the family they gave access to. For instance, the Grant family had large farms in the northern part of the area, and the lane running from the Old Weatherford Road, about where 1-30 is now located, to their homestead was called Grant's Lane. It crossed White Settlement Road and eventually became a needed access road.
There was also a lane running north from the Old Weatherford Road that led to the Cherry home. They referred to it as the "Cherry Lane." This road was later connected to White Settlement Road and became a public road. The Cherry family came to White Settlement after the turn of the century, but before World War I. One other road connected White Settlement with Tannahill Station (the Verna Stubbs place, where the White Settlement Historical Society placed a historical marker) and the community north of there. That community was located on a stream known as Silver Creek. Because of its destination, this road was called Silver Creek Road and it still serves a useful purpose. The first plan