About Us

Meet the Whites

“We are all just stewards of the land. At the end of our lives, we can’t take any of this with us. The only thing we can do is make it better for the next generation.”
The White family happily welcomes you to experience the beauty that is their home. Sadly the founders, Carl and Mary White, both passed away in 2010 and 2021 respectively, but their children and their families continue to own and operate The Island Ranch today.

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The History of the

Island Ranch

The history of the ranch reaches back before the land runs of 1889 and 1893 in Oklahoma. Carl’s great grandfather James Huntsberger, a veteran of the Civil War, made his mark on the land by running in the opening of Old Oklahoma in 1889. 
 
William H. Huntsberger, James’s son, was an early day stockman and wagon freighter in the 1880’s and ‘90’s.  He transported goods from Fort Dodge, south through Indian Territory, and down into old Oklahoma. He made the trip 17 times through dangerous unsettled land that was a haven for outlaw justice.  Many nights he would camp on the island in the Cimarron River.  As a young man who had lived through countless adventures, these secluded islands seemed nothing short of paradise to William.  Game was plentiful and the rolling hills and streams provided an abundance of grass and water for his team of horses.  While bedding down on the island, he would dream of the land which held so much promise and knew that one day it could provide a life for his family.  His dream would become a reality and William would live to see the land prosper.
 
He would later go on to marry Jenny E. Brown and made their home on the valuable farm ground that he claimed.  Surviving hardship, tragedy and loss, the Huntsbergers’ were blessed with 5 surviving children.
 
Their oldest daughter Martha, of high intelligence, with a propensity for business and an interest in cattle, made countless trips to the Island with her father and aided him in all aspects of running the ranch.  Spending a life buying cattle and helping to oversee operations, Martha developed an innate love for the land. Martha married Carl Lazelle White who sadly passed away at an early age, but despite this tragedy she would strive to pass on their love of the land to her two small children Elaine and Carl.
Having spent much of his childhood on the ranch with his mother and sister, Carl never forgot his parents love and spent his life on the Island and made it his home.  The legacy that James Huntsberger and more so his son William created, is alive and well with the Whites.

Meet our founders

Carl and Mary White

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Carl White

Growing up on and off the ranch gave Carl a passion and love for the land. Upon graduating high school and spending time in college, Carl entered the military. During his time in the Army, he became one of the original ‘U.S. Army Dog Training Europe, 24th Division U.S. M.P.s', and became instrumental in supplying dogs to Vietnam and various other operations around the world. After his honorable discharge, he returned to the land he loved and in 1972 married Mary Simpson.  The two spent the ensuing years ranching and training, raising, and selling dogs in America and Germany. After many successful years and 3 children, the two built a prosperous life on the ranch. Unfortunately, Carl passed away on December 27th, 2021, but his love of the land continues through his children today.

Mary White

Mary was a woman of vivacious nature and extraordinary spirit who lived life to the absolute fullest. She showed a kindness and warmth that was infectious to all those around her and a love of people that would serve her well in her life’s pursuit. She was a woman who would not be daunted from goals by life changing illnesses and, after graduating from college, Mary never looked back. The following years brought careers in Education on multiple levels, from guidance counseling to teaching on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. She headed to California and became one of the first Snow White’s at Disneyland, which led to a career in PR for Walt Disney. Much Later, after beginning work promoting tourism for the Australian Tourism Commission, Mary met and married the love of her life, Carl.  She and Carl trained dogs in and out of Germany and would invite many of their European friends back to Oklahoma for a visit. After many suggestions that their hospitality was beyond par, Mary and Carl decided to take this love of people and the land and turn it into a thriving business, thus Island Ranch was born. Sadly, Mary passed away in 2010, but her love of people and the atmosphere she created at the ranch still thrives today.

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