H. L. MCFARLAND, one of the well-known representatives of industrial interests in White Hall, where he is engaged in wagon making and black smithing, was born in Cape Girardeau county, Missouri, on the 24th of May, 1843, and, as the name indicates, is of Scotch lineage. His grandfather was Reuben McFarland, and his parents were H. C. and Elizabeth R. (Robinson) Mcfarland, the latter a daughter of Philip R. and Mary (Moore) Robinson. Her father was born February 26, 1797, and removed from Kentucky to Indiana. He died September 16, 1875, and his wife who was born March 4, 1801, died September 24, 1859. The parents of Mr. McFarland removed from Cape Girardeau to St. Francis county, Missouri. The father died in 1886, but the mother is still living and makes her home with her son, H. L. McFarland.
In the public schools of St. Francis county, Missouri, H. L. McFarland acquired his education and while there he also served a six months' apprenticeship to the trades of wagon making and black smithing. In 1864, while his parents were residing in Washington county, Missouri, and he was working at the blacksmith's trade, it was learned that General Price was at Pilot Knob. Fearing for him, his mother told him she wanted him to get away at once. A neighbor desiring to ship sixty mules to St. Louis, Mr. McFarland agreed to take the mules if his expenses were paid. While in St. Louis he heard of a position which he could secure in White Hall, Illinois, and made his way by train to Godfrey and thence by stage to Carrollton, where he worked for a short time. He then came to White Hall and entered the employ of John Higbee, in his wagon and blacksmith shop. For thirteen and a half years he remained in that position and then began business on his own account. In 1870 he bought his house for seven hundred dollars, making only a partial payment, but one by one he has paid off the notes and he now has a comfortable home.
On the 1st of March, 1871, Mr. McFarland married Miss Mary J. Amos, a native of White Hall. They have four children: L. A., Nellie A., H. A., and C.A. Two of the sons have gained fame in the baseball world. C. A. is the noted pitcher of the Cardinals, the St. Louis professional baseball players of the national league. He began to play on the commons at White Hall, and became a professional in 1896, first with the Des Moines club, afterward with the New York club, and is now with the St. Louis team. He has gained renown as a pitcher and has gained a wide reputation throughout the country. He married Nettie Hocking, of Jacksonville, Illinois, where her father has conducted a hotel for many years. They now reside in St. Louis and they have one child, Mary Eugenia. L. A. McFarland is also a professional baseball player. He entered the national league and was with Anson of Chicago in 1896. He has played at different times with the teams of Fort Worth, Louisville, Cedar Rapids, Youngstown and Toronto. In 1903 he became manager of the Decatur club, one of the best of the "3-I" league, starting in as pitcher but playing at any position. He is a favorite with the friends of baseball. H. A. McFarland, residing in St. Louis, has been in the employ of Swift & Company, but at the time of the recent strike, in 1904, he entered the employ of the Stickney Cigar Company. He was married in 1901 to Edna, daughter of H. S. Avery, a popular merchant of White Hall. they reside in East St. Louis.
Mr. McFarland was reared in the Presbyterian church and has been a member of its choir, but does not belong to the church. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. In his political affiliations he is a Democrat. He is a man of strong will and good common sense. At tone time, acceding to his wife's request, he gave up drinking, although he had been used to the habit for years, and his strong purpose has enabled him to persevere in this course. He is equally loyal to everything that he believes to be right and he is one of the much respected citizens of White Hall, where he has carried on business for about forty years. His word is as "good as gold," and all who know him have implicit confidence in him, and respect him for what he has accomplished in the way of character-building and the acquirement of a competence.