Edward Harris Farquhar

4 Sept 1883 - 18 Sept 1940

Source: Burnet Bulletin, Sept 1940, by Mrs. A. H. Jenkins; transcribed by K. Keele, <jrkkee @ centex.net>, April 2004

Edward Harris Farquhar

Friends and relatives of Burnet and surrounding communities were inexpressibly shocked last Wednesday afternoon September 18, 1940, when over the wires from the N.Y.A. Camp flashed the message that Ed Farquhar had suddenly passed away.

He became ill after going to work that morning but evidently did not consider it serious as he refused to allow fellow workmen to bring him home. He was not working, however, when he became so seriously ill that he was rushed to the hospital and the camp physician hurried called. He passed away shortly after the doctor reached him.

He had suffered two similar attacks recently, one while working at the N.Y.A. Project about two weeks ago and another just the night before his death, but both were of short duration and were not considered serious. Death occurred about 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

Ed was an upright, honest gentleman in every sense of the word, and though very quiet and unassuming, he possessed a beautiful personality. He was unselfish and great hearted, cheerful, sympathetic and kind to everyone and loved his family dearly. His strong moral qualities and personal character as a citizen, neighbor and friend rendered him a person of high esteem among all who came to know him.

Edward Harris Farquhar was born September 4, 1883, at the old Farquhar home in the northern part of Burnet County. He was the son of F.M. and Samira Lastly Farquhar, one of Burnet County's oldest and most respected pioneer families and has spent the greater part of his life here.

When he was quite a boy, the family moved to Lampasas where they lived for several years. As he grew into manhood, he was associated with the late J.W. Moore, contractor, and worked for him for many years. He has mostly followed public construction work as a profession ever since. From Lampasas, the family moved to the Lake Victor community where he has lived mostly since.

He was united with the Baptist Church at Lake Victor, in September 1914 and remained a loyal member until his death. On September 26, 1915, he was married to Miss Bertha Lee Barrett of Lake Victor and to them were born two daughters; Merle and Billie Louise.

In 1938, he and his wife went to Glendora, California, to visit his brother and after their return to Texas, he and Mrs. Farquhar moved to Burnet, at which time he was employed at Inks Dam as Assistant Project Supervisor at the National Youth Administration Project.

Funeral services were held at the Lake Victor Baptist Church at 4:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon September 19, 1940, with the Rev. V.M. O'Hair, pastor, in charge, and assisted by Rev. George Brown, pastor of Bertram and former pastor at Lake Victor. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Northington Funeral Home with Donald Edgar in charge.

The pallbearers were Ira Feild, Boss Warner, Alexander Fariss, Forest and Jim Shelby of Lake Victor and Amos Jenkins of Burnet. From the service at the church, the body was taken to the Cauble Cemetery and laid to rest beside his father and mother.

The great number of people who gathered to pay their last tribute of love and respect and the gorgeous floral offering was a silent testimony of the esteem in which he was held and a symbol of the life he has lived.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Merle (Mrs. Brownlee Feild) of Lake Victor and Billie (Mrs. E.C. Puryear) of Wellington, Texas; Two granddaughters, Carole and Diane Puryear of Wellington; Three brothers, Albert Farquhar of Menard, Texas; T.M. Farquhar of Portland, Oregon; and M.L. Farquhar of Glendora, California, and many other relatives.

The family has lost their dearest friend and councelor, for he was a most thoughtful and devoted husband and a kind and loving father and they will find it very hard to reconcile and readjust themselves, but we must all submit to the will of God who do'eth all things, and may He in His mercy strengthen and protect them in this their deepest sorrow.

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