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John L. Furneaux and Mattie C. Worthington

The Dallas Morning News - Wednesday, October 7, 1897
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams



Ranchman, Farmer, John Furneaux, Dies

John L. Furneaux, early Texas rancher whose belief in scientific farming turned cattle ranges into farm lands, died Tuesday at his home, 4209 Beverly Drive.
Furneaux had lived in or near Dallas all his life. In recent years, he had gradually sold the wide West Texas Texas holdings he accumulated as a cattleman. He kept a strong interest in the development of ways to improve land.
In the days when England was spending dollars to develop this country, Furneaux negotiated loans for British firms. Banks often called on him before making the final decision on a cattle loan.
Though he was never a real-estate man, Furneaux owned and sold thousands of acres.
Born in 1872 sixteen miles north of Dallas, Furneaux was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Furneaux, who immigrated to Texas from Dovershire, England in 1852.  He went from a private school near his home to public schools of Dallas and attended Texas A&M College.
He formed a company with two of his brothers to buy ranches in Gray County, the Panhandle and Lamb County. When the later South Plains county was divided into farms, the company was credited with developing it as an agricultural center.
The one-time ranges now produce cotton, wheat, and Sudan grass, a prolific grass which gave the town Sudan its name.
The brothers fattened a thousand cattle a year on their ranges. Furneaux was best known as a feeder of cattle for his motto "Get 'em fat fast, and if they don't eat, make 'em eat."  If they needed molasses and cake, he would feed them that.
He shipped cattle to England from the part of Dallas, then called the Beef Lot, now Turtle Creek estates.
Furneaux had a reputation for being able to guess the weight of a herd of cattle within a few pounds. In those days, cattle were sold on the estimates of men who judged the weight at a glance.
Furneaux carried out government programs to improve farm lands by scientific terracing, eliminating Johnson grasses and proper and extensive fertilization. A believer in mechanization, he was quick to replace the horse and mule with machinery.
Furneaux was a member of the Highland Park Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, W. Fred Furneaux of Dallas and John L. Furneaux Jr. of Houston; a sister, Mrs. J. R. McFarland of Dallas; a brother, W. C. Furneaux of Carrollton and a granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sparkman Brand Funeral Chapel, 2115 Ross, Dr. Marshall T. Steel will officiate. Burial will be in the old family burial ground at Cemetery Hill off Preston Road.
Pallbearers will be William H. Furneaux, Schuyler B. Worthington, William Worthington, Frank Jones, W. L. Furneaux and Harry Jackson

The Dallas Morning News
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


JULY 26, 1872
JUNE 6, 1950

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