|David Arthur Farnham
25 August 1864–26 September 1899
|David Arthur Farnham, the oldest child of H. P. and Mary C. Farnham was born in Hale township, Jones county, Iowa, Aug. 25, 1864 and died near Morley, Jones county, Sept. 26, 1899, aged 35 years, 1 month and 1 day. He moved into Rome township with his parents before he was a year old. He was converted and joined the M. E. church in his boyhood days and had been an earnest worker in the Master's vineyard since his conversion. He was united by marriage to Miss Ollie Bixler Sept. 28, 1893, and to them were born two children, Arthur B., born April 21, 1895 and Ralph P., born Oct. 4, 1898. His entire life, with the exception of a part of three years at Cornell College was spent in the home neighborhood, and his record as a public school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, church worker, citizen and neighbor is well known to all with whom he was associated. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, having joined the Morley camp Feb. 26, 1898. He was a man of strong convictions and his desire was to do good. When a question came up for consideration his first thought was what is right, and having decided that point his whole energy was exerted to do the right. He will be greatly missed in the Sunday school, the Epworth League, the church work and the neighborhood, but will be missed most of all in the home circle. He leaves a wife and two little boys, too young to know their loss, a father and mother, one brother and three sisters and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss; but while we mourn we are comforted by that same hope that was the inspiration of his life and that sustained him as he passed through his Gethsemane of suffering into that land that knows no night. He said he would like to live that he might tell of the power of salvation, but he had no fear of death, for Jesus sustained him. A good man has gone.
The funeral services were held at Center Chapel Sept. 27, 1899. conducted by Rev. Earhart, of Olin, and Rev. Black, of Anamosa. The pall-bearers were: J. R. Bickerstaff, F. E. Shoemaker, G. E. Munsinger, Cyrus Lamb, Elmer Williams and H. H. Glacken. The choir consisted of Allen Sones, John Wurzbacher, Mrs. Wm. Lamb and John Klinefelter, with Miss Blanche Stepeas at the organ.
We wish to return our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the sickness, death and burial of our dear husband, son and brother, for on such occasions sympathy is doubly precious. May that blessed saying. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." be realized by each one.
Ollie B. Farnham
H. P. Farnham and Family
Resolutions of Respect
WHEREAS, The Devine Ruler, in His wise providence, has removed from us our esteemed neighbor, David A. Farnham, a faithful and earnest member of our beloved order; therefore be it Resolved, That the sympathy of this camp be extended to his family in their deep affliction: and Resolve, That these resolutions be spread upon the records of the camp, that a copy of the same be furnished the papers of Anamosa and Olin, and that a copy be sent to the family.
A. R. Bickerstaff
A. O. Sunday
W. L. Lamb
Committee of Morley Camp, No. 4134
Modern Woodmen of America.
Submitted by: Margaret Byerly Filbin
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