|Posted by Jay Longley on January 3, 2015 at 6:50 PM|
From: Unknown News Service, Brownwood, Texas, Tuesday March 8, 1910.
Members will get some very important leads to follow from this
important article. One you will notice is that Judge Charles H.
Jenkins is listed as a "life long friend" of Henry Ford just as he
was referred to in Colonel William C. Anderson's obituary.
REMAINS OF HENRY FORD LAID TENDERLY TO REST
Town is Closed for Two Hours and Thousands Follow Remains to
Cemetery Was Man Loved by the Masses.
"Brownwood has never witnessed such a funeral procession in all its
history as that which followed the remains of Henry Ford to the
Greenleaf cemetery this afternoon about 4 o'clock. Funeral services
were conducted on the lawn in front of the Ford residence, beginning
at 3 o'clock, and at the close of the services a procession was
formed that reached from the residence to the cemetery a mile away.
The services were conducted by Rev. A. H. P. McCurdy of the First
Presbyterian church, and brief tributes were paid the deceased by
Judge C. H. Jenkins, T. C. Wilkinson, Will H. Mayes, I. J. Rice,
Brooke Smith and C. I. McCartney. These men were life long friends
of the deceased and their talks were but fitting eulogies to the
manner of life he lived.
Henry Ford was a man whom the masses loved and for that reason he was
laid to rest by the people, independent of fraternal orders or
societies to which he belonged. The pall bearers were selected from
his life-long and intimate friends and were Messrs C. I. McCartney,
C. H. Jenkins, C. H. Bencini, N. A. Perry, J. A. Austin, Brooke
Smith, I. J. Rice, T. C. Wilkinson, Will H. Mayes, M. M. Scott, I. P.
Allison, I. E. Walker, F. S. J. Whitehead and G. N. Harrison.
As a mark of the esteem in which the deceased was held the whole town
responded to the proclamation of the mayor and the doors of every
business house in the city are closed promptly at 2:30 o'clock. The
public schools with which he was connected as a member of the board,
were likewise closed during the day, and the school children were
assembled in front of the High school building, which was draped in
crepe, to watch the procession pass. With bowed down heads the
Brownwood school children stood while the great procession was
passing, conscious of the fact that they had lost a true and loyal
friend. In the procession that followed the remains to the cemetery
were people from all parts of the state, who once lived here and who
upon hearing of the death, hurried back to the old home to pay their
respects to the memory of a man they loved.
AT THE HOME
The floral offerings were beautiful in the extreme and consisted of
the rarest flowers that could be had. The cotton men of the town,
the Commercial Club, the Floral Club, the school board and numerous
individuals sent in lovely designs. The bier was banked with floral
offerings that in a measure testified to the love Brownwood people
bore the deceased. A choir composed of trained voices from the
different churches rendered sweetest music and the pastor of the
deceased spoke at length upon the life of the man all Brownwood
loved. Comforting words were spoken to the bereaved ones as the
people in their own good way laid the remains tenderly to rest.
County Feels Death
The death of this good man is felt elsewhere than in Brownwood. He
stood close to the people of the whole county and of the Brownwood
country. Friends came from all points to attend the funeral. At
Zephyr, the town is closed to a store and a majority of the
inhabitants are here in attendance at the funeral. People are here
also from Williams Ranch where he formerly lived, from Mullin, from
Goldthwaite, from Winchell and from Comanche. A great many of the
farmers of the county, who have known Henry Ford as a friend to the
farmer, are here to pay their respects."