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Henry Ford's Funeral in Brownwood

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.

 

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REMAINS OF HENRY FORD LAID TENDERLY TO REST

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Town is Closed for Two Hours and Thousands Follow Remains to

Cemetery – Was Man Loved by the Masses.

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"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."

 

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