|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1875|
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 1965|
Info for Sim McFarland: Birth Feb. 26, 1875 Illinois Death June 20, 1965 Logan, NM Quay Co., New Mexico.
Robert Simeon "Sim" McFarland was born in Illinois. His family moved to Colorado while he was still a baby along with his older sister. A few months later in 1878 his brother James Fred McFarland was born.
When Sim was 19 he and his brother went to work on a ranch near Nara Visa, New Mexico for $30 per month plus board. Sim was able to save enough to do some cattle trading on the side and by time he was 24 he had saved $1000. He decided to go to a business school in Kansas City and included in his regular studies was a course in banking. At the time he thought he would never use that banking knowledge. After his term of study ended he returned to Nara Visa broke and jobless. He soon took a job as the cattle inspector in the Nara Visa area at $75 per month.
Wanting to settle down to a more stable life, in 1902 he and his brother filed on land on each side of the railroad tracks in Nara Visa and opened a store there. They got a safe for the safe keeping of their money. Some of their customers wanted them to keep their money in the safe and paying it out when written orders came in from them. (A form of checking account). After a short while the brothers moved their business to Logan, NM and continued the money exchange service. That part of the business continued to grow to the point that the brothers formed the McFarland Brothers Bank in 1904. The bank became the oldest privately owned bank in the nation.
Sim was almost 30 years old by the time they started the bank and still single. He remembered a young lady he met while going to school in Kansas City by the name of Cynthia Irene Brayton from Logan, Iowa. On a trip to the Worlds Fair he stopped by Logan, Iowa to see Irene. This led to their marriage on June 20, 1905. Sim and Irene had five children. They both were charter members of the First Baptist Church of Logan where they served for the rest of their lives.
Sim was instrumental in getting the dam built 2 miles west of Logan, NM that created the Ute Lake which was dedicated in 1963.
In June of 1965 when Sim was 90 years old, he died while trying to stop his car when it started coasting toward the embankment of the lake and as he reach the car, it's momentum took Sim with it into the lake where he drowned.
Cynthia Irene Brayton McFarland (1877 - 1966)
Cynthia Estelle McFarland Bridges (1906 - 1967)*
Robert B. McFarland (1908 - 1990)*
Reel Watson McFarland (1910 - 1993)*
Wilma Anna McFarland Lane Johnson (1912 - 2003)*
Quintin Fred McFarland (1913 - 1915)*
Hazel Grace McFarland Kelley (1915 - 2005)*
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Feb 08, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7170612