|Birth: ||Feb. 25, 1873|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1942|
Van Earl McFarland was the son of Dr. Thomas Jefferson McFarland & Caroline Paulene Jayne, (daughter of Judge Brewster Helme Jayne & Juliet Tims) He was reared at Indianola and Port Lavaca, Texas, surviving both of the disastrous storms that eventually destroyed Indianola, but lost many of his boyhood friends in the huge tidal wave that engulfed that coastal town in 1886.
He came to Eagle Pass in 1899, shortly after graduating from the Barnes Medical College at St. Louis, Mo. On December 12, 1900, he married Miss Olive Townsend, one of the belles of Eagle Pass and member of an old and respected family of this area. Into their happy home life were born two sons and three daughters, all of whom now survive them: County Attorney Van Haile McFarland of Eagle Pass, Sharp McFarland of Dallas; Mrs. W. H. Brown of Eagle Pass, Mrs. Joe Hill of San Antonio, and Miss Pauline McFarland of Washington, D.C. Besides his children, Dr. McFarland is survived by four sisters: Mrs. Pauline Grace, Mrs. Lula Dudgeon, and Miss Bell McFarland, all of Port Lavaca, Texas, and Mrs. Jessie Penfield of Houston. All of the near of kin, with the exception of Miss Pauline McFarland, were able to be here for the funeral.
Dr. McFarland's life is not told alone in his public deeds. While his unfailing leadership was an important factor in town development, his acts of kindness as one of the town's leading physicians are just as lasting and important in the memories of our people. Many a humble home has seen sickness and sorrow dispersed at his coming. Instead of asking for pay, he often made out a check to them for the purchase of needed medicines and food.
Grown men now serving in our civic life and military forces remember him as the man who brought them into the world and who gave them kindly counsel and assistance in their walk through life. These deeds will never be engraved in cold stone, but are engraved forever in the hearts of those he benefited.
Although he could be terrible in anger to those who sough to thwart the wishes of the people, he was a model of devotion to his wife and family. Every evening he and Mrs. McFarland would take a ride about the city and into the country to see glories of our colorful Western sunset. Her death, two years ago, was a blow from which he never fully recovered.
Each afternoon, the sunset he loved to watch will be mirrored in azure, crimson and gold reflections along a 108-mile stream of life-giving water, attesting in green, growing crops the worth of Dr. Van Earl McFarland. He was just a country doctor who had the qualities to be President of his nation . . . an Abraham Lincoln of the Rio Grande. May God give us more men like him.
Van Earl McFarland, MD, married Olive Emma Townsend 12 Dec 1900 in Eagle Pass, Texas.
They had 5 children:
*Van Haile McFarland (1901-1965)
*Jessie Earl McFarland (1904-1956)
*Olive McFarland (1906-1986)
*Sharp McFarland (1909-1990)
*Pauline McFarland (1913-1973)
Thomas Jefferson McFarland (1836 - 1913)
Caroline Pauline Jayne McFarland (1842 - 1927)
Olive Emma Townsend McFarland (1880 - 1939)
Van Haile McFarland (1901 - 1965)*
Jessie Earl McFarland Brown (1903 - 1956)*
Olive McFarland Hill (1906 - 1986)*
Sharp McFarland (1909 - 1990)*
Pauline McFarland (1913 - 1973)*
Marion Minter McFarland (1865 - 1936)*
Mary Pauline McFarland Grace (1869 - 1948)*
Thomas Carlysle McFarland (1870 - 1929)*
Van Earl McFarland (1873 - 1942)
Juliet Jayne McFarland Dudgeon (1875 - 1943)*
Jessamine McFarland Penfield (1878 - 1954)*
Carolyn Belle McFarland (1880 - 1960)*
Maverick County Cemetery
Maintained by: Vicki Cooper
Originally Created by: Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
Record added: Apr 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51255107
Added: Feb. 13, 2013
In loving memory of my great-grand uncle.|
Added: Jan. 28, 2012