JOHN T. FARLEY GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Independence Daily Reporter, Monday, August 20, 1906:
HAD COME HOME FROM NEODESHA CHARGE AND WAS STRICKEN
Stoppage of the Bowels was the Cause of His Death—Had Lived Here Two Years
The many friends and acquaintances of Rev. J. T. Farley were shocked this morning to learn that he was dead. He passed away at 4:05 o’clock this morning at his home, 617 North Eighth street.
Mr. Farley had been sick only three days. He returned home Friday morning from Neodesha, where he is the Baptist pastor, and was suddenly taken down with a severe illness from which he never rallied. Drs. Shelton and Wickersham were called and pronounced his ailment stoppage of the bowels. Everything possible was done to relieve him, but without avail and he lingered in terrible suffering until this morning, when that long rest which knows no awaking came mercifully to end his agony, and he was no more for he had been called up yonder into the mysterious realm whence no traveler returns.
The deceased was born in Johnson county, Neb., sixty-three years ago. Most of his life was spent in that state. He was first married to Mary Ann Barnhart in Cole county, Mo. Seven children were born to them, all of whom but one is still living. They are Mrs. Prudent Yost of Kansas City; Prof. A. P. Farley, government meat inspector at San Francisco; Mrs. Anna Canteron of Clarksburg, Mo.; Mrs. Mary Patterson of Kansas; Miss Lena Larley, and Thos. Farley, deceased.
In 1881, Mr. Farley was married a second time to Miss Alice Andsley of Missouri. Three children were born to this union, Jewel, Pearl and Arthur, all of this city. The former was married about a year ago to a niece of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. McBride. Six brothers survive, F. M., B. L., D. W., J. H. and A. J. Farley of Missouri, and J. N. of Custer City, O. T. J. H. Farley of Pettus county, Mo., arrived here this forenoon to attend the service.
Mr. Farley entered the Baptist ministry as a young man and was actively in the Christian warfare up to the close of his life. He came here two years ago and for some time had been the regular pastor at Neodesha and Grenola, going to and fro to his duties from this city. He had been attending his pastorate at Neodesha when the fatal attack first came on. He was a consistent and energetic Christian worker and did a great amount of good in his long service. He was kind and thoughtful and naturally had a great many friends. He was especially friendly with the newspaper men of the city and was held in high esteem by all of them. He was a frequent contributor. The funeral will take place from the family residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. All friends are invited.
Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas.