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McFarland, Dr. Thomas Jefferson (1836-1914)

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McFarland, Dr. Thomas Jefferson (1836-1914)

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 3:17PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Transcribed from The El Campo Citizen (a newspaper published in Wharton County, Texas), Front Page, dated Friday morning, the 6th of March of 1914

wire from the Port Lavaca Wave

One by one the ranks of our illustrious citizens, patriots and earlier pioneers are becoming weaker and one by one the brave men who suffered untold hardships in the earlier days of civilization in the Southwest, are called to the other shore, from where there is no return, away to the land of eternal peace and quiet, to the kingdom of the Maker of all mankind. The last to be called from the ranks of these great and good men was our own beloved and honored citizen, Dr. T. J. McFarland, brave soldier, illustrious citizen and eminent physician, who died at this home here Saturday afternoon.

The deceased was born in Green County, Alabama, July 1, 1836. After leaving the public schools of his native town he graduated with high honors from the Jonesboro, Alabama College. He studied medicine at Tulane University several years, then at the School of Medicine where he received his diploma in 1860. In 1861 he entered the Confederate Army at New Orleans and during that long and bitter conflict between the North and South he served with great honor as army surgeon, suffering many hardships. On August 23rd, 1864, he was married at Brandon, Miss. to Miss Carrie P. Jayne, at a time when he had charge of the army hospital at Columbua, Georgia. In 1863 he was in charge of the army smallpox hospital at Marietta, George where he treated with remarkable success over 700 cases. He was discharged from the C. S. A. Army in Texas in 1867. In the years that followed he lived in different parts of the State of Texas, during which time he was surgeon at the Marine Hospital at Indianola and quarantine officer at Pass Caballo twenty years, excepting two years of this time when he was quarantine inspector between Galveston, Cuba and Honduras.

Dr. McFarland retired from active practice of the medical profession a good many years ago, but continued to take deep interest in medical jurisprudence and the welfare of Calhoun County, where he made his home for nearly thirty years. At the time of his death he was Collector of Customs at the local port, having been honored with the appointment by President Woodrow Wilson.

The strickened family during the last few days have been the recipients of many messages and letters of condolence from all parts of the country from men in high positions of public life, men who fought with the deceased in the trenches on the battlefields or came in contact with him in the course of the practice of the medical profession or his duties as a servant of his state and his country as a public official. All express their deepest sorrow in the loss of our distinguished citizen.
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note: tombstone indicates death date of 1913

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