Farndale son of Martin and
Catherine Jane Farndale (FAR00364) of Tidkinhow
(PR and family knowledge)
James Farndale registered Guisbro District Jan-Mar 1886
(GRO Vol 9d page 422? - 1837 Online)
James Farndale, went to Alberta, Canada and then
to California and Nevada, USA.
Became State Senator for Nevada.
In 1911 James arrived to stay with
Martin. He did not stay long in Canada before he went to America for the rest
of his life. He left five children, Jim who lived in Dallas, Texas, Jane who
lived in Austin, Texas, Gordon and Mary who lived in California, and Doris
who was tragically killed in a car crash. He fought with the American Army in
France in World War I, and visited England several times before he died in
1967 (Our Huxley Heritage).
James Farndale, married Edna Adams on 25 Sep
James and Edna
James and Edna after their wedding on 25 September 1917
James amongst a field of corn and pumpkins in about 1918
He served in the US Army in France 1917 -1918.
Plymouth, Indiana in 1917
Hazel Jane (Janie) Farndale, born 1922 in
James Noel (Jim) Farndale, born 1923 in
Mary Ellen Farndale, born 1926 in Nevada (FAR00902).
Gordon Elliott Farndale, born 1932 in Nevada (FAR00924).
Doris Irene Farndale, born 1935 in Nevada (FAR00938).
Jamesí son, Jim
Farndale who served in the US Army Air Corps 1942 to 1945
Jody, Janie, Gordon,
Alberta and Christina at Gordonís house at Garden Grove, California USA in
the first member of the family to be born at Tidkinhow.
He was born on 22 December 1885, the sixth child and the fourth son of Martin and Catherine Farndale.
As with his siblings, he started school, aged 5, with his brothers and
sisters and, at age 11, he went to Boosbeck,
but unlike the rest except Kate, he on to Guisborough
County School. On leaving school, he worked for a local farmer called Petch
for a while, was a miner for a while and helped his father at Tidkinhow. He was always keen on learning
and in his early days he was always studying and reading. He, like his
siblings, would listen to all the talk about Canada and he would have
seen that there was little hope for him at home.
Accordingly on 31 March 1913, Jim (as he was
always called) sailed for Canada, aged 28 and joined his brothers Martin and
George and his sister Kate. He spent two years in Canada and kept a diary of his
journey out and of his first year.
However, he always wanted to improve his
education and there wasn't much chance in those early days in Canada. So he
decided to go on to USA. He 1915, he managed to get into Duluth High School
from where he got himself a place at Valpraiso University in Indiana. It was
on 20 January 1917 at the university that he met Edna Adams whom he married
on 25 September 1917.
When the USA
declared war on Germany in 1917, he joined the American Army and went to
France. Very little is known of his military service except that he caught a
very bad dose of influenza from which he never did fully recover. However at
the end of the war, he did manage to visit Tidkinhow
In 1918, he was posted to San Antonio where he
left the army. He and Edna went to live at Plymouth, Indiana, but by then he
had developed lung trouble. He began to make a living at carpentry.
In 1919, he
moved to the west coast to try to get to a better climate and to be near Edna's
them a house at Los Angeles and then he built one for himself. At this time,
Jim was working in an architect's office and at the same time, he was
attending the University of California in Los Angeles. He did this until 1929
when his health began to give him serious trouble and the doctors said he
must live in a really dry climate.
Their first child, Hazel Jane, was born in Los
Angeles on September 1922 and their second, James, on December 1923. Mary was
born in 1926.
The family moved to a ranch in the desert at Las Vegas in 1929. Life became a hard
struggle for Jim and he did the best he could as a 'finish carpenter'. In
1930, they moved into Las Vegas and
built a house. In 1931, the family drove by car to visit the family in
Alberta, Canada, where Jim's youngest brother and sister, Alfred and Grace,
had by then joined Martin, George and Kate. It was remembered as quite a
In 1932, their fourth child, Gordon, was born. Although still a finish
carpenter, Jim had become Business Agent for the Carpenter's Union. It was in
this year that he first became involved in the Boulder Dam project. In
1935 their fifth child and second daughter, Doris, was born. Jim was now
proving himself to be an efficient
administrator through his work with the Carpenter's Union and the Boulder Dam Project.
He developed a reputation for reliability and honesty.
World War 2 Registration Card in 1942
Accordingly, in 1936, he was elected to the Nevada State Assembly.
now gave him a very full life where at last he could exercise his ability and
knowledge, even though he was still troubled by ill health. After a four year
period, he was re-elected for a second term, in 1940; a great honour and he
was by then a recognised leader of
Nevada State. In 1942, he was elected to serve in the Nevada State Senate and was to complete a four year
term, until 1946.
He did much
work on housing projects in the State and never forgot the World War One
letter to his brother Alfred
The boys of Tidkinhow in about 1910.
John, James, Alfred, William, George and inset Martin
James, Kate, Grace, George and Alfred at Kate's homestead near Trochu, Canada
during Jim's visit in 1931 (Jim's car)
James and son Jim just before leaving for UK in April 1954
Jim and daughter Janie and others
At Tidkinhow in 1954 Ė James with his brother John
At the ĎClubí in Skelton during Jimís visit to Yorkshire in 1954
Alfred, John and James at table, with Jim (son of James behind
Gordon Elliott and Doris Irene Farndale
Janie, Jim, Gordon and Mary in 1937
Jimmy, Janie, Mary, Doris and Grace Farndale in California in August
In 1951, he and
his daughter, Hazel Jane (always known as Janie) visited Canada again. By
this time, his younger brother, Alfred had returned to England. Then in 1954
and for the first time, since the end of the First World War, he visited
England. This was a memorable visit which meant so much to him. He went again
to Tidkinhow and to stay with those members
of the family who had remained in England. In 1955, he again visited Canada,
with his two daughters, Janie and Mary.
But tragedy struck in September 1955 when his
daughter, Doris, was killed in a motor accident at the age of twenty. Jim
took this very hard indeed and never really recovered from it.
In September 1958, his younger brother, Alfred
and his wife, Peggy called to see him at Las
Vegas while on a visit to Canada. At this time, Jim was still active with
the Carpenter's Union, the Housing Authority and the Veterans. He was at this
time a member of the Labour Council.
In 1961, Jim again visited Canada for what was
to be the last time. His health by then was deteriorating badly. Jim died at
his home, 922 San Casino Centre Boulevard, Las Vegas on 20 January 1967, aged
81. He is buried at Mount View Gardens of Memory, Las Vegas. The funeral was
on 23 January and was taken by the Reverend Douglass Harrell of the First
Methodist Church at Bunker Brothers Chapel at 1pm.
By his own efforts Jim achieved much. He
pioneered in Canada and America, got himself qualified through university,
fought for his country and rose through the Nevada State Assembly to the
Senate. He was always dogged by his ill health, but his courage and ability
kept him going.
His wife, Edna, died at Austin, Texas, where she
was in a home near her daughter, Janie, in 1980.
Jim's family were the first of a new generation
of Farndales. His son, Jim, had no family, but his son Gordon had a son, Mark
and a daughter, Linda.
Las Vegas in 2016
Senator James Farndale died in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 20 Jan
Farndale (nee Adams), died, Austin Texas November 1979.
(all from letters and family knowledge)
22 January 1967
Farndale Rites Scheduled for tomorrow
Funeral for James Farndale is set for tomorrow, 1pm at
Bunker Brothers Chapel with the Reverend Douglas Harrell, of the First
Methodist Church, officiating.
Farndale, a 38 year resident of Southern Nevada, died
Friday in his home at 922 South Casino Center Boulevard. He was 81.
Well known in legislative, labor and veterans circles,
Farndale was instrumental in helping to establish many of their standard
He is survived by his wife, Edna, two sons, James and
Gordon, and two daughters, Mrs John Rydell and Mrs Sam Mentzer, all residing
out of state; two brothers Alfred and John Farndale, and three sisters, Mrs
Dorothy Ross, Mrs Mary Brown and Mrs Grace Holmes all residing in England and
Farndale was a business agent for Carpenters Local 1780 in
Las Vegas during the 1930s and later rose to prominence as a member of the
Central Labor Council, the Building Trades Council and the Governor's Board
of Labor Relations.
He was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1936 and again in
1940. Farndale was also a member of the state senate from 1942 to 1946.
In addition to these functions, Farndale was executive
director of the Federal Housing Authority here and served on the Clark County
Housing Authority as well.
He was a life member, past commander and past department
commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, member of the American Legion,
Veterans of World War One, Disabled Veterans and the First Methodist Church.
Farndale was born in Yorkshire, England. He will be buried
in Mount View Gardens of Memory
Concurrent Resolution No 9 - Senators Brown, Alleman, Bunker, Christensea,
Gibson, Hecht, Herr and Lamb
File Number 23
Concurrent Resolution - Memorialising the late Senator James Farndale
Whereas, The members of the 54th session of legislature of
the State of Nevada have learned with deep regret and sorrow of the death of
former Senator James Farndale on January 20, 1967, in Las Vegas, Nevada; and
Whereas Senator Farndale, born in Yorkshire, England,
migrated to the United States of America to become a most respected resident
of Southern Nevada, for 28 years; and
Whereas James Farndale distinguished himself in federal,
state and local government service, as executive director of the Federal
Housing Authority in Clark County, as assemblyman from Clark County in 1937
and 1941 regular sessions, as senator from Clark County in the 1943 and 1945
regular sessions, as a member of the Governor's Board of Labor Relations, and
as a member of the Clark County Housing Authority; and
Whereas, He achieved prominence for his contributions in
the development of organised labor in this state while a member of the
Central Labor Council and the Buildings Trades Council in Las Vegas, Nevada;
Whereas as the late Senator James Farndale was loyal and
dedicated to his country, he was a life member, past commander and past
department commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the
American Legion, Veterans of World War One, and Disabled American Veterans;
Whereas James Farndale was a man of integrity, ability and
courage always following the strength of his convictions, whose presence will
be deeply missed in our state; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, the Assembly
concurring, That the members of the 54th session of legislature of the State
of Nevada hereby express their condolences to the family and surviving
relatives of the late Senator James Farndale; and be it further
Resolved, that copies of this resolution be prepared and
transmitted forthwith by the legislative counsel to the widow and surviving
children of the deceased, Mrs Edna Farndale, Mrs John Rydell, Mrs Sam
Mentzer, Mr Gordon Farndale and Mr James Farndale.