James F. McFarland (1868 – )


James F. McFarland, who has been engaged at farming throughout his active life, is at present residing on a valuable farm of sixty acres, southwest of Meridian in Ada county. He came to Idaho in 1902 from Chase county, Nebraska, and has been living in the vicinity of Meridian ever since. He located on his sixty-acre ranch in 1903, at that time the place being largely covered with sagebrush, and the price per acre was seventy-five dollars. He immediately proceeded to clear the tract for cultivation and succeeded after considerable labor to get it into good shape. He made extensive and substantial improvements on the ranch, which had the effect of advancing its value about fourfold. Mr. McFarland also is the owner of an eighty-acre ranch, located some three miles southwest of Meridian, which he purchased in 1917 at fifty dollars an acre. This place also has been improved and it is estimated now to be worth about four times its original price.

Mr. McFarland was born in Page county, Iowa, March 25, 1868, a son of Harrison Clinton and Laura (Cunning) McFarland, and was reared and educated in that county. On February 27, 1890, he was married in Taylor county, Iowa, to Miss Grace Margaret Ware, who was born in Mills county, Iowa, October 18, 1869, a daughter of David H. and Louisa (Stark) Ware, the former of whom is still living at Columbus, Kansas, having reached an advanced age.

In 1899 Mr. and Mrs. McFarland removed from Iowa to Chase county, Nebraska, where they lived for several years, and in 1902 they came to Ada county, Idaho. For some years prior to her marriage, Mrs. McFarland had engaged in teaching school in Nebraska. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. McFarland, two are living. Percy C., of Meridian, born January 25, 1892, married Ethel Vickers and they are the parents of two children: Kathleen and Gerald. Donald C, who was born November 27, 1896, and resides on his father’s eighty-acre ranch, married Clara Harms, and they have one child. Max Clinton. Donald McFarland is a veteran of the World war, having been at Camp Eustis, Virginia, when the armistice was signed. Mr. and Mrs. McFarland are members of the Methodist church, and he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen.”

Source:  History of Idaho, by James Henry Hawley, The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co, Chicago, 1920, page 486


James F. McFarland (1868 – ) — 1 Comment

  1. Vicki, I have all of the above mentioned people in my family tree. By reading between the lines in the U S Census reports , it appears that David H Ware retired from farming in Iowa and traveled to visit some of his sons and daughters: Jesse P Ware (Scott) who lived in Imperial, Chase County, NE; Grace Margaret Ware (McFarland) in Ada County, ID and son Charles Ware (who never married) in Lyon Twp, Cherokee County, Kansas where Charles was farming. David H’s wife Mary Louise Stark Ware had passed away in 1901 and is buried in the Memory Cemetery near the town of New Market, IA near the Page/Taylor county line and it seems as if David H Ware traveled after the death of his wife. Thank you Vicki for this wonderful bit in information. I am saving it.


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