Farndale. Son of Martin and
Catherine Farndale (FAR00364) born, Tranmire Farm.
George Farndale registered Guisbro'
District Jan-Mar 1883
(GRO Vol 9d page 498? - 1837 Online)
George Farndale went to Canada about 1910 and
lived at Three Hills, Alberta. He
George Farndale of Calgary Alberta, Canada, died
4 May 1954 aged 72 years, (ie born 1882). He is
buried in Calgary, Alberta.
child and third son of Martin
and Catherine, George, was born on 9 January 1882 at Tranmire, where his
parents had recently moved to. He would be there for two to three years
before moving to Tidkinhow, where he lived until he went to Canada. Like the
rest of his family, he went to school at Charltons and later to Boosbeck, leaving
in about 1896, aged 14.
Like his brothers, he started to work at Tidkinhow. He was close to his brother,
Martin, and when Martin went to Canada in 1905, Martin told George that if it
was all right, he would send for him. This he did and George went to join
Martin at Trochu
in 1906. George was a tall, broad man of few words, shy and a bit moody.
There is a story that before he left home, he was out around the farm at
Tidkinhow when they met some poachers. They threatened his father and one
went up to George and told him to take his coat off and fight. George said "I don't need my coat off to you". He
banged two of them together and they all went off.
George took a homestead near Three Hills, not far from Trochu and lived
there all his life until he retired, when he went to live in Calgary. He
lived alone all his life, remaining reserved and shy. There are many stories
about him. Once he came to help his younger brother, Alfred, to drill corn.
He arrived and started and then, with the job only half done, he drove
himself and the drill home. Something said had annoyed him; so he left. He was known as a very upright and honest man.
His bank manager used to say he was one hundred per cent reliable. There is
also a story that he cared for a local girl, a nurse, who also liked him. She
knew he was shy and tried to help him propose. He thought she was trying to
pressurise him, so he never spoke to her again!
It is perhaps all these stories which describe
this big, shy man best. Certainly he was alone most
of his life. He had many Farndale qualities, but his was an extreme version
George died on 4 May 1954 in Calgary aged 72,
where he is buried.