Carpenter, Union Leader and Senator for Nevada State
Follow this link to the Farndales of Tidkinhow
Here is a transcript of Jim’s diary recoding his emigration to Canada
Farndale son of Martin and
Catherine Jane Farndale (FAR00364) of Tidkinhow
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 and Edna
James and Edna after their wedding on 25 September 1917
James amongst a field of corn and pumpkins in about 1918
James in Plymouth, Indiana in 1917
James’ son, Jim Farndale who served in the US Army Air Corps 1942 to 1945
Jody, Janie, Gordon,
Alberta and Christina at Gordon’s 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.
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 again.
In 1919, he moved to the west coast to try to get to a better climate and to be near Edna's parents.
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.
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 reunion
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. This 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 veterans.
James’ letter to his brother Alfred in 1945
The boys of Tidkinhow in about 1910.
John, James, Alfred, William, George and inset Martin
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 – James with his brother John
At the ‘Club’ in Skelton during Jim’s 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 1938
From notes taken by Martin Farndale in Texas in July 1979 from Edna Farndale and Janie Rydell
22 December 1885 – Born at Tidkinhow
31 March 1911 Sailed to Canada on the SS Canada. See his diary.
Farmed with his brothers in Alberta, worked as a carpenter and was in real estate in Saskatchewan
1915 Dulath High School, USA
20 January 1916 Met Edna Adams at Valpraiso University, Indiana
Enlisted in US Army at Plymouth, Indiana
12 September 1917 Married Edna Adams
Posted to San Antonio, Texas and then to Dijon, France
1918 Visited Tidkinhow after the war ended
Returned to Indiana, Plymouth after leaving the army with lung trouble. Worked in carpentry
1919 Moved to Los Angeles. Built a house for his wife’s parents. Then built is own home.
1919 -1927 Jim worked in an architect’s office in Los Angeles, attending University of California
19 September 1922 - His daughter, Janie was born
25 December 1923 – His son Jim was born
19 December 1926 – Mary Ellen was born
May 1927 Moved to ranch in the desert because of health. Life was a struggle. Worked as a finish carpenter.
February 1928 Moved to Las Vegas and built a house.
1931 Visited Canada.
15 April 1923 Gordon was born.
Jim was working as a finish carpenter still, but also as business agent for the Carpenter’s Union. He became very active in the Boulder Dam
20 August 1935 Doris was born
1936 Elected to Nevada Assembly for a two year term.
1940 Elected again to Nevada Assembly for a two year term.
1942 to 1946 Member of the State Senate for a four year term.
1951 Summer visit to Canada with Janie and family
1954 Visited England
1955 Visited Canada with Janie and Mary
September 1955 Doris was killed in a car accident
1958 Jim’s brother Alf and Peggy visited
Jim was still active with the Carpenter’s Union, Housing Authority and Veterans. A member of the Governor’s Labour Council.
1961 Visited Canada
20 January 1967 Died at home, 922 San Casino, Central Boulevard, Las Vegas. Buried at Mountain View Gardens of Memory, Las Vegas. Service by the Reverend
Douglas Harrell of the First Methodist Church on 23 January 1967 at Bunker Brothers Chapel at 1pm.
Letter to his nephew, Martin Farndale in 1951
Letter to his brother Alfred and Peggy in 1965
Mary Ellen Farndale
John and Janie Rydell
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.
Las Vegas in 2016
Extract from the Las Vegas Review Journal 26 January 1967
22 January 1967
Las Vegas Review Journal Sunday 22
Concurrent Resolution No 9 - Senators Brown, Alleman, Bunker, Christensea,
Gibson, Hecht, Herr and Lamb
States Senate, Washington