June 28, 1923
Death of Mr. Oscar F. Ferrell
At five o'clock Monday afternoon, June 25, 1923, Mr. Oscar F. Ferrell died at the family home at the southwest edge of Olathe at the age of 86 years eight months and 11 days. The funeral service was held from the home, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Scrivner. Burial was made in the Olathe cemetery.
Mr. Ferrell was known, not only in the family, but in the neighborhood, as "grand father" and all delighted in accosting the old gentleman as such.
He was born in Russell county, Va., October 14, 1836, and this was the home until 1888 when the family moved to Illinois. Then in 1901 he came to Brookfield, Mo., and in 1908 to the present home formerly known as the Benade farm.
In 1860 he was married to Miss Mary Cordell and to this union were born six children all of whom preceded him in death except Richard of the home address. Two grand children survive, Miss Belle Ferrell and Oscar Ferrell.
His second marriage was to Darthula Griffith, who died four years ago.
"Grandfather" was taken suddenly ill early Monday morning while out in the yard watching the men leave for the harvest field. He sufferend intensely throughout the day but death relieved him about five o'clock.
Mr. Ferrell had always been a farmer and live stock man - at both of which was successful to a great degree. The last few years wheat growing was the big item on the Ferrell farm and he with his sone and grandson all farmed together. It was nothing unusual for the Ferrells to have between 300 and 400 acres of grain. They are known as good farmers. They have plenty of good equipment, are hard workers, and seem to know just what to do in order to raise good crops.
While Mr. Ferrell himself had not been actively engaged in the farming for some years, his advice was sought on all questions and was invariably good. He was one of Natures own gentlemen - a finer man from every standpoint we have yet to meet than this gentleman of the old school.