Major H. C. McDowell

Morning Herald
November 20, 1899
Lexington, Kentucky

Comrades Honor Him

Resolutions of Respect on the Death of Maj. H. C. McDowell
Funeral at noon today
Today at noon, twelve o'clock, the funeral services for Major H. C. McDowell will be held at Christ Church Cathedral.  Bishop Thomas U. Dudley will officiate, assisted by the Bishop of the Lexington diocese, Bishop Burton, and the Dean of the parish, Dean Lewis.  The interment will be in the Lexington cemetery

The active pall bearers will be: Lucas Broadhead, Arthur Cary, Captain James B. Clay, William J. Lewis, Dr. E. M. Wiley, Captain Thomas J. Bush, Mr. Horace Wilson, Thomas H. Clay, all of whom are from Lexington with the exception of Mr. Broadhead, who is from Spring Station, Woodford County, and Mr. Lewis, who lives at Woods lake, Franklin County where he was Major McDowell's neighbor for twelve years.

The honorary pall bearers will be:  Mr. Philip Bate, St John Boyle, Wm. C. Hall, Judge A. P. Humphrey, Col. J. Stoddard Johnston and Milton H. Smith of Louisville, and Dr. W. O. Bullock, George Copland, Major P. P. Johnston, Judge J. R. Morton, Joseph H. Woolfolk and Mayor Joseph B. Simrall of Lexington

Morning Herald
Fayette County, Kentucky
November 21, 1899

Beneath Flowers - Friends laid
Major H. C. McDowell in the Last Great Sleep

Beneath the clear skies of an almost summer afternoon, scarce without the shadow of the monumental shaft of the great commoner whose name he bore, the funeral rites of Major Henry Clay McDowell were concluded, his body committed to the grave with the solemn words of the minister, "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust."

There under the blue grass and beneath the mighty oaks of centuries, he will make his couch until the fulfillment of the promise that the "corruptible shall become incorruptible and the mortal shall put on immortality."

Around him he the innumerable sons of men who before today have entered into the secret of the grave.  Many of these surpassed him in the splendor of their achievements, but among them there is none more worthy of the just praise of man, if stainless honor, unselfish friendship and rare nobility are the attributes of manhood.

The funeral services were held shortly after the noon hour yesterday at the Christ Church Cathedral and were conducted by the Rev. Thomas U. Dudley, bishop of Kentucky, assisted by Bishop Burton and Dean Lewis of the Cathedral.  The service was according to the prayer book of the Episcopal church with all its impressive simplicity.  The bishops and the dean received the casket, draped in the country's flag, at the door of the church and proceeded down the aisle as the opening words of the service were said:  "I am the resurrection and the life."  It was a scene upon which heaven smiled in peace and sympathy, and for the first time in two days the sunlight streamed through the gothic windows of the old cathedral, fell among the shad0ws of its dark recesses and awoke the saintly memories reposing there.

The choir sang "perfect Peace," Lead Kindly Light" and "For all thy Saints:" the lesson was read from the Fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians, the prayers were said; the simple sermon was ended, and the procession passed on to the grave.  There was no funeral oration, no exploit of the deeds of the dead.  Here in his own home, among his own people who gathered by the hundreds irrespective of rank or position to render him a final homage, no such commendation was needed.  He was known of all who gathered at that solemn hour as one who "reverenced his conscience as his king." and did his duty as he saw it best, and it needed not the choice rhetoric of the scholar or the declamation of the orator to make more impressive the loss over which all hearts were weeping.

The services at the grave were as brief and simple as though that had preceded.  Assembled around were the family and immediate friends to perform the last duties of the living to the dead.  The casket was quietly lowered, into the open grave the pall bearers noiselessly dropped their crepe; Bishop Dudley threw upon the body the first handful of earth and said the final prayers; the choir softly sang "Peacefully sleep." while the grave was being covered with flowers, symbolic of the sentiments of sorrow-laden hearts.  It was ended, the lastly scene in the death of Major McDowell was complete, the record of his life was made.

And it is a record worthy of his name and his ambition, worthy of the affectionate esteem of his countrymen and the devotion of his friends, worthy of the everlasting adoration of his family to whom his memory is like unto the memory of some familiar star, whose kindly light has led them on and then vanished as the dawn approached - the record of a life of which it was said last night: "He was a man both great and good, and truly there is no one who can fill his place, for he belonged to that old school of gentlemen of which there remains but few.


The floral offerings were perhaps the most elaborate and profuse ever seen at a funeral in this city, many of which were sent from friends and relatives who lived away from Lexington.  Perhaps the two most conspicuous were those sent by the Kentucky Trotting Horse Breeders' Association with which Major McDowell had been prominently connected for a number of years, and by the emplo7ees of the Lexington and Eastern Railway, of which he was the President.  The former of these was a broken column about eight feet in height of white chrysanthemums, interwoven with roses, Lilies and ferns.  The latter was a design of the "Gates Ajar," made principally of bride roses, maiden hair fern and lilies of the valley.  A large anchor with a background of palm leaves was sent by the officers of the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, and a beautiful crown made of white roses was sent by Mr. and Mrs. James Rogers Barr.  The other designs of smaller sizes were very numerous and among the most beautiful ever seen here. The list of pall bearers has been printed.  Judge Humphries was to be one of them, but was unable to attend.

Among the out of town friends and kinsfolk of Major H. C. McDowell and family at the funeral yesterday were Mr. H. Smith, President of the Louisville an Nashville railroad, one the pall bearers; Maj0r William P. McDowell, wife and family, of Louisville; Dr Bland Ballard and sister Miss Fannie Ballard, of Louisville, and others.  Many friends were present from the county.

This family is part of my family and is well documented in my new Buford Families in America.  Martha McDowell is my gggGrandmother who was married to my  gggGrandfather Abraham Buford



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