More of the Late J. G. Follansbee, Daily Racing Form, 1914-12-19


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MORE OE THE LATE J. G. FOLLANSBEE. The funeral of the late John Grant Follansbee took place yesterday forenoon from Grace Church; in Broadway, New York, and was attended not only by those with which he became intimate with through racing, but by many prominent persons in other spheres of life who claimed friendship with him. Particulars of his career in addition to what Daily Racing Form has already .published, are furnished in an article written for the New York Telegraph by Harry M. Williams, herewith reproduced: "In the death of John G. Follansbee the American turf lost one of Its most delightful characters and there passed a man who in a long and useful life played his part with an upright courage that will long be remembered. Ranchman, scout, soldier ami scholar, there was not a line of endeavor In which he did not succeed, and his memory will ever be green with all who had the good fortune to know li ini. "John Follansbee was lorn in California, on October 3. 1851, and after a boyhood . .In. the Far West he finished his schooling at Harvard, from which college he was graduated in 1S80. From earliest childhood a life in the open made him a physical giant among his fellows, and he was a valued member of the varsity eleven in his last year ot college. "At the conclusion of his. college, career he returned to the West where, in the employ of the late James Ben AH Haggin. he became a California ranchman in Lower California and Mexico, in the days when the ranchman had to-be a cowboy-as well. Later he was associated with the late Hon. George Hearst, then a member of the United States Senate, and through this connection he became interested in Mexican mining ventures,- where lie made several fortunes in mining and ranching. "He was a courier with General Miles and General Crook in the campaign against Geroninio, and It was largely through his knowledge-of the country and his courage and ability that a capture was finally effected. At the outbreak of the Kpanish-Amerlcan war he was a volunteer and he saw sec-vice in Cuba, where he . was distinguished for his bravery. "A charter member of the Jockey Club, he owned and raced many a good horse and no silks were more popular than his his "crimson and black stripes." Among the good horses that raced under these silks were Gloaming, Roehamptou, Cameron. Ahumada, Astarlta, Moon Daisy. Keynote, Daisy Green and others. It wits Astarlta that won the first running of the Astoria Stakes. Ahitmada won a Carter Handicap, and Gloaming was off the time of Lamplighter and of like quality. "Mr. Follansbee always took the liveliest interest in racing, and was at one time a steward of the National Steeplchase and Hunt Associatl6n. While not a steward of the Jockey Club he frequently held the proxies of absent members and for a considerable time filled the chair of John Sandford, during that gentlemans absence abroad. lie was a member of the Union, Brook and Manhattan clubs and at the time of Ills death president of the Juarez Jockey Club,, in which he was a considerable stockholder. "He was a nephew of the late Janies R. Keeno and leaves two sisters, one the wire of the Rev. Louis Bredin Delop, of London. Eng., and the other the wife of Dr. Frederic Winslow Hatch, ot Sacre-niento, Cal."

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