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Title: Edward L. Faunce

Dates: 1881-1922

Collection Number: 00092

Quantity: 43 images

Abstract: Family portraits and interior and exterior images of the Faunce stores and home.

Provenance: unknown

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From the Bismarck Tribune, Saturday December 21, 1940

E. L. Faunce, 85, pioneer carpenter and businessman of Bismarck, died in a local hospital Saturday of heart disease. He suffered an attack at his home, 800 First St., three days ago.

His death follows, by a little more than a month, that of his wife, who died Nov. 14, also of a heart ailment. They had celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary last February 12. His own 85th birthday occurred last Sunday.

Mr. Faunce stopped off at Bismarck in 1880 to visit his sister. At the time he was en route to San Francisco, where he expected to take passage on a ship in pursuit of his calling, which was that of a ship’s carpenter.

But the lure of virgin prairies and of the new country proved stronger than the sea and he had lived here ever since.

Because of his skill with tools he easily found work. In later years he recalled that he had helped build the old Burleigh County courthouse. While working there he fell from the top of the structure but a scaffolding broke his fall and he escaped with a broken leg.

His marriage to Hattie Bentley, daughter of Dr. W. A. Bentley, pioneer physician, was an event of 1882. They had no children.

The original home of Mr. Faunce was New Bedford, Mass., famous port for whaling vessels. As a boy, in the days of wooden ships and iron men, Mr. Faunce went often to the waterfront, where ships docked after voyages to the far parts of the world.

He was apprenticed to a relative, who taught him the carpenter trade and, when opportunity offered, sailed as a ship’s carpenter in a whaling vessel which was commanded by an old friend of the family.

That voyage lasted three years and took him around the world. For months at a time the ship was out of sight of land as it pursued its hunt for the monsters of the deep.

Taken ill with a skin disease, Mr. Faunce was put ashore on an island near New Zealand where he lived for months with a man, who was alone there with thousands of sheep. Only the wool was of value and after shearing the old sheep would sometimes be driven over a cliff and into the sea.

He was suffering from a skin ailment and the sheepherder treated it with a crude oil preparation, smearing it all over the patient’s body. After he had recovered and while he was waiting for his ship to return, Mr. Faunce hunted wild boars on horseback, using a spear as a weapon. It was a dangerous and exciting sport.

When whales were sighted, Mr. Faunce recounted, the small boats would put off from the ship for the hunt. Once when he was in a small boat, a whole school of whales rose from beneath the water and the boat was caught between two of the giant mammals. They were so close on either side that he could have touched them by putting out his hand.

Several times, during the long voyage, ships were chartered to send the whale oil back to New Bedford.  When his ship finally abandoned the Antarctic seas and set sail for home, it sailed across the Pacific Ocean, made the stormy passage around Cape Horn, and did not see land again until it reached New Bedford.

During his time at sea, Mr. Faunce made numerous tools from the ivory and bones of captured whales and acquired a collection of curios which he delighted to show to visitors and which he still had at the time of his death.

After a period as a carpenter, Mr. Faunce established a business in Bismarck for the sale of paint, glass and furniture and also became interested in real estate. He retired from business shortly after the close of the World war because of ill health.

The Faunces had no children and little could be learned immediately about his surviving relatives. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. W. A. Falconer, 201 Avenue E, and Mrs. J. B. Belk, 710 Fourth St.

Hattie Fidelia Bentley was born February 12, 1860 to Emily A. (White) and William A. Bentley who came to Bismarck in 1877. Their five Bentley children were: Hattie F., Nellie S., Emma E. (married William A. Falconer), Charles A., and Miriam H. (married John B. Belk).


00092-01              Mrs. (Hattie) E. L. Faunce
00092-02              Charles A. Bentley, Hattie’s brother. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N.D.
00092-04              Dr. William A. Bentley, Hattie’s father
00092-07              Portrait of a woman. Photographer: O. S. Goff, Bismarck, D.T.
00092-08              Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Faunce February 11, 1888, 6th anniversary. Photographer: Judkins, Bismarck
00092-09              Mrs. C. A. Lounsberry
00092-10              Portrait of young boy. Photographer: O. S. Goff, Bismarck, D.T.
00092-11              Baby portrait. Photographer: O. S. Goff, Bismarck, D.T.
00092-13              Dr. William A. Bentley. Photographer: L. D. Judkins, Bismarck, D.T.
00092-14              Frank Donnelly February 23, 1896. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N. Dak.
00092-15              Miriam H. Bentley, age 15, 1896. Capitol Photo Co., Bismarck, N. Dak.
00092-16              James Heugher
00092-18              Portrait of a man. Photographer: F. Jay Haynes, Fargo, D.T.
00092-19              Hattie J. Brown
00092-23              Bessie Goff. Photographer: O. S. Goff, Bismarck, D.T.
00092-24              Miriam Bentley, age 2 years, 5 months, May 1883. Photographer: O. S. Goff, Bismarck, D.T.
00092-25              Portrait of a young man. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N.D.
00092-27              Abbey, granddaughter of William Addison Bentley, pioneer physician and mayor of Bismarck (ND)
00092-28              Roger Weaver. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N.Dak.
00092-29              Hattie Faunce
00092-30              Hattie F. Bentley, Summer 1881. Photographer: O. S. Goff, Bismarck, D.T.
00092-31              Hattie Faunce. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N.D.
00092-32              J. M. Belk. Photographer: Haynes
00092-33              Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Bentley 25th (Silver Anniversary) wedding gifts, December 11, 1881. Photographer: O. S. Goff, Bismarck, D.T.
00092-34              The Old Gang at Faunces October 20, 1922
00092-35              E. L. Faunce home, South Dartmouth, Mass.
00092-36              Faunce home interior 1884. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N.D.
00092-37              Bay window in Faunce home 1884. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N.D.
00092-38              Faunce home sitting room 1884. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N.D.
00092-39              Faunce home interior 1884. Photographer: W. H. DeGraff, Bismarck, N.D.
00092-40              Faunce and Bannerman Paint Shop 1884
00092-41              Faunce and Brown Glass House 1890
00092-42              Faunce and Brown Glass House interior
00092-43              Faunce Store

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