Mrs. W. A. Farquhar

1866 - 1961

Source: K. Keele, <jrkkee @ centex.net>, April 2004

The Lampasas Record.....March 1960

San Saba Pioneer Marks 94th Birthday

San Saba (SC) - With smiling Irish eyes, Mrs William A. Farquhar says that, to live a long life, one should keep active and stay out in the fresh air.

She will be 94 years old today.

Known to her friends as Aunt Ellie, she moved from Lampasas to San Saba in 1947. J.R. Riggs, grand-nephew of her late husband, and his family live nearby. Mrs. Farquhar's family includes a niece, Mrs. C.T. Steffey of Burnet, two nieces in Ft. Worth, niece and nephew in Idaho and nephew in Montana.

The former Miss Eleanora Keating was born March 15, 1866, near Kaufman on the Trinity River. Her mother and three brothers farmed in Burnet and Lampasas counties after the death of her father, William J. Keating, who came to Texas from Tennessee.

School term for the sprightly pioneer was three months of the year. Heated by a fireplace, the one-room log house with single door and window, had split log seats with no backs or desk areas.

She was married to William Anderson Farquhar, who was a native of Alabama, in Burnet County December 27, 1891.

Until the last two years she has voted. "I think I will leave that to the rest of the world this year," she said. Although she sees no great difference in the two leading political parties, she adds, "Presidents cannot keep us out of war."

"All I know about today's young people is what I've read. I'm sure they are no better or worse than they've always been - just more of them," she affirmed.

Springtime means garden time, for Mrs. Farquhar grows a rose garden each year. "I will have to piece on my quilt and read the daily paper until pretty weather," she said. Using the modern conveniences of electricity, she finds her housework much improved from the days of cooking on an open fire.

"I have been blessed with good health, and I am thankful for the kind of country I live in," she said "I have tried to live the life of a Christian as best that I know how." Mrs. Farquhar has been active in the Baptist Church.

 

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Obituary

The Lampasas Record.....December 1961

Mrs. W.A. Farquhar Buried at Cauble

Mrs. W.A. Farquhar, longtime resident of Burnet County, passed away December 25 in a local hospital, following a short illness. She was born March 15, 1866 in Kaufman County, Texas, and made her home in the Lake Victor community for many years. Mrs. Farquhar was a member of the Baptist Church. Her husband, Mr. W.A (Bill) Farquhar preceded her in death in 1926.

Surviving her are numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 27, 1961, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lake Victor with the Rev. George Brown officiating. Interment was in Cauble Cemetery with the Edgar Funeral Directors in charge.

Pallbearers were M.D. Riggs, Byron Jenkins, E.G. Riggs, Alvin Peacock, Rufus Riggs and Denton Farquhar.

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