Peninnah Farr

Mrs. Peninnah M. (Cain) Farr was born in Knox county, Ohio, Jan. 7th, 1843. In 1846 her parents came to Illinois and in June 1847 located in Astoria. On October 7th, 1862 the subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Jno. Farr. To this union four children were born: Arthur D., Rilla Bertha, Cooper C., and Earl D. The eldest, Arthur D., died in infancy. Three children with the husband remain to mourn their deep loss. In 1859 when the summer time of life was near, she surrendered her life of promise to the demands of the Savior of men and began the work for Christ, which never [lapsed] till thirty-two years of mingled joy and grief and toil brought the welcome summons: "Come up higher." She died April 9th, 1893, aged fifty years, three months and two days. For two years she had been a constant sufferer, but despite her affliction she was the sunshine of the home. Her face bespoke the brightness of her pure life, and the grasp of her hand indicated the greatness of her heart. She was friend, neighbor, helper, mother, wife and christian in the true sense, and we believe her eternal happiness is sealed in her death; therefore, we sorrow not as those who have no hope. The funeral services were held at the Christian church by D. E. Hughes, after which the remains were taken to Vermont for interment.

Sleep, mother sleep!
And when our lives of pain are gone
We'll find what we thought death to be
The token of eternal dawn.


Published in the Astoria Argus on 4/13/1893

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