MRS. FARAGHER, FAMED |
FOR TEA PARTIES, DIES
'Grandma,' Pioneer in Lorain,
Stricken at Age of 88 Today
Ill Two Months
Confidante and Counsellor of
Entire Family Dies at Old Homestead
"Grandma" Faragher's daily tea "parties" are ended forever.
At 5:45 this morning, surrounded by four of her surviving children,
Mrs. Amelia C. Faragher, 88, affectionately known to four generations of
her family and hundreds of other Lorainites as "grandma," died in the
old family homestead at 1918 E. Erie-av.
Death came quietly after an illness which has lasted since the Monday
before last Thanksgiving. The aged pioneer died in the semi-conscious
state which has marked her seven-week illness.
Held Daily Teas for 70 Years
Mrs. Faragher was famous for the tea "parties" which she had held daily
for 70 years to members of her family, even to the fourth generation
The teas began shortly after she was married and were continued almost
daily until the first day of illness on Monday, Nov. 25.
"Grandma" was a life-long resident of Lorain-co. She was born on Dec.
27, 1842, the daughter of Theron and Delia Moore, in Sheffield-twp, near
what is now known as Cleveland Beach.
It was in Sheffield that she met and married John Faragher, sailor and
shipbuilder who had been born on the Isle of Man and migrated to United
States as a young man. Their wedding took place on Feb. 18, 1860. Mr.
Faragher died 40 years ago.
Two years after their marriage the young couple moved to what is now
Lorain but which was then the western end of Sheffield-twp. They built
a log cabin on the site now occupied by the home of L. A. Snell on E.
Lived in Log Cabin
It was in this cabin, that the pioneers spent the years of the Civil
war, which Mrs. Faragher recalled quite vividly. She remembered all of
the important battles, and the assassination of Lincoln at the close of
the war with sadness.
In 1865, Mr. and Mrs. Faragher bought the present home in which she
lived until her death.
After several years of shipbuilding, her husband turned to farming and
what is now the site of beautiful and modern homes, was the scene of his
Helped Found Church
When the Delaware-av M. E. Church was organized a half-century ago,
both Mr. And Mrs. Faragher took an active part in its foundation and at
the time of her death, Mrs. Faragher was one of the few surviving
charter members of that congregation.
The "Old Friends' circle," Lorain's sole pioneer society, was the only
other affiliation of the aged woman. Her death leaves only three
members in this "circle" which originally had a membership of 60 when
organized during the last century. These three are Mrs. Fannie Wilford,
Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Mrs. Emily Tilden Taft, all of Lorain.
The Party Daily Rite
The daily "tea party" was the biggest thing in "Grandma's" life. It
was at these daily affairs that her children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren gathered about her. To them it was a rite, which none
missed attending. They talked intimately. The confided their troubles
in "Grandma" at these times. They sought her advice and her sympathy,
which she, with rare kindness and understanding, gave willingly.
On her birthdays, the tea parties became somewhat more elaborate,. The
homestead was decorated with flowers and the children came with gifts
for their beloved "Grandma."
So great a part of her life had these teas become that even when
unconscious during her lengthy illness, she repeatedly asked if the
kettle had been put on the stove for tea. She also enquired whether
certain ones who were nearly always present for the "party" had arrived
The custom was originated by her husband. Coming in from the field in
the middle of the morning, he would stop long enough to sip a cup of tea
and "visit" for a few minutes. After his death, the custom was
continued by "Gram" and the children until it became a tradition that
was ended only by illness and death.
Living survivors who have all attended these parties, number 47. Four
of her children who were among the first to attend, are dead. There are
five children, 21 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Those children who are still living are Mrs. Nellie Crehore, Lorain;
Mrs. Delia Todd, Cleveland Heights; Mrs. Lottie Cameron, wife of A. E.
Cameron, Lorain banker; Bert Faragher and Theron Faragher, both of
Those who are dead were Dr. John Faragher, who was city dairy and food
inspector (this position is now held by Dr. W. H. Todd, a grandson);
Charles, Harry and Anna Faragher.
One Sister Survives
Mrs. Faragher was one of ---- children, but of this number only one,
Mrs. J. A. Hewitt, Cleveland Heights, remains.
Mrs. Faragher's kindness was not confined to her many descendants. She
always found time to help others. She was a good neighbor to all and
her anonymous deeds of charity are legion. She was "Grandma" to
hundreds because of her kind deeds and cheery nature.
A Boy's Tribute
The sentiment of these "neighbors" is expressed simply in the words of
a little newspaper carrier whose eyes glistened with the suspicion of a
tear today as he heard of "Grandma" death.
Swallowing his grief, the ---- said: "She was wonderful - had a cookie
settin' on the table inside the door every afternoon."
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Monday in the home with
Rev. H. J. Thompson, former Delaware-av M. E. Pastor, officiating. Rev.
Virgil Turner, present pastor, will assist. Interment, under direction
of Sidney B. Royce, will be in Garfield cemetery at Sheffield.
'GRANDMA' PASSES ON
Next to her daily tea parties, Mrs. Amelia 'Grandma" Faragher, 88,
pioneer Lorainite, who died early today, liked to sit in her home and
look out over Lake Erie. This picture shows "Gram" in her favorite
chair, before her favorite window."