Agnes Farrar was born in Salem, Oregon to John Field Farrar and Abbie (Hatch) Farrar. She had one sister, Edyth (Farrar) Wilkerson (1871-1950) and three brothers, John Hatch Farrar (1872-1951), Dee Farrar (1879-1952) and Herbert Edwin Farrar (1883-1976). Agnes died 4 Jul 1894 while in San Francisco.
In 1890 Agnes worked in the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill as the drawer-in, in the loom department. In 1892 a Portland City Directory lists Agnes and her sister Edith as seamstresses for their mother, Mrs. Abbie H Farrar a dressmaker. They are all living at 449 Washington St in Portland and the business was run from there as well.
Newspaper articles show Agnes traveling to visit family but no mention of her health. She died very young, 19 years and 8 months. No cause for her death was mentioned in the newspaper, she was in San Francisco when she died. There may have been ties there as a couple of her brothers spent time there as well.
Both sides of her family were well known pioneers. Her father’s family, the Farrar’s, came from England in 1848. They first settled in Lawrence, MA. The family came west and were in Salem by the 1860’s. Agnes mother’s family were in the Willamette Valley homesteading in 1842. The Hatch family also has a rich history in the area.
Portland City Directory
Farrar Agnes, seamstress Mrs. A. H. Farrar, bds 449 Washington
1880 – Farrar Agnes, age 5, res Commercial, Salem OR