Senator Thomas FARQUHAR

Male 1875 - 1962  (87 years)


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  • Name Thomas FARQUHAR 
    Prefix Senator 
    Born 1875  Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1962  Mindemoya Cemetery, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 24 Dec 1962 
    Person ID I13207  Manitoulin Roots
    Last Modified 17 May 2015 

    Father William FARQUHAR,   b. 12 Aug 1845, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1913, Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Jane NIXON,   b. 12 Aug 1849, Omagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1934, Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1870 
    Family ID F716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Kathleen WIBER,   b. 20 Apr 1885, Billings Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1907, Billings Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1907  Billings Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ontario Vital Records - Marriages #004 818 - 1907
      Thomas FARQUHAR, 32, born Barrie, Simcoe and Kathleen WIBER, 22, born Billings were married 1 June 1907 in Billings. Groom's Parents: William Farquhar and Jane Nixon. Bride's Parents: Walter Wyber and Mary Ellen Waterhouse. Witnesses: W. J. Farquhar and Florence Wyber, both of Billings.
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F5372  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Amy Florence WIBER,   b. 3 Jan 1891, Kagawong, Billings Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1964, Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1914  Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ontario Vital Records -Marriages #012 201 - 1914
      Thomas FARQUHAR, 29, bachelor, Agent, born Simcoe County and Florence A. WIBER, 24, born Kagawong were married 2 October 1914 at Little Current. Groom's Parents: Wm. Farquhar and Jane Mason. Bride's Parents: Walter Jno. Wiber and Mary Ellen Waterhouse. Witnesses: R.R. Wiber and Mary Thomson, both of Kagawong.
    Children 
     1. Stanley William FARQUHAR,   b. 1917, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1992, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. Ruth Marion FARQUHAR,   b. 23 Aug 1917, Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1997, Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Thomas Wiber FARQUHAR,   b. 11 May 1920, Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1998, Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. John FARQUHAR,   b. 1926, Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 2005, Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. Allan Russell FARQUHAR,   b. 20 Jul 1928, Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 2013  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2009 
    Family ID F3132  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Toronto Star, December 6, 1926
      Result Still Uncertain
      Sudbury, Ont., Dec. 5 - Figures from two of the five outstanding polls in Manitoulin have cut the majority of Thomas Farquhar, Prohibition candidate from 115 to 97. There are more than 100 votes in one of the three polls yet to be heard from.

      Manitoulin Expositor, July 13, 1939 (Jubilee Edition)
      Thomas Farquahar, M.P.
      Photo
      Born in Sicoe County, Mr. Farquhar came to the Island at the age of two years and lived here until he was 21, after which he spent a few years in the mining districts of British Columbia. Coming East again, Mr. Farquhar lived in Sault Ste. Marie for 15 years and was herre elected alderman and served from 1918-1919 in this capacity. In 1920 he was elected Mayor for one term after which Mr. Farquhar returned to the Manitoulin Island and was electer (sic) reeve of Carnarvon Township, a position he held from 1923 until 1926 at which time he was elected Member of Legislative Assembley from 1926 to 1929. At this time Mr. Farquhar was elected member of the house of Commons, and is still serving as a representative for the riding.
      Mr. Farquhar has been actively engaged both in farming and business while one ht eIsland and is at present owner of a dairy farm at Mindemoya and a dairy and pastuerizing plant at Little Current.

      Manitoulin Expositor, July 13, 1939 (Jubilee Edition)
      Killarney
      Photo
      Reeve Peter Solomon
      The first settler and pioneer settled here in 1820, making this one of the oldest villages on the North Shore of the Georgian Bay.
      For a number of years, Killarney was halfway for the exchange of mails, carried from Sault St. Marie and Penetang.
      It is authentic that the early voyageurs and missionaries who came down the French River on their way to the west, made this a resting place.
      Later Killarney becauseone of the most important fishing stations on the Great Lakes with some 50 sailboats fishing form this port. The sailboats of yesterday are gone and the gas boat has come and to-day Killarney ships large quanities (sic) of white fish and trout to the American markets.
      Killarney has a population nearing 500 and never had a resident of this village have petitioned the government for a road but without success. OUr present member of the Federal Government, Mr. Thos. Farquhar who will go down is (sic) history in securing a telephone line, and daily mail, for the summer months.
      In 1929 the village was incorporated into a municipality, (Township of Rutherford and George Island).
      The first Reeve was Mr. Alfred Roque who served 3 terms succeeded by Mr. Jesse Lehman 2 terms, Edward Pausseau 1 term and Mr. Peter Solomon present Reeve 4 terms. George Pitfield has been clerk for 5 years. J. Howe 3 terms; and Thos. Jackman I while the present clerk Mr. Robert Loosemore has been councillor for 6 years, and is still on the list of councillors.
      Today Killarney boasts of telephone service daily mail, four most modern fishing tugs, some of the fastest gas boats on the bay, and 35 radio, modern two roomed school up-to-date Parish Hall and talkies.
      The names of our present council are:
      Mrs. H.A. Loosemore councillor; Thaddeus De Lamorandiere councillor; Wm. Low Jr. Councillor; Joseph Low Councillor; Norbert Loosemore Clerk and Treasurer; P.J. Solomon Reeve.

      Manitoulin Expositor, September 16, 1948
      Senator "Tom" Is Island Son
      Manitoulinites heard last Friday with a great deal of pleasure, but without surprise, the announcement by Prime Minister King that Island son Thos. F. Farquhar, M.P., had been elevated to the Senate. Senator Farquhar's appointment had been rumored for more than six months. He is 73.
      A leading figure in Algoma political life for more than 30 years, he was deluged with congratulations and best wishes from all parties and from the thousans of friends he has made over the years throught the district.
      Son of pioneer settlers at Kagawong, Senator Farquhar was raised and received his early education there. He left home in 1896 to spend seven years mining and propecting in the Kootenay district of British Columbia. About 1908 he moved to Sault Ste. marie where he carried on a clothing business. He gave up his business in 1922 because of ill health and moved back to the Island to buy and operate a farm at Mindemoya.
      Senator and Mrs. Farquhar have resided in Little Current for a number of years now. Four sons Stan, Tom Jr., John and Allan, and one daughter Ruth (Mrs. J. Ashley) are all residents of Manitoulin.
      Senator Farquhar is president of the firm of Thos. Farquhar and Sons operating farm and dairy enterprises on the Island. Elder and younger sons Stan and Allan operate Farquhar's Dairy, Little Current, and Tom Jr. and John the Farquhar Farms at Mindemoya. The company has the only government accredited herd of dairy cattle on Manitoulin more than 100 purebred Ayrshires, and about 440 head of beef cattle. The Senator has retained his early interest in mining as president of Farquhar Mines Ltd. with gold properties north of the Soo.
      His political career bgan in Sault Ste. Marie where he was elected to council as alderman in 1908 and 1919 and served as mayor in 1920 and 1921. He ran for the Ontario Legislature on the Liberal ticket in 1922 and was defeated in a three-cornered fight.
      After retuning to Manitoulin in 1922, he was elected reeve of Carnarvon Township 1923-24-25-26. In 1926 he ws elected to the provincial house. The 1929 polls hottest everr on the island, proed a set back when he was defeated by the narrow margin of three votes.
      He was elected member of parliament in Federal election of 1935 in 1940 and again in 1945. His appointment to the Senate is for life.

      Article, uncited, Memories of War Scrapbook by Lois Morphet, transcribed by Marilyn Irish
      Foster-ship of the Island, H.M.C.S. "Manitoulin" Pays Visit Her, Last Thursday (handwritten Oct. 8, 1942)
      Three long and two short blasts from the whistle at the coal hoist announced the arrival of the island-adopted minesweeper "Manitoulin" last Thursday. As soon as she came in sight of the tug and dredge. These also blew the signal of welcome. The only answer received from the minesweeper was the sound of hissing steam as something had gone wrong with the siren. However, this was repaired before she left town Friday morning and she sent out the navy's usual salute with her deep-throated siren.
      The quai was decorated with flags and garlands in preparation for the visit and long before the arrival of the boat, the streets of the town were thickly lined by parked cars, buses and trucks. It is the first time in the town's history that such a great number of persons attended a public event.
      People were noticed from every part of the Island, some having trekked great distances in the beautiful autumn weather to witness this historical event.
      The minesweeper looked trim and businesslike in her white paint with light green camouflaging patterns painted on her sides. Furthermore, the canvas-shrouded cannon looked effective. It would take very little work to fit her out for the grim work for which she is intended.
      Slowly and surely, the trim craft edged into the quai and was soon officially listed as docking at 2.45 p.m.
      Mr. A.J. Wagg, chairman of the Island Salvage Committee, boarded her and invited the clergy to join him. He also acted as chairman throughout the ceremonies. Mr. Thos. Farquhar, M.P., gave the address of welcome. Commander Turner answered whereafter Lieutenant Atkinson spoke to the members of the committee and the citizens. The Manitoulin was then commissioned and the white ensign raised.
      After the visiting clergy were introduced, Rev. A.J. Bruce, Gore Bay offered the prayer for safe voyage and return. Mr. Lyle Sims, spoke first in behalf of the Canadian Legion and later as the representative of the Town of Little Current.
      Indian Chief J. Peltier then gave a short address finishing off with the Lord's Prayer, whereafter he presented the beautiful black and silver insignia to the officers. This insignia was a hand-carved shield about 2' x 2 1/2' with two tomahawks in silver crossing seven wavy lines. The Tomahawks represent the striking power of the navy above and below the water while the wavy lines, the seven seas. Underneath were the words "Follow On". The insignia was placed in front of the bridge.
      Rev. Miss M. Collins, Manitowaning, then presented a bible to Lieutenant Atkinson. Lieutenant Atkinson thanked the people of the Manitoulin. Mr. A. J. Wagg then held up a cardboard box containing a bible for every man aboard.
      The ceremonies thus being over, the assembly sang "God Save The King".
      The merchants in town deserve credit for the attractive and festive windows presented for the occasion.
      In the evening a Bingo and Dance was held in Shaftesbury Hall and the proceeds will be used for comforts for all on board the minesweeper "Manitoulin".
      Before the arrival in Little Current