Contributed by D.L. Cohagan, M.D., Bentonville, Arkansas
I am attaching a photograph (ca. 1900) of my namesake and great-great grandfather, Donald Farrington, born and died in Winchester, Illinois (1838-1912). He was a blacksmith and had ten children with his wife Minerva Gibler (1848-85). Don fought throughout the Civil War with the 129th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, mustering in 1862 as a private, and mustering out as a Corporal in June, 1865. He lost his left arm but remained strong enough to swim across the Illinois River near Winchester.
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Contributed by Melvin R. Ward, Saint Cloud, Florida
This is a photo of John Hemm (born 1834, Loretto, Pennsylvania) and his wife Elizabeth Fox (born 1839, Ohio). The photo was taken in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Elizabeth was a strong energetic woman. When they had trouble with cattle rustlers in the 1890s, she would grab a rifle, saddle a horse, and keep watch over the cattle all night long, so that the men would be able to work during the day. She would have been in her sixties at that time and was around 100 when she died.