This Family Heirloom Quilt was created by Betty Gipe for our 2000 Family Reunion Gallery.
This Family Heirloom Quilt was created by Betty Gipe for our 2000 Family Reunion Gallery.


"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.
One is roots and the other wings."

(taken from the front of 1970 Family Reunion Book)

Edward Ernest Faris     born in Medaryville, IN:  12/22/1876     died: 5/18/48
Nora Loretta Robinson Faris     born in Medaryville, IN: 11/09/1876     died:  1/24/53

Their Children:
Zelma             born in Medaryville, IN: 4/15/02     died:  4/18/97
Ruth Marjorie       born in Medaryville, IN: 1/11/04     died:  8/27/2002
Dora Mae        born in Medaryville, IN: 2/27/06     died:  7/02/2000
Roy Edward     born in Medaryville, IN:  12/03/07   died: 8/26/84
Calvin Leslie     born in Benchland, MT:   3/17/10     died: 6/16/92
Millard Robinson     born in Benchland, MT:   8/02/11    died: 1915
Lucille Grace     born in Benchland, MT: 7/08/14     died: 4/15/76
Mabel Esther     born in Moore, MT: 6/14/17    
Lois Catherine   born in Benchland, MT: 11/10/19     died: 10/19/06
George Robert   born in Benchland, MT:   8/29/23    died: 8/09/96
Donald Eugene  born in Benchland, MT:   10/26/25    died: 3/27/2003


Faris Family History as printed in 2005's Memorial Memory Card
Edward Faris and Nora Robinson met and married in Indiana.  Edward's parents, George Washington and Sarah Coppess Faris, were farmers. Early on, Edward worked on his parent's farm.  Longing for a place of their own, Edward and Nora moved to Montana in 1909 and engaged in wheat farming.

Edward and Nora had eleven children ( 6 girls and 5 boys).  In the summers, the Faris children would herd cows, tend gardens and pitch hay.  There was also time for rides in the red wagon, kick the can, tag, and hide and seek.  In the winter, Edward built his children home-made sleds.  The family played Parcheesi, Fox and Geese, Old Maid and Flinch in the evenings.  The girls had paper dolls cut from catalogs that they played with hours on end.

Neighbors called on Nora whenever there was a new baby coming.  She didn't claim to be a "mid-wife" but she helped the doctor bring several babies into the world.  One baby was so tiny they put it in a shoe box and put it on the oven door to keep warm.  Believe it or not--the baby lived.  Edward and Nora were both very helpful with any of the neighbors in times of sickness and death.  That was the way they all survived.

Sunday was always a day of rest.  The Faris' seldom missed going to Sunday school and church the year around.  After church, neighbors came for dinner.  Nora would read to her children on cold Sunday afternoons. Edward played the mouth harp... songs like Red Wing and Oh-Dem Golden Slippers.

Edward and Nora were easy going people.  Hard workers but easy to be around. 
 

"Life for the folks must have been quite difficult but I wasn't aware of it.  Life was so much slower paced than now.  We took time to smell the flowers. You did whatever you could and the rest waited until tomorrow."   Lois Faris Tucker - 1995 Reunion Musings and Memories.


 
Grandpa Ed Faris loved to play his mouth harp!
Grandpa Ed Faris loved to play his mouth harp!

Might want to learn the lyrics to Oh-Dem Golden Slippers because we're going to sing it during our Faris Family Follies
Might want to learn the lyrics to Oh-Dem Golden Slippers because we're going to sing it during our Faris Family Follies!

Go to youtube.com to listen to original tracks of Red Wing and Oh-Dem Golden Slippers. Have fun!
Go to youtube.com to listen to original tracks of Red Wing and Oh-Dem Golden Slippers. Have fun!

Photo by Emily Catherine Gage
Photo by Emily Catherine Gage