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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Ralph B. Farquhar.

Ralph B. Farquhar, cashier of the Orient Savings Bank, and a progressive and enterprising young business man of the town of Orient, was born in Webster township, Madison county, Iowa, on the 23d of January, 1885, a son of Hugh B. and Katie C. (Hamm) Farquhar.  During his youthful days, which were spent in his parents' home, he acquired a public-school education, completing his studies in the Orient high school and in the Capital City Commercial College at Des Moines, whereby he was trained for the practical and responsible duties of a business career.  After completing his commercial course he entered the Winterset Savings Bank as bookkeeper, remaining in that position for two years.  He resigned later, however, and on the 14th of February, 1910, entered the Orient Savings Bank as cashier, in which capacity he has since continued.  Thus throughout his entire business experience he has been identified with banking and has gained comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the different phases of the business.  He is ever a courteous and obliging official, doing everything in his power to accommodate customers, while at the same time he carefully safeguards the interests of the institution which he represents.

On the 12th of June, 1907, Mr. Farquhar was united in marriage to Miss Grace B. Smith, of Orient, and to this union has been born a daughter, Irma Rea.  Mr. Farquhar exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party.  Two days after he had celebrated his twenty-first birthday he was initiated into Masonry and is now a member of Cypress Lodge, No. 539, F. & A. M., of which he served as master in 1913-14.  He is also a member of Lebanon Chapter, No. 11, R. A. M. of Winterset.  He is now serving as treasurer of the school board and is active in various plans and measures for the upbuilding and improvement of the town, cooperating heartily in all those things which are a matter of civic virtue and civic pride.  He has a handsome home in Orient and he and his wife occupy an enviable social position.



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