Our towns: Farwell family-oriented community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell The Old Country Store in Farwell is owned and operated by the Koehn family. The store sells homemade clothes, knick knacks and food, such as muffins, burritos and lasagna. Cyrus Koehn referred to Farwell residents as friendly, down-to-earth people.

Alisa Boswell

Along with many of the smaller communities in eastern New Mexico, bordering town, Farwell, Texas, is another town filled with kind, caring people, according to its residents.

“I’ve been in the area most of my life,” said 39-year resident Cynthia Trower. “It’s just a friendly little country town. A lot of the families are related and a lot of the people know each other and that makes it easier to make friends.”

Farwell, the county seat for Parmer County, was named after brothers/businessmen Charles and John Farwell, who were given land in Parmer County as payment for building the capitol building in Austin, Texas, according to Trower.

“It’s a farming and ranching community. A lot of people are involved in showing their livestock,” Trower said. “We have a little country store that’s open every day at lunch time and they serve a daily special. A lot of the farmers get up early and go have their coffee in the coffee shop before going to business.”

Trower said as far as she can tell, most people in Farwell, accept people with open arms.

“It’s a great little community. Everyone tries to get along,” said Farwell High School Principal Brian Patterson, who moved to Farwell two years ago. “It’s a more family-oriented community. Everybody here seems to help each other and take care of each other. It’s a very caring community.”

Trower and Patterson said along with the town being involved in livestock shows and 4-H and FFA events, it also joined Texico in holding the annual Border Town Days event.

Patterson said the school system is also very active and successful in the University Intershcolastic League (UIL), which includes competitions in numerous academic fields, such as debate, public speaking, poetry and prose, writing, computer applications and more.

“We are very successful in academics. We went to a tournament in Post, Texas, and we won the whole contest,” Patterson said. “Last year, we sent 32 kids to the state tournament. We had a lot of top five finishers.”

Patterson said the school has regular athletic events locally throughout the year and Trower said the town also includes a city park.

“We have several churches here that people get involved with and if people join the church, that just leads to getting to know more people,” Trower said. “The people I talk to are involved in one thing or another and that gets them involved with getting to know people.”