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Lancaster bids farewell to Margaret Carr



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Margaret Carr reading a copy of the Coös County Democrat around the time she stopped writing her Lancaster news column in 2011 at the age of 100. Carr died Palm Sunday at the age of 102. (See obituary on page A2) File photo. (click for larger version)
April 16, 2014
LANCASTER–Lancaster and the Coös County Democrat lost one of its own on Palm Sunday when Margaret Carr died in Whitefield at the Morrison at the age of 102—just a few weeks shy of her 103rd birthday.

Carr was a remarkable repository of local history and a writer without peer in the local area, who wrote for the Democrat for over 40 years, retiring from her position of Lancaster correspondent in the fall of 2011 at the age of 100, when she received a visit from current and past editors of the Democrat thanking her for her years of service. It was a humbling moment to be with her.

"What a sweetheart she was," former owner and publisher John Harrigan said on Monday. "I was so lucky to have worked with her. She was not just a correspondent. Her style and prose were such a treat."

No one was sure when Mrs. Carr started writing for the Democrat. Harrigan said she was already on board when he bought the paper and she was here when he sold it.

"She knew everything and everyone," Harrigan said. "Even though she rarely made a mistake in her writing sometimes I would find an excuse to call her to talk to her."

Her love of local history inspired others, including Sen. Jeff Woodburn, who interviewed her several times while working as a reporter here. He took a moment Monday to reflect on her.

"I count myself lucky to have known and been a colleague of Margaret Carr," Woodburn said. "No one knew more or cared more about Lancaster than Mrs. Carr. She represented an era when newspapers were hyper local; focused on people and communities. She lived a long, full life and leaves an important legacy."

Harrigan echoed Woodburn's sentiments.

"She lived a rich and full life," Harrigan said. "I'm damn tickled to have been part of it."

Carr's obituary is on page A2. Calling hours are today from 5 to 8 p.m. and her funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

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