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Carol E. Hackney, farmer

Carol Hackney
Carol Hackney

Carol Elizabeth Hackney, who worked in agriculture management and had a Carroll County farm, died of stroke complications Aug. 29 at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. The Eldersburg resident was 86.

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Judge H. Hamilton Hackney, who worked in Baltimore's juvenile court, and Alice Smith Hackney. The family owned Cold Saturday Farm in Finksburg and raised purebred Aberdeen Angus cattle.

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Miss Hackney was a 1948 graduate of the Garrison Forest School. She studied for a year at the old Western Maryland College and then earned a degree in animal husbandry at Iowa State University.

She joined the family cattle operation and worked in breeding, marketing and sales. She and other family members sold their cattle throughout the eastern United States and in Jamaica.

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Miss Hackney was a past secretary of the Eastern Aberdeen-Angus Association.

In 1974, after her mother's death, Miss Hackney lived on her own small farm in Eldersburg raising Morgan horses, including her beloved stallion, Blarney Stone, and her award-winning mare, Banbury Cross. She also named her farm Cold Saturday after the one where she was raised.

"Hackney's background in animal husbandry and love of horses led her to want to live on a farm similar to her childhood farm," said a 2007 Baltimore Sun article. "When she found her place in Eldersburg, she named it for her childhood home. She has some farm management helpers, but still takes pride in the day-to-day feeding and running of the farm operation on her 10 acres. ... Morgan horses, pugs and historic land and buildings are her first loves."

Family members said she was an advocate of agricultural land preservation and served on the board of the Carroll County Land Trust for many years. Her own farm, also known as the Bennett-Kelly Farm, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She placed it under a land trust easement.

She was passionate about animal welfare, serving on the board of the Carroll County Humane Society and working with many small-animal and horse rescues.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, where she had been a member for more than 70 years. She organized the church's annual Red Cross blood drive.

Survivors include two brothers, H. Hamilton Hackney of Lutherville and George Edgar Hackney of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Dr. Alice Hackney Altstatt of Finksburg; and eight nephews and nieces.

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