Biography of Frank J. Farr
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FRANK JOSEPH FARR
An identification with the east dating back to his earliest recollections and affectionately deepened through the bonds of an ancestral association with colonial history met with an abrupt termination when Mr. Farr was brought west by his parents in very early life. Born at Westmoreland, Cheshire county, N. H., March 1, 1853, he was a son of David E. and Louisa B. (Pierce) Farr, both natives of New Hampshire and descendants of early settlers of that commonwealth. Possessed of an adventurous temperament, the father had become interested in tales concerning the discovery of gold in California and had arranged his affairs in the east with a view to settling on the Pacific coast. However, after he and his family had started on their long journey and had covered a considerable distance, news came to them concerning the Mountain Meadow massacre. The harrowing story of suffering, privation, anguish and death so affected the prospective Argonaut that he retraced his steps as far as Independence, Mo., where he established a home for the family The town was very small, but he earned a livelihood by dint of assiduous labor and until his death about 1873 he remained quietly in that town with the exception of the period of his service in the army during the Civil war. For many years he was survived by his wife, who was a native of Keene, Cheshire county, N. H., and died in Missouri in 1889.

Upon completing the studies of the common schools and entering upon the task of earning a livelihood, Frank Joseph Farr embarked in the occupation of an apiarist and this he has continued up to the present time. While still a resident of Missouri he married in 1879 Miss Imogene Warren, who was born in New York City, March 1, 1854, being a daughter of Charles B. and Ann C. (Gaskell) Warren, natives of New Jersey. Her father, who was born August 16, 1818, followed the westward tide of migration and identified himself with the material upbuilding of Missouri. Eventually in 1887 he came to California and in this state he died January 31, 1889. His wife was born January 27, 1820, and died April 12, 1901. The eldest son and only surviving child of Frank Joseph and Imogene Farr is Charles E., born at Independence, Mo., in 1881, and educated in Southern California schools. By his marriage to Retta A. Boyd, a native of Indiana, he is the father of three children; the family reside at East San Gabriel in this state. The two younger children in the Farr family were Walter, born in Missouri in 1884 and died in infancy; and Stella May, born in Los Angeles in 1886 and removed by death from the home at the age of five years.

Seven years after his marriage Mr. Farr brought his family to California and settled in Los Angeles county, where he established an apiary. A residence of six years in the same location was followed by a sojourn of one year in Utah, from which state he came to Elsinore, his present home and business headquarters. Five different yards, from three to five miles out of town, are utilized for his bees. At this writing he has about seven hundred stands, a fair yield from which would be sixty seven thousand two hundred pounds. When an abundance of moisture causes flowers, plants and vegetation to flourish, the expense of the bees is nominal, but during seasons of prolonged drought it is necessary to give special care to these diminutive manufacturers of honey and in the course of one of these dry years Mr. Farr fed to the bees four thousand pounds of sugar. The care of the apiary requires all of his time and leaves him no leisure for participation in fraternal affairs or in politics, yet he is always ready to support measures for the material or educational upbuilding of his home town and has proved a progressive citizen during the ten years of his association with the locality.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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