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 William Talafaro Farrar

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William Talafaro Farrar

Birth
Benton County, Arkansas, USA
Death 1910 (aged 53–54)
Washington County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
Plot Rugel #1;Section:19;Plot:8
Memorial ID 14235922 View Source

Son of Junius Henry Farrar and Catherine "Cassie" Nail.
Married Dora Belle Dailey on December 12, 1883, in Washington County, Arkansas.
Father of four children.

The Springdale News
February 4, 1910

Obit:
FARRAR, W.T. –Again has it most forcibly been brought home to the people of Springdale that "in the midst of life we are in death." W.T. Farrar, who a few short hours before, was in his customary health and going about his business affairs as usual, was lying at the Sanitarium a corpse Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock. Mr. Farrar was first taken ill about 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and a physician was summoned to his assistance at the Farmers & Merchants Bank. It was deemed advisable to remove him to the Sanitarium where he could have better attention and after arriving there and restoratives being administered he appeared to improve but the improvement was of short duration and he soon grew worse and quickly expired. Mrs. Farrar and her eldest son, Claire, reached his side shortly before the end came. Mr. Farrar apparently realized that the end had come for he remarked to friends that this attack would kill him. For a number of years he had been afflicted with stomach trouble but the immediate cause of his death was heart failure. The body was embalmed and removed to the family residence about 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church this afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by W.H. Johnson of Fort Smith, who was a former resident of Springdale and a close personal friend of the deceased. Interment in Bluff Cemetery. Mr. Farrar was one of nine children born to Junius and Cathrine Farrar, and first saw the light of day December 2, 1856, two and a half miles north of Elm Springs in Benton County. His life on the farm was not different from that which falls to the lot of the average Arkansas farmer's boy. He worked on the farm and attended the country school at intervals until he was 23 years of age. Believing there were better opportunities for him in the mercantile business than on the farm, in 1880 he went to Elm Springs and with Pen Reed and Frank Wasson began business under the firm name of Farrar, Reed & Wasson. Their stock consisted of general merchandise and they had about $1500 invested. After remaining here for two and a half years and feeling that he wanted a larger field, March 27, 1883 Mr. Farrar came to Springdale and accepted a position as clerk in the mercantile establishment of P. McGannon at a salary of $25 per month. When Mr. Farrar came to Springdale his total assets were $1300. He worked for Mr. McGannon for two years and for one year traveled for F. Smith & Son, wholesale grocers of St. Louis. August 6, 1886 he purchased the hardware business of D. Zerboni and Brother and thus laid the foundation for his fortune. In March 1897 Art and Bert Lewis were taken in as partners. Later they purchased the stock of dry goods, clothing, etc., in the adjoining building, both of which were sold in March 1907 to R.C. Clark, Jas. Hawn, J.W. Curtis and E.R. Cummings. After the sale of this business Mr. Farrar gave his attention to the affairs of the Farmer & Merchants Bank of which he was president and in which he had held a controlling interest since its organization August 6, 1894. He was also interested in the hardware and furniture business of W.T. Farrar & Co. at Fayetteville and was also a stockholder in the Bank of Westville of Westville, Ok. and likewise a stockholder in a bank at Exeter, Mo. Mr. Farrar was unusually successful in all his business affairs and leaves a fortune estimated at $200,000. Some four or five years ago Mr. Farrar executed a will and in this document it is presumed he named an executor but just who was named or what the provisions of the will are will not be known until the document is probated. The business enterprises in which Mr. Farrar was interested will be continued right along without interruption as there are men connected with the various enterprises who are entirely capable of managing the same. Dec. 12, 1883 W.T. Farrar was united in marriage to Miss Dora Daily at the home of the latter a short distance east of town. To them were born four children, three sons and one daughter, Claire, Frank, Jewel and Hal. The daughter died Jan. 6, 1906 at the age of 8 years. Her death was due to throat trouble and heart failure and was quite sudden. Mr. Farrar was at Bentonville on business when her death occurred and the family has never yet entirely recovered from the shock. Deceased is also survived by four brothers, Clark and Jas. Farrar, who reside near Hillsboro, Texas, and Jack and Sam Farrar, residing near Dinuba, Cal. There is also a sister, Mrs. Crank, living on Osage in Benton County. There goes out from the heart of every one in Springdale tenderest sympathy for the home upon which has so suddenly come this affliction.


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