Lieut William Baker Farrar

Lieut William Baker Farrar

Birth
Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia, USA
Death 6 May 1968 (aged 72)
DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
Burial Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 50880587 · View Source
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The 1900 US Census of Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA enumerated the household of 26 Y/O Henry Baker Farrar, a lumber merchant for the Farrar Lumber Co., his family's business, and his 22 Y/O wife, Blanche Mae (Alley) Farrar, born in TN. Living in the household were their children: 4 Y/O William Baker Farrar and 1 Y/O Annie Louise Farrar.

The 1910 US Census of Dalton Ward 3, Whitfield Co., GA enumerated the household of 36 Y/O Henry Baker Farrar, manager of a planing mill (Owned by the Farrar Lumber Co., his family's business), and his 33 Y/O wife, Blanche Mae (Alley) Farrar. Living in the household were their children: 14 Y/O William Baker Farrar and 11 Y/O Annie Louise Farrar. Also residing in the household was 21 Y/O Osburn C. Alley, brother of Blanche Mae (Alley) Farrar. Osburn was born in TN and was employed as an inspector the same planing mill. (A planing mill is a facility that takes cut and seasoned boards from a sawmill and turns them into finished dimensional lumber.)

William Baker Farrar attended public schools in Dalton GA then entered Webb Prep School, Bell Buckle, TN. Finishing Webb, he entered Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA but when WWI was imminent he transferred to API (Alabama Polytechnic Institute), Auburn, Alabama to benefit from the efficient military training there.

When the United States declared war in 1917, William proceeded from Auburn, AL to Ft. McPherson in Atlanta to volunteer for the first Officers' Training Camp.

The Air Age blossomed in WWI, and it is interesting to note that he volunteered in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps but was discharged from the Army Air Corps. In June 1918, fourteen months after we entered the war, the Aviation Section was removed from the Signal Corps and became the Army Air Corps.

After completing ground and flight training, he was "Appointed Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Section of the Signal Officers' Reserve Corps of the Army of the United States." He was also "Licensed as a Spherical Balloon Pilot by the "Aero Club of America". He was actively engaged as flight instructor until the end of the war, in addition to commanding several companies and serving as Intelligence Officer of Camp John Wise, San Antonio, TX. during the last 10 months of his duty. He was honorably discharged on 31 Dec 1918.

The 1920 US Census of Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA enumerated the household of 46 Y/O Henry Baker Farrar, a lumberman employed by the Farrar Lumber Co., his family's business, and his 43 Y/O wife, Blanche Mae (Alley) Farrar. Also living in the household were their children: 23 Y/O William Baker Farrar, a lumberman employed by the Farrar Lumber Co., his family's business, and 20 Y/O Annie Louise Farrar.

The 1930 US Census of Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA enumerated the household of 56 Y/O Henry Baker Farrar, Vice-president of Farrar Lumber Co., his family's business, and 52 Y/O wife, Blanche Mae (Alley) Farrar. Also living in the household was their unmarried 32 Y/O son, William Baker Farrar, a lumber merchant for the Farrar Lumber Co., his family's business.

As he was growing up in Dalton, GA, all of his vacations were spent at the Farrar Lumber Company, established by his namesake grandfather. He worked every position throughout the plant, the yards and the forests.

His business activities between 01 Feb 1919 and 01 Jan 1940 included manufacturing and wholesaling lumber and talc products. He owned or had stock in three talc companies and three lumber companies, being President or Vice-President of each, and on the Board of Directors of all. Among his various affiliations were the First Baptist Church, Dalton, GA; Dalton Post No. 112, American Legion; SAE Fraternity, Auburn, Alabama; in Masonry, Dalton Lodge 105 F and A. M., Dalton. GA, Omaha Consistory 32 degree, Omaha, Nebraska, Alzafar Shrine, San Antonio, TX; Somerset Chapter of Magna Charte Barons, Philadelphia and the Florida Society of the Founders and Patriots of America.

William Baker Farrar submitted his application to the "The Order of The Founders and Patriots of America", founded 1896. His patriot was Pvt Joseph Farrar whose Revolutionary War record was accepted. Joseph Farrar's 2nd great grandfather, William Farrar, (I) (1583-1637), was accepted as the founder. The application was approved and his "General Society of the Order of The Founders and Patriots of America" number is 3453 (See reference #4 below). A copy of William Baker Farrar's record of membership in "The Order of The Founders and Patriots of America" is attached to the FAG memorial dedicated to Pvt. Joseph Farrar.

The 1940 US Census of Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA enumerated the household of the 68 Y/O widow, Mrs. Kate Wood, manager of a spread plant, born in GA. Also living in her household were her children: 25 Y/O unmarried Paul Wood, a bookkeeper at the spread plant; 29 Y/O divorced daughter, Fannie Lou Bare, a forelady at the spread plant; and 7 Y/O David Bare, son of Fannie Lou Bare. Also living in the household as a lodger was 45 Y/O unmarried WILLIAM BAKER FARRAR, born in GA and employed as the manager of the Farrar Lumber Company, the flagship company owned by his family. Two other unrelated lodgers were also residing in the household. NOTE: Two doors away was a household headed by 51 Y/O Trammell Starr, a medical doctor born in GA, and his 40 Y/O wife, Annie Louise (Farrar) Starr, also born in GA. Living in their household were their children: 16 Y/O Trammell Starr, Jr.; 14 Y/O Mary Louise Starr; and 11 Y/O Elizabeth Ann Starr. Annie Louise (Farrar) Starr was the sister of William Baker Farrar.

William Baker Farrar married Ethel Martin Sapp of Dalton GA on 26 Feb 1945 but the union didn't result in any children. Their hobbies were genealogy research, boating and fishing. Together they published the genealogy book titled "The Farrars", 1964.

Sources:
1) "The Farrars" by William B. and Ethel Farrar, 1964, pp21, 22, 31, 32, 47, 49, 50, 51, 101, 107, 108, 110-112.
2) "John Pankey of Manakin Town, Virginia, and His Descendants" by George Edward Pankey, Vol. I, 1969, pp157, 168, 436, 438, 439, 441.
3) "A History of the Sapp Family" Compiled and Published by J. Gooden Sapp and H. W. Stanley, 1910, pp71-73.
4) "The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America" Register Lineages of Associates 1896-1993. Vol. III Nos. 2815 thru 3999, pp2460-2461.

Bio by Gresham Farrar.


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  • Maintained by: Gresham Farrar
  • Originally Created by: Jaime Crandell-Stapleton
  • Added: 9 Apr 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 50880587
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut William Baker Farrar (14 Apr 1896–6 May 1968), Find a Grave Memorial no. 50880587, citing West Hill Cemetery, Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Gresham Farrar (contributor 47643741) .