Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918


Edgar L. Farris

EDGAR L. FARRIS, though one of the younger business men of Independence has utilized his opportunities to the best advantage and is now a partner in one of the leading insurance firms of that city.

He was born in Clarksville, Arkansas, May 16, 1891. His family is of old southern stock, and settled in Alabama about revolutionary times. Grandfather Jasper Farris was born in Alabama in 1824, was a farmer and stockman, and in 1875 moved to Clarksville, Arkansas, where he died in 1900. F. M. Farris, father of Edgar L., was born in Alabama in 1856 and was nineteen years old when he went with his parents to Clarksville, Arkansas, where he still resides. For many years he has been in the commission fruit business in that city. A few years ago he had charge of an extensive advertising campaign conducted by the state government of Arkansas, and took the exhibit "Arkansas on Wheels" to all the neighboring states. He is a democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. He was married at Russellville, Arkansas, to Miss Jennie Eggleston, who was born in Alabama in 1859. Their children are: Eugene, in the bottling business at Pottsville, Arkansas; Edgar L.; Lena, a teacher in the high school at Clarksville, Arkansas; and Marion, a teacher in Spadra, Arkansas.

After graduating from high school at Clarksville in 1908, Edgar L. Farris continued his higher education in Cumberland College in Arkansas, for two years. His first business experience was acquired under his father in the commission business. He remained with his father until 1913, and was then connected for two years with J. W. and Robert Meek, wholesale dealers in cigars, candy and similar goods at Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1915 he removed to Independence and is now a member of the firm of Kandt & Farris, in the general insurance business with offices in the Kress Building.

Mr. Farris is a democrat, and is a member of the Independence Country Club. He is unmarried.


Transcribed from volume 4, page 1907 of A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; originally transcribed 1998, modified 2003 by Carolyn Ward.

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