Dr. Farr, one of the leading physicians of Miltonvale, was born in Shelby county Missouri, near Leonard, in 1871. He is a son of Frederick M. and Frances A. (Turner) Farr. Doctor Farr's paternal grandfather was Benjamin Farr. He was educated for a Christian minister, but went to California from his Kentucky home during the gold excitement, and subsequently to Texas, where he died of yellow fever. The Turners were an old Virginia family who came to Missouri in an early day and where Frances Turner was born. Her father was a "Hard Shell" Baptist preacher, and combined preaching with farming.
Dr. Farr was educated in the country schools and after ten months in the Kirksville Normal School, he began a career in the country districts, teaching in winter and farming in summer. In 1895 he entered the University of Kansas City, continuing his farming operations in summer to increase his fund for school tuition. He graduated in 1898 and began the practice of medicine at Clifton, Kansas, where he became associated with Doctor D.C. Tyler, a, physician of long practice there, remaining five months. A year subsequently an opening was made at Miltonvale through the death of Doctor Fairchild, and Doctor Farr located there in 1899. He started in as a young physician, but is getting his share of the patronage as a general practitioner.
Doctor Farr was married December 27. 1899, to Nellie Sanders, a daughter of W.C. Sanders, a merchant of Clifton, Kansas, formerly of Ithaca, New York, where Mrs. Farr was born and lived until fourteen years of age, when her parents came to Clifton, where her father engaged in the mercantile business. Doctor and Mrs. Farr have one child, William Frederick, born December 21, 1901. Doctor Farr is a Democrat, Modern Woodman of America, a member of the order of Brotherhood of America and of the board of councilmen. He is enjoying a lucrative practice in Miltonvale, where he has built and made a comfortable home.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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