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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James M. Farrar is one of the prominent citizens of Richland, where he has been engaged in the drug business since 1879, and since 1885 has published and edited the Cyclone. He was born in Franklin County, Mo., October 7, 1858, and is the fifth of seven children born to Hon. Reuben H. and Virginia (Jones) Farrar. Reuben H. Farrar came to Missouri when small with his father, Richard Farrar, a native of Virginia, and an early settler of Franklin County, Mo., where he lived until his death a few years ago. Reuben H. Farrar served as assessor and collector of Franklin County, and in 1864 and 1865 represented that county in the Legislature; he removed to Lebanon in 1867, where he held the office of justice of the peace continuously from 1872 until his death, which occurred in 1886. He was a Republican in politics, and during the late war commanded a company of infantry of Missouri troops. Mrs. Farrar died when James M. was small, and the latter, at the age of ten years, entered the printing office at Lebanon, where he was employed for three years; he then spent four years in his brother’s drug store in the study of chemistry, and subsequently went to St. Clair, Franklin County, where he engaged in the drug business until 1879; in the latter year he located at Richland, and again engaged in the drug business. December 24, 1879, Mr. Farrar married Miss Phena Morrow, of Springfield, Mo., who was born near Ottawa, Canada, and when quite young went with her parents to Minnesota, where they both died, and she was adopted by Dr. C. L. King, who afterward moved to Springfield. Mr. and Mrs. Farrar are the parents of three children. Mr. Farrar is a Republican in politics, in which he takes an active interest. He served as city treasurer of Richland three years, and since has been alderman five years. He is a member of the A. F. &A. M., and has held various offices in the lodge, and is also a member of the A. O. U. W., and Select Knights A. O. U. W., being major of the Ninth Missouri Regiment of the last named order. Mr. Farrar is a large stockholder in the new bank to be located in Richland, and has been a prominent figure in many of the enterprises of that city.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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