Biographical Sketch of Royal D. Farr
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Farr, Royal D., Middlebury, was born in Middletown, Rutland county, Vt., on November 27, 1808. His parents were Solomon and Mabel (Dean) Farr. He was educated in the common schools and brought up to farming; also learned the trade of his father, which was that of foundryman. He came to Middlebury, Vt., in the spring of 1830; entered the employ of Rufus and John Wainwright, stove and casting foundry, and remained in the employ of this firm for sixteen years. He resided in Poultney, Vt., for one year, after which he returned to Middlebury, Vt., and worked at his trade there for various parties ; conducted a stove and tin business there for two years. He came to East Middlebury, Vt., in October, 1849, and became one of the firm of Slade, Farr & Co., conducting the Middlebury forge, and continued in this business until purchasing the East Middlebury hotel property, which he conducted for many years. He retired from business life in 1881. He was married on September 6, 1830, to Mary A. Childs; she died on May 17, 1875. They had a family of five children, one daughter and four sons: Edwin E. (a resident of Akron, Ohio), Henry E. (a farmer at Granville, Addison county, Vt.), Emma A. (now Mrs. T. W. Allen, of West Randolph, Orange county, Vt.), Royal M. (deceased),. and F. A. (born on September 21, 1849; has succeeded his father in the management of the Glen House at East Middlebury, Vt., and is a very successful landlord). Mr. Farr took much interest in military affairs at an early day, and commanded a company from Cornwall and Weybridge, Vt., in the regiment commanded by Colonel Dodge.