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Dr. and Mrs. Herman S. Farr

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Dr. Herman S. Farr was born December 13, 1853, in Jordan Province, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, as an infant. He grew to manhood and completed his education in the district schools. He attended business college and engaged in teaching for a short time, then decided to make medicine his career. He attended University of Iowa Medical School, and graduated in March, 1881. He began his practice of medicine in Des Moines, where he practiced for three years, in connection with the Drake University Medical School. An opening occurred in Madrid, and upon completion of his assignment in Des Moines, he rented a rig (horse and buggy) and drove to Madrid, a drive which took all day. He acquired office space which he shared with a lawyer by the name of Near. They thought it would be unique to have a sign over their office which merely stated "NEAR AND FARR." They were known to the area as "Judge Near" and "Doc Farr."

Doctor Farr's practice grew, and he courted Ella Luther, a daughter of two of the original pioneers of Madrid, Mr. and Mrs. Milden Luther. Mr. and Mrs. Luther were the parents of three other daughters: Lilly (Mrs. Billy Williams); Zylph (Mrs. George Hutton), and Carrie (Mrs. H. D. Lucas).

On February 10, 1886, Dr. Farr and Miss Ella Luther were married at the Luther Homestead, north of Madrid on the "Old State Road." A special train brought guests from Boone to attend the wedding. To this union, six children were born: Imogene Farr Miller, Eulah Farr Scott, Milden Luther Farr, Juno Faye Farr Capper, Herman Sheldon Farr, and Marie Farr, who died in infancy.

The Farrs were active in the early life of Madrid. They were charter members of the First Christian Church, where they taught Sunday School for many years. Dr. Farr was active in city government, was Past Master of Star Lodge #115, A.F. & A.M., and Past Patron of Occidental Chapter #160 O.E.S.

Mrs. Farr died October 22, 1918, at the age of 52, and Dr. Farr passed away October 20, 1930, at the age of 76. He practiced medicine for over 50 years, and many people still living in the Madrid area were ushered into the world with the help of Dr. Farr.

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