D. J. Farrar

February 9, 1895


A local black carpenter develops a business he inherited from his father and is praised as a “model citizen”.


Daniel J. Farrar was born in Richmond, Va., October 17th, 1862. He attended the public schools but at the age of 18 years left to learn the carpenter’s trade under his father Joseph E. Farrar, who was a contractor and builder.
He completed his trade in three years and continued to work as a journeyman until February, 1887.
His father retired from business and was succeeded by young Farrar, H.J. Moore, and brother, John, E.C. Farrar; the firm name being Farrar, Moore & Co.
During this period they built a large number of dwellings.
John E.C. Farrar, desiring to withdraw from the firm after several months a dissolution took place and about October, 1877 the firm was then known as Farrar & Moore. They continued to do business at the corner of 3rd and Duval streets.
Mr. Farrar married Miss Leah B. Holmes, May 17, 1888, and the happy couple have been blessed with two girls and one boy.
The firm owns its place of business and individually own other real estate.
Some of the handsomest dwellings in this city have been built by them.
They completed two contracts made with the city, employing two forces of workmen and apprentices.
Three or four of the apprentices have finished their trade and are working for them.
Among the dwellings built and remodelled by them are those owned by Messrs. William Henderson, Charles Strother, A. Trainum, Dr. R.E. Jones, Isaac Dammalls, A.P. Quarles, Dr. S.H. Dismond Messrs. William Wyatt, R.T. Hill, B.F. Turner, H.A. McCurdy, J.M. Shephard, and a hall in Fulton for the Grand Fountain, U. O. of True Reformers.
Mr. Farrar is quiet, unassuming, but faithful in his obligations.
His record has been and is such as to merit the respect and esteem of all who know him.
With his happy family in his cosy brick at 610 N. First street, he lives in comparative ease and contentment. May prosperity continue to visit him and his success be inspiration to those who are following in his footsteps.
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Cord Fox


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