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FARR, MARCUS (son of Lorin Farr and Sarah Giles). Born April 2, 1856, Ogden. Married Caroline Josephine Ballantyne Feb. 2, 1882, Salt Lake City (daughter of Richard Ballantyne, born Aug. 26, 1817, Whiterigg, Scotland, and Caroline Albertine Sanderson, born Sept. 19, 1837, Rogen, Norway; married 1856). She was born Jan. 30, 1861, Salt Lake City. Their children: Josephine b. Feb. 17, 1883, m. William H. Olson July 15, 1903; Marcus Ballantyne b. April 11, 1885; Lionel B. b. Nov. 28, 1888; Beatrice Albertine b. April 24, 1892; Lorin B. b. July 1, 1896. Family home Ogden.
First counselor to 9th quorum elders July 13, 1891 to Dec. 13, 1897; missionary to Eastern states 1897; first assistant superintendent third ward Sunday school; senior member Ogden stake high council.
A MISSIONARY BLESSING,
Pronounced upon the head of Elder Marcus Farr, in the Salt Lake Temple Annex,
October 7, 1897, by President Brigham H. Roberts:-
Brother Marcus Farr, we ordain you a Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and bestow upon you, in this ordination, all the keys of authority and all the powers that belong to this high calling in the Melchisedek Priesthood of God; that you may hold these powers and exercise them in righteousness and bring to pass the salvation of men and be in very deed a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ in all the earth, We bless you, dear brother, that the spirit of this calling may rest down upon you; that your tongue may be loosed, and that you may exercise the powers of this Priesthood as becometh a servant of the Master.
And inasmuch as you have been called to the Eastern States by the Prophet of God, to go and preach the Gospel to the inhabitants of the earth in that district of country, we bless you and set you apart to fulfill this mission, and we give unto you, by the authority of the holy Priesthood, strength and power to perform that labor; and we say unto you, dear brother, that you shall be made equal to the task that is imposed upon you by this call to the ministry; and we bless you that you may receive strength in your body, and we rebuke the affliction of rheumatism, that which you are suffering from, and we bid it depart from you, that you may be restored to perfect health, that you may not be hindered in your desires to serve the Lord and fulfill this mission, by reason of any affliction of ill health, or the affliction of rheumatism; and we bless you that you may be proof against the epidemics and the diseases abroad in the land, and that you may not be disturbed by the destroyer of men's souls, but that you may have power over all unclean spirits and be able to rebuke them, We bless you that you may find the honest in heart and those who are seeking to know the Lord, and that they may receive your words with gladness of heart, We say unto you, the Lord will prepare your way and angels shall go before you, and every desire of your heart that is righteous before the Lord and that is needful for your success upon this mission, shall be given unto you, and the Lord will multiply His blessings until your heart shall be filled with gladness. Therefore, let your heart rejoice and let a song of joy be in your heart that the Lord has called you to be a preacher of His name.
All the blessings that we have power to give we seal upon you, but remember that all these blessings are given upon the condition of your faithfulness, We dedicate you unto the service of the Lord in the name of Jesus Christ, amen,
Martin S. Lindsay, Reporter.
Blessing in possession of Tim Farr
Ogden Daily Herald, Vol. 1. Number 232
Last evening a large number of relatives and friends met at the residence of the bride's parents to celebrate the marriage of Mr Mark Farr, son of Hon. Lorin Farr, to Miss Josephine Ballantyne, daughter of Richard Ballantyne, Esq., which event took place in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 2, 1882, the ceremony being performed by Counselor Daniel H Wells. Over 50 persons were present on the occasion. The bridal presents were valuable and numerous.
The time was spent in social converse, and in songs, instrumental music, readings, &c., by different members of the company. Shortly after 11 o'clock the guests were treated to supper, 'where everything desirable, both substantial and delicate, was partaken of seasoned by smiles, pleasantries, and jokes.
After supper, Hon. Lorin Farr was called upon for a speech. He responded with an appropriate address on the duties of marriage and its attendant blessings.
At an early hour the company departed for their homes, leaving with the happy couple their best
wishes for a peaceful and prosperous journey over the rugged pathway of life.
The Herald joins with them in this wish, and trusts that as they are good young pcople, nothing but good will befall them.
OGDEN.--Marcus Farr, 78, one of the oldest and best known residents in Ogden, and son of Lorin Farr, first mayor of Ogden, died Saturday night at the family home, 561 Canyon road. He had been ill since Nov. 4, 1933, when he suffered a stroke. He was born in Ogden April 2, 1856, a son of Lorin and Sara Giles Farr. He was an active member of the Church. He has served on a mission in the eastern states, had been superintendent of the Sunday school, and president of the Third ward M. I. A., and was formerly a member of Ogden stake high council. He had also been active in genealogical work.
CENSUS: Son of Sarah.
CENSUS: Age 14.
CENSUS: Age 24 living with his mother, Sarah.
CENSUS: Age 73.
EVENT: FUNERAL SERVICE FOR MARCUS FARR
Held in the Seventh Ward Chapel April 10, 1934, 3 o'clock p.m.
Prayer at Home ......................................................John Farr
Prelude ...................................................................Harold Felt, Gladys Minnoch
Opening Prayer .......................................................Miles L. Jones
Chorus ( Oh That My Soul ) .....................................Relief Society
Poem ( special tribute ) ............................................A.T. Waldram
Remarks ..................................................................Elder E.A. Larkin
Duet (Whispering Hope ) .........................................Annie Brian, Myrtle Price
Remarks ..................................................................Apostle George A. Smith
Remarks ..................................................................Samuel G. Dye
Remarks and Thanks ..............................................Wm. H. Shaw
Remarks ..................................................................Bishop A. E. Read
Solo ( I know that my Redeemer Lives )....................Mathal A. Ridges
Benediction ..............................................................Lester H. Froerer
Postlude ...................................................................Harold Felt, Gladys Minnoch
Fred Farr Vern Farr
James Farr Glenn Farr
Bert Farr Merlin Farr
Raymond Farr Lawrence Farr
OPENING PRAYER BY BROTHER MILES L. JONES
Our Heavenly Father, we a few of Thy servants and hand-maidens, have gathered upon this occasion for the purpose of paying tribute to the memory of our Brother and Thy servant whose life's career has now closed so far as this mortal life is concerned. We pray that while we are thus assembled that Thy spirit will rest down upon us in rich. abundance so that our faith in Thee and our faith in the future may be strengthened. We pray that Thou will bless the sisters, the mother, the sons and daughters of Brother Farr, that Thy comforting spirit and power will be and abide with them. Bless those who are called upon to address us this afternoon that they may strengthen us and create within us a more determined effort to live Thy Gospel, so that when the time comes when we are called back home we may enter into our place in Thy Kingdom.
Grant that no accident may befall us during the remainder of these services, We ask these favors and blessings in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Dedicated to Marcus Farr
Before us lies the guileless form
Of a friend of yours and mine,
Who has left us mortals below
To mingle with hosts divine.
He passed no friend. un accosted
Greeting everyone with a smile,
No vulgarity or profanity
Did o'er his pure lips defile.
His home, his haven of pleasure;
His family his comfort, pride.
He sought not fancied allurement
Preferred more his own fireside.
Has left his family a fortune
More precious than worldly fame,
He leaves us that priceless heritage
Of a pure untarnished name.
He sought not this worldly glamor
Though our plaudits he has won.
He craved only God's benediction
"My great work has been well done".
His many acts of valiant worth
Do us this sweet solace bring:
He has won a victory o'er the grave
And robbed death of its sting.
He was the Captain of his soul
And has steered life's bark aright.
He has earned a just reward.
Will bask in God's celestial light.
The flowers placed upon his bier,
Expressions of love and pride
Nowise compare in their grandeur
With the form that lies inside.
These flowers will wither and die,
Leaving neither seed nor pod,
Mark will live throughout Eternity,
One of the noble sons of God..
A, T. Waldram April 8th, 1934
BROTHER E. A. LARKIN
These are very sad and solemn services that we are attending this afternoon. We are gathered here as relations and friends to pay a tribute of love and respect to the memory of one of God's noblemen. One of his servants who was born into the world of goodly parents in this dispensation; who was taught by those parents faith in God, in his Son Jesus Christ, and in the Restored Gospel. In his youth he was taught that he should pray daily to his Father in heaven. He was taught those principles which make for righteousness so that he grew to young manhood with a desire to take unto himself a companion, a daughter of God to fulfill the first great commandment that was given to man and to the world. So he selected sister Caroline Josephine Farr, one of the sweetest girls and God fearing that was to be found in our city, and since then they have been one flesh and will be one throughout eternity. They have been blessed of the Lord with those enjoyments that go to make up a blessed Kingdom in eternity in their sons and daughters. Their whole life has been most beautiful and sweet and wholesome. There has been in their home love in its supreme enjoyment. A love that has bound this family together in ties that death cannot break. They will continue and associate through all the eternities that await the children of men.
It was my good fortune as a young boy to make the acquaintance of Marcus Farr and his family, to have been for many years very closely associated with them in their joys and sorrows and in their successes and disappointments. We have shared during these years a beautiful friendship that I most dearly appreciate. Then when years of experience and life's duties came upon us it was my good fortune to be called into the Ogden Stake, when it was organized July 5, 1908, with Brother Marcus Farr to become a member of the High Council of that Stake. Brother Farr had labored many years before that in High Council work in the Weber Stake, in the Sunday School, and the Mutual work in the Third Ward and many other capacities, but on that day when we were called to become associates together I felt that an honor had come to me to be with such men as Thomas B. Evans, our Stake President, and Marcus Farr, who became the head and president of our High Council, and the friendship and association that we had before were intensified and we grew not to be just friends, but to be most intimate in our lives. Many many times after we had met in our meetings together, Brother Marcus Farr and I walked home and talked until sometimes almost midnight of the problems of life, of our home associations, of our church responsibilities, of that which we might do as servants of God to further His work. He was a wonderful counselor and a wonderful advisor. It seems to me that one of the foremost Qualities of the life of Brother Farr was his sublime faith in God. He had a faith that I have never found superior among my fellow men. Everything that he did in life was measured by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If a matter measured up to the Gospel as be understood it, it was all right and he was willing to go to the very ends to accomplish that purpose; but if something came up that did not measure up to the Gospel, Marcus Farr wasn't to be changed by words or argument that I or anyone else might give.
I know bow be loved his wife. It seemed to me that she was his queen. He talked about her as his sweetheart, as a Lover, as one to share his all in life, his very heart; and his children were to him the beautiful jewels that God intended that they should be the eternal heritage of Brother and Sister Farr in the Kingdom of God. So this afternoon I think of Marcus Farr as a nobleman, I don't believe that there, was ever found in the mouth of Marcus Farr guile, and I know there was nothing of deceit in his life. I would that all men lived as beautiful a life as Brother Farr. These words of the poet Edgar A. Quest are most fitting to the life of Brother Farr:
A GOOD NAME
by Edgar A. Guest
Men talk too much of gold and fame,
And not enough about a name;
And yet a good name's better far
Than all earth's glistening jewels are.
Who, holds his a name above all price
And chooses every sacrifice
To keep his earthly record clear,
Can face the world without a fear.
Who never cheats nor lies for gain,
A poor man may, perhaps, remain,
Yet, when at night he goes to rest,
No little voice within his breast
Disturbs his slumber. Conscience clear,
He falls asleep with naught to fear
And when he wakes the world to face
He is not tainted by disgrace.
Who keeps his name without a stain
Wears no man's brand and no mans chain;
Ho need not fear to speak his mind
In dread of what the world may find.
He then is master of his will;
None may command him to be still,
Nor force him, when be would stand fast,
To flinch before his hidden past.
Not all the gold that men may claim
Can cover up a deed of shame;
Not all the fame of victory sweet
Can free the man who played the cheat;
He lives a slave unto the last
Unto the shame that mars his past.
He only freedom here may own
Those name a stain has never known.
And that is the tribute I want to pay this afternoon, my brothers and sisters, to my beloved friend that never a stain has been attached to his wonderful name, that his life has been lived in harmony with Jesus Christ and as we are told In the word of God, "He that endureth to the end shall be saved." Marcus Farr endured to the end with faith In God and with a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the blessedness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored in this dispensation. His family this afternoon, his brothers and sisters who are here in such large numbers, and the other relatives and we friends, may be thankful for the life of this good man, you may be sure that he has gone to a reward and having these words said unto him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, as thou hast been faithful unto few things I will make thee ruler over many."
In conclusion, may I read to you another beautiful poem the words of which his children will want to apply in their lives, As I knew Marcus Farr in his life, I know the children will want to follow in his footsteps.
I FOLLOW A NOBLE FATHER
I follow a noble father, his honor is mine to wear,
He gave me a name that was free from shame,
A name he was proud to bear
He lived in the morning sunlight and marched
In the ranks of right.
He was always true to the best he knew, and
The shield that he wore was bright.
I follow a noble father and never a day goes by
But I feel that be looks down on me
To carry his standard high.
He stood to the sternest trials, as a brave man can;
Though the way be long, I must never wrong
The name of so good a man.
I follow a noble father, not known to the printed page,
Nor written down in the world's renown
as a prince of his little Age.
But never a stain attached to him and never he stooped to shame;
He was bold and brave and to me he gave
The pride of an honest name,
I follow a noble father, and him I must keep in mind,
Though his form Is gone, I must carry on
The name that he left behind.
It was mine on the day he gave it.
It shone as a monarch's crown;
and as fair to see As it came to me,
It must be, when I put it down.
I Know that the sons and daughters and grandchildren of Brother Marcus Farr are going to hold that name in reverence, honoring it to the conclusion of their mortal lives. So that they may be welcomed back to God who gave them life, and by their own beloved father in. the Celestial Kingdom.
God bless the memory of Marcus Farr. God bless his wife whose physical condition is such that she cannot be here, with us this afternoon. We pray that the spirit of the Living God will whisper into her soul that peace and comfort which passeth all understanding; that comfort that will help her say, "Not my will., but Thine be done." And may the relatives, friends, brethren and associates emulate his wonderful example. Let us treasure his testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make his life and his examples part of our lives so that when we pass into that Other Life we shall be worthy to stand among the righteous In the Kingdom of God. I pray these blessings upon you in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, Amen.
APOSTLE GEORGE ALBERT SMITH
I desire most sincerely to have the blessings of the Lord. today in what I may say for I realize how precious and sacred this time is; and in speaking on this unusual commemoration my mind goes back to my childhood., as far back as I can remember. I am thinking of the men and women who are sitting before me today, and also of many who have gone to the other side. It doesn't seem possible that 60 years have past since I first became acquainted. with Ogden and. its people; but that is true and when I see these men who I have looked up to and appreciated when but a child., It just doesn't seem possible that so much time could have past. I see the women here who I called Aunt, and I thank the Lord that he has prolonged the life of one so dear, and I feel very grateful.
We have met together as is customary when our loved ones have departed to the other side, to review our last memories of them. The friends who have gathered together to pay homage to a departed brother; the floral offerings that are so beautiful; and this beautiful day which is filled with new life is surely an inspiration to me. And today as I see these tributes of love and. respect, I think of the times like this when people were unable to render such complements, but they did it in other ways. As I sit here and close my eyes I thought of Aunt Sara. It doesn't seem possible that 60 years has passed since I used to stroll into her home. I liked to see the cows and chickens and to watch the men at the close of a days work put the horses away for the night. I used, to go up to the old, spring and drink out of it. This all seems but a beautiful dreams, those were the happy days when we didn't have much to worry about; we had food that was good and substantial, and we didn't worry about clothing as long as we were covered. We were all about alike in money matters, not many rich, and not many poor, all more or less on an equality basis. The merits of a man and his supremacy was in the ability to do good and. to bless others. I am sure this family that is here today, these boys and girls, these sons and daughter. of a wonderful man and a wonderful mother, must feel glad of their heritage. To portray truth throughout the ages, I refer to Nephi whose words are recorded in the Book of Mormon. "But there is one thing that I remember and I treasure all my life; I was born of goodly parents" Now Brother Marcus was born of goodly parents the passage of divine gifts of a Father who lives in heaven. All these boys and girls who are here today can just as truly say that the Lord blessed them in the same way. If I were to feel that this life is the only life that I am living I wouldn't feel the way I do, but it is the second part of our existence, the first part was before we came here. Today we are living an eternal life with a knowledge that this is eternal life and how happy he must be to go home and report to his Father. He has honored all those who have associated with. him. Grand Father Farr was an unusual man. Ho bad ability beyond the average man, and he performed many things. His remarkable knowledge and willingness to testify to the divinity of the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith made him outstanding. I remember as a young man he told me of being In the Prophet's home many times, and how the Prophet measured up to those qualities given to man by our heavenly Father; and I am sure that he honored the man who the Lord raised up to give us the gospel In this last dispensation. Of course when I talk of the relations of this man I must say that the same blood flows in my veins as in their vixens, and I hope today you will not expect me to speak a sermon. I should like to feel at home and speak as a brother. It is a wonderful thing to live in this day and age, to know that the ones around us are our Father's children and that he loved them so much that be sent His only begotten Son into the world. There is not everyone who believes in the resurrection but we believe that death is really only a passing into a new life.
And we should rejoice that this man should have been permitted to live upon the earth approximately 80 years. His work is finished and be doesn't need to remain and suffer indefinitely, for God. has said, "You have magnified your calling, come home." Millions of people in the world do not understand this, and how grateful I am that I live in a day when I can understand and partake of the blessings and promises given to each of us; that when the Lord called Joseph Smith to be a prophet that be spoke to him and told him to deliver a message to all men, the same message that the Savior brought. But much of what the Savior brought had been lost and the Lord in his mercy brought the Gospel again in order that we might obtain those truths, and that we might be told the plan of salvation, in other words, that we might be permitted to educate and adjust our lives to conditions here, to be worthy when we go hence to receive a Just reward. The Lord wanted us to live here on this earth, he prepared it for us. When I see the Springtime and feel the warmth of the sun and see the beautiful things of nature springing forth to new life I can't help but think that this is our eternal home, if we desire to live here. Because after a while, and it won't be very long, we will all finish our work here and if we have been dutiful in bringing up our sons and daughters to the teachings of our Heavenly Father, then this earth which is so beautiful now is to be purified, and the things that are objectionable will pass away. Now the Lord has provided the way we must go. There are certain things which must be done by each of us; however, some of us in our thoughtlessness set up our own standards and regulations and provide our own measurements, but there is not any other way but the Lord's Way to find a place in His Celestial Kingdom. He is the Landlord. In our own day, about on. hundred years ago, he brought back to earth the message that was to be the Plan where by we might enjoy life from day to day and also bring joy to hundreds and thousands of sons and daughters of His who have not partaken of the Gospel, who have struggled on and on and who have never known the sublime truth which we here today know. These people have struggled on until by and by their summons has come and they have passed on home. It is a home--as none other than the Savior Jesus Christ demonstrated when after he had been crucified end had been buried in the tomb and the women who loved him dearly Mary, Martha had come to perform the last human and mortal mission for their Lord; to place spices on the tomb and to perfume the air of the room where the body lay. They were very much surprised to find that the stone at the entrance had been rolled away and there were no guards about, there was nothing left there but the grave clothes. They spoke to the gardener who was close by and when he said, "Mary" they looked at him and recognized His voice. Marry, who had seen the Savior nailed upon the cross (the most cruel and final form of death as far as she was concerned) was almost overwhelmed with joy to see her Lord standing thus before her and to address her in his own familiar voice, "Mary". She would have embraced him, but He withdrew from her and said, "Touch me not for I have not yet ascended. to my Father which is In Heaven, but go and tell my brothers that their Lord is risen." Women, who are permitted to be the first ones to know of the awakening of a new life in this mortal world---It seems very fitting and proper that a woman should be the first to know of the resurrection of this Other life which has meant so much to all mankind. Jesus for thirty days and night lived with his brethren, on this Continent, teaching, and instructing them. He ate with them, talked with them, He went into their homes. And then when the time came and he had completed his work and given them the information that was necessary to prepare his brethren and sisters for eternal life, he ascended into Heaven. As He left He said unto them, "As ye see me go so shall I return unto you again." Not only did he demonstrate to them that he was a resurrected being but told them to come and "feel me and see." "A spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see Me have, handle me and see." And they had that demonstration of one who had been raised from the dead. Many have discredited the story of the Bible regarding the birth of the Savior and regard it as foolish and they believed it not, but we have more than that. Jesus Christ said to his disciples, other sheep I have who are not of this fold, referring to this continent, and he did come to this land. He did not appear as a harmless babe, but appeared as glorified, personage. He healed the sick and afflicted and gave them the gospel, blessed the children and gave them the gospel and taught them what they should do. And so marvelous was the influence of that visit of his among that warlike and wicked people that for 200 years after his visit they were a righteous people.
The gospel of Jesus Christ was instrumental in bringing all of our forefathers to this country, that was no accident there was a purpose in it and. I so much believe that our parents was brought together under His power. His father and mother were pioneers here In this valley when it wasn't as it is today. I remember when their home here was where the big house now stands. I remember so well as a child when the Indians used to come there, and how cruel and wild they were and how the women folks protected the squaws. Those were unusual experiences those were what those people went thru for the gospel sake. There are hundreds and thousands of us here today who should bless these forefathers of ours for the sacrifices they made for us. Grandfather Farr used to possess considerable property in this valley. I remember when his orchards and gardens were the best, and his sheep and cattle were the best to be found. He could not take any of this wealth with him when he passed on, but he gave his wife and children, and children's children this wonderful gospel, the most precious thing on earth.
I do not think of Ogden today as a busy city, but I am thinking of all this beautiful land that we are living upon as a garden of the Lord. And if we will exercise this tremendous faith and, confidence, we will see the day when a living will be assured, not only of what we may require for substenance, but when we will all have an education continuing from year to year and from age to age, instruction by the Lord who knows all things. The assurance of knowledge will be here and our Heavenly Father will bestow upon us what He knows, and what we think impossible today will be of no consequence, things which we think great and marvelous today will be insignificant to those of the future, and these blessings we will have if we will but live the gospel. I think today in God's Kingdom brother Marcus Farr is very much concerned about us and of those who loved him and those whom he loved., I have never heard him speak an unkind word, he was a very rigid man, but tender and kind to those he associated with. The work in the Temple of the Lord was just as certain to him and sure as the work we do from day to day. Those whom he performed work for here will welcome him over there, for he did help many. There he will receive the joys for the work he has done in this life.
Now things pertaining to the work for the dead were to Marcus Farr just as they were to his father Lorin Farr. I remember meeting his father one day as he came out of the Salt Lake Temple, where he had been officiating for the dead, and he came home and spent the night with me. The next day I bid him good by and he came back to Ogden, but while enjoying a bath at Warm Springs north of the city, life took its flight. The last things he did was to do the things that could be done for someone else. I like to think of him giving his physical body a last cleansing just before his spirit took flight. He was clean in body and clean in spirit. And these things were to brother Marcus Farr just as they were to his father. I have been grateful that I belonged to the family that this great man belonged to. And may we so live that when the time comes for us to go our children will bless as and honor the names we bear. There isn't any doubt in my mind about eternal life. I can see in my mind the reception brother Marcus will receive on the other side, and it has taken a good many years of hard, work to obtain the blessings that he will obtain. He remarked on many occasions that he could not have done the things that he did do without his wife. They have stood by each other; they have done team work. I should like to admonish the other younger members of the family who are married or who are going to be married to do team work. It is the only way that anything can be accomplished. Live together in harmony and when the Lord blesses you with children, give to them the precious heritage of the gospel as your parents have given it to you. The reason that this earth is so unhappy is that the people are ungrateful and this takes away the joy of living. The very fact that we appreciate life increases its blessings to us. The Heavenly Father in these latter days has seen fit to bring the Gospel restored through Joseph Smith, and these blessings we should. receive in thanksgiving.
I am here today to say to you, my brothers and sisters that I love you my dear uncles, aunts, and cousins. My time here on earth is headed for the time when everyday brings me a little closer to the other side; but I want to live that you may say when the time comes that you are glad that I am among those who can call me their brother. And when we go on the other side I hope we shall be together united for all eternity. I have talked to noble men and women the world over, and I can say with assurance that they do not all appreciate the power of God. Today while I sympathize with the bereaved, Aunt Josephine weakened by her long experience, I congratulate you that you have within you the power and ability to do the things God requires of you. And I hope that in the not far distant future you may have the companionship of this good man, and other good men and women who have gone on before. I know that as I live that these things are true and that eternal life will be our reward if we will but live the gospel, and I am thankful that I am one of the blessed among you. I pray this day that we who live today may set our houses in order and reach after our children; that we will adjust our conditions and not say I wish that I had reached out after this boy or this girl when it is to late. May God bless you my kinsfolk. Let us live together in love for this world is full of trouble. The gospel of Jesus Christ will solve our problems if we will live it, it will never fail us for it has promised us eternal life.
When brother Marcus Farr arid his wife were married they wanted it to be eternal and today I look upon this congregation with gratification and congratulate you with all my heart, and my emotions are stilled. I am thinking today of some who are not here, some who could not get here. I saw some of this family in California a few weeks ago; but let us resolve within ourselves that as far as were concerned. we will be among the number that Lorin Farr is in, and also his son Marcus Farr. We must take the lives of those who have departed as an example and live the gospel as they did. I am sure that if we do this we shall receive eternal life in the Celestial Kingdom, and feel qualified to share the companionship of our Savior on this earth when it is purified, when it becomes our Kingdom. May these be our blessings, I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
BROTHER SAMUEL G. DYE
EVENT: My brothers and sisters, I Just want to take enough time to bring to you the love and sympathy of the president of this Stake, and of all the workers in this Stake. Last night at a meeting of the Presidency and the High Council, with other officers of the Stake, special record was made of the service rendered by Marcus Farr and we paused from our other duties long enough to enter into the record his name and it was moved than that all those who could do so to arrange their affairs to be present at this funeral service to pay tribute to his memory. It was thought that President McKay would be here, but urgent business kept him away. brother Farr's Life has been an inspiration to the people of this State, and of this Stake of Zion. He has been a strong supporter of the Priesthood of this Stake and has always stood squarely behind the policies he knew was right. My first association with him individually goes back to those days of the Weber Stake of Zion before the other Stake here was organized. We labored together under the leadership of William W. Shirrledge, There were no automobiles in those days and there were no paved highways. We used to start out in the morning by horse and buggy and sometimes traveled as far as Ogden Valley, and also out to Hooper, to preach and to give them the truths of the Gospel. In all the time that I accompanied Brother Farr I don t believe he was ever late. His policy was to get there on time and to say and do something good while there, and always to be of some Service. To me he came very close to living the song, "I'll go where you want me to go Dear Lord." He also served as a member of the High Council in this Stake for many years and he was loved by all.
One day the Bishop of this ward came to the President of the Stake and said, "We have a special mission in the ward for Brother Farr, we should like to have you release him as a member of the High Council and let him come home to the Ward to lead us in the spirit of temple work, for we need him." The President of the Stake was almost reluctant to let him go, but finally said he would consult Brother Farr. When be asked Brother Farr if he would like the change he said, "If the Lord wants me to work in the 7th ward, that's where I want to work." He went to work in the ward and Just a few weeks ago when I went to his home to see him he said, "you know, I have had more Joy in this last assignment than any Job I have ever had to do." He has gotten up at 5 o'clock in the morning and caught the train for Salt Lake City in time to go through the sessions three sessions in the temple, getting out by 10:30 at night, and returning to Ogden, arriving at home by Mid-night. Then he would get up the next morning and start all over again. This was the kind of service he rendered, and I bear witness of his integrity, devotion, and faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Marcus Farr will be anointed as a King and a Priest in God's presence. May his memory and his wonderful examples stay with you, his kinsfolk, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Wm. H. Shaw
It is an honor and a privilege to add a few words to the memory of Brother Marcus Farr, and to be called a friend and a brother of him. It has been the custom of this ward to have certain members of the aged folk occupy the front seats on the west side of this building, and Brother Marcus set there not only in one meeting, but was very punctual in being there every time. In fact he was the most punctual man in being on time that I have noticed in the 7th ward. He came to get something good, perhaps just a word which he thought was spoken for his special benefit. I had the privilege of working with him for sometime, and it was always his motto to say, "did I do that all right, and what suggestions can you give me whereby I could have accomplished It better." He aided many people who were interested in temple work, for he was engaged in it himself, and he regarded it not only as being a blessing to himself and family, but to the ward, and hundreds whom he had helped. His last wish which he spoke was, when be was confined to his home, that things may be opened up whereby he could go down and do more temple work, and Join his friends on each excursion, thus we see that his mind was on his Father's business.
My blessings are with his wife, his family, and to them who have backed him in his endeavors in this ward; for he has been devoted to him appointments, and to his family. Whenever he came out he and his wife were together they worked together in harmony, and it was indeed a blessing for them to be associated together. I am sorry that sister Josephine Farr has not been able to be here, my blessings are with her that her strength may be strengthened and that she may continue to be active and do the things that she would like to do most. Brother Marcus I know will to associating with his friends in the realms above and conversing with the powers on high that are directing the affairs of the universe. He wasn't a doubting Thomas, but he had faith in all things, and showed it by his devotion to them. I ask that those wonderful attributes that he had may become a part of my life, that his family may realize the things that he has done and taught through example and faith while he sojourned here on this earth. I leave my blessings with the family and to all who have had something to do with this affair. Amen
Bishop Albert E. Read
I can say at this time with sympathy in my heart that I treasure the memory of brother Marcus Farr. He was always willing to help others, and I believe there is very few homes in this ward where brother Farr has not been called in to bless and anoint in times of sickness and trouble. I pray the blessings of the Lord upon each and everyone of his family that they may maintain his memory in their hearts forever. I am going to read a letter written by one of his neighbors (contained on the following page)
The family wishes that I express their appreciation for the comforting words that have been spoken, for the beautiful floral offerings, and to all those who have been to their home in the time of their sorrow and sickness of Brother Marcus Farr. Also to the Relief Society, and for the lovely music that has been rendered.
CLOSING PRAYER: Brother Lester H. Froerer
Our Father Who Art in Heaven, we turn to Thee at the close of these services to thank Thee for the blessings that Thou bast bestowed upon us and to ask of Thee a blessing. We do thank Thee for the words that have been spoken and the beautiful music that has inspired and comforted us; and we are thankful, Father in Heaven, because we know that the words and songs were all inspired by the dutiful and righteous life of our brother, Marcus Farr. We ask at this time that we may retain some of the sentiments expressed here this day that they may be with us in coming life. We ask at this time to bestow Thy blessings on Sister Farr, the sons and daughters, that they may have that spirit to be with them, that they may find consolation in the words of the Savior, "I am the resurrection and the Life," Bless us that we may continue to do good as has our departed brother. God. go with us now through the remainder of these services to the final resting place of this body. Protect us that no harm shall befall us throughout the remainder of the program at the cemetery. These favors and blessings we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.