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The Farr Cemetery index lists individuals interred at the Farr Cemetery in Whitman County, Washington. Death dates on the markers range from 1882-1904. Index information about an individual may include name, birth date, birth place, death date, and names of family members. Index data was compiled by Maggie Rail, a member of the Washington State Cemetery Association who has transcribed over 400 cemeteries since 1993.
Farr Cemetery is located at Lat: 46° 43' 36"N, Lon: 117° 11' 28"W T14N R45E Sec 6
There are 39 individuals listed in this index.
This index is in English.
This index is open for research.
Notes from transcriber Maggie Rail, Sep 15, 2000, last edited Feb 18, 2003:
“Take Waiwai Rd west off Hwy 195, on the north side of Pullman, and follow it to Skyline Road, turn left or south and the cemetery will be on the east side of the street.”
“Farr Cemetery is just west of Sunnyside Park and not too far from the IOOF Cemetery which is on the other side of the park.”
“The entrance to the cemetery is a path straight up from the street, and is quite a hike to the top of Sunnyside Hill, off of Skyline Road. I would have missed it if I had not asked someone in the area. The sign is placed down by the road, so if one keeps their eyes peeled, they will see it on the east side of the road.”
“The cemetery is named after one of the founders of Pullman Balin Farr. There are no Farrs buried here, so I am not sure it was his land. Some say it was donated by Dr H. J. Webb. I wonder about the size, it seems so small. It appears that the cemetery land covers a larger area than where the fence is installed.”
“Rumor has it that at one point vandalism and destruction of the stones was very bad, so the council at that time decided to take the headstones to city hall, storing them in the basement. Only to be forgotten about for years. Several years later a new council discovered the headstones, and wondered why they were there. After research on it, a fence was built to contain the existing stones, then the stones were placed back in the cemetery inside an enclosure, none being places over the original gravesites, because no one knew where they went.”
” There has been much controversy over this cemetery. When I first heard of it, I was told this was the cemetery where they buried horses. I found no stone for this and I have no proof they did, but if you go to Pullman, someone will tell you it is true. It is said because of this and other prejudice of who was buried here, the people ceased to use it for a burial place.”
” I surveyed this cemetery, Sept 07, 2001. After transcribing my findings, I compared it with a previous work pub. in 1973 by EWGS, Vol III on Whitman County Cemeteries. If the entry came from there, it is followed by an asterisk *.”
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Farr Cemetery Index, Office of Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: Index and transcription notes were donated to the Washington State Archives by Maggie Rail, Historical Records Project, March 2011.