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Isaac Farrar

  • Born: 1840, St. Joseph, Berrien County, MIchigan
  • Died: 24 Jul 1887, Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado at age 47
  • Buried: Buried near his home on Black Mountain, Larimer County, Colorado

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Census, 1850, MIchigan, St. Joseph County, Fabius Township, Image 8 of 12. Age 10 yrs.

Census, 1880, Iowa, Mills County, Glenwood Township, Glenwood Post Office, Image 8 of 15. Age 30 yrs., works on farm.

Obituary: Colorado Courier, 28 Jul 1887, Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado. Fort Collins, Colorado Courier, Thursday, July 28, 1887


"Word was brought to the city, Monday forenoon by Mr. E. Meredith that Isaac Farrar, a well known citizen of this county, had been accidentally been shot and killed on the previous Sunday afternoon by his neightbor John E. Young. Beyond the merest outline particulars of this terrible affair, nothing could be gained at the time from Mr. Meredith. After notifying the authorities and informing the relatives of Mr. Farrar living in this vicinity, Mr. Meredith went home.

Dr. C.F. Miller, the county coroner being absent from the city, Justice John C. Fitman, acting coroner started immediately for the scene of the deceased. Mr. Filtman returned to the city Wednesday morning and from him we obtained the particulars of this sad sad truly unfortunate affair.
Mr. Farrar the deceased, lived with his family on a homestead claim located by him some time last year in the valley of the North Fork of the Poudre, near the foot of Black Mountain, some fifty-five or sixty miles northwest of this city.

His family consisted of a wife and four children. The claim adjoining Mr. Farrar's was located last spring by John E. Young, a single man. Both were improving their claims as fast as their united means would allow. They worked together a great deal and had been engaged in getting out fence poles which they expected to sell at Laramie City, and on the day of the accident they left Mr. Farrar's home about 8 a.m. together on horseback to look out a road over which to haul their poles. Mr. Young testified before the coroner's jury that he had his Winchester rifle with him with the charge in the chamber; that at about 3 p.m. as they were riding along through the timber some six miles from home, Mr. Farrar being in the lead, he (Young) attempted to shift the rifle from beneath his coat under his left arm - where he was carrying it to protect it from the rain - the hammer of the lock in some way caught in the lining of his coat. At this moment the horse shied and the gun lock springing back, discharged the gun, the ball hitting Mr. Farrar near the left shoulder blade and passing through the body, came out near the center of the breast.

Mr. Farrar exclaimed "My God John you have killed me."

He shortly after fell from his horse and died within fifteen minutes from the time he was shot.

Mr. Young hurried home with all possible speed and after notifying Mrs. Farrar, secured the assistance of Mr. Meredith and went back after the body which was taken to the home of the family.

On arrival of the coroner Tuesday, a jury was summoned and preparations made for holding an inquest. The jurors were Mr. L.D. Sloan, Mr. Meredith, H. Timmerman, S.C. Case, A.G. Snuffin and T.W. Vollentine, who after a thorough investigation, returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death on Sunday , July 24, 1887 from a gunshot, the gun being in the hands of John E. Young, that they believe from the evidence that the killing was accidental, there being no evidence of any felonious intent and that no blame is attached to Mr. Young.

Mr. Farrar's remains were buried Tuesday afternoon near his late home, the burial place being selected by the widow.

Mr. Farrar has been a resident of the county in the neighborhood of ten years and was well and favorably known. He was a farmer by occupation, and took up improved and occupied the farm now owned by Dr. Lee at Farrar Lake between the city and Laporte.

He was 47 years old and leaves a widow and four children in somewhat straitened circumstances.

He was a brother of Clinton, Henry, Martin and Reed Farrar, and of Mrs. T.W. Vollentine of the city and Mrs. Binford of Laporte. His aged parents both of whom are living, reside at Laporte."



"On Sunday night word was brought to Fort Collins of the killing of Isaac Farrar a well known resident of Larimer county. The first reports were very meagre and but little was known except that the killing was accidental. coroner Miller being out of town, Justice Fitman started up the Poudre to the scene of the shooting where he held an inquest. Believing that it would be of interst to the readers of the Express we append the report of the inquest:
State of Colorado
County of Larimer

Coroner's inquest held at late residence of deceased in the county of Larimer and State of Colorado, on Monday the 26h day of July, in the year of our Lord 1887 upon the body of Isaac Farrar deceased.
Present: John C. Fitman, acting coroner, S.D. Sloan, foreman, T.W. Valentine, E. Merredith, S.C. Case, A.C. Snuffin, H. Timmerman, jury of the inquest.

Be it remembered that at an inquisition made before the undersigned acting coroner of said county at the house of Isaac Farrar, in said county on the 26th day of July 1887, upon the body of Isaac Farrar by a jury, duly sworn according to law to inquire how the said body came to its death, the witnesses then and there sworn, testified as follows:

John C. Young, being duly sworn according to law says, "Am 29 years of age and reside in Larimer county. Knew the deceased Isaac Farrar during his lifetime. I have personal knowledge of the way he came to his death. I was in his company at the time of his death. We were riding on horseback at the time, last Saturday the 24th day of July about 1 or 2 o'clock in the afternoon. We were riding along at a brisk gate, Isaac Farrar being in front and I was a few feet behind him. I had in my hand a Winchester rifle, one chamber loaded. I had been carrying it in my left hand. It was raining at the time and I had my coat buttoned up and the stock of the gun under by coat. I went to change the gun from my left hand to my right, the horse shied and I think the gun caught in my coat as I passed it over to my right hand. I noticed it pulling on my coat at the time and I think it was discharged by catching on my coat.

There was no ill feeling between Mr. Farrar and myself, we had not had any words nor had either of us been drinking.

Mr. Farrar was shot in the left shoulder blade and the ball passed through his body. Mr. Farrar fell from his horse. I went up to him immediately after the gun went off. Mr. Farrar said, "my God John, you have killed me."
He was on his horse and went from thirty to fifty feet before he fell off. He lived about fifteen munutes after he fell. I came immediately to Mr. Farrar's home to get help to bring him in and found no one there to assist, so I went to Mr. Merediths and went with him to the place where Mr. Farrar was killed. I think I made this statement at this house. We met Mr. Sloan and Mr. Timmerman as we were comng back. It is between four and six miles to the place where he was killed. It is in Larimer county Colorado" - John E. Young

Margaret Jane Farrar, being duly sworn on her oath says, "I am the wife of Isaac Farrar deceased. I last saw my husband alive on last Saturday morning at about 8 o'clock at my house. He left the house in the company of John Young. He said he was going up the river. I next saw him at about 7 o'clock in the evening and he was dead. His relations with Mr. Young were quite friendly. I know nothing that would lead Mr. Young to shoot Mr. Farrar. My knowledge of the relations between Mr. Young and Mr. Farrar leads me to think that it was an accident. He made the same statement to me that he has made here under oath. I have no complaint to make against Mr. Young for the killing of Mr. Farrar."

Margaret Jane Farrar.

E. Meredith: My name is E. Meredith, am a resident of Larimer county, am aged 27 years. I was acquainted with Mr. Farrar and Mr. Young. I saw Mr. Farrar Sunday at about half past four, he was lying dead about five or six miles from his residence. The statement made by Mr. Young was substantially the same as made here under oath. I have know of the relations existing between Mr. Young and Mr. Farrar for the last sixteen months and I know of nothing that would lead Mr. Young to shoot Mr. Farrar." - E. Meredith

And the said testimony was then and there ordered by me reduced to writing and is subscribed by the witnesses in their own hand writing. Given under my hand and seal at Fort Collins, this twenty-fifth day of July 1887 - John C. Fitnam, acting as coroner of Larimer county.

The following is a copy of the verdit of the jury:

"An inquisition held at the late residence of Isaac Farrar, in Larimer county, and the state of Colorado, on the 25th day of July 1887, before John C. Fitnam, acting coroner of said county, upon the body of Isaac Farrar, there lying dead, by the jurors whose names are heretosubscribed. Said jurors upon their oath do say that the evidence given before us, believe that Isaac Farrar came to his death from a gunshot, and the gun was in the hands of John E. Young, and we also believe from the evidence in the case, it was done accidently and with no felonious intent. No blame is attached to John E. Young in any form.

In testimony whereof the said jury have hereunto set their hands the day and year aforesaid.

S.D. Sloan
S.C. Case
E. Meredith
A.C. Snuffin (nephew)
H. Timmerman
T.W. Vollintine (brother-in-law)

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