Henry Valentine Farrar
- Born: 19 Oct 1842, Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, Michigan
- Died: Aug 1924, Hot Sulphur Springs, Grand County, Colorado at age 81
- Buried: Hot Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Grand County, Colorado
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1850, MIchigan, St. Joseph County, Fabius Township, Image 8 of 12. Age 7 yrs.
• Obituary: Middle Park Times, 22 Aug 1924, MIddle Park, Grand County, Colorado. Middle Park Times, Vol. 44, August 22, 1924
"Pioneer Crosses the Divide"
"Henry Farrar, Colorado pioneer, 82 years old and resident of Hot Sulphur Springs, for the past 19 years died Sunday Evening.
"Uncle Hank" as he was affectionately known, was born at Three Rivers, Michigan, Oct. 19, 1842, the son of Josiah and Julia Arnold Farrar. His family moved west to Glenwood, Iowa in 1854. In 1861 at the age of 19, he drove a bull team across the plains to Denver and back again to Omaha.
The following year, 1862, he came back to Colorado to stay and preempted a claim at White Rock in the Boulder Valley. The call of the hills was too strong for him to stay long at farming and he sold his place. About this time he enlisted in the First Colorado Cavalry under Captain Nicholls of Boulder and served in that company during the Indian troubles during which time he fought with his company at the famous Sand Creek, where the Indians were given a lesson that stopped their raids in the vicinity of Denver. After his service in the Army he settled on a homestead in Estes Park then the sportsmans paradise of the Rocky mountains, where he became noted as a guide to hunting parties from Europe and the eastern part of the United States.
In 1884 he became engaged in cattle ranching at Brush Creek, Wyoming in which he was very succesful for a number of years. He married late in life but his matrimonial venture was not a success and some twenty odd years ago he closed out his affairs and came to Hot Sulphur Springs where he has lived in a very modest quiet way up-until his death last Sunday. All his life, Uncle Hank was known as a true sportsman. He never fished or hunted to make the biggest catch or the biggest bag, but to get the enjoyment of real sportsmanship out of it. At one time he was a dealer in the famous Ed Chase gambling house of pioneer Denver, but was always known as a square shooter.
He is survived by one brother, Reed Farrar, of LaPorte, Larimer County, Colorado, two sisters, Mrs. Helen Vollintine of Seattle, Washington, and Melissa Farrar Hayden.
The brother Reed Farrar and Harold Cameron a grandnephew of Laramie, Wyoming, were present at the funeral.
He had been ailing for some weeks and passed away Sunday evening while sitting at the supper table. He apparently did not suffer at the end, just passed on quietly as he had lived. He left a will directing his property which is estimated at $5000, all in cash to be divided between his brother Reed Farrar and a niece whose name is not known as the will has not been offered for probate. It is rumored that two thirds of the property goes to the brother and one third to the niece.
He was buried from his late residence at 2pm Tuesday afternoon, with a simple service at the grave, rendered by the Rev. Thomas Houston."
Middle Park Times - Aug.1924
" A toast to Uncle Hank"
Here's to a man in corduroys.
Always a good sport 'mong the boys
He'll tell you where the fish are biting
And you won't go smokless for lack of a lightin'
We've dried our socks in front of his fire
And of his tales of "big ones" we never tire
Here's hoping when he crosses o'er the Divide
He'll find good fishin on that other side
Reine De Dontney