Friday, August 29, 2008

Farr West

I am a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization and every month we study a portion of our pioneer history. In November 2003 the lesson was on the history of Weber County, Utah and then in January 2004 the lesson was about the pioneers of Weber County. I learned something about Chauncey Walker West in both lessons. I always thought that the town of Farr West in Utah was named after FarWest, Missouri, a town well-known in the history of our pioneers. I learned differently when I read the lessons.

"Sometime between 1852 and 1860, Chauncey West settled farther west in Harrisville in an area called West Harrisville." This was the beginning of the settlement later named Farr West.... It was not until 1890 that the west part of Harrisville was organized into a ward and named Farr West after two early settlers in Weber County, Lorin Farr and Chauncey West." (DUP Lesson for November 2003, History of Weber County compiled by Lou Jean S. Wiggins, p 110-111. The history for Farr West was originally taken from "The Story of Farr West," by Lila B. Garlick, which is part of the DUP History Collection and not available at the Family History Library.)

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