|WINSLOW FARR JR. DIARIES - PART 8
by Wilma S. Smith and Randall A. Smith
Pioneer communities always managed to arrange time for their entertainment. Family tradition states, Winslow had a favorite saying, " I am not a musician, I just love to fiddle around ". His talent must have been in great demand for throughout his diaries he writes about playing his violin for weddings, priesthood dinners, missionary farewells, dances and many other social occasions.
A modest man of few words, he never gives any details abut these social gatherings. The following diary excerpts are typical of his acknowledgment of playing his violin.
[ January Friday 18, 1861 ] I helped to play the violin for George Baker's wedding affair It came a very hard wind storm Very Cold
[ January Tuesday 22 ] I walked from Wellsville to Mendon and played the violin.
February Friday 15 th I went to Wellsville played the violin enjoyed myself well
Tuesday 19 th Cloudy. Played the violin for the teachers party.
Wednesday 26 It snowed some. At night I played the violin.
Tues 27 I went to Wellsville to play the violin Had a good time.
There is a gap in Winslow's diaries from March 1, 1861 through and May 1962.
Winslow and Emily Jane's first home in Paradise, Cache Valley, Utah was a single room dugout in the side of a hill. A fireplace located at one end of the dugout held an iron kettle for cooking in addition to providing heat for the room.
Their first child, Winslow Robert, born in Washington, Utah on February 3, 1860, died in Paradise, Utah at age one on July 15, 1861. Their children, Emily Olive Farr, Lafayette Thomas Farr, and Lorin Freeman Farr were born while they resided in this "dugout" home.
Years later Emily Jane often told her grandchildren about the times young people rode their sleighs over the top of their dugout home.
Winslow Jr.. was selected as Captain of the Minuteman Militia in Paradise. The militia organized into groups of men to work in the fields and to provide protection from Indians who would often raid the settlement for cattle and horses.
[ 1862 Thursday May 1 Paradise Cache Valley, Utah]
I went to the kanyon for a stringer to build a bridge on east fork of the creek. We took our team for the logs
Saturday 3 rd I went to work on the bridge to cover it and it was finished
Monday 5 th all hands turned out to plow for Br WM Humphreys Our teamster for the United States this season
I was foreman today in charge of the plowing We plowed 8 acres and put it in good shape
Tuesday 6 th I plowed a piece of land for garden patch
Saturday 10 th I planted potatoes in the forenoon In the afternoon went with Br Jerome Remington to pack over some store goods from Box Elder
Sunday 11 th My birthday I am 25 years old today was born in the church and passed through much trial and persecutions with the Saints moving from place to place
The diaries contain a gap from May 1862 through May 1863.
[1863 May 6 th ] I with eleven others started for the mountains to hunt for stolen horses taken by the Indians After riding hard all day till most of the night we found old Segwitch and 3 men with him and sqaw and 3 children We did not find the horses but took one Indian prisoner home with us On our way back a man by the name of Spence Neilson had his right leg broken above the ankle by his horse falling down on a side hill We had to carry him some of the way on our back It was about 7 miles from home We sent one Indian back for the horses
Thursday 7 th I helped to guard the prisoner in the night for some of our horses were stolen by the Indians Found part of horses in the evening Sent a express to Millville to captain Frank Weaver that Segwitch had been moved downed to Paradise The boy had come without the horses
Saturday 9 th The captain came with a force of men and took all the Indian prisoners and kept them till Tuesday morning
Sunday 10 th No meeting
Monday 11 th My birthday I made a lariat
Wednesday 13 th We organized to companies to work in the fields Made me captain over one company
Saturday 16 th We went to work on the ditch at the fort report came that the Indians have taken some cattle and horses We raised 16 men on horseback I took charge of 7 of them and divided them We went over the mountains but did not find anything
From May 18, 1863 until 1868 there is a five year gap where Winslow's diaries are missing and presumed lost.
Other sources advise that Winslow sold his farm in Paradise, Cache Valley Utah in or about 1867 and moved to Ogden, Utah where he bought a lot from his brother Lorin Farr and built a home on 20 th and Washington Blvd . Winslow worked in several different departments at the ZCMI co-op store in Ogden.
On March 8, 1868 Winslow was called to serve on a mission, for the church, in Great Britain . He traveled by mule train to Laramie, Wyoming where he embarked on a train for New York City where he set sail on the steamer France for Great Britain. He labored in the Liverpool Conference area under the direction of Moroni Ensign.
His pregnant wife, Emily Jane Covington Farr, remained in Ogden, Utah with their three children, Emily (six), Lafayette (four), and Lorin (two). Emily Jane, with the help of family, planted and harvested her own vegetable garden.
In addition she took in washing and ironing to support herself while Winslow was on his mission. She was paid 50 cents per bundle for laundry.
Their fifth child, David James, was born on August 6, 1868.