Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
JACOB FARLEY has a model farm
three miles northwest from Hartline. Every detail of the estate shows
the marked wisdom, taste, and executive ability of the proprietor.
It is one of the best places to be found in this part of the state.
Mr. Farley has put his whole soul into his farm and has certainly achieved
a success in which he may take pride, and which has stimulated many to
better work in this country.
Jacob Farley was born in Tipton county, Indiana,
on March 15, 1852. His parents, Matt and Mary (Stroup) Farley, were
natives of Virginia and Ohio respectively. Like the ordinary American
boy, our subject was educated in the common schools and then gave his attention
to farming in his native place until 1882, when he came to Colorado.
He remained one year farming but lost the entire crop by hail, then he
went to Montana and later, March 15, 1884, we find him in Walla Walla.
It was 1888, when Mr. Farley came to Douglas county and took a pre-emption
and homestead where he now dwells. The place is provided with comfortable
improvements and is a model specimen of energy and thrift. He handles
some stock, but his attention is almost entirely given to producing grain.
Mr. Farley has one brother, two half brothers, and two half sisters, Henry,
John, Matt, Mrs. Mary McCool, and Mrs. Naoma Nesbit.
At Palmyra, Iowa, on May 25, l875, occurred
the marriage of Jacob Farley and Miss Martha A., daughter of Sylvester
and Elizabeth (Paul) Farley, natives of Virginia and Indiana, respectively.
Mrs. Farley was born in Mahaska county, February 7, 1858, and has one brother
and two sisters, Joseph H., Mrs. A. Talbot, and Mrs. Mary Webster.
To this couple, three children have been born: Myrtle E., wife of Richard
Heathman; Altha M., and Royal J. The last two are living at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Farley are members of the Methodist
church and are known as good, upright people.