Waldo Farrar was born in Middlesex, Vermont, the son of Calvin & Almira Farrar. His brother George moved to Elgin, Minnesota in May 1855. He came home for a visit the following year and when he returned to Minnesota in May, Waldo went with him. In the summer of 1856 George and Waldo built the first frame house in the new community of Elgin. George ran it as a hotel until 1860.
Waldo enlisted on April 29, 1861, in Company I, of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to sergeant and later to 2nd lieutenant of his Company I. Thomas Dwelle was a comrade in Company I. In his diary, Dwelle mentioned Waldo. On Jan 26, 1863 he wrote:
"Dilley, Organ, Foruro (we believe this refers to Farrar) and Hayden sent to hospital at Aquia Creek".
At this time we don't know the reason for the four being sent to the hospital. On May 17, 1863, he requested and was granted a 15 day leave of absence. He wanted to travel to to Middlesex, Vermont to take care of "important private business which requires my personal attention." Five weeks later, at Gettysburg, he was with his men as they charged into the Confederate ranks on July 2nd. He was unfortunately one of the many who gave the ultimate sacrifice that day. He was killed during the charge.
Today he lies buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, Section B, Grave 14. A cenotaph monument in his memory was also erected at his hometown in Middlesex, Vermont. (bio by: Wayne Jorgenson)