Gus Farr receives 60-year membership award

Comstock Park, MI

I asked and received this from Gus Farr's son, Tom Farr.

I have known Gus Farr all my life. Besides being a great father and loving husband. He has always been a pillar of the Comstock Park (Mich.) community.

Gus moved into Comstock Park at the age of 7 and still remains there today. Gus raised three kids in Comstock Park all whom continue to have strong ties to the community.

Gus started his working career at a young age as a caddy at Green Ridge County Club, delivering newspapers and mowing lawns. He once told me he worked his way up to 60 cents per hour a penny a minute I will never be broke. Probably not thinking gas would be over $4 per gallon. Cigarettes over $5 per pack.

At a young age Gus found one of his many niches in life coaching baseball. He coached his neighborhood ball team and even got Nick Fink to sponsor the team. As he got older he coached baseball, men's softball, senior softball. He still managed to find sponsors or sponsor the team on his own. He coached for 60+ years.

In 1953 Gus was called to duty and served in the Korean War where he spent much of his time on the front lines. He retired from the CSX (C & O) railroad after 38 years of dedicated service. Gus also had operated a successful insulation business. For years he managed to handle both of these jobs and never missed one of his kids sporting events.

He played a big role in getting Post 47 to start up a Sons of The American Legion squadron with his sons. Both have been SAL commanders, he signed up all of his grandchildren on the day they were born and pays their dues till the age of 21. At Post 47 and numerous other club's and halls Gus would play Santa Clause for Christmas parties.

Photo cutline: Gus Farr receives his 60-year membership certificate from Commander John Schaap, American Legion Post 47 (Louis Teistler), Comstock Park, Mich.

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