Sheriff Farley was born in Salinas in March of 1870. He was Michael and Rodalee Farley’s 4th child out of 6. At the age of 26 he was a known journalist living in Gonzales, CA. He had only been with the Sheriff’s Department for 9 months when he was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect. He was 29 years old. Newspaper articles have stated “never before has this county seen such a large funeral.” All stores, saloons, and schools were shut down from 9 am to 12 pm, and all flags were flown at half-staff. At the time of his death, Sheriff Farley was survived by his mother Mrs. Rodalee Farley.