Birdie Farr grew up in one of the few African American families in Bethany, a working class suburb of Lincoln during the 1920s. Her brothers were well-known football players for Northeast High School. She married John Farr in 1946 and moved to York. John worked for a local auto dealership until he started his own repair shop. The business was successful and the family became leaders of the community.
"In those days, they didn't give anything back. You just lost it, and that was it. He said they talked about a penny on a dollar or two cents on a dollar. But he says they never even seen that."