Wiley Tarr, 1891-1961

Mike Fleury: Just on a hunch I started looking through these for my Grandpa Wiley Tarr, and sure enough he was in there! President of the Yellow Cab company.
This caricature was done by Hy Vogel in 1936.
Racine Journal Times, September 22, 1936. It sounds like Wiley Tarr bought a gas station.
Racine Journal Times, April 5, 1944
Wiley Tarr Named Commander By Veterans of Foreign Wars
Racine Journal Times, March 17, 1947.
Racine’s most modern service station at State and Marquette.

Mike Fleury: He passed when I was a kid, but I do remember him being a very kind, gentle, cheerful man. He used to give my brother Pat and I a silver dollar when we visited his beautiful cottage at Eagle Lake, which is still in the family with my Uncle Bob and Aunt Jackie Seitz. Besides owning Yellow Cab, he was also the head of the VFW in Racine. Also, since I was the first grandchild, I was responsible for his nickname in the family, as I apparently said DoDo (DoeDoe) to him when I was able to talk, and MiMi to my GrandMother, which stuck with both of them until they passed. He also gave my Dad his first job when he got back from the Korean war, at the cab company. He was just a great family Patriarch and started a huge extended family, which is still quite close.

Wiley T. Tarr
Sergeant, 2 Mechanic Regt Air Svc
World War I
November 21, 1891 – October 10, 1961
Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery
Kansasville, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA