John W. Farnsworth

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 279
Upshur County

JOHN W. FARNSWORTH has been in the lumber industry
ever since leaving college, and is now officially identified
with two of the prominent lumber manufacturing enter-
prises of Weston, one being the Acme Lumber & Manu-
facturing Company and the other the Richwood Lumber
Company, of which he is president.

Mr. Farnsworth was born at Buckhannon in Upshur
County, West Virginia, September 24, 1876, son of Dr.
Thomas G. and Mary J. (Marshall) Farnsworth. His grand-
father came from England to the United States, first
settled on Staten Island, New York, and later in Buck-
hannon, where he became a man of considerable wealth
and prominence. Dr. Thomas G. Farnsworth was born at
Buckhannon, and died there at the close of a long and use-
ful life of eighty-five years on February 11, 1921.. He
was educated in private schools, graduated in, medicine
from Jefferson Medical College, and for many years had
a busy practice that taxed his time and energies. He
was also active in polities and the affairs of good citizen-
ship, served as a member of the State Legislature in 1871-
72, for eight terms filled the office of mayor of Buck-
hannon and was also a member of the City Council. He
was a republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church and was a past master of Franklin Lodge of Masons.
Of his eleven children six are living.

John W. Farnsworth spent the first twenty-one years
of his life at Buckhannon. He graduated from high school
and also attended Wesleyan College there. Through an
experience of a quarter of a century he has mastered the
details of lumber manufacture, and the two companies
named above owe much of their prosperity and high stand-
ing to his capable executive management.

Mr. Farnsworth married Mary A. Hammer on April 25;
1899. They have three children: Ernest S., born in May,
1900. now living at Los Angeles, California; Mary M.,
born October 13, 1901, who is a graduate of high school;
and Edna H., born February 1, 1904. Mr. Farnsworth
is a trustee and secretary of the Official Board of the
Methodist Protestant Church at Weston. He is affiliated
with Weston Lodge, No. 10, A. F. and A. M., Bigelow
Chapter, No. 4, R. A. M., St. John Commandery, No. 8,
K. T. He has interested himself in the success of many
campaigns of the republican party, and was at one time
chairman of the Republican Executive Committee for Lewis
County. He is a member of the City Council, and belongs
to the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.