Biography of Eli A. Farnham
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


This leading business man of Edgerton, Williams county, has for forty years been closely identified with the history of the place, while his name is inseparably connected with its financial records. The banking interests are well represented by him, for he is today at the head of the well known banking house of Farnham & Co.

On the old homestead in St. Joseph township, Williams county, Mr. Farnham was born March 28, 7843, a son of Daniel Farnham, who was born in Windham county, Connecticut, January 17, 1811, and in 1835 came to Williams county, Ohio, locating in St. Joseph township. Here he was married October 6, 1840, to Miss Caroline Sawyer, a native of New York State, born September 13, 1818. They were among the earliest settlers of Williams county, and became widely and favorably known. The father died December 27, 1896, but the mother is still living. In their family were eleven children, who in order of birth are as follows: Leander, Eli A., Myron C., Marian R., Darwin A., twin daughters (deceased), Irmina, Ella, Elnora and Inez V.

Eli A. Farnham grew to manhood upon the home farm, and in his fatherís store, which was conducted upon that place, he became thoroughly familier with business methods. He continued to assist his father until after the outbreak of the Civil war, when he offered his services to the government, enlisting October 26, 1861, in Company K, Sixty eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but after serving for seven months he was discharged on account of physical disability. Returning to Williams county, he soon afterward embarked in merchandising in Edgerton, and successfully engaged in that business until 1892. In that year the banking house of Farnham & Co. was established, and he has since successfully conducted a general banking business. He is also vice president of the Farmersí National Bank of Bryan. A man of keen discrimination and sound judgment, his executive ability and excellent management have brought to both concerns a high degree of success. He is also conducting a mercantile business in Edgerton.

At Lodi, Columbia county, Wisconsin, Mr. Farnham married Miss Emma Rathbun, who was born February 5, 1855, in Connecticut, but was reared in Wisconsin. Her father, William S. Rathbun, spent his last days in Edgerton, Ohio, dying there. Mr. and Mrs. Farnham are the parents of six children, namely: Harry R., Waldo C., Irma (who died at the age of nine months), Eli A., Jr., and Emma and Dana (twins). Mrs. Farnham is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Edgerton, and director of the Edgerton school board, serving as treasurer for three years.

Socially, Mr. Farnham is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, and Walter Slaughter Post, G. A. R. He has been called upon to serve as treasurer of Edgerton, and has also been a member of the school board. As a financier he ranks with the ablest in Williams county, and he is probably equally prominent in social life. Wherever found, whether in public or private life, his integrity is above question and his honor above reproach. Edgerton owes much to him, and numbers him among her valued citizens.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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