Biography of George A. H. Farmer
Tulare County, CA Biographies





GEORGE A. H. FARMER.
In the line of general realty development and fruit culture in this section of California few men have exerted a more potent personal influence than George A. H. Farmer, a substantial realtor and widely known promoter of Porterville, whose operations have made him one of the best known men in the line of general development work in this state. Beginning his operations in this behalf in Forterville about fifteen years ago, Mr. Farmer has extended these operations until now he is recognized as a leader in his line, the owner of large tracts of land awaiting development, owner of large and flourishing orchard tracts, proprietor of two extensive packing plants and a nursery that is doing much to secure the propagation of standard varieties of the best of the horticultural products of this favored valley, and is otherwise actively identified with the general commercial and industrial interests of the community, a past secretary of the Forterville Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Tulare County Fruit Exchange and a continual and consistent "booster" of the interests of this region. A native of England, Mr. Farmer has been an enthusiast in getting back to his native country the good word concerning the wonderful possibilities of this region and through his efforts in that behalf has been instrumental in adding no fewer than two hundred English people to the population of the Porterville district since he became a resident thereof. During this time he also has secured outside investments in this district to the amount of a million dollars or more and thus very properly may be regarded as one of the real promoters of the development of the region in which as a young man seeking a desirable place of location he elected to take his stand.

George A. H. Farmer, as noted above, is a native of England, born in London, September 27, 1889, and is thus now in the very prime of his vigorous and useful manhood. He was reared amid a fine social environment in his native land and was well schooled there, remaining in England until after he had attained his majority when, in 1911, he came to California and in Porterville became connected with the operations of the Porterville Citrus Association, of which J. A. Milligan then was the directing head. He was quick to discern the possibilities of development work hereabout and not long after taking up his residence here began operations on his own account as a realtor and promoter. One of Mr. Farmer's first operations along this line was the purchase of a tract of one thousand acres of undeveloped land in the Terra Bella district, to which he gave the name of Fairfield Farms in honor of his home place in England, planted the same to Emperor grapes, oranges and plums and after the initial development had been made put it on the market in ten acre tracts. It now is generally recognized hereabout that Fairfield Farms is one of the best kept ranches in the valley, its garden like reaches attracting the attention of all who pass that way. Almost nine hundred acres of this tract are now in bearing grapes and plums and some five hundred acres of the tract have been disposed of to investors who have taken it up in ten acres tracts. Many of these are settlers but there are others of these investors who are non residents and their interests are looked after by Mr. Farmer's representatives on the ground. According to season Mr. Farmer has in his employ from forty to one hundred and fifty persons and his operations have come to assume extensive proportions.

Mr. Farmer's operations include his direction of the affairs of the big packing plant he has set up in Strathmore and which he operates under the name of the Strathmore Orange Groves Company, forty or fifty of the growers of the district pooling their products there for shipment. Mr. Farmer personally owns a tract of four hundred acres which he devotes to the growing of oranges, grapes and plums, besides which he has a tract of almost six hundred acres of land in the vicinity of Visalia awaiting development along the same lines, and a tract of six hundred and forty acres in Riverside county, in the southern part of the state. The widely known Farmer nursery, which he has brought to a fine point of development, is a separate department of his business and in addition to supplies in general horticultural products there he also carries a line of farmers' supplies, sprayers, pumps and the like. His general realty business also is a separate department and in his offices in the Baker block in Porterville he carries on an extensive business in general farm and city real estate, one of the best known dealers in that line hereabouts. As a director of the Tulare County Fruit Exchange, affiliated with the California Fruit Growers Exchange, Mr. Farmer has been able to do much toward the general stabilization of the fruit market in this section and is regarded as a valued factor in that behalf. His first grade grapes are marketed under the well known "Fairfield" brand and others under his "O. K." brand, while his oranges are packed and shipped in two grades, his fancy "Lady Strathmore" brand (Sunkist) and his choice "Tam O'Shanter."

On April 9, 1913, in Porterville, George A. H. Farmer was united in marriage to Miss Louise Templeton, daughter of Mrs. Martha A. Templeton and a member of one of the pioneer families of Tulare county. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer have three children: Edith, Sardis and Patricia. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are members of the Tulare County Golf and Country Club and the former is a member of the Porterville Gun Club, which maintains a hunting lodge at Wasco in the neighboring county of Kern. Mr. Farmer has long been an active member of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce, one of the foremost promoters of the activities of that useful and influential commercial body and during 1912-13 was secretary of the organization.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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