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Dallas Elijah Farnsworth
Atchison County, Kansas


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The following transcription is from a 750 page book titled "Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, dated 1900.  These have been diligently transcribed and generously contributed by Penny R. Harrell, please give her a very big Thank You for her hard work!

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Dallas Elijah Farnsworth, city passenger and ticket agent for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad at Atchison, Kansas, and the treasurer of the Home Printing Company of this place, is a gentleman of well known business standing.  A native of the Keystone state, he was born in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, April 13, 1844, a son of David and Philena A. (Haven) Farnsworth, both natives of Vermont.

David Farnsworth was for many years connected with the Pennsylvania state militia and during the War of 1812 held a colonel's commission.  In early life the parents of our subject moved from the Green Mountain state to Pennsylvania and settled in Bradford county, where they remained until 1869, when they went to Monroe, Wisconsin.  At the last named place the father died, in 1882.  The mother is still living, at this writing, and is a resident of Denver, Colorado.  Their family consisted of two sons and three daughters and all are married and settled in life except the youngest son, who died at the age of twenty one.  One daughter, Mrs. Olive C. Reineck, is a resident of New Brunswick, New Jersey; another, Mrs. William C. Burrows, lives in Leavenworth, Kansas; and third, Mrs. Ella F. Elliott, is in Denver, Colorado.

D. E. Farnsworth was reared and received his early education in his native county.  At the age of eighteen he journeyed westward and found employment in the woodenware factory at Menasha, Wisconsin.  Afterward he entered Ripon College and spent four years in that institution.  In 1870 he came to Atchison, Kansas, and secured the position of cashier in the store of D. C. Newcomb, with whom he remained one year.  At the end of this time he accepted a position as assistant to E. S. Wills, then a ticket agent for the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad.

In 1876 he was promoted to the position of ticket agent of that company and served until 1880, when all of the city offices were abolished. He was next made the assistant ticket agent for the Atchison Union Depot Company, which position he filled until his resignation in March, 1893.  Then he organized the Home Printing Company, which bought out the Haskell Printing Company, and with this business has since been associated as the treasurer.

It has been conducted on a profitable basis; valuable new machinery has been added to the plant, making the equipment first class in every respect, and a force of about twenty-five men and women are employed.  The business includes every variety of work, a specialty being made of show printing, and the large business which the company has built up is being maintained by courtesy, promptness and superiority of work.

Mr. Farnsworth was married, in 1882, to Miss Emma Richards, a native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and a daughter of J. M. Richards.  They have two children, David Freeling and Howard Richards.  Mr. Farnsworth is a member of the Atchison board of education, to which he was elected in 1898, and is a member and clerk of the Congregational church.

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