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J. D. Farmer
AMES D. FARMER, a
cattleman since he left
college, many years
ago, is the consistent
lifetime record of t
ments o now vice-president and
sales manager of the Rhome-Farmer -
Live- Stock Commission Company, organized
by him in connection with
other prominent Fort Worth citizens
on January 1, 1912, and which has
been highly successful since its organization.
Mr. Farmer is Tarrant
County born and reared. His father E
is E. W. Farmer, born in Roane
County, Tennessee, in 1831, and his
mother Sallie E. Farmer. They
moved to Texas from Tennessee two _
years after the Lone Star Republic
became a part of the Federal Union.
They settled in Tarrant County,
where James D. was born in 1858.
The best educational advantages then
found in the young settlement were
his and he was sent to Mansfield
College. A few years after his I ME ari
graduation he married Miss Martha I .
C. Thompson. Having entered the
cattle business in a modest sort of
way, the establishment of the Hoxie
packing house, the forerunner of the
giant Swift and Armour establishments
of the present day, attracted
him and he moved to North Fort
Worth and entered the live stock
commission business by organizing
the Fort Worth Live Stock Commission
Company, which was the first
company organized for the buying
and selling of live stock on the Fort
Worth market. The business, to
which he has devoted his life since
that time, has proven highly successful
and he is now one of the
best known commission men in the
Southwest. That Mr. Farmer is
highly esteemed and trusted by his
fellow citizens is evidenced by his i
election as the first Mayor of North
Fort Worth. He is a Democrat and
served two terms as that party's
Mayor, and was later largely instrumental
in bringing about a union
of the city of North Fort Worth
with Fort Worth proper. Nine children
have been born to Mr. and
Mrs. Farmer, eight of whom are
living, as follows: Fred T., 29; Minnie
C., 27; A. Ward, 25; Jeannette,
23; James D., Jr., 21; Cherokee, 19;
Henry J., 16, and Jolly S., 14. Mr.
Farmer is known to have only one
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Newspaper Artists' Association, Forth Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, book, 1914; Fort Worth. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41334/m1/54/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Amon Carter Museum.