J. B. Farver is one of the representative and valued citizens of Ashton, where for the past nineteen years he has successfully engaged in the blacksmith business. During that time he has also been active in public affairs and has made a most commendable record in positions of public trust and responsibility. He was born in Pennsylvania, November 1, 1869, and is a son of T. W. and Sarah M. Farver, also natives of that state. The parents came to Lee county, Illinois, in 1875, locating in Franklin Grove. To their union were born seven children, of whom the subject of this review is the third in order of birth. J. B.

Farver remained at home until he was twenty years of age and then learned the blacksmith trade, which he has followed continuously since that time. For the past nineteen years he has been in business in Ashton, where he has become recognized as a man of unusual integrity and worth. He controls a large and representative patronage, for his work is of high quality and his business methods beyond question.

In 1893 Mr. Farver was united in marriage to Miss Emma S. Stoudt, a daughter of Alkana and Polly (Ruth) Stoudt, natives of Pennsylvania. The parents were residents of Illinois for many years and are now residents of Nachusa. Mr. and Mrs. Farver have become the parents of two children: Ruth M., and Reeta F., students in high school. The family occupy an attractive residence in Ashton and are well known in social circles of the community. The parents are members of the Eastern Star and Mr. Farver is connected also with Ashton Lodge, No. 531, A. F. & A. M., and has filled almost all of the offices in the local lodge of the Modern Woodmen of America. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has always been active in public affairs. For four years he served as mayor of Ashton and his administration was constructive, businesslike and progressive, characterized by the accomplishment of a great deal of important work. Mr. Farver is a man of high character, industrious and enterprising and his honesty and uprightness have always merited him the confidence and respect of his neighbors.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record - Lee County


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