Frederick H. Farwell, biography c. 1926
[New Encyclopedia of Texas]
  Source: Davis, Ellis A. and Edwin H. Grobe, eds. New Encyclopedia of Texas. Dallas, Tex. Texas Development Bureau, 1926. Vol. I, p. 1026-1029.

FREDERICK H. FARWELL of Orange, Texas, is one of the pioneers in the lumber industry in Texas, having been engaged in this field of activity throughout his career in the business life of the Lone Star State, which he began as a very young man. Mr. Farwell is vice president and general manager of the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company, which is chief among the great industries of Orange. This company own and operate two mills in this city, which have a capacity of 400.000 feet of lumber per day, and one mill at Lunita, Louisiana, with a capacity of 50,000 feet each day. Great sheds and wharves have been constructed for the important export business which this company has built up, and at times as many as half a dozen trans-oceanic and coastwise steamships, schooners and barges may be loading at the company's wharves. Besides the vast amount of lumber shipped to practically every state in the Union from the Lutcher and Moore plants, there is a large trade with Central and South America, Cuba and the West Indies, and it is a known fact that the "Lutcher-Orange" trade mark has for many years been a familiar sight on the docks of Liverpool, Southampton, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Havre, and from Capetown to Cairo. The mills are equipped with the most modern and efficient machinery, including electrically driven planers with individual motors, and there is a monorail delivery at the lower mill direct to the municipal slip. There is a storage space of 20,000,000 feet of sawn timbers and dry kiln capacity of 300,000 feet each day. The planers have a capacity of 350,000 feet daily, and there have been loaded twenty-five carloads a day of finished lumber for interior shipments. With more than one thousand names on its payroll, and its actual cut of more than a million feet of lumber each week, even when not running to full capacity, the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company has been for years pouring a vitalizing stream of wealth into this community, and with its large acreage of timberland in the watershed of the Sabine in Texas and Louisiana, a further long life of activity is before it. A peculiarly intimate relationship exists between the development of Orange and those who have guided the destinies of the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company. Coming from Pennsylvania in 1877, H. J. Lutcher and G. Bedell Moore, lumber men, who thought they saw in Southern pine an opportunity for a development impossible in the well-cut timber lands of Pennsylvania, became pioneers in the pine lumber industry of the South. Up to that time, cypress had been the main product of the mills in this section, and pine had not yet taken its place. Locating at Orange and establishing a mill here, H. J. Lutcher gave full vent to his conviction that there was a great future in Southern pine, and money and credit were used to the utmost to secure holdings of pine lands. Fighting his way through every difficulty, Mr. Lutcher built up a business with enormous assets, and which has made rich men of all who had holdings in the company. Henry J. Lutcher died in 1912, after a period of thirty-five years spent in the development of Orange and the great lumber industry of the Southwest. In the history of the great Southwest there is no chapter that contains more of interest than that one which relates to the activities of this progressive and public-spirited man, wbose influence for good was felt and known throughout the time when he lived and worked for the good of Orange, and his community and state. Prior to the death of Mr. Lutcher, Mr. Moore had retired with a competence and removed to San Antonio, Texas, where he died. After the death of Mr. Lutcher, Mr. W. H. Stark, who was Mr. Lutcher's son-in-law, became president of the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company, and his son, H. J. Lutcher Stark, is secretary and treasurer, and is a leader among the younger business men of Texas, keenly interested in business, in community affairs, church work, civic matters and everything having for its object the progress and advancement of his city and state. In keeping with the Lutcher traditions, Frederick H. Farwell, following a training in the ranks, became general manager of the company and is a forceful factor in holding the business to the highest degree of efficiency and also in furthering every public undertaking having the interest and advancement of the community at heart. Mr. Farwell is credited by the president of this company as being one of the main builders of this large organization, and in shaping its destinies. It was largely, if not wholly, through Mr. Farwell's efforts that the trade with the southern countries was established, and the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company for many years have been the largest shippers of lumber into these countries. The general offices in Orange are housed in a modern, steam-heated and air-cooled building that is more like a banking house than a lumber office. While building up one of the largest lumber companies in the Texas-Louisiana timber region, the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company have never overlooked an opportunity to do something for Orange. There is not an industry of any magnitude in this city that is not financed wholly or in part by this company or some of its officials. Mr. Farwell was one of the organizers of the Orange Yellow Pine Paper Mills, and through his efforts this organization has been successful. He has also assisted in the organization of many of the larger and most successful institutions in this city, where he is active and prominent in the business and social life. Mr. Farwell is vice president of the First National Bank of Orange, and is a stockholder and director in many other of the city's financial institutions. His business career began in Orange with the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company in the position of assistant bookkeeper and soon thereafter was made bookkeeper, and still later he became office manager. A few years later, he became assistant general manager and then manager and vice president, which position he has held since that time. For many years he has been manager of this vast lumber company, and his position has grown in magnitude each day, although with the same official title, and largely through his efforts, which are untiring, this establishment has grown to be one of the leading and most successful of its kind in the Southwest.

Mr. Farwell was born in Kansas in August, 1870. His parents were well known and highly esteemed citizens of that state. His early education was obtained in the schools of his native state but the liberal education which he secured later in life was largely through self-help, and he has taken his rightful place among the most competent and efficient business men of the country.

Mr. Farwell was married in Kansas to Miss Fannie Barber, also a native of Kansas, and a member of a well known family of that state. They have one daughter, Constance Farwell, who is a graduate of the Orange high school and attended a select girls school of New York City, where she pursued special work. She is accomplished in many lines, especially music. Mr. and Mrs. Farwell reside on Green Avenue, and their home is one of the most beautiful and palatial in Orange or vicinity. Mr. Farwell is a member of the Rotary Club and the Orange Country Club, is an elder of the Presbyterian Church, and is active in all the social and civic organizations of the city. He never loses an opportunity to speak a good word for Orange, which with ample facilities for concentration of all classes of cargo, an ideal port for the cencentrating of timber, two trunk line railroads, low rail rates and many other advantages, is destined to become a great city.

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