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Fort Worth Flashback: James Farmer pioneered cattle sales in Fort Worth

Posted Feb. 13, 2012

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James D. Farmer had just one interest: selling cattle.

Born in 1858, Farmer entered the cattle business in Tarrant County when he established the Hoxie Packing House, a forerunner of the giant Swift and Armour packing houses in the Stockyards.

He organized the Fort Worth Live Stock Commission Co., the first firm organized strictly for buying and selling cattle in the Fort Worth market. He later branched out and organized the Rhome-Farmer Live Stock Commission Co.

A Democrat, Farmer was elected as the first mayor of North Fort Worth, serving two terms before the town merged with the larger Fort Worth.

Farmer is seen seated at left in this undated photo.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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