Farnsworth Printers Extend Into the Fourth Generation

Jerry Farnsworth Returns To Position with Firm

Bryant J. Farnsworth has returned to the Farnsworth Envelope Co., Inc., as sales manager following completion of duty in the U.S. Army. Farnsworth is also a vice president of the corporation.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Albert Farnsworth, he is an alumnus of Williston Academy, East Hampton, Mass., and of Colby College, Waterville, Me., where he majored in English.

Farnsworth is married to the former Susan Powers of Rome and they are parents of a son, Joshua, four. Their home is at 52 Union Street.

Farnsworth printing plants in Camden now involve the fourth generation of the family. For many years Theron A. Farnsworth conducted a milk ticket printing business behind his home on Miner Avenue.

His son, Almon M. Farnsworth, was given a small handpress by his father while he was still in high school and with this started a small commerical printing business in the barn behind his home in 1894. As the business grew he moved to the second florr of the Barnes block in the Main Street business section of Camden, where he remained for about fifteen years when he move to the present location at 17 Main Street.

Jerry Farnsworth Early in the century he became engaged in the manufacture and distribution of church offering envelopes which has been the primary product of the Farnsworth Companies to this day. In 1940 A.M. Farnsworth formed a partnership with his two sons, Almon G. and T. Albert. Prior to his death in 1947 he sold out his interest to his sons who continued the firm of A.M Farnsworth Sons as a corporation until 1957.

In July 1957 the partnership was dissolved and two independent corporations were set up. A.M. Farnsworth Sons, Inc. with Almon G. as president continued the operation of the standard system of church offering envelopes as well as commercial printing. His son, David, joined the company as manager when he completed military duty, and studies at Rocester Institute of Technology. On his late father's retirement David became the company president.

The Farnsworth Envelope Company with T. Albert as president has conducted a mailing system of church offering envelopes. As the name implies, sets of offering envelopes are addressed and mailed monthly or at other regular intervals directly to the parishioner. This company now serves over 400 parishes with a total mailing list of more than 400,000 names. During the year 1971 over $100,000 was spent at the local post office for postage and fees, the firm noted.

REPRINTED from the "Camden Advance-Journal", Camden, NY, Thursday, May 18, 1972.
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