Dr. C. E. Farnham, of Grand Ridge, Illinois, is one of the prominent young physicians in LaSalle county, and the following brief sketch of his life is appropriately given in this connection. He was born in Farm Ridge township, LaSalle county, Illinois, February 16, 1865, son of William F. Farnham, a well-known and highly respected citizen of the township. The latter is of New England birth and ancestry, born, reared and educated in Maine. He came to Illinois when a young man, locating in LaSalle county, and was here married to Miss Sarah Hodgson, daughter of Eli Hodgson, deceased, a prominent early settler of the county. In 1870 William F. Farnham and wife went to Missouri, locating in Vernon county, at Shell City, where they have since lived. They have the following named children: C. E., whose name introduces this sketch; William G.; Warren E., a teacher, and Mattie E.
C. E. Farnham received his education chiefly at Shell City, Missouri, and at the age of eighteen commenced teaching, which occupation he followed for a few years. In the meantime he chose the medical profession for his life work, and regularly took up the study of medicine in 1887, under the instructions of Dr. H. C. Jarvis, a well-known and successful physician of Shell City, with whom he remained one year. In 1888 he entered Bennett Eclectic College, in Chicago, from which institution he graduated, being one of a class of seventy-five members. Immediately after his graduation, in 1890, he located at Harding, LaSalle county, Illinois, where he began his professional career and practiced two years. From Harding he came, in 1892, to Grand Ridge, his present location, where he soon built up a good practice and where his success as a physician and his kindly and genial manner have brought him into favor with the people among whom he lives.
Dr. Farnham was married in 1890, at Osceola, Clark county, Iowa, to Miss Rosa Sutton, an accomplished young woman, who was reared in LaSalle county, being the daughter of William and Martha Sutton. Dr. and Mrs. Farnham have one child, Edna M.
Politically and religiously Dr. Farnham clings to the faith in which he was reared, being a Republican and a Methodist. In church matters he takes an active interest, and at this writing is steward of the Methodist church at Grand Ridge. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America, being a past chancellor in the former. Personally Dr. Farnham is a man of fine physique, weighing two hundred pounds, and in manner he is frank and genial.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 146-147.