Friday, June 2, 2000
New road honors Farnham Smith
Farnham Smith Lane will bring back memories to long-time residents of Carlisle. Farnham Wheeler Smith was a resident of Carlisle from 1954 until he died, at age 87, on November 4, 1989. In 1940, he had bought the Spaulding house and eight acres of land on Lowell Road and went on to purchase eight farms and 875 acres over the next 15 years. Smith was a prominent dairyman and proprietor of Great Brook Farms until 1974. He then sold the farm to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where it has continued as the popular Great Brook Farm State Park for the past 25 years.
Smith was born in Boston in 1901, attended Concord Public Schools and graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1924. While at Northeastern, he was a founding member and later trustee of the Alpha Kappa Sigma fraternity. He received an honorary doctorate in business administration from Northeastern in 1976. In 1946, he, along with his two brothers Benjamin and Donald, and Leo Mortenson, became the founders of the Concord Lumber Company. From 1959 until his death, Smith was the president and owner of Lincoln Management Corporation in Carlisle, an investment advisory service.
A former Concord selectman, Smith was a member of the Carlisle Planning Board and a trustee of the First Religious Society. He was also the president of the board of trustees of Concord Academy, as well as past president and founding member of the board of the New England Forestry Foundation. He served as a director on numerous corporations, including the Maine Central Railroad and the Union National Bank of Lowell.
Smith's prize-winning "Fernhame Holsteins" of Great Brook Farm became a major force in the New England dairy industry in the 1970s. His prize cow, "Prospera," lived 20 years and has a gravestone in front of what is now the home of Mark and Tamma Duffy.
Survivors still residing in Carlisle include his wife, Susan W. (Locke) Smith, and his son, George E. Senkler II. They, and many others who fondly remember Smith and his many contributions to Carlisle, will be gratified that Farnham Smith Lane honors his name.
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