Robinson - Emily (Robinson) Farnsworth (1851-1905)

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Robinson - Emily (Robinson) Farnsworth (1851-1905)

Emily Robinson was born to James E. and Abigail (Whitmore) Robinson on April 8, 1851 in Tremont, Maine. Emily married Alton E. Farnsworth (1866-1926). Alton was the proprietor of the Farnsworth Fish Factory at Freeman Wharf in Southwest Harbor. Emily's millinery store and post office was on Main Street. The Farnsworths had no children. Emily (Robinson) Farnsworth died on March 31, 1905 in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Emily F. (Robinson) Farnsworth was Postmaster at Southwest Harbor from October 14, 1885 to July 12, 1889.

“The building south of [Eben F. Richardson’s house on Main Street in Southwest Harbor] was built about 1870 by James Robinson from lumber which had been part of his smokehouse on the shore. His daughter, Emily, afterward Mrs. Alton E. Farnsworth, had a millinery and dry goods store in the front part and Mr. Robinson sold groceries in the rear. For several years Mrs. Farnsworth was postmistress and had the post-office in her store. She was an excellent business woman, an interesting and witty conversationalist and her place of business was ever a resort for her friends who came for good advice or to pass a social hour. She was always ready to listen to an appeal for help and her many generous deeds were known only to herself and to those who received the benefit of them. Her early and sudden passing brought sorrow to a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.” - “Traditions and Records of Southwest Harbor and Somesville, Mount Desert Island, Maine” by Mrs. Seth S. Thornton, p. 155 - 1938


“Robinson - Emily (Robinson) Farnsworth (1851-1905),” Southwest Harbor Public Library Digital Archive, accessed December 14, 2018, 13537