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Reuben Farley

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Reuben Farley (1826-1899) of Taylor and Farley

of Summit Foundry, West Bromwich.

1899 Obituary [1]

REUBEN FARLEY died on March 11, 1899, at his residence at West Bromwich.

Born in 1826, he began his business career as a colliery proprietor in 1847.

In 1861, in conjunction with his brother-in-law, Mr. George Taylor, he purchased the Summit Foundry.

He was chairman of Fellows, Morton, & Clayton, Limited, the canal-carriers, of Edwin Danks, Limited, boiler manufacturers, of Oldbury, and of the Hamstead Colliery Company.

He had a considerable interest in the Sandwell Park Colliery Company, and took an active part in promoting that enterprise.

He was a member of the West Bromwich Improvement Commissioners, and one of the leading members of the Corporation. He was a county magistrate for Staffordshire for nearly thirty years, and a Justice of the Peace for the borough of West Bromwich. He took great interest in all local affairs, and was a munificent benefactor to West Bromwich, his numerous gifts including Farley Park, a bandstand, kiosk and fountain in Dartmouth Park, a drinking fountain in the town of West Bromwich, and the Oak House Museum and pleasure grounds.

He was an original member of the Iron and Steel Institute.

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