John Witmer was one of the founders and a hotel owner of the City of Far West. Also a counselor of Missouri Church Presidency of Far West, LDS Church Historian, one of eight witnesses of the Book of Mormon plates, and one of the scribes to the Prophet Joseph Smith during the Book of Mormon translation.
John Whitmer owned a beautiful farm and home where he lived as a good citizen of Caldwell County after the saints left the area. He remained in Far West until his death in 1878. His farm was located a half mile west of the temple site on NW Far West Drive, on the south side of the gravel road in the grove of trees.