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Here it is fall again already, where did the summer go? Nancy and I had a really busy summer, but a lot of fun with more things to come before heading south like the birds for the winter. Got to spend 2 days with my brother Floyd, who will be 97 years old this November.  He's still sharp as a tack, likes a good joke and a stiff drink. Way to go bro !!!
In this Newsletter you will see changes made, great information on the up coming year and meet new people who are doing a lot of hard work and spending a lot of time getting a great new project up and running

Once again our good friend and Editor/Historian Jayne Pawlisa has come thru as always. She does a lot of behind the sceens work and research traceing back in the Garfield Family and has helped more then one person to be able to join the DAR, and many to be able to join the GARFIELD SOCIETY and the WINTHROP SOCIETY. If you are eligable to join the GARFIELD SOCIETY you are automatily eligable to join the WINTHROP SOCIETY.

MESSAGE: From Editor/Historian, Jayne Pawlisa  

READERS: If you need help or assistance please contact me or Dick Garfield.  We need and appreciate your comments, suggestions, and input if our newsletter is to be useful and successful.  Article contributions are more than welcome, and even necessary. 

FAMILY HEIRLOOMS: If anyone has a picture of a family heirloom, and would like to share the picture with all of us in a future newsletter, please send to me (   or to Dick Garfield.  In the previous newsletter, I stated that I was donating the steamer trunk of Charles Garfield to the Grand Rapids, Michigan Museum.  The trunk is now safely at the museum, and will be listed in honor of my grandmother (Gladys Garfield Chaplin Smith Coats, 2nd cousin, and my mother, Phyllis Coats Mills, who passed away on July 24, 2014 at 97 ½ years.  The Garfield Website is not only about providing great information Dick has gleaned over the years, but it is also about sharing your stories, heirlooms, pictures, family trees, and other information.  If you would, please submit any member news to me as well.

NEW GARFIELD SOCIETY MEMBERS:  Jason Dean Cerny, Janice Marie Bridge Cerny, Ronnie Lee Bridge, Donald Willis Bridge, Brandon Allen Cerny, Dillon Lane Cerny, Kristi Lynn Bridge Bearden, Tracy Lorraine Bridge Rusk, and Michelle Marie Bridge. Welcome to all of you!  Again, if you need help, or want to join, please contact me at:  You do not need to fill out the application that appears on the Garfield Website.     

LABOR DAY QUOTE: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”…Martin Luther King, Jr.

LABOR DAY HUMOR: “My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.”
                                        Abraham Lincoln

THOUGHT FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER:  “It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one’s uses.”…….Sarah Orne Jewett, American author (1849-1909

HISTORY OF LABOR DAY:  The first Labor Day of the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York.  It became a federal holiday in 1904, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S.
Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority.  Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.  The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation’s trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would stir up negative emotions linked to the  Haymarket Affair, which it had been observed to commemorate.  All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday…………from the internet

Nancy and I had the honor to meet with two great gentlemen on Thursday - August 21,  2014, at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio

(1) Todd Arrington, PhD Chief of interpretation and Education, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

(2) Andrew C. M. Mizsak, M.A.P., MBM Executive Director, Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Both of these men are hard working and dedicated to preserve, promote and honor the legacy of James A. Garfield, the Garfield Family and the Garfield Administration.
As we talked with these gentlemen, within a short period of time, we learned that they knew what had to be done and also how to do it, and they are doing it.
Below I have shown you parts of what has already been done, in the next Newsletter
I will tell you about some of the things they are hoping to set in montion in the future.

Dr. Todd Arrington, JAGNHS Chief of Inter-pretation and Education has previously served at Gettysburg National Military Park and Homestead National Monument of America. He is a US Army veteran.
Andrew Mizsak of Bedford is a history teacher, does some governmental affairs consulting and works as a historian. He also plans to further his education this summer with some related online courses.
So what brings this busy guy out to Mentor to take on another role, leading a fledgling volunteer group supporting a local landmark?
“James A. Garfield National Historic Site is one of this region’s best-kept secrets, and it tells an important piece of the American story,” Mizsak said. “I just love helping the truly amazing team that works there do that.”
First off lets look at the Friends of the James A.Garfield National Historic Site that a group of supporters have started with the help of  Andrew C. M. Mizsak.

(The scans didn't come out as well as I would of liked)
The Friends of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site also puts out a Quarterly Newsletter, "The Orbit"
It is a great informative letter of what has been accomished in the past 3 months plus a Calendar of Events for the next 3 months. I have copied the 1st page and the event calendar page only here, the last issue was about 9 pages long with a lot of information and pictures.
.Sherda K. Williams, Superintendent
James A. Garfield National Historic Site  &  First Ladies National Historic Site
8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, Ohio 44060
Voice: 440-255-8722  /  Fax: 440-974-2045
Facebook / Twitter: GarfieldNPS

There is a lot of actively going on each week at both the Garfield Farm and Inn Museum
                                     and the James A. Garfield National Historic Site
                                          Give them a visit, you might be surprised
This letter is getting way to long, in the next newsletter we will talk about some things that are on the drawing board,
              have a great day and see you again soon
                               Thanks, Dick Garfield