Hope I have better luck with this newsletter than the November one which was really messed up, and late too. Had quite a bit of action on the site this past month which is good. Have gotten a couple of inquires from England and New Zealand about expanding and adding some Garfields from those areas also. If I do they will have to furnish most of the information and maybe make that a seperate branch off our branch here in America. Have to wait and see I guess. Have got Generation 4 updated with many changes on the DOB, DOD and adding some spouses, and 3 new 4th. Generation Garfield names, they will be listed below with data. Judy Jebian sent thru some corrections on their family branch. Thanks Judy, we want to keep this as correct as possible and only by letting me know about these misprints can they be corrected. Thanks for all the input over the last year everybody and keep them coming in, could use some pictures also from your childhood maybe or wedding pictures, or whatever.
WE GET LETTERS
Very interesting and informative site. Thanks for all the work!
Here's some additional bits and pieces.
My name is William D. Garfield, only son of Harold Fleming Garfield and Emily Lou Rogers and born in 1946 in Danville Illinois. Harold Garfield died February 29, 1964 following a fall at his home.
Thanks Bill, for that information, Harold is listed on the site in Generation 9 as 9:70A, Bill also sent some more information I will share with you later if he doesn't mind.
Enjoyed your latest newsletter, as always. Is there any way I can get in touch with Abe, who wrote the letter about Clarence Anderson and the Garfields of Falmouth, MA? Or to have him get in touch with me?
I got back with Bob with the informaion that he wanted, plus some other people wanted information on the Falmouth Garfields so Bob got to help out there also, thanks Bob!
You are so efficient! I had a suspicion that name Marilyn Day was one I should recognize but in the setting of the newsletter and the name (Green) did in fact throw me a curve. Yes, I know Marilyn and have helped her in her endeavors. I shall contact her at once and see if there is someway I can help her. Thank you very much. It is such a pleasure to work with you (and Harold Garfield).
Thanks Bryce, thats what it is all about, was happy we could make that connection. Dick
New entries made this month:
In the 4th. Generation;
Children of Jonathan Garfield & Submit Parmenter
Elizabeth[04:12A] b. 1732
Martha[04:12B] b. 1734 d.1737
Jonathan[04:12C] b. 1737 d. 1737
GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM
I got this from Jerry, but it was too late for the November newsletter but wanted to include it anyway so you can all see what all is happening at the farm in LaFox, ILL. They have a busy schedule just about every week.
Snow in the AM, sunny, melted and clear in the PM - global warming or no global warming I don't care who says what, this is not normal northern Illinois December weather - it should be cold with at least 3-4 inches of the white stuff on the ground, ice in the marshes which currently are dry -
I am glad I was a child when snow by December was typical and could be fully enjoyed.
So we have a good start on some mud for our annual open house, Candlelight at the Inn from 3-7 pm Saturday and Sunday. Our volunteer bakers have been delivering lots of goodies for the bake sale. On Saturday some of the Old Lead Mining Area Settlers plan to come help with some interpretation and demonstrations. On Sunday we expect some period music by several volunteers. Of course the candlelight creates a beautiful atmosphere in the 1846 inn that makes it a favorite event of many of our friends. There will also be a photo display of the Americorps teams activities over the last 2 years up in Burr House. I welcome all who can come and know everyone else will be there in spirit - thanks - Jerry Johnson
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GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD)
Here's what happening at the Garfield Home (Lawnfield) for the next few weeks,
from Allison M. Sharaba, Operations Manager.
Victorian Craft Teas
REMEMBER WHEN joins Lawnfield in offering a series of craft teas to enjoy tea and recreate some beautiful Victorian craftworks. Sessions led by Lawnfield staff, and Lynette Trolli of the Victorian Ladies Tea Society. Fee includes tea, refreshments, materials and tour of the Garfield Home (please bring scissors and a teacup to each session, and objects specifically mentioned for each session. Tours take place at noon, before the tea begins). Fee for each workshop is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Discounts are available if you attend two or more workshops. Reservations are a must. Call 440-255-8722 for reservations.
Wednesday, January 21, 1:00 How to Give a Proper Tea
Wednesday, February 11, 1:00 Tussie Mussie and the Language of Flowers
Wednesday, February 25, 1:00 Button Brooch
Wednesday, March 10, 1:00 Victorian Irish Tea + tea leaf reading
Wednesday, March 24, 1:00 Lace Fan
Winer Lunch and Lecture Series
Winter Lunch and Lecture Series at Lawnfield Inn and Suites First Tuesday of each month, January-April noon-1:30 Enjoy catered lunches at Lawnfield Inn and Suites, while listening to informative talks by staff of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. $20 ticket includes lunch and program. Reservations can be made at 440-255-8722. Program and lunch begin at noon. Lawnfield Inn and Suites is located 1 mile east of the James Garfield home at 8434 Mentor Avenue
Tuesday, January 6-James Garfield in the Civil War
Tuesday, February 3-From the Western Reserve to Millionaires' Row: Changes in
James Garfield's Neighborhood
Tuesday, March 2-Lucretia Rudolph Garfield
Tuesday, April 6-The History of Lawnfield and the James A. Garfield National
President's Day Featuring Presidential Squares
Monday, February 16@ 1:00pm-4:00pm
Stop by Lawnfield this year for our annual Presidents Day program. Back by popular demand is our interactive presidential trivia game, Presidential Squares. Join President Garfield, along with several other presidents and first ladies, in an exciting game of presidential tic tac toe for all ages. Crafts and activities are from 1pm-4pm in the Visitor Center. Presidential Squares will be played at 1:30. Visitors will also have a chance to Meet the Presidents at 1:00 and 3:00. Our special presidential guests will offer first person accounts of their lives, and answer questions from the audience. Activities in the Visitor Center are free, and there is a $1.00 fee for each craft. Discounted tickets for tours of the Garfield Home will be sold in honor of our special event! Please call 440-255-8722 for information.
In Our Mothers We Trust
Sunday, March 14 @ 1:00pm
First Mothers come to life during a first person program on presidential mothers. Visit with the moms of Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, John Kennedy, and others to discover the characteristics and commonalties all share in raising successful sons. A question and answer period will follow. There is a $7 fee. Please call (440) 255-8722 for reservations.
Behind the Scenes Tour
Saturday, January 3, Saturday, February 7, Saturday, March 6 @ 11:00
Have you ever wondered what was behind that door? Now is your opportunity to find out. Every first Saturday of the month at 11:00pm, our staff will take you through the nooks, crannies and seldom seen places of the James Garfield home. Highlights of this "special experience" tour include the upper level of the Visitor Center (formerly the 1893 Carriage Barn), the basement and third floor of the Garfield Home, and the observation level of the windmill. Ability to climb several levels of stairs is required. Cost is $12 for members of the Western Reserve Historical Society, and $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required call (440) 255-8722 for reservations. *This tour does not cover rooms seen on the regular house tour.
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SOME HISTORY ON PRESIDENT GARFIELD
History sums up Garfield's life by citing his death
By BRUCE KAUFFMANN
Quick, what do you know about James A. Garfield, other than the fact that he was a U.S. president (our 20th) and that he met an untimely death this week (Sept. 19) in 1881 at the hands of what historians invariably describe as a "disappointed office seeker?"
Probably nothing, and you aren't alone. Granted, Garfield was no great shakes as a
president. How could he have been? He was shot not long after taking office. But it still seems unfair that a former president's only claim on the nation's historical memory is inextricably connected with the assassin who gunned him down.
"It always says the same thing," the comedian Robert Klein once noted about Garfield. "It says, 'Shot by a disappointed office seeker.' You look in a grade school history book and what do you find? You find, 'George Washington ... Father of our Country. Thomas Jefferson ... Declaration of Independence. Abe Lincoln ... Emancipation Proclamation. James A. Garfield ... Shot by a disappointed officer seeker.'
"Even if you look him up in the dictionary," Klein joked, "it reads, 'Garfield, James A.; see Office Seeker, Disappointed.' "
And the sad part is, Garfield had potential. He was among the most dedicated and experienced politicians ever to hail from Ohio, where he served in the state Senate.
His ability to lead men in battle earned him the distinction of being one of the youngest brigadier generals in the Civil War. Battlefield courage and savvy even earned him a second general's star, but in 1863, Garfield resigned his military commission at the direct request of President Lincoln, who wanted him to run for Congress. (Lincoln had plenty
of military generals but not enough effective Republican politicians.)
Ohioans got the message and promptly elected him to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he remained for 17 years, until running for the Senate in the election of 1880. Although he won that race, he never served because he also became the Republican's compromise candidate for president in the 1880 election - an election he also won.
Interestingly, as president, one of Garfield's pet projects was civil service reform; he thought job seekers should pass a written examination before getting a government job. Alas - adding insult to irony - Garfield had no chance to address this issue before being gunned down by the aforementioned office seeker, a lawyer named Charles Guiteau, who had wanted to be Garfield's ambassador to France but was turned down.
That, of course, raises the question: Would this job seeker have fared better, and therefore been less "disappointed," if Garfield had been able to introduce a written-examination requirement for most government positions? Probably not - Guiteau was mentally unstable - but as is so often the case in history, we'll never know.
Bruce G. Kauffmann is a former speechwriter and has written for magazines and radio. He writes about public policy for an energy trade association in Washington, D.C.
OUR NEWEST GARFIELD
Dear Family and Extended Family:
Brandon and Danyell have asked their dear Uncle Jim to assist them with the introduction of their newly arrived daughter, Emily Dana, born on 10 December 2003, at 4:33pm in Detroit, Michigan. Her birth measurements were 8 lbs even, and 20.5 in long. Both mother and father are doing very well, and are quite proud, as you can imagine, and they want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. God bless you all and enjoy the pictures. Emily is quite a lady. Sent by: James R. Garfield,III
If I have this figured out correctly, Emily, is a 5th generation granddaughter of
Pres. James A. Garfield. Our congratulations go out to Brandon & Danyell Garfield.