About once a month I get a newsletter from the Garfield Farm And Inn Museum edited by Jerome Johnson. They are a very busy group of people there and every weekend something new and exciting is going on. I would love to be there for there Christmas Candle lighting and seeing the Inn decked out as it use to be during Christmas. Nancy and I both grew up on farms with big farm houses and it would bring back a lot of memories for sure. If you would like a e-mail copy of the newsletter send an e-mail to Jerome and get added to the list. It well worth the effort.
Contact Jerome Johnson (630) 584-8485 pager (630) 538-8485
YOU CAN VISIT ON LINE THE GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM AT: www.GarfieldFarm.org
GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD)
At this time of year Lawnfield too is bustling with activity for the holidays and the start of the new year. A lot of time and effort will be spent getting all the decorating done and everything ready for the flood of people who will be visiting the home. This is a place where everybody interested in the Garfield Family should visit. The grounds are clean and kept well trimmed with picnic tables available for a family picnic lunch or a place to just sit and relax.
YOU CAN VISIT THE GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD) ON LINE AT: WWW.WRHS.ORG/LAWNFIELD
Here it is fall already, the summer went by really fast for us this year, how about for you? We left SW New York State the middle of October and went to Elk County, Penn. and camped at Parker Dam State Park. There is a herd of between 600 & 800 elk there in the National Forest. In the evening when they come out to feed one can get some great pictures and if you are lucky you might even hear them bugle. We have been there twice and both times have heard them. Got back home in Florida the later part of October, and after being gone for 5 months there was a lot of work to be done around the homestead. I think that this past summer we visited with our families in Lancaster, NY and Barberton, OH more then other summers. It was great seeing all the Grand and Great Grand Children growing up, but oh so fast, and a wedding as one of the grandsons got married to a wonderful lady.
I haven't had much action on the family genealogy lately but that might be because I didn't send out as many newsletters. Receiving them seems to stir things up for a time after they are received. Nancy and I had a VERY enjoyable evening having dinner with Sally Garfield, the widow of James R. Garfield lll, who passed away last fall. He was the GGGrandson of the president. She is a remarkable lady, and we are hoping that next year we will be able to get to see her more then we did this past summer.
Right now it seems that the Garfield Information Center that both James R. ll and James R. lll Garfield and I wanted to set up at the Garfield Home in Mentor, OH is on hold for another year. We did meet some very supportive people of that project and we all hope that someday it will come to be a reality.
Our next newsletter won't be untill 2007, have a great ,but safe holidays and see you again then. Thanks for reading, keep in touch. Dick Garfield
I would like to tell you about a couple or three people that we met this past summer
The President and Mrs James A. Garfield
as portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer, they make a striking couple as you can see. You will sometime see them strolling around Lawnfield during special occasions. They also visit schools and other functions and talk about the life of the late president and then they will have a question and answer section. They are very knowledgeable on the history of the President & Mrs Garffield and of Lawnfield.
When you first enter the room it is like a step back in time. In front of you is a bed done up as it would have been over a 100 years ago. To the right of the bed is a curio cabinet, this is filled with memorandum from this time frame that he has collected or from people who after seeing him protray the president knew that he would appreciate. Then you will see to the right of that a group of pictures leading to a table lamp.
The lamp is from the era of that time also, along with the table that it stands on. Then another grouping of pictures along that wall. The next picture is of Mrs Garfield tending the President as he lay on his death bed. The last picture is of Ed holding back a curtain to lookout, or is that the President?
The first picture here is a proclamation from the Mayor of Cleveland, OH. Next we see a flag in the cornor of the room standing in its base, and the next picture is of Ed holding the flag out to be seen better. If you look closely you will notice that there are only 38 stars on the flag, the same number of stars that were on the flag as when the President took office.
While there we heard about the "Garfield Room" that Ed and Vivian Haney had fixed up in their home in Mentor, OH. They had collected a lot of Garfield items, and other people knowing that they collected such items gave them Garfield artlcles also. After their children left home they then had a spare bedroom which they converted into the "Garfield Room". Even the paperborder on the walls reflects of a time gone by. A lot of work has gone into making this so outstanding and educational.
Readers, you may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
This year for the first time there will be a nationwide effort to honor all veterans with the "2006 Wreaths Across America" propject where there will be a laying of wreaths at all memorials as well as all national cemeteries. Mr. Merrill Worcester is donating 5 wreaths to each National Cemetery as well as the ones at Arlington Cemetery.