DICK GARFIELD

Oh no, February is almost over! Hello from Garfield Farm. January and
February is when many museums have a chance to get projects done or
underway. We are no exception and we are pleased with what has been accomplished but we will miss those days when we could focus fully on a particular
effort and feel like we made real headway. It also means the seasons are on
the verge of changing and siren song of the prairie beckons us with flappers,
water pumps and drip torches in hand to help with nature's annual renewal.
We have had some reasonable rains and snows so I am hoping for a good
season though I haven't had a chance to go out and check our marshes to see if
they have been replenished. Prairie volunteers give me a shout back please.
   FYI: IF you would like to put in your 2 cents regarding the 1200+ home
development called Settlements of LaFox, the county is requesting inputfor the preliminary plan review. As an ag preservation group we are concerned
of more farmland lost but that is not a serious consideration at the political
or economic level. The public should request the highest protection of Mill
Creek which runs through the development and will be turned over to the
forest preserve but issues of lawn fertilizer and pesticide run off is a concern. About 45% of the land is being put into open space which offers a good opportunity for native plants to be used. Also, some sort of conservation easement should go on such land so that a third party can enforce the long term preservation of it as open space. Traffic that comes out of the development just west of Garfield Road is a concern because of the likelihood of  taking Garfield Road as a shortcut to points east.
    In spite of it being 10 below zero last Saturday (we had some chilly prairie seminar participants), the temperature has moderated and it is quite pleasant for February with a bright sun today. The chickens do enjoy this warm up and are starting to lay again. Kohls Children Museum in Glenview is already getting eggs for their chick hatching display and I will have to get in touch with the Museum of Science and Industry and see if they are ready to hatch out some more Javas.
   Now is the time to start the apple orchard or save grandmother's apple tree. Dan Bussey will be here March 5 to conduct the annual grafting seminar so sign up now. Here is the release so from down on the farm, that's all for now.
Jerry Johnson

Immediate Release As Advanced Reservations Are Required

Contact Jerome Johnson or  (630) 584-8485  pager (630) 218-8485


    On Sunday, March 5, 2006 at 1:30 pm Garfield Farm Museum will hold its 19th Annual Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar. Dan Bussey of  Edgarton, WI will instruct participants in the making of three apple tree grafts to take home for planting. Bussey will bring a selection of historic desert, cooking or cider apple varieties for grafting.
      Grafting of woody plant materials is thousands of years old as people observed that trees or vines crossing each other could grow together. This ancient knowledge became the basis for producing generation after generation the same variety of fruit. Since many plants and animals depend on reproduction by sharing genes from two parents, growing apples from seed does not produce the exact same traits as the tree where the apple grew. Grafting overcomes this by attaching the youngest branches of an older tree to young root stock. Thus one can perpetuate a variety by every so often grafting the newest growth of an old tree onto young  root stock.
     Although it is a simple process, there are tips that will help guarantee that the graft is successful. Bussey has grown over 300 varieties in his backyard, many of which he re-discovered as they had been believed to be extinct. His work has been recognized by the Seed Saver's Exchange of  Decorah, IA which has a conservation orchard of old apple varieties. What  pleases Bussey is to discover the unique taste , cooking or preserving characteristics of these old varieties. The mass market of today does not provide any real selection of apples in the store so most consumers do not know what  they are missing. Bussey likes apples in all forms of food but he is partial to cider as he has an old commercial cider press that gets lots of use
every fall. Selecting several different verities he can produce special cider
blends whose multitude of subtleties would intrigue any wine connoisseur.
    A number of past participants have brought scions, the part of the branch from the tip back to the annual growth rings, from old dying trees that may have been planted by their grandparents. Grafting gives the varieties a new lease on life so new generations can taste the same apple pie great-grandmother once made. Bussey will bring root stock which nurseries grow just for grafting. If the grafted scion dies, the root stock will grow into a tree but it would have very meager, undesirable apples. Bussey will instruct on how to care for the graft for several weeks until time for planting. As time allows, Bussey will take the group out to the museum's remnant orchard to discuss the pruning of established apple trees.
    There is a $25 donation for the class and reservations are required. Call the museum at (630) 584-8485, or email at

Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva IL off ILL Rt. 38 on
Garfield Road. The 370 acre site is a historically intact former 1840s farm and
teamster inn being restored as an 1840s working farm museum by volunteers and
donors from around the country.

Contact Jerome Johnson  (630) 584-8485  pager (630) 538-8485

              YOU CAN VISIT ON LINE THE GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM AT:                                                          


I want to thank Allison, the manager of Lawnfield for taking the
time to forward for us to use the 2006's programs.

2006 Programs at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site



Saturdays @ noon

Bring your young ones for a child-friendly tour of the Garfield Home with Hancock, our resident groundhog. Hancock will lead families through the home, with special attention on finding items in each room. No reservations necessary! Tours gauged for children ages 4-10. Cost is $7/adults, $6/senior and $5/child

Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturdays at 11 AM

First Saturday of the Month = Adults
Second Saturday of the Month = Kids

Have you ever wondered what was behind that door? Now is your opportunity to find out. Join us as we explore 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 $15/person and pre-registration is required  call (440) 255-8722 for tickets. *This tour does not cover rooms seen on the regular house tour. Guests are encouraged to tour the house at another time for a more involved history and look at the house.


Enjoy lunch and a little brain food when you attend the Lawnfield Lunch and Lecture Series, January - April at Lawnfield Inn and Suites, 8434 Mentor Ave. These noon time programs will satisfy your mind and your tummy! Reservations can be made by calling 440-255-8722. Tickets are $20 per person. Programs are:

January 10- Millionaire's Row : Beauty Above, Beneath and All Around

Enter the homes of Cleveland's once rich and famous from the turn of the 20th century without leaving your seats! This presentation includes images from some of the stately mansions on Euclid Avenue, once considered the "most beautiful street in the world". This presentation is part of the exhibition "Millionaire's Row: The Legacy of Euclid Avenue" at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland.

February 14 - Letters from Crete and James

Gain insight into the sometimes rocky, mostly romantic lives of James and Lucretia Garfield as we share some of their letters, and discuss the art of Victorian letter writing.

March 14 - First Mothers

Ohio could be called the cradle of American presidents, considering we boast more presidents than any other state in the US. Hear from some of the mothers of these powerful men, and discover the characteristics and commonalities they share in raising successful sons.

April 11 - Ohio's First Ladies

Hear about the lives and legacies of Ohio's first ladies, and the significant political and social contributions they've made. Learn about our first ladies hopes and sacrifices and their tragedies and triumphs as they strived to fulfill their duties and the expectations of an ever-watchful media and public.


Presidents' Day Preview at the Great Lakes Mall
Saturday, February 18 from noon to 4 p.m

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site will be hosting a FREE "Pre-Presidents' Day Event" at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor on Saturday, February 18, 2006 from noon to 4 p.m.. Families can enjoy Presidential storytelling, create a patriotic souvenir, build a presidential timeline, and dress-up like one of our commander-in-chiefs!

Presidents Day Program Monday, February 20th from noon to 4 p.m.

Lawnfield will hold their annual Presidents' Day program on Monday, February 20th from noon to 4 p.m. at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Visitors can "Meet the Presidents" and participate in our popular "Presidential Squares" - a trivia game based on the television show "Hollywood Squares". Crafts, hands-on activities, and discounted tours of the Garfield Home will also be offered. Event fee is $2/adults and $1/children ages 3-12.

Easter Monday Egg Roll Monday, April 17 from noon - 4 p.m.

Although president for only 200 days, James Garfield did participate in an Easter Monday Egg Roll at the White House. He even wrote about the day in his diary! This year, families are invited to participate in a Lawnfield Easter Egg Roll on the lawns of the 20th president's home. Storytellers, games and crafts will be happening from 12pm-4pm, and children will decorate their own paper eggs to use in the Egg Roll competition. Admission to event is $2/adults and $1/children, and discounted tickets for tours of the Garfield Home will be offered.

The Victorian Woman's Guide to Business Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m.

Though many assume Victorian women's role was to be "seen and not heard", many women were actually very entrepreneurial and had much success in the business world. Cynthia Lundeen presents anecdotes from this time period which will inspire any woman. Cost is $7/person.

OPEN MEMORIAL DAY 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Preschool Days May 16, 23, 30

Families with preschoolers will love our hands on programs that take place indoors and outdoors on the Garfield property's vast 8 acres. Included is a child-friendly tour of President Garfield's home. Cost is $5/person.

Civil War Camp, Saturdays June 24, July 1, and July 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Children ages 9 - 13 will explore the daily lives of Union and Confederate soliders during the Civil War. Programs focus on food, music, uniforms, and past times. Cost is $15/child per session.

Ice Cream Social Sunday, July 16 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Annual Ice Cream Social with Civil War demonstrations. Admission fee to event is $2/adults, $1/children. Tickets for tours of Garfield Home are sold separately.

Old Village Market, Fridays August 11 - September 1, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Enjoy the combination fresh-produce market and arts festival featuring specialty food items, locally-grown produce, musicians, entertainers and artists on the expansive lawns of the James A. Garfield property. Old Village Market at Lawnfield will be open on Friday evenings from 4-8 p.m., August 11 through September 1. Vendors interested in offering their products at the Old Village Market are encouraged to contact Stephanie Beres at Wildwood Cultural Center by calling
(440) 255-5735.

Ghosts of the White House Saturday, October 28 evening hours

Join us for an evening of unusual stories and legends of the White House and U.S. Capitol. Hear about Abraham Lincoln's haunted past and the eerie connection his son Robert Todd Lincoln shared with James Garfield. Hear the personal and tragic stories of the Garfield family and learn about Victorian mourning customs and practices as you are escorted through the President's home. Objects from Garfield's memorial service and funeral cortege will be on special display. Cost is $20/person. Timed tickets will be issued upon reservation, beginning at 6:00p.m. Reservations required, call 440-255-8722.



Its been quite some time since the last newsletter, as I stated at that time that due to the low input from the readers that I was going to drop the monthly and do 4 letters a year. January was way too busy, so I guess February will be the first one this year. I am still looking for stories and pictures to run, so if you have some and havn't sent them in yet, please do so now. I have been receiving a small amount of information and updates (corrections) and also a few requests for help in getting branches loaded into the family tree. I have now got the 7th generation updated and placed into the site and will be starting the 8th shortly.  After getting home this past fall I received notice that James R. Garfield lll had died. That was quite a shock to everybody for sure. James lll was the GGGrandson of the late President, and lived in the Cleveland area also. So in the last little bit both James ll and James lll have passed on, two great men. I am being kept busy between working on the family genalogy, being quartermaster and webmaster for our chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association and webmaster for the local American Legion Post.  Until next time, Dick


I got an E-Mail from a lady named Katie, she is trying to find the connection between her family and the Garfieds. She knows there is one, she just has to dig it out because her (Grandmother ?) was a Garfield.

Mr. Hayward Houghton would like more information on Benjamin Bowman Garfield and hs wife Abigail Harrington's children. They are thinking that there was a daughter named Abigail born about 1750 who married Cornelius Houghton in Sutton, MA> on Aug 5, 1773. Can anybody help out here?

Marilyn found this site on the internet and she is really happy that she was able to trace her family back to Edward and into England.

Hello Dick:  I want to thank you for putting me in touch with Bryce Crocker in Massachusetts.  He was a great help in straighting out some of our 'missing cousins', i.e., decendants of Joseph Bradley Garfield.  I hope that you have not given up on keeeping the Web Site alive.  Many of us use it for reference, even though we do not remember to thank you each time we are in there.  Have a great, if somewhat belated  New Year and enjoy this President's Day.  Sincerely,  Harold Garfield; Sacramento CA. No Harold, I work about 10 - 20 hours a week on the site, we are averaging about 10 people visiting the site each day. I have now finished updating and correcting the 7th. generation and will be starting on the 8th. very soon.  

This is a picture of the U-2 (spy) plane 
  that is used to gather  intelligence
    information and photos of other