Here it is November already and winter won't be far behind. Not very much activity this month on the Garfield site. Had a few additions and a few corrections mailed to me and will get them on as soon as possible. When we got home from our travels up north this summer I had over 1400 e-mails waiting for me, if I don't get back with you soon maybe you should give me another shout. We need some interesting stories, pictures and Garfield history.
As I told you in the last newsletter I had been visiting with some of the Pres. Garfield family in and around Mentor, OH. Just before leaving the area to return to Florida I was invited to attend a meeting with James R. Garfield III, the Presidnt's gggrandson, Mr. Reymann, CEO and Mr. Pike of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Look for some exciting news to be forth coming in the coming months concerning the Garfield Family legacy and its family members and friends.
FOLLOWING PRESIDENT JAMES A. GARFIELD
For the next few months I am going to try and follow in the footsteps of the President, from his birth untill his death, taking each section of his life one month at a time.
The following is taken from a paper printed by The Moreland Hills Historical Society of Moreland Hills, Ohio. the birthplace of James A. Garfield:
In January, 1830, Abram Garfield, James' father, and his family moved from Worcester, NY to this new house in the widlerness. He built a cabin with the help of his cousin, Amos Boynton. It "was twenty by thirty feet, made of unhewn logs, notched and lad one upon another in what the boys calle the "cob house" style, to the height of twelve feet or more in front and eight feet or more in the back. The chimney was constructed of wood and mud, raising from the roof like a pyramid, smallest at the top. The roof was covered with slabs, held in place by long poles. The floor was made of logs each split in two parts and laid flat side up, hewn smooth with an axe. There was a loft above to which the family ascended by a sort of permanent ladder in one corner of the cabin. he children slept upon the floor of the loft on straw beds. The only door of the dwelling was made of planks and three small windows furnished all the light possible, though not as much as was needed. This was the pioneer home in which James A. Garfield was born on November 19, 1831 in Orange Township, presently Moreland Hills, Ohio. James was the last President to be born in a log cabin.
When James was only two 2 years old his father died from the effects of fighting a fire on the farm. His mother was determind to keep the family together and with the help of her son, Thomas, continued clearing and planting the land.
James grew up with his two sisters, brother, and mother in their small cabin. He learned to read at a early age and attended school in Chagrin Falls untill his mother gave a corner of her property on which to build a new schoolhouse. James always enjoyed preaching sermons from "pulpit rock" which is located on adjacent property.
James and Thomas helped with chores around the cabin and both boys worked as carpenters to make money. When he was about 16, James wanted to go to sea. He walked to Cleveland and was hired by a distant cousin as a mule driver for canal boats, but his career when he almost drowned after falling overboard.
Next month we will learn about his education and his growing into a young man.
GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM
Hello from Garfield Farm, Saturday November 13, 2004! This is such a mild and beautiful fall. Fields all around are being harvested and we are gearing up for our year end with the annual Volunteer Potluck Party on Sunday Nov. 14 from 3 6 pm. We will show slides of many of the volunteers who helped this year and there are some great shots by some of our
Before our annual Candlelight at the Inn on December 4 and 5th we have one more Fireside Talk, this one on November 18th Thursday at 7 pm. Corin White will be speaking on the history of spiritualism in the 19th century. From reading eggs broken into water to séances, the quest for answers in the uncertain world of the 1800s saw a peak in such activities after
the tragic Civil War. Reservations are requested so we can plan refreshments.
Eagle Scout candidate Jake Hillis and his volunteers spent the afternoon putting in a gravel base for the floor of the ox loafing shed. This is essentially a windbreak in winter and shade in summer when the oxen are out in the paddock and pasture. Kane County Landscaping of Elburn, IL is contributing towards the supplies. Eagle Scout candidate Kevin Pelczarski has collected prairie seed and plans to plant them along LaFox Road where stoplight
installation has been completed.
Cleary Builders have completed the 30 X 88 maintenance shed at Mongerson Farm and A.E.Frasz excavation and landscaping has graded and packed the floor so the concrete can be poured. Cleary and Frasz both made donations towards the cost of the work.
Erehwon Farm (Tim Fuller and Beth Propst) is renting several acres at Mongerson Farm. This is a CSA garden (Community Supported Agriculture) that sells shares in advance and then produces vegetables, flowers and herbs for the share holders throughout the growing season. In addition, Tim and Beth are offering to help the museum with starting seedlings, planting
the historic gardens, along with the museum's volunteers and staff. We look forward to this new experience.
Vital to this time of year is seeking funds to prepare for 2005. Our Talent Fund that helps keep a professional staff has $50,000 to go before year end. Our Save Our Barns Fund needs $100,000 so in 2005 we can restore a critical barn foundation and roof, continue archaeological research and repare a study of the barns to plan restoration steps. So we must
focus on asking all who can to help. Overall, I anticipate a $3 million goal to save and preserve these rare historic buildings. It is a lot on our plate but then we have achieved much because we have such good friends of the farm.
I wish more of our friends could spend a day like today here and take in all the beauty of fall, watch the antics of the farm animals, see the high spirits of the volunteers like the Scouts working on their project, with the day capped by distant sound of wild geese overhead silhouetted by night fall.
From down on the farm- Jerry Johnson
Dec 4&5 Candlelight Reception 3-7pm. Experience the tradition of winter visiting as practiced by families like the Garfield's in their 1846 Brick Inn. Hospitality, food, music, and bake-sale. Donations Accepted.
YOU CAN VISIT THE GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM ON LINE AT:
GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD)
Sunday, December 5, 2004 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tour the Garfield home decorated in the tradition of Lucretia Garfield. Enjoy holiday music and refreshments. Visit our Museum Store for unique gift items. No reservations required. Regular fees apply.
Tea Workshops: Holiday Series
November and December 12:00 p.m.
Call for more information (440-255-8722)
YOU CAN VISIT THE GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD) ON LINE AT:
James A. Garfield
1831 - 1881
In the past I have had many requests to find out more about the Garfield Theater in Frewsburg, New York. This past summer I was very fortunate to have a dinner meeting with Michael Garfield and Patty Hall of Frewsbug and they both have great knowledge about the area and the Frewsburg Garfields.
The owner of the theater was Burdette Milton Garfield, born in 1875 in the Kidder Hill section of South Main Street, Jamestown, New York and died in April 1945 at age of 75 in Frewsburg.
Burdette was the son of Martin and Matilda (Wood) Garfield, was married to Emma _____ Garfield and had at least one daughter named Therese. Burdette had a long career in the theatrical business, he had been associated with many road companies, journeying to the West Coast six times, managing theaters in New York, Chicago, Toledo, Hartford, Jamestown, Montreal, Randolph and Frewsburg. For nine years he was manager of all amusements enterprises at Crystal Beach on Lake Erie near Buffalo. Burdette lived for some time in Montreal and at one time ran for Mayor of that city.
This photo was copied from the April 16, 1945 issue of the Jamestown Post-Journal
This is a copy of the January Program of the Garfield Theater
year unknow, but it was after 1945
A replica of the Garfield Family cabin in Moreland Hills, Ohio
Statue in Moreland Hills of James A. Garfield as a young man
Rail fence on the property of the Garfield homestead in Moreland Hills
Historical Marker at the birth place of James Garfield
Historical marker in Worcester, NY where the Garfield farm was located. It was first bought by Jame's Great-Grandfather Solomon,and where his father Abram and Grandfather Thomas were born