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Dear Readers:

It has been a VERY busy summer so far for Nancy and myself, between doctor appointments and etc. we didn't get out of Florida to start our trip north until the 9th of June, and for once we just took our time and spent 4 nights on the road only traveling about 300 miles a day. Most times it was Hurry Hurry Hurry either up or back to meet deadlines at the other end.
Within a week our daughter Wanda, who is staying in the house called that the A/C wasn't working right. Lucky for us our son-in-law, who's property we have our home on is a A/C specialist and he checked it out. Well, he checked it out about 5 times or more because it was working and then in a couple of days it wasn't until they discovered that the battery in the thermostat needed changed.
Having got that corrected we got a call that the roof was leaking, and quite bad. So Nancy and our daughter Terry, (Wanda's twin sister) headed to Florida to line up a roofer. We are having a medal roof installed and trimming back the trees overhanging the roof. About that time I started having trouble with my teeth and had to have some work done on them.

Enough about us, how about you, got any news for us, pictures or anything? We will print anything (almost) that you want printed.

Thanks, for reading, but we would like to hear from you. Dick & Jim
This was sent to me by Donald Keiffer, thanks Donald

I would like to clear up a misnomer that has been posted many times on the internet.
It is stated that Thomas was killed in a train explosion, this is not true.
He was killed when he tried to outrun a train at a train crossing.
I have two obituaries for Thomas, if anyone would like to have copies of them you can e-mail me and I will forward them to you.
Here is the text for one of the obituaries.

The Ohio Democrat

MR THOMAS GARFIELD, an uncle of president Garfield, and Mrs. Cornelia Arnold, a cousin of the President, attempted to cross the railroad track in front of an advancing train at Warrensville, Ohio, on the 22d, when the cow-catcher struck the right hand forward wheel of the buggy, tearing it completely off and precipitating the lady on to the platform of the engine under the headlight, inflicting very serious and probably fatal injuries and instantly killing Mr. Garfield.

I hope this helps to clear up this misnomer.
Donald Keiffer
great-great-grandson of Thomas

A note from David Jones

My Great Great Grandfather was from Bromsgrove, born abt 1831, John Garfield. He came to Wales and married. His son was David John Garfield and was my Great Grandfather, his daughter my Grannie, Sarah Catherine Garfield. My father was Terence Garfield Jones, and me, just David Jones.
I have full details if you so require.
David Jones
07816 364497

A note from Phyllis on John W. Garfield
Henry Garfield/Sarah McHenry - parents of John W. Garfield 
This Henry Washington Garfield, born 15 Dec 1844 to Ira and Lucinda (Lund) Garfield, was married to Helen Van Pelt on 9 Sept 1868 in Winneshiek Co., Iowa. He died in Wadena Co., Minnesota on 10 Apr 1925. Thought you might be interested.

Signers of the Guest Book

Jane Garfield Tuesday, 7/28/09, 8:26 PM  
From: Coventry, England but now USA
david william garfield Saturday, 6/6/09, 7:13 AM
  nice to see the garfield web site, keep up the good work
  From: birmingham england uk
Web Site:  drummerdave1959
Kathryn Garfield Ferraro Friday, 5/1/09, 10:43 AM
  Born in Minneapolis, MN to George Francis and Donna Jean (Brookshaw) Garfield
  From: Rochester New York
wendy clark gannon Saturday, 3/28/09, 7:31 PM
We are descended from the Garfields in Townshend, Vt. These Garfields were descendants of Edward Garfield according to my research. My dad is Frederick Garfield Clark and my brother is Jeffrey Garfield Clark.
From: PA

The following from Jim Fagerburg, my grandson, we are trying to find the burial place of Samuel Garfield of Busti, New York. Samuel is my ggggrandfather and the first Garfield to locate in Chautauqua County, NY.

Been looking into Deacon Samuel Garfield and possible burial sites, still haven't found his, but found his 2 daughters,  and patent information for one of his designs on the scythe.

His daughter Sarah married Charles M Hoyt and they are buried at Busti Village Cemetery
His daughter Lucinda married Willaim H Whittaker and only she is listed as being buried in the Old Jamestown Cemetery which is now gone and where the Pendergast Library now stands.

List of patents for inventions and designs: issued by the United States ...
By United States. Patent Office
Mowing Scythes, fastening the nibs of. 
Patented by Samuel Garfield, by Thomas W Harvey.
Jamestown, NY April 6, 1862

15. For an Improved method of fastening the Nibs on Scythe Snaths Thomas W Harvey of New York assigned to Samuel Garfield Senior April 6 Claim Having thus fully described the nature of my invention and shown the manner in which the same is carried into operational is to be understood that I do not claim to have invented either of the parts of the snath nib or handle taken individually but what I do claim is the particular manner in which I have combined these with each other so as to form and constitute what I have denominated the double fastened nib that is to say I claim the employment of a bolt which is furnished with a screw at each end one end of which is t o be screwed into the part of the ring and to bear upon the clip the other end is to receive the nut after the handle has been placed thereon thus forming the double fastening as set forth I claim the foregoing in combination only together with such variations thereof as are substantially the same in construction and operation
33 Journal of the Franklin Institute
By Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.), Science Direct
The Early History of the Town of Ellicott , <쨜ྋ> Chautauqua County , NY</ 쨜ྋ>
By Gilbert Wilkinson Hazeltine – Ellicott (NY) – 1887 – 556 pages
Reference on page 148
Soon after Garfield had established the business in the Stevens building, Ezra
Wood became his partner.
Located at Buffalo and Erie County public library

I believe the "Stevens Building" mentioned here to be one of the buildings erected by Phineas Stevens a tanner.  he built two buildings, one he abandonded in 1832 and the other in 1838, but I haven't found any proof yet. 
Jim Fagerburg

Here is the "Garfield Proof" for the pythagorean theorem.   Source is from wikipedia (,

Garfield's proof
James A. Garfield (later President of the United States) is credited with a novel algebraic proof:[4]
The whole trapezoid is half of an (a + b) by (a + b) square, so its area = (a + b)2/2 = a2/2 + b2/2 + ab.
Triangle 1 and triangle 2 each have area ab/2.
Triangle 3 has area c2/2, and it is half of the square on the hypotenuse.
But the area of triangle 3 also = (area of trapezoid) − (sum of areas of triangles 1 and 2)
= a2/2 + b2/2 + ab − ab/2 − ab/2
= a2/2 + b2/2
= half the sum of the squares on the other two sides.
Therefore the square on the hypotenuse = the sum of the squares on the other two sides.



This is a message I received last October. (see e-mail at end of article) Noelle found my email address after she stumbled upon our Garfield Website.  Excited, I found her telephone number and contacted her.  Little did Noelle know that I live in Illinois, just 70 miles from her home.  Charles Garfield, a renown horticulturalist from Michigan, was my great, great grandmother's (Philomela Garfield Chapin) nephew. Charles was the son of Philomela's brother, Samuel Garfield. My grandmother remembered him well, and he and his first cousin, Julia Simonds Fletcher, attended Philomela's funeral at Clare, Michigan in 1904.

Noelle was surprised to learn that Charles's first cousin, Ossian Simonds, sister of Julia, was an esteemed Landscape Architect........known throughout the United States.  In fact, Noelle's husband Brad, a landscape arcitect himself, had a textbook written by Ossian Simonds. I offered to buy the trunk, and Noelle, Brad, and three lovely children,  decided to take a nice Sunday drive to Illinois, bringing the trunk with them.  My husband and I had dinner ready for the family............we all had a wonderful time getting to know each other.  Much to my surprise and amazement, Noelle and Brad gave me the trunk.  Noelle understands about keepsakes and heirlooms, and both she and Brad decided the trunk needed to stay in the family.  I had some unique collector plates, so we basically exchanged gifts.  Noelle then contacted the magazine, "Landscape Architecture", explaining the circumstances regarding the old steamer trunk.  The magazine did a really nice article on the trunk in their February 2009 issue.  Although a mistake was made in the article regarding my relationship to Charles, I was certainly proud to be just a small part of the article.

I am including pictures of myself, Noelle, and the trunk, as well as the article from the magazine.  The trunk is dated 1899, and not in the greatest shape, but I am blessed to now have it in my possession. Charles's hand signature is on one of the wooden hangers, and his name stenciled in leather on the outside of the trunk.  I will never know how this trunk made the journey from Grand Rapids, Michigan to a little thrift shop in St. Louis, but am grateful for that journey, Noelle, and her persistence in locating information regarding Charles W. Garfield.  Ossian's mother was Harriet Garfield Simonds, who was a sister to Philomelia and Samuel........all three siblings being the children of William Brewer Garfield of Alexander,  Genesee County New York.  Anyone may google either gentleman, and will be pleasantly surprised regarding the weath of information  available written about them.

Please know that the Garfield Newsletters and Website are reaching many, many people who are trying to find their roots, or simply searching for information like Noelle.  If any of you come across a family heirloom, or something of interest that belongs to someone you don't know, make an effort to locate the owners.  I am still searching for William B. Garfield's family bible.  I am certain many of you are looking for something yourself.  Let us know........

I would also like to update all of you on the Edward Garfield Society.  We now have 33 members from across the country, Canada, and one in England.  I know summer is a very busy season for all of us, but let's get behind this 100%.  I will help all those that I am able, and will happily answer your questions.  If anyone has any information regarding John Gaffield/Garfield of Bradford, Vermont, and his wife Elizabeth Aldrich, I would appreciate your assistance.  I am currently working with Susan, Dianne, Bunny, and Faith, trying to determine his parentage.  He was born in 1772 in Massachusetts, married in 1794, and is still listed on our website under the "Unidentified Garfield's".  You may contact me at

I also wish to inform all of you that Marilyn Stillman of N.H. received her certificate, and working together,  I was also able to verify and document her line enabling her to be accepted into the Winthrop Society.  Her children are members as well.  Congratulations Marilyn!

If any of you have a story similar to mine, please let us know, and we will put it in the Garfield Newsletter.

Happy Hunting!

Jayne Pawlisa
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 14:57:37 -0700
Subject: Garfield Antique

Dear Jayne,
After spending hours researching Garfield geneology, I do hope I have reached someone who may be interested in what I have to share.
I purchased and old steamer trunk here in St. Louis, Missouri at a local thrift store about 9 years ago. I love the history of these trunks and love to image where they've been or what story they could tell.  The trunk was made by the OshKosh company in the early 1900's.
Well, I have recently pulled it out from a dark corner in my basement because I need space.  Upon opening the trunk, I discovered "C.W. Garfield Grand Rapids, MI" written on one of the hangers.  Further examination shows his name professionally stamped on the outside as well.
Through internet research and a discussion with someone from the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association in MI, we do believe the trunk belonged to the Charles Garfield, philanthropist and environmentalist. 
While I find genealogy documentations to be fascinating, I can't imagine who may be interested in this piece.  I suppose I was wondering if you have any thoughts on this matter.
I have thoroughly enjoyed believing this to belong to Mr. Garfield.  Thus, coincidentally, my husband is a landscape architect and environmentalist as well.  We are honored to have something of Mr. Garfield's in our possession.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Noelle Furfaro
St. Louis, Missouri


"WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?!" The irate customer calling the newspaper office loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.

"Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on SUNDAY".

There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter, "Well, shit, so that's why no one was at church today."

The article as it appeared in "Landscape Architecture"

History in Storage
Basement deeluttering yields link to early days of ASLA

When NOELLE FURFARO, wife of 2008 St. Louis ASLA Chapter President Brad Furfaro, was cleaning out the couple's basement recently, she found an old steamer trunk they had purchased at a thrift shop almost a decade ago.
On closer examination, Furfaro noticed the trunk was stamped "Charles W. Garfield, Grand Rapids, Michigan."
Internet research revealed the trunk's surprising landscape pedigree: Garfield, whose name graces Garfield Park in Grand Rapids, was a horticulturist, philanthropist, and state representative with a passion for trees. His legislative efforts helped to establish Michigan's state forest system and the agency that became its Department of Natural Resources.
This affection for the landscape ran throughout the branches of the family tree-Garfield's first cousin, Ossian Cole Simonds, was a charter member of ASLA and served as president in 1913.
A contemporary of Jens Jensen, Simonds was also a devotee of the Midwestern prairie landscape and naturalistic design. In addition to designing projects such as Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Riverview Park in  Hannibal, Missouri, and Fort Sheridan north of Chicago (see "Balancing Acts," Landscape Architecture, January 2004), Simonds wrote the seminal book Landscape­Gardening (1920), which is still read today.
Delighted with the find, Furfaro tracked down a descendant of 221 Landscape Architecture (FEBRUARY 2009) Garfield's sister, Jayne Pawlisa, who is now the proud owner of the trunk. And in addition to a tidier basement, Furfaro now has a new appreciation for her husband's vocation. "The trunk being connected to these two men felt like Brad getting a handshake from two of his role models, telling him, 'We believe in your work. Keep striving to make a difference.'"