First and foremost let me apoligize for not writing sooner, I guess I am just getting very busy or just plane lazy, or a little of both. It seems that it takes me twice as long to do something then it did 50 years ago. Also I have been volunteering with the Korean War Veterans Assocition of which I am a member from 30 to 40 hours a week.
It is a worth while cause as we do a lot for the community, like supplying the color guard at meetings and dedications of buildings and memorials, we also are present at Military Funerals to present the 21 gun salute and play taps and presenting the flag to the next of kin. We also get invited to speak at both grade school and collage level history classes and ROTC functions.
It is my understanding that there has been a change made at Lawnfield, the home of President James A Garfield, in Mentor, OH. The home is a National Historical Site and it is now being managed by the National Parks Service as of January 01, 2008. In the past it was managed by the Western Reserve Historial Society of Cleveland, OH.
(I received an e-mail yesterday from Allison Powell that indeed the change was made and that she was hired by the NPS as a Park Ranger and will be staying at Lawnfield.)
We are in the process of starting a Garfield Society, (somewhat like the Winthrop Society) open to members free of charge who can trace their linkage back to Edward
Garfield, the first Garfield to come to the New World in 1630. They must be able to prove there linkage through either birth certificates, marrage licence, death certificates or other means. For more information contact Jayne Pawlisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dick Garfield at email@example.com. we will give you all the help that we can in obtaining the needed documentation.
Over the past few months I have been getting questions and/or corrections to the Garfield Family on the website. I know that some of them went unanswered or unchanged, I didn't mean to forget anybody or anything but my fileing system could need a little help. I will try to do better in the future for sure.
If anybody has any questions let me know and I will post them in the next newsletter if I can't help, and any corrections or addiions are most welcome along wih pictures and stories about your branch of the Garfield Family Tree. As you know I have been trying to update the site generation by generation, I have gotten through the 7th generation and am working on the 8th. it is a very time consuming process, and I am going slow so as not to make any mistakes.