From the newsletters that I get from The Garfield Farm and Inn Museum, in La Fox, ILL. they are having a busy spring and summer with all the normal farm work and their weekend activies. It would be a very interesting place to visit if you are in the area. Tell them Garfield sent you. This is the latest news letter that I have gotten from Jerome.
August - a busy month here down on the farm - The Tool Show went well but got cut short by rain - can't blame the collectors - that is a lot of iron and steel that must be kept oiled.
Onward and upward, I need help for the Sunday August 27 Garden Show. House room docents, garden interpreters, prairie interpreters, animal interpreters, car parkers, etc. If you can't come to the show, would you post some fliers at your local library, garden shop, etc? Let me know and I can mail some to you.
In the meantime, this Monday Fever River Research will be back on site to begin digging for the 1836 Culverson/1841 Garfield log house/tavern. Ground radar studies last October have pinpointed key areas to investigate so for the next 3 weeks we will have an ongoing dig. You can come out and see the dig just call to check on conditions or work schedules. (630) 584-8485 or page me at (630) 218-8485. This will be an exciting investigation.
The archaeologists will be on hand at the Garden Show Aug 27.
We have also been invited to be the sponsor of the Fox Valley Antique Show held in March at the Kane County Fairgrounds by the Chicago Suburban Antique Dealers Association. This is a wonderful honor and a good opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the museum. Volunteers will be needed
to help with the show and get the word out.
One other note, Garfield Farm Museum will be included in the Channel 11 WTTW (PBS) series of exploring Chicago and its suburbs. They have featured the main commuter rail lines but stopped at West Chicago when they did the West Line show. They are doing a north south piece on the Fox River
Valley thus picking up us and the newest terminus of the west line LaFox and Elburn. It will air this fall.
So if anyone wants to help get the gardens ready for the Garen Show please let me know. I hope everyone is having a good summer. Thanks - Jerry Johnson
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)
I haven'tmade it to Lawnfield yet this year but hope to soon when we are visiting our daughter and her family in Barberton, OH. Here again, this is a great place to visit, plan on spending from 2 - 3 hrs. there, it is well worth your time.
YOU CAN VISIT THE GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD) ON LINE AT: WWW.WRHS.ORG/LAWNFIELD
I see that the last time that I talked to you was in February of this year, time sure does travel fast doesn't it? We left Florida the last part of May with our travel trailer to the southwestern corner of New York State and our summer spot at Nancy's brother's dairy farm which is now being run by his son.
I haven't been doing much family research this summer, but have been receiving some information about the family and questions from you the reader, keep those letters coming!
The first part of this letter is going to be some of the questions and comments that I have received from people that have visited the website (www.garfieldfamilies.com).
I try and answer all letters and Guest Book entries, some times I get a rply and some times not:
Hi, my grandmother was Agnes Garfield, daughter of Lee, son of Edwin, son of Lemon, son of Elijah, son of Benjamin. What a great website!
From: CA, originally Schroon Lake, NY
I was so glad to get your email -- I have gotten more and more interested in my family as I have found new information. I completely understand about going with just the name Garfield, and once that part of it ends (or gets a new name) it becomes very complicated. So with that:
I can supply information about the last of the Garfield's, from my tree:
CHILDREN OF LEE GARFIELD[09:115A] AND CHLOE SMITH[09:115A-S]
Alice Belle GARFIELD,[10:105A] b. 25 Aug, 1885 in Schroon Lake, NY
Married: Les Greene, b. Abt. 1887
Children: James Greene, born 1909, died Aug 1980, Moriah, New York
Agnes L. GARFIELD,[10:105B] (my grandmother)
b. 23 Aug 1887 in Schroon Lake, NY d. 05 Aug 1956 in Schroon Lake, NY
Married 1st: Leon Hier
Ruth Hier, b. 19 Aug 1911, d. 15 Apr 1998, Brushton, New York
Rollin Hier, b. 27 Feb 1909, Died 1944, Schroon Lake, NY
Married 2nd: Raymond Harris (my grandfather) b. 21 Mar 1892, Paradox, New York, d. 1955, Schroon Lake, NY
Sherman Garfield Harris, b. 10 Sep 1926, d. 3 July 1978
Sherman C. GARFIELD,[10:105C] b. 7 Feb, 1889 in Schroon Lake, NY
d. Dec 1972, Elizabethtown , NY
Sherman was a soldier in WW1, stationed in France, according to my great-grandmother Chloe's diaries.
Jennie GARFIELD,[10:105D] b. Jul 15, 1891 in Schroon Lake, NY
Married 1st: Charles French, d. ?
Children: Paul French, b. 19 Oct 1912, d. 02 Nov 1999, Elizabethtown, NY
Married 2nd: Orlin Tyrrell, b. 09 Jan 1885, d.Feb 1967, Schroon Lake, NY
Edwin S. GARFIELD,[10:105E] b. Sep 13, 1900 in Schroon Lake, NY
d. 25 Jul 1991, Saratoga Springs, NY
Married 1st: Stella Welch, b. abt. 1894, d. abt. 1955
Married 2nd: Mary (don't know last name), b. ?, d. abt 1986
I just had a great time tracing back my family. I started with my dad Bill/Sara - Jack/Audrey - Claude/Lois - William/Bertha - Issac/Marion - George/Ann - Samuel/Lydia - Eliakim/Sarah - Samuel/Mary - Benjamin/Elizabeth - Edward/Rebecca - Thomas/Agnes and then to Edward and Alice in England. What an amazing site. Thank you so much for your time and effort and the wonderful history lesson.
I am a Garfield... my middle name is after my Great- Great-Great-Great grandfather, Pres. James A. Garfield.... I am curious how I fit into your site.... pretty cool stuff man.... I thought I was the last of us left.... any info would be great.... katherine Bonderer
In one of my resent newsletters I told you about the death of James R. Garfield ll in March of 2005. Jim was the great grandson of President Garfield. Below is the Biography of this great man, that was written by Debbie Weinkamer, and who so gracefully let me include it in this newsletter. Then on November 5, 2005 Jim's son James R. Garfield lll passed away, he was another great man. What about it Debbie, can we get a Biography on this gentleman also? Thanks Debbie for all your work on this.
James R. Garfield ll James R. Garfield ll is the 2nd from
in the 2nd grade at the left taken in October 2002 during
Browning Elementary the dedication of The Middle Creek,
School in Willoughby, OH KY. Battlefield that James A. Garfield
in 1927. fought upon in January of 1862.
James R. Garfield II "Our Jim" Garfield
Lake County has lost another piece of its history: James R. Garfield II passed away early Tuesday morning, March 15, 2005, at LakeWest Hospital in Willoughby. He was 85 years old chronologically, but a vibrant character of Lake County right up to his sudden death. Jim was always proud of his heritage he was the great-grandson of our 20th President, James A. Garfield but created his own successes, rather than capitalizing on his family name.
"Our Jim" was born in Cleveland in 1920 and grew up at "Eastlawn," the large white house built by Warren Corning in 1830 and enlarged around the turn of the twentieth century by Jim's uncle, architect Abram Garfield. He spoke fondly of growing up on the family compound of approximately 400 acres that included "Lawnfield" (the James A. Garfield farm), "Hollycroft" (his grandfather James R. Garfield's property), and "Willoughbrook Farm" (his great-uncle John E. Newell's estate now Garfield Park). Jim loved the early years spent with Granny (Helen Newell Garfield) and her fine gardens and the nights on Bum's (James R.'s) sleeping porch with his childhood friends. During the summer, he visited "Shadybrook," home of Aunt Reba Williams Baldwin, current site of LCHS.
He attended Browning School in Willoughby and Center Street School in Mentor for his elementary education. One year, Jim's father, John Newell Garfield, rewarded him with a quarterhorse named "Babe" for raising his math grade! Then in 1933, he was sent to Toronto, Canada for school for two years where he learned rugby, ice hockey, and cricket. The headmaster there suggested the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut for Jim's next two years. His final years of high school were spent at the South Kent School in Connecticut where, for three years, he was a four-sport letterman -- football, hockey, baseball, and rowing.
Jim was offered a football scholarship to attend Columbia University, but went into the National Guard and the U.S. Army instead. He started as a horse soldier in the 107th Cavalry of the Ohio National Guard, then served in Europe during WW II under General George S. Patton, and retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 26 years of service. He was very proud that he helped establish displays about his unit's history at four different museums. Jim remained devoted to his former troopers and recently spent the night at the hospital bedside of one of them during the gentleman's final hours.
Jim's career began on the night desk at the Cleveland News in 1939 where he wrote death notices. He was promoted to the advertising department when he suggested that a car dealership--overstocked with vehicles in the wintertimepurchase a sale ad to move the cars. The dealer sold more than 20 cars in a few days.
Jim's favorite job was also the one he worked at the longest: the Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association. As executive vice president and secretary, he resurrected their annual auto show in 1975 after a 20-year lapse. He was instrumental in moving the Cleveland Auto Show to the International Exposition (I-X) Center where it continues to attract thousands of visitors each year. He was also a member of the educational advisory committees at the Max Hayes Vocational School in Cleveland and at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1986 from Northwood and the Distinguished Service Citation in 1989 from the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan.
In retirement, Jim flourished. He became very involved at Lawnfield, now owned by the National Park Service and operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society, as a groundskeeper often pressing his sons and grandsons into service, too. He frequently spoke to schoolchildren and adult visitors about his life in Mentor, regaling them with stories about the farm animals and artifacts at Lawnfield. He even participated in special events there, like the annual Ice Cream Social where he was known as "the man who handed out the chocolate sprinkles" to top the ice cream. Visitors relished their moments with him (how many people get the chance to meet a descendant of an American president?), grateful for his autograph and posing with him in family photographs.
Jim's groundskeeping work continued at St. Hubert's Episcopal Church in Kirtland. Rev. Daniel Schoonmaker, Rector, speaks of Jim's service to the church as not only helping with outside projects, but also as head of the ushers, as a Sunday morning bell ringer, preparing the church for Sunday services, and even as a babysitter in the nursery!
He kept active with the church's activities, as well as with his large family and various groups of friends. Jim's four sons, daughter, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brother, nieces, and nephews were each made to feel very special, according to one of his daughters-in law. He met regularly with the retired security guards at WRHS, the Cleveland Automotive Old Timers, and his troopers. He enjoyed dinners with life-long friends at Kirtland Country Club and lamented the fact that he couldn't play golf any longer. He always had a full calendar and lots of plans.
Jim loved bow ties, floppy hats, horses, and being on a ship. He sometimes appeared to have a gruff manner but was a teddy bear inside, ready with a joke and very optimistic. Upon hearing about his death, Cynthia Miller who worked on the restoration of Lawnfield in the 1990s said, " Not Jim! The man had amazing presence, warmth, and a personality that could not be denied, didn't he. Dean [Zimmerman] & I always imagined that the president must've been a lot like him. Jim helped out a lot of people the kindness in him ran very, very deep, and he was a man of action."
His Lawnfield friends were some of his most recent "family." He met us almost daily at Yours Truly Restaurant in Mentor for breakfast, encouraging us to continue our stewardship of his family's property. He felt confident bringing family members to the site to learn about their heritage, insisting that we give the tours of the house not him. He said, "I'm learning more today than I ever knew. It deepens my feelings for this place." We always welcomed his personal comments while on those tours because they gave us a chance to learn the family's viewpoint of Lawnfield as a home.
Our Jim Garfield was a great man with many circles of friends. To say he will be missed, is a vast understatement.
Written by: Debbie Weinkamer
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
March 22, 2005
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLANET THAT GOD PICKED FOR US TO LIVE ON