26 November 2011

December 2 Meeting: From Seedlings to Celebration: the ABCs of Christmas Trees



"From Seedlings to Celebration: the ABCs of Christmas Trees"


Friday, December 2nd
7:00 pm
Goodwin Library
Historical Society Museum

presented by 
Susan Loker
Sundance Farm



Step out of your high-stress, high-tech world for a few moments and savor the classic Christmas adventure - choosing your own tree from high on a hill at Sundance Farm.  Susan will share the experiences of Christmas Tree farming in New Hampshire. Her farm has 100s of season-ready, hand-sheared fir and pine, in many varieties, that you can harvest on your own.  There is also a just-cut selection. Sundance Farm also has wreaths to grace your front door.

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Sundance Farm on the Web
http://www.sundancefarmchristmas.com/

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28 October 2011

Farmington Historical Society Annual Meeting


The next scheduled meeting of the Farmington Historical Society will be its Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Supper.
November 4, 2011
6:30 PM
First Congregational Church

Join us for our annual meeting. There is no speaker presentation at this meeting. Bring a casserole, or other dish and your appetite to our pot luck supper. It's a night of good food and good friends.  Beverages, bread, and desserts will be provided.

Membership dues are $5.00 and are due now.

We are now easier to find on the web.  Our new domain is now functional!  Find us at:
www.FarmingtonNHHistory.org

13 October 2011

Historical Society Helps Get New Roof for the NH Farm Museum


At the October 7th meeting, the atendees were treated to an exciting presentation by Farm Museum Director, Kathleen Shea, on the interesting and artistic life of Robert Edmond Jones.  The Farm Museum is located on the old farm owned and operated by the Jones Family.  See post of Robert Edmond Jones for more details.

Following the presentation, the members of Farmington Historical Society voted to donate $500 to the NH Farm Museum for their roofing fund.  It was noted that the museum is currently in need of a roof and there is an ongoing fundraising project to raise money to cover the costs.

The donation was presented to the museum director, Kathleen Shea, on Sunday, October 9, by FHS President, Dottie Bean and Vice-President Louise Hoage.  The October 12th edition of the Rochester Times reports that this donation will be matched by two anonymous donors.  The NH Farm Museum is as important to the town of Farmington as it is to the town of Milton, where it is located.  Farmington's "Uncle Sam" bob sled, the largest in the world, was donated to the Farm Museum several years ago by Cameron's Garden Center of Farmington.

Photo Credit: John Nolan, editor of the Rochester Times, and is the property of Fosters Daily Democrat


30 September 2011

Robert Edmond Jones - From Milton Farm Boy to Hollywood Producer

"Robert Edmond Jones - From Milton Farm Boy to Hollywood Producer"
October 7th 2011
7:00 in the Farmington Historical Society Museum 
Goodwin Library

Robert Edmond Jones (c. 1920)
Kathleen Shea
NH Farm Museum Director
www.farmmuseum.org
info@farmmuseum.org

Robert Edmond Jones was born on December 12, 1887, the son of Fred P. and Emma (Cowell) Jones of Plummer's Ridge, Milton, New Hampshire.

When Mr. Jones reached school age, he entered the rural school on the Ridge. Here he received his grammar school education. He entered Nute High School in the fall of 1900. While attending high school he was a member of the staff of the school paper and made several sketches and designs for it. He was graduated in 1904. Mr. Jones earned his tuition for his freshman year at Harvard by teaching school at West Milton (Nute's Ridge), Plummer's Ridge and Milton Grammar School. During his last three years in Cambridge, he earned his way by assisting in the department of Fine Arts.

He was graduated in 1910 from Harvard with cum laude honors, and remained two years as instructor in the Fine Arts Department.

He did his first designing for "Salome", put on for an audience of six in an undergraduate room. Kenneth MacGowan, one of the six, later influenced a New York producer in Mr. Jones' behalf.

He became noted for his novel stage settings and first attracted attention in this field in the spring of 1915 by his excellent work in the scenic design in the play, "The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife," produced by Granville Barker at Wallack's Theater , New York, and followed this success with many others including Percy MacKaye's play, "Washington, the Man Who Made Us," staged at the Lyric Theater in New York, September 19, 1920. Mr. Jones scenic work, especially his exterior of Mt. Vernon, the home of Washington, was outstanding. From this time on he became world famous and did the stage designing for many plays chief among which was "Green Pastures."

Although people had tried to interest him in movie scenic work they had but little luck, Mr. Jones remained loyal to New York and the legitimate stage.

Robert Edmond Jones article on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Edmond_Jones

Robert Edmond Jones Collection at the UNH Library
http://www.library.unh.edu/special/index.php/robert-edmond-jones

Robert Edmond Jones on the Internet Broadway Database
http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=9776


Sets Designed by Robert Edmond Jones

Robert Edmond Jones
Cover of book on design by Jones


Set from MacBeth, 1921
   
Hamlet, burial of Ophelia, 1922
Camille, Act III   1932

Richard III, vision of the crown, 1941







03 September 2011

Free in Farmington this Fall

Looking for something to do this Fall.  Here are some great activities and events happening in Farmington, NH this fall.  And they are all for free!  Mark your calendars and head on over to Farmington.

September 2011

3   Knitting Club  (monthly- first Saturday)
11:30  Goodwin Library

4   Mustard Seed Cafe    (monthly- first and third Sundays)
3:00 – 5:00 First Congregational Church

7   Gardner's Roundtable  (monthly- first Wednesday)
6:00  Goodwin Library

10  Mustard Seed Cafe  (monthly- first and third Sundays)
3:00 – 5:00 First Congregational Church

12 Adult Poet and Writer's Group   (monthly- second Monday)  6:00 Goodwin Library

14   Friends of the Library  (monthly – second Wednesday)  6:00 Goodwin Library

19   Adult Book Club   (monthly- third Monday)
6:00 Goodwin Library

26   Kids Cartoon Club  (monthly- fourth Monday)
6:00 Goodwin Library

28   Farmington Film Society  (monthly- fourth Wednesday)
6:00 Goodwin Library


October 2011

1   Knitting Club  (monthly- first Saturday)
11:30  Goodwin Library

2  Mustard Seed Cafe   (monthly- first and third Sundays)
3:00 – 5:00 First Congregational Church

3  Adult Poet and Writer's Group  (monthly- second Monday)  6:00 Goodwin Library

5 Gardner's Roundtable  (monthly- first Wednesday)
6:00  Goodwin Library

7  Farmington Historical Society  (monthly – first Friday)
7:00 Goodwin Library Museum

12  Friends of the Library  (monthly – second Wednesday)  6:00 Goodwin Library

16  Mustard Seed Cafe  (monthly- first and third Sundays)
3:00 – 5:00 First Congregational Church

17  Adult Book Club   (monthly- third Monday)
6:00 Goodwin Library

24   Kids Cartoon Club  (monthly- fourth Monday)
6:00 Goodwin Library

26   Farmington Film Society  (monthly- fourth Wednesday)
6:00 Goodwin Library


For more information about these free programs and events in Farmington, please visit these sites on the web.

Adult Book Club

Adult Poet and Writers Group

Farmington Film Society

Farmington Historical Society

Friends of the Library

Gardener's Roundtable

Goodwin Library

Mustard Seed Cafe

We Have Odd and Interesting Things in Farmington Historical Society Museum


Last year, J.W. Ocker, author of The New England Grimpendium, spoke at the Goodwin Library.  He tailored his talk to Macabre New Hampshire.  It was interesting and captivating.  And our speaker learned as much as he taught.

He blogged about it in a March posting.
Read it at: http://www.jwocker.com/2011/03/goodwin-library-appearance.html



Follow J.W Ocker at  http://www.jwocker.com/
Read his blog, Odd Things I've Seen, at http://www.oddthingsiveseen.com/

29 August 2011

August 2011 Edition of the Puddledock Press is Out Online

The August Edition of the Puddledock Press is now available online! Enjoy reading about what's happening in our town. Puddledock Press August 2011
Thanks, JoAnn, Roger, Barbara, and Juanita for another great edition!

26 August 2011

Farmington 30th Annual Hay Day is August 26 - 28

Right now the town is preparing for Hay Day on Saturday, Aug. 27. You can buy t-shirts at the bank and they will be available on Hay Day as well.


Schedule of Events

Friday, August 26th Festivities and Events
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Festivities and Events will take place behind the Henry Wilson School.
  • 5:00 - 9:00 pm  Bounce house- Sponsored by the Recreation Department
  • 5:00 - 9:00 pm   Food Concessions- Sold by the Farmington Fire Department and the Cub Scouts
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm: Concessions sold by the Farmington Fire Department
  • 6:30 - 9:15 pm: Music By: Common Ground Band   Come out and dance along to great live music!
  • 9:15 pm: Fireworks (don’t forget to buy a glow necklace)

Saturday, August 27th Festivities and Events
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Events take place on Main Street, Central Street, in the TD Bank and Peaslee Funeral Home parking lots.
All street vendors and rides open at 9:00 am and close at 4:00 pm.
  • 9:00 am   Sign up your child for the Peter Pan Scavenger hunt!!! (at the Hay Day booth)
  • 9:00 - 4:00 pm   All Vendors, Rides and Traveling Barn Yard Open!
  • 9:00 - 4:00 pm  Blessed Bargains Thrift Shop will be open.  All items are half-price in honor of Hay Day. Stop by and pick up some one-of-a-kind items and gently used fashions.
  • 9:30 4:00 pm  Friends of the Library Big Book Sale   Friends group will be sponsoring their fourth Annual Giant Book Sale! Get there early for the biggest selection.  The Goodwin Library will be closed for Hay Day.
  • 9:30 - 12:00 pm  Historical Society Museum in the lower level of the Goodwin Library is open to the public.  You can enter through the side door.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn about Farmington's past, and enjoy a Scavenger Hunt, if you like playing!   
  • 10:00 am    Little Miss and Mr. Hay Day Contest- In the TD Bank parking lot.
  • 10:00 am   Granite State Zoo Booth- Near Cumberland Farms
  • 10:00 am     Climbing Wall and Monkey Jump- Join the Recreation Department for a chance to reach the top of the climbing wall. Small fee will apply.
  • 10:00 am    Stop by and Play Just Dance on the Nintendo Wii- Sponsored by Farmington Recreation.
  • 10:00 - 12:00 pm   Pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse- $3.00 (only until 12:00pm)
  • 11:00 am   The Country Cloggers- Nancy Kelly Breton School of Dance in the TD Bank parking Lot.
  • 11:45 pm  Farmington Community Awards - People’s Choice Awards in the center of town
  • 12:00 - 1:30 pm  The Adult Writers and Poets Group (based at the Goodwin Library) will be holding an open mic poetry event at the Farmington Recreation Hall.  Bring a poem and join the fun, or just come and listen. 
  • 12:00 pm  Wayne from Maine - In the TD Bank Parking lot/ grass beside the church
  • The Traveling Barn
  • 2:30 pm The Annual Bed Race  Come watch and support your favorite team as they run down Main Street and complete some challenging tasks. The grand prize is $125! There is a Community bed available. Register at the Recreation Department.
  • 3:30 pm  Winning Raffle Tickets Drawn- Bring Your Tickets to the Hay Day booth.
  • 5:30 to 7:30 pm  Music and a Movie:  Chris Bonoli and the Blues Monsters band will be playing at Fernald Park.
  • 7:30 to 9:00 pm  Shrek, The Final Chapter, a movie the whole family will enjoy. The movie will be shown at Fernald Park, and will be shown at the Recreation Department if it rains.

Sunday August 28th Festivities and Events
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 7:30 am Pancake Breakfast- Sponsored by Farmington Fire Dept
  • 10:00 am  Adult Bingo- Join the Recreation Department for adult bingo (must be at least 55 years or older to play) in the Recreation Department gym. Doors will open at 9:00 am and games will start at 10:00 am. There is a $5.00 fee to play and all money is returned to the winners. We will play a total of 16 games. 
  • 12:00 pm Annual Dodge ball Tournament at Henry Wilson School





01 August 2011

Souvenir Booklet donated to Historical Society

At our last meeting this past June, the Society was presented with a gift. A local historical society patron had found this souvenir booklet from 1904 in am antique shoppe and purchased it.

The booklet is over 100 years old and represents a unique view of our history. The booklet was intended as a souvenir booklet and highlights the features of Farmington, NH that our turn of the 20th Century Farmington leaders thought would be of interest to tourists visiting the town. It's a piece of contemporary history viewed over 100 years after it was printed. We hope you enjoy this souvenir of our town as much as we do.

Farmington NH Souvenir Booklet 1904


Farmington Hay Day
Our Hay Day Celebration is coming up this August 27 - 28. The museum will be open to the public during the Hay Day celebration. Come see the original booklet and all of our other town treasurers.

28 May 2011

Climbing the 48 NH 4000 Footers

The New Hampshire 48 Four Thousand Footers



At the June 3rd meeting, The Farmington Historical Society will feature Jean Davenhall, as guest speaker.

Jean is a lifelong Farmington resident whose passion for hiking and the outdoors led  her to recently complete climbing The NH 48 Four Thousand Footers,  a list of New Hampshire s mountains reaching 4,000 feet or more in elevation.

Jean's interest in the outdoors includes not only hiking but skiing (alpine, Nordic and water), snowshoeing, kayaking, running and bicycling.  Jean s adventures in the outdoors have included skiing Tuckerman s Ravine for many years with her ski buddies,  snowmobiling 1,700 miles around the Gaspe Peninsula in Eastern Quebec, Canada, skiing out west as well as kayaking many NH rivers and lakes.  Her first trip to the summit of Mt. Washington was in 1996 when she had the opportunity to run in the Mt. Washington Road Race.  She reached the summit in 2:08!  Jean also ran the Nute Ridge Half Marathon several times!

Jean will share her experience with an interactive talk and slideshow of  her recent 20 mile day-hike through the Pemigewasset Wilderness from Twin Mountain to Lincoln with her husband Tom and their Standard Poodle, Ava, on their journey to achieve their goal of climbing all 48 NH Four Thousand Footers.  Their sojourn in the wilderness began an hour before daybreak on September 18, 2010, and Jean will share the beautiful photos she took throughout the day until they reached their destination some twelve hours and twenty miles later!

Jean Davenhall and her dog Ava on top of Mt. Bond, one of the 4,000 footers.  Jean is our Hist. Soc. speaker for June 3.  She and husband Tom have climbed all of the NH 4,000' and Ava the dog has done over 20 of them.

Along with some of her wonderful photos, Jean will also be showing the gear one needs to hike the White Mountains. 

Another picture of Jean on Mt. Bond.
This talk will be appropriate for all ages and a great intro for anyone who has never done any serious hiking but would like to.  The presentation will be open to the public.  A meeting of the Farmington Historical Society will follow the presentation.  Membership dues are $5.00 annually.   Come join us!

14 April 2011

Stories of Logging, the Mills, and Life in the Androscoggin Valley

"Crosscut: Stories of logging, the mills, and life in the Androscoggin Valley”
Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM
In the Women's Room of the Goodwin Library

(This presentation is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council)



New Hampshire's "Moose of Humor," Rebecca Rule, will visit the Farmington Historical Society at 7 pm on May 6th to present "Crosscut: Stories of the Mills, Logging and Life in the Androscoggin Valley."  Becky uses oral histories, which were gathered through the "Telling Our Stories Project" in Spring 2007, and vintage photos to tell the story of the rise and fall of the North Country's logging industry.  Through these individual stories, a picture of a rich culture emerges. The paper mills provided the major economic base for the people of New Hampshire's northern communities for over 150 years, and their closure has impacted the lives of everyone in the North Country. Audience members are often invited to share their own stories and discuss the logging and paper industries and the special place north of the notches.  Becky Rule's mission is to help preserve Yankee culture through stories and to make people laugh.  On Saturday, April 30th, the stories gathered by Becky Rule will be played by Theatre North actors.
 
About Becky Rule
Rebecca Rule is a New Hampshire native, a writer and humorist. She is best known for her live presentation of humorous stories based upon N.H. characters she has known and heard about over the years. Rebecca has entertained audiences from Stratford to Keene, prompting New Hampshire Magazine to name her "Thalia: the Muse of Comedy" in its list of notable N.H. muses. Rebecca’s passion for the spoken word takes her to schools where she helps young writers find their voices. For more than 10 years she has served on the steering committee for the NH Young Writers Conference. For the “Telling Our Stories” project she collected stories of the mills, logging, and the Androscoggin Valley, and turned them into a play, now a one-woman show called "Crosscut." Her CDs are "Perley Gets a Dumpsticker" and "Better Than a Poke in the Eye." Her books include the short story collection “The Best Revenge,” a collection of short and long humorous stories; “Could Have Been Worse”; and “Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller's Guide to New Hampshire.” She's currently at work on three books, a New Hampshire Dictionary, a book on New Hampshire town meetings, and a collection of North Country folk lore. She also hosts the New Hampshire Authors series, which airs on NHPTV.
- from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Artist Roster

Links

MooseOfHumor.com   Rebecca Rule's website

Travels with Becky   Rebecca Rule's blog

Story of the Androscoggin, Bethel Historical Society

Welcome to the Androscoggin Valley  Booklet from the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

Cabin Fever with Theater North

North Forest Heritage Park 

from Museum of the White Mountains  http://www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains/as-time-passes-over-the-land/2011/02/06/tourism-literary-third/
Androscoggin River Valley and Watershed area  http://www.ask.com/wiki/Androscoggin_River

01 April 2011

Lilacs Presentation Cancelled Due to Snow Storm

Sorry folks, the Lilacs won't be blooming in Farmington today!  Due to the impending Nor'easter which promises to keep us all snowbound, the Farmington Historical Society is cancelling its monthly meeting and presentation by Guy Guinta Jr of the Governor's Lilac and Wildflower Commission.

The presentation will be rescheduled for our October 7 Meeting.  We know the lilacs will be in the past, rather than in the near future at that time, but the talk will be still as exciting and will give us all something to look forward to for the next spring.

So, until then, think about this coming spring and how beautiful our city and state will be when the lilacs are in bloom again.


Here are some pictures to help bring your mind back to spring!


















Read the editorial about our current storm, No joke! Possible April Fool's Winter Storm on Weather.com.

Remembering History
Do you remember the year of our previous April Fools Day Blizzard?  That wasn't a joke, either.  What were you doing at that time?

11 March 2011

Donated Martha Safford Seascape Painting Restored to Original Beauty

The Martha Safford Seascape that was donated to the Historical Society Museum last November by resident and antique dealer, Dave Aubert, recently was cleaned and restored to its original beauty. The Historical Society funded the cleaning project and retained the services of Great Works Painting Restoration, Shapleigh, ME to complete it.
Restoration artist, Martha Cox displays the completely restored Safford Seascape.
The process involves the removal of the layers of dirt, soot, and other substances that collect on the paint surface over the years and dull the quality of the painting.  Varnishes and coatings from previous restorations discolor over time and are also removed. 

The left side of the painting has been cleaned, the right side is shown in its uncleaned condition.
A closer view of the before (right) and after (left) results of the cleaning process.
The painting now hangs proudly in the Farmington Historical Society Museum, located in the basement of the Goodwin Library.  The Museum is open on the first Friday of each month for the monthly meeting of the Historical Society, on Hay Day, and by special appointment. 


Learn More About It


Farmington Resident Donates Painting to Museum   January 12 article

Great Works Painting Restoration  Martha Cox, Proprietor

26 February 2011

Farmington Industry, Friday, March 4th

Farmington Historical Society Meeting
Farmington Industry
March 4th, 2011
7:00 PM
Goodwin Library Museum.

At the meeting, Roger Belanger, a Farmington resident and historian, will present a picture of downtown Farmington through the years. In words and pictures, Roger will describe what the Farmington downtown was like at the turn of the last century and describe the changes that happened as the town changed and evolved to its present day appearance. You'll learn about the buildings and businesses you know, and some that you didn't know where here.

Come join us for the presentation. A meeting of the Historical Society will follow.

21 February 2011

History Conference for Advanced Placement Students

March 14, 15, or 16, 2011 
Advanced Placement History Conference

The New Hampshire Historical Society’s annual Advanced Placement History Conference is a unique opportunity for A.P. History students to meet for a day of presentations and hands-on activities. The focus of the program is on approaching Document Based Questions effectively. William O. Kellogg, author of the Barron’s study guide for A.P. U.S. History, is the keynote speaker and will illuminate what exam readers are looking for in student writing. 

Sponsored by The NHHEAF Network Organizations and the John L. Frisbee Education Endowment.
Location: 30 Park Street, Concord, NH
Cost: $
13 per student; advanced registration required.
Contact: Education Services Coordinator Chris MacLeod at 603-856-0604 or cmacleod@nhhistory.org

 Sponsored by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF.org)

10 February 2011

Coming up at the March Meeting: Farmington Industry

Friday, March 4th at 7:00 PM at the Goodwin Library


Ever walk downtown in Farmington and wonder what it was like 100 years ago?  Downtown Farmington wasn't always the way it is now.  Years ago, Main Street and Central Avenue were very different places.  Farmington, like most towns, evolved over time.  Buildings are built and occupied, but sometimes the occupants don't stay the same.  As society and it's tastes change, so do the town's center.  The downtown area once had movie theaters, soda fountains, grocery stores, furniture stores, and of course, shoe shops and factories. At the March 4th Meeting of the Farmington Historical Society, Roger Belanger, a Farmington resident and historian, will tell you just that. In words and pictures, Roger will describe what the Farmington downtown was like at the turn of the last century and describe the changes that happened as the town changed and evolved to its present day appearance. You'll learn about the buildings and businesses you know, and some that you didn't know where here.  You'll learn how some of our downtown buildings were destroyed , rebuilt, and destroyed again. It will be a fascinating trip down memory lane for some and an interesting perspective on what life in Farmington used to be like for others. Regardless of what you remember or how old you are, it is sure to be an interesting perspective of our downtown history.

 The Central House in 1913

The Thayer & Osborne Shoe Factory in 1915
The Opera House in 1914 contained the Library

Old stereoscope looking north on Main Street, circa 1865-1885
Photo credit: WikiMedia Commons

Come join us on March 4th and learn about our downtown's history.

The monthly meeting for members of the Historical Society will follow the presentation.
The public is welcome to attend.  Light refreshments are served.

23 January 2011

New Hampshire Humanities Council February Events Calendar

The New Hampshire Humanities Council has posted events for February on its online calendar.  A link to the calendar is in the right sidebar "Other Links of Interest".
You can find the Humanities Council Calendar at any time, by visiting the Calendar page.

12 January 2011

December Meeting and Christmas Party

The Farmington Historical Society's December Meeting was actually a Christmas Party with the entertainment being provided by the award winning quartet, The New England Sound.  The gruop sang many songs in the barbershop quartet manner, including several Christmas songs, and at one point invited the audience to join them.  The members and guests broke for refreshments and then heard more beautiful music.  It was the perfect way to begin the holiday season. 

The Society will not meet again until March, 2011.  Roger Belanger will be the speaker and will speak about the history of downtown Farmington.  Other monthly programs will include well known humorist, Rebecca Rule, in the spring. 

Farmington Resident Donates Painting to the Museum

Members and guests at the recent Farmington Historical Society annual meeting and pot luck dinner were surprised to learn that an important acquisition was being donated to the museum.  Farmington Resident Dave Aubert, an auctioneer and antiques dealer, recently purchased an original oil painting by 19th Century artist Martha Safford, and donated it to the Historical Society.   Society President, Dottie Bean, thanked Aubert for his generosity and his sincere intentions to have important historic aritfacts housed in the area where they originated.  The painting will be hung in the museum where all can enjoy it.

Foster's Daily Democrat ran an article about the donation on November 25th.

Martha A. Hayes Safford
US Archives, Women of Strafford County, from the book New Hampshire Women, The New Hampshire Publishing Company, COncord, NH  1895.
Not often are towns able to retain the more distinguished of their daughters to the years of their womanly prime, but this good fortune is given to Farmington by Mrs. Safford, the well-known artist.  She is a daughter of Israel and Anne (Edgerly) Hayes, and descended from notable people of whom one was Col. Thomas Tash of the Revolution.  At the age of eighteen she was married to James Fearing Safford, formerly of Maine, a veteran of the Civil War.  One son, now arrived at manhood, blesses the happy union.  Inheriting refined and artistic tastes, and encouraged by her husband, she devoted close attention to painting and crayon portraiture, under excellent teachers, for the years succeeding her marriage, and has become one of the best instructors in her specialties, in New Hampshire, and one of the Granite state.  She sketches from nature almost invariably, and adds to her unusually correct drawing a fine sense of the fitness of things, and an enviable eye for color.With the magic of her brush, a scene which has pleased us is set again before us, in outline true, and in its own beauty of tint; still may we feel the charm of flower and leaf, the glowing sphere from the willing tree, and the lesser globe and oval, from shrubs here and there invite us, and still does the fruit of the vine hold the delicacy of its virgin bloom; while every accessory of a picture has received its meed of attention from the conscientious artist.  Yet not through all these comes her chief pleasure, for more than the simple delight of the eye is the recalling of the features of those whom we "have loved long since, yet lost awhile," in which Mrs. Safford is especially gifted, working often from the faint shadows of some old and imperfect portrait, and completing a likeness which is priceless. Any good artist may portray well from life, but one whose intuition of the spirit is allied to the skill of eye and hand offers to us the gift of
genius. 
Martha died on 9 October 1912 in Rochester, New Hampshire, according to the 1917 Rochester City Directory. 





04 January 2011

December Issue of Puddledock Press

The December issue of the Farmington Puddledock Press has been uploaded on the Puddledock Press page.