09 November 2013

Francis Mooney Receives Mooney's Mill Memorabilia

Francis Mooney and Jim Horgan
Mooney’s Mill, which opened in Farmington in 1916, by Francis Mooney’s grandfather and thrived for many decades, turned out wooden handles. The factory rejects could be bought by the barrel for just 10 cents.  They were often used as kindling for fires. Dottie Bean, Farmington Historical Society Vice President, inherited a pile from her father and still burns them!  Jim Horgan, Historical Society President, recently presented Francis with a few keepsake handles made at the mill, on behalf of the membership. Francis Mooney, now age 97, is also a Farmington resident.

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The orginal photo and story, We Can Handle These,  appeared in the November 7 issue of the Rochester Times at  http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131107/GJCOMMUNITY04/131109480
Photo Credit:  John Nolan, Rochester Times

Farmington Historical Society Elects New Officers for 2014

"Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner"

New President, Jim Horgan
with Vice President, Dottie Bean
Friday, November 1st
6:30 pm

The Society met for its annual meeting and Pot Luck Dinner on Friday, November 1st.  There was lots of good food and good company.  At the business meeting, following the dinner, the slate of new officers for the 2014 year was elected.  While there were some returning faces, we did elect a new President. Jim Horgan, a long time Farmington resident, was elected as the new President.  Former president Dottie Bean, took the Vice President position. The remaining officers kept their positions from the previous year.

Last year, the society began collecting information on the feasibility of digitizing the back issues of the newspaper that the Goodwin Library currently has on microfilm.  When completed, issues of the Farmington News will be available online. Members of the society were excited to finalize this project and are eager for its completion.  Among the various projects that the Historical Society will attempt to complete in the coming year will be to dehumidify the museum, begin an artifact cataloging project, open our online museum, and open the online issues of the Farmington News.

The Society meets on the first Friday of the Month. Monthly meetings include of presentations on topics of interest feature local and regional speakers. The presentation is followed by light refreshments and a business meeting.  The Society operates and manages the Henry Wilson Museum at the Goodwin Library, and
annually awards a $500 scholarship to a graduating Farmington High School senior. The Society published the pictorial book Images of America - Farmington, available at the library for $16.99.  We also have a written History of Farmington NH, available at the library for $5.00.

Our monthly programs are free and open to the public!  New members are always welcome.  Annual dues are $5.00.

Check the calendar below for meeting dates.