Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Howard Henry Farrar of Dickvale, Peru, Maine


Autograph album that was given to Howard Henry Farrar of Dickvale, Peru, Maine, by his mother Henrietta (Bishop) Farrar on December 15, 1887 - although there are autographs from earlier than that.  It's possible that she wrote the page in the new year of 1887 and meant to note Christmas 1886.

On the inside front cover:


The presentation page:


The album measures a bit less than 8" by 5" and contains 7 colored pages, six with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quotations, and the sentiments of over fifty of Howard's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Howard Henry Farrar was born August 14, 1867 at Woodstock, Maine, the son of Almon Joseph Farrar and Henrietta (Bishop) Farrar.  Henrietta inscribed another page in her son's album, on November 21, 1887.


Howard's sister Jennie E. Farrar also inscribed a page, on December 5, 1887.


Many other relatives inscribed pages in Howard's album, including aunts, uncles and cousins; see the alphabetical list of inscribers at the end of this post.

Interestingly, one of Howard's aunts, by marriage, was Angelia (Whitman) Farrar.   See another post that highlights 5 letters written to Angelia at Grafton, Maine, by her mother Delphina (Perham) Whitman of Bryant Pond, Maine.

Angelia, who called herself Angela W. Farrar, inscribed a page at Grafton, Maine, on March 8, 1887. Angelia was married to Rufus Farrar, Jr., brother of Howard's father Almon Joseph Farrar.


Howard Henry Farrar married twice: Hattie Fuller in 1892 and Celestia Butterfield in 1896.  Howard died in 1921 and, according to a memorial on Find a Grave, Howard, is buried in East Dixfield, Maine, with his second wife and their children.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album 

?GGrantMMcIntire
BBrydenHHallMerritt [2]
BurgessHammondNNewton
CChaseIIrishPParker
ColumbJJudkinsPerkins
Cushman [2]KKnowlesRRobinson
DDunnKyesSSweetser [4]
EEverettLLary [2]WWidber
FFarrar [12]LoringWing [4]
Freeman [2]Lovejoy [2]
Fuller [2]


Inscribers in the Album
  • Nellie; inscribed at W. G. on August 15, 1887, Cumberland County.  "Remember Aug 14th and 18th".  Howard's cousin.
  • William H. Bryden of Saint John, New Brunswick, inscribed on December 5, 1887
  • Celia L. Burgess of North Jay, Maine; inscribed on February 8, 1888; "your big Aunt".  She was Howard's maternal aunt, Celia L. (Bishop) Burgess,
  • George S. Chase of Carmel, Maine; inscribed at North Jay, Maine, on February 6, 1888
  • John Columb; inscribed on July 18, 1888
  • Hanno H. Cushman of North Woodstock, Maine; inscribed on August 24, 1887; Howard's schoolmate
  • Minnie A. Cushman of North Woodstock, Maine
  • Frank W. Dunn of Andover, Maine
  • John E. Everett of John C. Everett of Gilead, Maine
  • Angela W. Farrar; inscribed at Grafton, Maine, on March 8, 1887; Howard's aunt Angela (Whitman) Farrar, wife of Rufus Farrar, Jr.
  • Birdie G. Farrar of Grafton, Maine; inscribed on March 8, 1887; Howard's cousin
  • C. F. Farrar of Bryant Pond, Maine; inscribed on June 25, 1887.  Presumably Howard's paternal uncle Consider Fuller Farrar, husband of Mary Perkins (Felt) Farrar, who inscribed another page.
  • Carroll S. Farrar; inscribed at Grafton, Maine, on March 8, 1887
  • Cora E. Farrar of Grafton, Maine; inscribed on February 20, 1887; Howard's cousin
  • Henrietta (Bishop) Farrar of Dickvale or West Peru, Maine; she presented the album to her son Howard Henry Farrar on December 25, 1887, but she may have meant 1886, as some autographs precede that date.  She inscribed another page on November 21, 1887.  "Mother and friend forget me not"
  • Howard H. Farrar of Dickvale, Maine, a village in the town of Peru.  Album owner Howard Henry Farrar (1867-1921), who was presented the album by his mother Henrietta (Bishop) Farrar.  She noted a gift date of December 25, 1887, but she may have meant 1886, as some autographs precede that date.
  • Jennie E. Farrar of Dickvale, Maine; inscribed on December 5, 1887; Howard's sister.  "Remember Aug 14th and 18th 1887"
  • Jerry B. Farrar of Bryant Pond, Maine; inscribed on June 25, 1887.  Son of Howard's paternal uncle Consider Fuller Farrar and wife Mary Perkins (Felt) Farrar, who also inscribed pages.
  • Julian H. Farrar of Grafton, Maine; inscribed on February 20, 1887
  • Mary P. Farrar; inscribed at Bryant Pond, Maine, on June 25, 1887.  Howard's aunt Mary Perkins (Felt) Farrar, wife of Howard's paternal uncle Consider F. Farrar.
  • Rufus Farrar, Jr., of Grafton, Maine; inscribed on February 20, 1887; he noted he was "Fifty one to day"; Howard's paternal uncle
  • Nettie P. Freeman of South Rumford, Maine; inscribed on May 23, 1892.  She was Nettie P. (Fuller) Freeman, whose husband William H. Fuller inscribed the right facing page.  They married on January 17, 1892 at Rumford, Maine.
  • William H. Freeman; inscribed at South Rumford, Maine, on May 23, 1892.  His wife Nettie P. (Fuller) Freeman inscribed the left facing page.  They married on January 17, 1892 at Rumford, Maine.
  • Note on an end paper:  Dryden, Maine, March 1912.  Mrs. Clara Fuller Died March 11th 1912
  • Hattie E. Fuller of East Rumford, Maine; inscribed on October 15, 1889.  "Remember the dance Oct 11 1889"
  • Bernice L. Grant of Yarmouth, Maine; inscribed on August 8, 1888
  • Cora E. Hall of East Dixfield, Maine; inscribed on August 4, 1895
  • Bertha A. Hammond of North Paris, Maine; inscribed at Dickvale, Maine, on March 6, 1888
  • Mrs. R. C. Irish of 80 Northam Avenue, Augusta, Maine [looks like Northam but could be Northern]; inscribed on November 5, 1895.   Julia Isabel (Bishop) Irish, Howard's maternal aunt.  Julia's husband was Roland C. Irish.
  • Lilla E. Judkins of Carthage, Maine; inscribed on December 23, 1887
  • Mrs. Lillian J. Knowles of Livermore Falls, Maine; inscribed at Dickvale, Maine, on June 20, 1888
  • Stella E. Kyes of North Jay, Maine; inscribed on December 30, 1887; Howard's maternal aunt Estella E. (Bishop) Kyes, wife of George E. Kyes.  Stella died in 1894.
  • Alice J. Lary; inscribed at Gilead, Maine, in November 1890
  • Edith C. Lary; inscribed at Gilead, Maine, on November 24, 1890.
  • Everett G. Loring of Yarmouth, Maine; inscribed on July 20, 1887
  • Aunt Celia Lovejoy of M Falls, Maine [Mechanic Falls ?]; inscribed on November 5, 1895.  Howard's aunt, possibly Celia (Bishop) Lovejoy
  • Elias H. Lovejoy, Jr., of Dickvale, Maine; inscribed on June 24, 1888
  • A. B. McIntire of Dickvale, Maine; inscribed on March 26, 1892; possibly Ambrose B. McIntire
  • Arthur H. Merritt of Roxbury, Massachusetts; inscribed on August 15, 1889
  • Marianna Merritt
  • R. A. Newton of Peru, Maine; inscribed on March 4, 1888.  Perhaps Russell A. Newton
  • Angie L. Parker; inscribed at Grafton, Maine, on February 27, 1887; Howard's cousin
  • Frank A. Perkins; inscribed during the Fall term at High School in 1887 at Dickvale, Maine
  • Mary J. Robinson of Andover, Maine; inscribed on April 23, 1888
  • Bertha Sweetser of Yarmouth, Maine; inscribed on July 17, 1887.  Her parents and brother also inscribed pages.
  • George W. Sweetser of Yarmouth, Maine; inscribed on July 17, 1887.  His wife, Harriet Elizabeth (Small) Sweetser inscribed the left facing page.  His children inscribed individual pages.
  • Mrs. George W. Sweetser of Yarmouth, Maine; inscribed on July 17, 1887.  She was Harriet Elizabeth (Small) Bishop, wife of George W. Sweetser, who inscribed the right facing page.  Her children also inscribed pages.
  • Will G. Sweetser of Yarmouth, Maine; inscribed on July 18, 1888.  His parents and sister also inscribed pages.
  • Edgar A. Widber of North Newry, Maine; inscribed at Grafton, Maine, on February 1, 1887
  • E. G. Wing of North Woodstock, Maine; inscribed on March 18, 1887.  Elbridge G. Wing, whose wife Louduska (Billings) Wing inscribed the right facing page.  His children Perley and Effie also inscribed facing pages.
  • Effie L. Wing of North Woodstock, Maine.  Her brother Perley E. Wing inscribed the left facing page.
  • Mrs. Louduska Wing of North Woodstock, Maine.  She was Louduska (Billings) Wing, wife of Elbridge G. Wing who inscribed the left facing page.  Her children Perley and Effie also inscribed facing pages.
  • Perley E. Wing of Woodstock, Maine.  His sister Effie L. Wing inscribed the right facing page.

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