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Books About Farmington History

Images of America, FARMINGTON

Arcadia Publishing, 1997 Farmington Historical Society, Book Committee: Dorothy Bean Dorinda Howard Norma Park, Home to the world's largest bobsled - nicknamed "Uncle Sam" - and the birthplace of scientists, artists, writers, and even a Vice-President of the United States, Farmington has a history as fascinating as it is long. The efforts to create this amazing photographic history began when members of the Farmington Historical Society agreed upon a unique way to commemorate the 1998 Bicentennial of the incorporation of the Town of Farmington. This gem of a pictorial history of Farmington is available from the Farmington Historical Society for $16.99.

Farmington Historical Society


The History of Farmington, New Hampshire

The Foster Press, 1976 Bicentennial History Committee Farmington, NH, 1976 Marion E. Newbury Velma Eaton Judy Sullivan Linda Ghareeb This history of Farmington does not pretend to be all inclusive. Several times over the years, records have been destroyed by fires over the years, and there are no records previous to 1879. The book is available from the Puddledock Press for $5.00.

A History in Story and Song

written and performed by

John Nolan
Rochester Times Editor

The Poems and Songs of Farmington Corner

Ramgunshoch Press Farmington, NH This is the book with everything a reader could possibly want - an inside title page, a preface (thanks to Alasdair Gray for that idea), a table of contents, a glossary, copious notes, and an index. But wait, there's more. As a bonus, this book also contains 60 poems gleaned from Farmington Corner, including Hiawatha's Mudding, The Battle of Chevy Chase, the Hackett's Crevasse Elegies, Peacock Poems 1-5 and much, much more. The book is available from John Nolan for $6.95.

Friday, June 8th at 7:00 pm in the Woman's Club Room at the Goodwin Library
The programs of the Farmington Historical Society are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Your kind donations for tonight's presentation will benefit the Farmington Historical Society Scholarship Fund.

Act II
Out of Obscurity

A History in Story and Song

Act I
Out of Servitude
Jeremiah Colbath, an indentured servant, works himself out of servitude into a successful career, changing his name to Henry Wilson. As an advocate of the anti-Slavery movement during the volatile pre-Civil war years, Wilson grew in fame and stature, ending his political career in the White House.

John Nolan, an avid fan of history and Henry Wilson, organizes Wilson Out Of Obscurity, Forthwith! WOOOF President, Nolan, and others, attempt to resurrect the long forgotten name of Farmington's Favorite Son, Henry Wilson, and return it to its proper place of prominence, forthwith! Along the way, they encounter Henry's reincarnation, spoof NH Public Television, search for a suitable WOOOF Vice President of national stature, and much more.

Big Cake
Based on an incident near the Farmington Country Club on February 2, 1986. In memory of the cake baker, Marion E. Loper. A good egg. Died January 13, 1997.

"The Henry Wilson Blues,"

A very annoying aspect of this song is the intrusion by a fictitious character, Mr. Rumgunshoch, into the second last line of each verse, with a disparaging remark. The last line of each verse has therefore had to be devoted to rebuffing him. This is confusing for both the singer and the audience. Sorry. In memory of Ronnie Dumont of Dumontski's. Another good egg. Died January 4, 1994.

"Slavery in New Hampshire"

Slavery in New Hampshire briefly describes the early days of Jeremiah Colbath/Henry Wilson. It is set, ironically, to the old Scottish farming song, The Band of Shearers, should anyone know it. The original, although in a minor key, is fairly happy as Scottish songs go (nobody gets slain, and love is even mentioned), while the new version is intended to convey why Henry Wilson abhorred slavery his entire life. To get the message over, the audience is implored to join in the chorus with all the gusto they can muster.

"Poem, Poem on the Grange

Verse 1 and Chorus were first published n Farmington Corner No. 47 on June 17, 1986 as reparation to Henry Wilson Grange for inexplicably overlooking their very existence in The Henry Wilson Blues. With a couple of lively bars on the street, Mechanic Street could still be a hot spot on occasion in the 1980s, but not as hot as in the 1970s, with that bow and arrow death that we never mention. In memory of Henry Wilson Granger, Betty Webster. A musician sorely missed.

"The Ballad of Henry and Wild Rose O'Neal"

Sung to the tune of Arthur McBride.

About John Nolan

John is the Editor of the Rochester Times. Aside from being an avid fan of Henry Wilson and President of Wilson Out Of Obscurity, Forthwith! (WOOOF), he is a singer/songwriter, author, and poet. Some of his songs and poetry can be found in the book, The Poems and Songs of Farmington Corner, ($6.95, Ramgunshoch Press, Farmington, NH). John also authors a chronicle of local Farmington events and people in the online column, Farmington Corner. Farmington Corner and The Poems and Songs of Farmington Corner can be found online at

The Ghost of Henry Wilson"

Adapted from Matt McGinn's The Dundee Ghost.

"Henry Wilson Has Two Names."

Sung to the tune of the lovely Jacobite air Bonnie Charlie's Wede Awa. To be sung with great feeling. Chemung, the Native American name for Farmington, is usually transcribed as gathering place of the canoes, although in Hiawatha's Muddling (Farmington Corner No, 124) it is translated as gathering place of braves on Main Street. Dedicated to Roger Nutter, Royce Hodgson, Joe Henry, and George Meyer...Henry Wilson lovers all. All Lyrics by John Nolan