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The Garfield Family

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In five ye.ars there have been many notable changes in the Garfield fnniily. There have been no deaths, but the children of whom the fathor was so fond have grown up. The two older boys have jusl begun a course in the Columbia College Law School, and Harry, the eider, has been teaching in eome Eastern school. Both are gradúate? ot Williams College. James R. Garfield has been studying law with Judge Boynton in Cleveland, and is looked upon by friends of his father as the son most like him every way. He has his father's eize, complexion, eyes and iiianuer. Both sons arenow men, and have, ït is said great ambition. Misa Moilie, the Tily daughter, is no' a young woman taller than her mot her, and has about finished her studies. The two younger sons, Abram and Irwin - the latter named for General Irwin McDowell - are o'd enough to enter a school on the Hudson, and leit home for their duties there recently. They had never been away f rom home alone before. Sime the preliminary education of Abram and Irwin in the Cleveland public schools the mother has had no further desire to live in a city. She has ordered her mansion in Cleveland sold and has decided to niake her tuture home at Mentor. She has here added to the modest frame house of her husband a "Qtieen Anne" structure which cost $30,000. It is the most imposing home in the country, although' the new part is behind and wholly Bubservient to theold house in which the president lived. This still remains the head and front of the Garfield home, remodeled to conform with the addition. A $30,000 addition to a $5,000 house is a curiosity in modern architecture, but sentiment for the past and its illustrious dead inspired it. There are probably sixty rooms in both old and new housen. They are all furnished in modern style and with considerable elegance and there is an air of uiistocracy abont the interior which Qnrfield in Uis life did not know in his own home. Although the house is far in the country it has all the conveniences of a city home- in plumbing, gas-littin;j and steam-heating. A natural gas wrsll has been bored on the farm, and the yard is kept lighted day and night. The mam entrance is through the old house. Jn the hall (acing the door is "Grand ma" Garfield's old wall-sweep clock, which her husband brought home jnst f ixty years ago. It is still the "standard time" of that house, and keeps on ticking just AS it did when the President was born. To the left is the smoking room, which is a lomiyinu' room for the family, James beins the only one who smokes. To the right is the old parlor, now a recept ion room, and rich is relies of the dead. It was once his study. Bibles and other books are upon the tables, and the furniture isinuch thesame as when the family lelt for Washington.


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