Ruth E. Farrington’s name is one fairly well known to Forestry students at the University of New Hampshire. But how much do they, and we, actually know about this talented, educated woman who funded forestry-related scholarships, conferences and educational trips that continue to this day?
The University of New Hampshire web site details the scholarships she funded thusly: “Ruth E. Farrington Forestry Scholarships–This award is supported by an endowment resulting from a bequest by Ruth E. Farrington, who came from a lumber industry family in New Hampshire. The fund provides several scholarships for undergraduates and graduate students in forestry and students in related fields who have options or concentrations in forestry beyond their major requirements. Awards are made on the basis of academic performance, promise of professional achievement, and financial need. Sadly, this site (as most scholarship sites do) neglects to mention any biography or specifics about the donor who made the scholarship possible.
Who was Ruth E. Farrington? Ruth Emeline Farrington was born on 27 June 1907 in Brookline MA, daughter of Dr. Leander Morton & Blanche Emeline (Clough) Farrington. By 1910 her parents had moved to Arlington MA and she had a baby sister named Ethel Blanche. Then by 1920 the Farrington family had moved to Manchester New Hampshire, and had a lovely house at 267 North River Road. Leander Farrington was a general practice physician who had married a Manchester girl, Blanche Emeline Clough, daughter of Lewis A. & Norah (Burke) Clough.
The Clough family (Lewis Clough and his father Gilman Clough) were lumbermen [the so-called “lumber industry family”] who had made a great fortune in the city of Manchester NH owning lumberyards and selling building materials during the 19th and 20th centuries. They also acquired large real estate properties and became quite wealthy. Perhaps it was this knowledge of how important lumber and trees were to the success of her family that compelled Ruth later on to be so generous to the University of New Hampshire Forestry program.
Ruth E. Farrington would have attended some of the Manchester schools. Later she attended and graduated from her mother’s alma mater, Smith College, Northampton MA in 1930. In that same year she was a member of the Smith College choir [her mother had graduated from Smith College in 1901, and her sister would also in 1936].
The famed artist named Emile Gruppe held five-week classes of landscape instruction in the 1930s, regularly with a group of 20 or more students. From 1940 to 1970 he ran the Gloucester School of Painting where over 7,000 painters studied and attended his demonstrations. Apparently Ruth E. Farrington was one of his students. She painted mostly impressionist oil seascapes and landscapes, and in recent years some of these paintings have been sold on various art auction sites.
A Portsmouth Herald newspaper article of 12 June 1975 reported on the Ruth E. Farrington fund at the University of New Hampshire, and offered this additional information about her: “for many years [she] held a position with the National Security Administration at Ft. Meade, Md. She had a life-long interest in forestry and directed that, at her death, the income from the residue of her estate be given to the University and the income from this be used in the “Forestry Department” at the university. This department is one of a group of units that evolved into and became programs in the Institute of Natural and Environmental Resources. The bequest monies have been made part of the University’s (UNH’s) pooled investment funds which provide income throughout the year….” [Editor’s note: her will left $500,000 to the UNH Forestry Department.] This same article goes on to say that “Currently nearly $20,000 yearly is available to the Institute and since 1974 a broadly-based Farrington Fund committee has been putting it to active use for the benefit of students, educational work shops for public and private foresters, and managing university forest lands.”
Ruth E. Farrington died in 1970 (possibly in Laurel MD), as mentioned in several newspaper accounts, and also this year is engraved on her headstone. She is buried with her parents in the family plot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester NH. She never married and had no children.
Ruth E. Harrington’s legacy continues to this day. New Hampshire has the second greatest amount of “forest cover” in the United States, lagging only behind the state of Maine. [Editor’s note: although this may be changing, a 2012 story states that New Hampshire is #1 in this regard], and so it is a perfect location for study. With climate change and other environmental factors impacting the world’s forests, this field of study has become of vital importance.
My deepest thanks to Robert Girouard, admin of New Hampshire-then and now Facebook group, for allowing me to use some of his photographs and for providing a wonderful resource of old New Hampshire photographs.
@+@+@+@+@ FARRINGTON & CLOUGH GENEALOGIES @+@+@+@+@
John Farrington, son of Edmund & Elizabeth, b 10 Apr 1624 Olney Buckinghamshire England, d. 2 May 1666 [aged 42] in LYNN MA m. Elizabeth Knight. She m2d) Mark Graves of Andover MA [m. 1667].
Children of John & Elizabeth (Knight) Farrington:
1. +Edward Farrington b 5 July 1662
2. Jacob Farrington
Edward/Edmond Farrington, son of John & Eizabeth (Knight) Graves Farrington, b 5 July 1662 Lynn MA; he died 3 Jan 1747 Andover MA. He was living in Andover when he was accused of witchcraft for afflicting Mary Warren. Witnesses against him included Martha Sprague and Ann Putnam, Jr. He spent some time in prison; but, any further information is unknown. He died in Andover on January 3, 1745/46. He married 9 April 1690 in Andover MA to Martha Browne, daughter of John Brown of Reading. She b. — d 22 May 1738.
Children of Edward/Edmond & Martha (Brown) Farrington:
1. Elizabeth Farrington b 10 Dec 1690; m. David Wood of Bradford MA
2. John Farrington b 29 July 1693 Andover MA; m. Sarah Holton of Salem MA
3. Jacob Farrington b. 26 Jan 1696, d. 29 March 1718
4. +Edward b 19 July 1699; “was involved in some scandal 1742”
5. Martha Farrington b 4 May 1702; m. Solomon Stewart
6. Child b 29 Jan 1705.
7. + Stephen Farrington b 29 January 1704 in Andover MA
8. Hannah Farrington b 26 Aug 1711; m. Jacob Le Favor in 1732
9. Mary Farrington b 1713; m. John Grow
10. Daniel Farrington b 1706; d. Feb 13, 1764.
Stephen Farrington, son of Edward & Martha (Browne) Farrington b 29 January 1704 in Andover MA, and died 5 April 1792 in Hopkinton NH. He m. 8 Aug 1732 to Apphia Bradley, daughter of Alexander Bradley. Stephen Farrington came to Concord NH, c.1730, house built on corner of Pleasant St. and No. State St., c.1755.
History of Concord [NH] p 140
FARRINGTON. Stephen Farrington — not an original proprietor but an early settlers, came to Penacook from Andover; bought of Daniel Rolfe (1734) lots laid out to the original right of Thomas Blanchard; afterward bought lots laid out to Nathaniel Peaslee and Robert Peaslee. He married Apphia, a daughter of Alexander Bradley and was an enterprising, useful citizen.
–NH Historical Society–
Farrington, Stephen (1704-1792)
Name: Farrington, Stephen (1704-1792)
Birthplace: Andover, MA
Death Location: Hopkinton, NH
Residence: Andover, MA
First owner of a house (built 1757) on Pleasant St., Concord, NH
Father: Farrington, Edward
Mother: Browne, Martha
Spouse: Married Apphia Bradley, August 8, 1732
Notes: Stephen Farrington came to Concord, NH, c.1730, house built on corner of Pleasant St. and No. State St., c.1755.
Nathaniel Bouton, The History of Concord, From Its First Grant in 1725, to the Organization of the City Government in 1853,… (Concord, New Hampshire: Benning W. Sanborn, 1853, 140, 231-232, 515-516.
The History of Concord by Nathaniel Bouton, p. 705
STEPHEN FARRINGTON see p 140
Stephen Farrington m. Apphia Bradley. Their children. — 1. Elisabeth b July 16, 1734. 2. Jonathan b April 12, 1737. 3. Stephen b May 13, 1739. 4. Apphia, b June 16, 1741. 5 John b Dec 17 1743 6. Jeremiah b April 19, 1746. 7. Samuel b Aug 10. 1748.
Children of Stephen & Apphia (Bradley) Farrington:
1. Elisabeth Farrington b 16 July 1734
2. Jonathan Farrington, b 12 April 1737
3. Stephen Farrington b 13 May 1739
4. Apphia Farrington, b. 16 June 1741
5. John Farrington, b 17Dec 1743
6. +Jeremiah Farrington, b. 19 April 1746
7. Lieut. Samuel Farrington b 10 Aug 1748. He m. Miriam Eastman. Children: (1) Their dau Apphia b Feb 9. 1773. (2) Martha b 1775; (3) Samuel 1776-1835; (4) Philip 1778-1852; (5) Stephen Farrington m. Dorothy Brown. (Stephen had a daughter Dorothy Farrington who m. William Hotchkiss Smart). (6)Benjamin Eastman 1783-1852; (7) Son, Elijah Farrington, married Lois Lang. Elijah was appointed postmaster of Centre Conway 24 May 1845.
Jeremiah Farrington, son of Stephen & Apphia (Bradley) Farrington was born 19 April 1746 in Rumford [Concord], Merrimack Co. NH, and died at the age of 84 [so about 1830 ]. He m. Molly Swan. She was born about 1751 in Conway NH. He was a member of the Congregational church.
History of Carroll Co NH, p. 853
Jeremiah Farrington, the third son of Stephen and Apphia (Bradley) Farrington, was born at Concord. He removed to Conway at an early day, and was a farmer on the Saco River. He married Molly Swan, and had children: Hannah, Polly, Stephen, Elijah, James (M.D.), Nancy and Jeremiah. He was a member of the Congregational church, and died at a ripe old age, some eighty-four years. Elijah Farrington was born at Conway in 1784 and died June 3, 1863. He married March 5, 1814. His children were Albert E; Mary H. (deceased), married Samuel Hazelton; and James, a physician in Rochester. Elijah Harrington was an industrious, thrifty farmer, prudent and economical, and respected by all. He held some minor offices with credit.
Dr. James Farrington …. b Conway 1791, 3rd son of JEREMIAH FARRINGTON, … who emigrated when a young man from Concord NH…. grandson of Stephen Farrington who was one of the first settlers of Concord and whose wife was a sister of Jonathan and Samuel Bradley, who with Obadiah Peters, John Bean and John Lufkin were massacred by the Indians August 11, 1746 between Concord and Hopkinton and to whose memory a granite monument has been erected on the spot where the massacre was perpetuated… [more]
Children of Jeremiah & Molly (Swan) Farrington:
1. Hannah Farrington
2. Polly Farrington, m 5 Nov 1797 to Abner Dolloff.
3. Stephen Farrington, b 1778 NH; He m. 23 Nov 1810 in Conway NH to Polly Chase.
4. Elijah Farrington was born 1784 in Conway and died June 3, 1863. He married March 5, 1814. His children were Albert E; Mary H. (deceased), married Samuel Hazelton; and James, a physician in Rochester. Elijah Harrington was an industrious, thrifty farmer, prudent and economical, and respected by all. He held some minor offices with credit.
5. Dr. James Farrington, b 1791 Conway NH. He received his academic credits at Fryeburg Academy where in 1814 he was prepared to enter college. He began study of medicine under the instruction of Dr. Jabez Dow of Dover in February of 1818. He was examined in the science of medicine and surgery by the Censors of the N.H. Medical Society, Drs. Crosby and Pray July 18, 1818 and commenced practice in Rochester NH on 9 August 1818. He was a Fellow of the NH Medical Society, had been Censor and Counselor of the Society and for several years President of the Strafford District Society. He was a Representative and Senator in the NH State Legislature, and in 1837 he was elected a member of the 25th Congress of the United States. In 1845 he was appointed by the Executive of the State one of the Trustees of the NH Asylum for the Insane. Dr. Farrington was married in 1827 to Mary D. Hanson, daughter of Joseph Hanson of Rochester NH. They had 4 children who survived, 3 sons and a daughter.
6. Nancy Farrington, b. –. She m. 6 Sep 1807 in Conway NH to Stephen Huchings.
7. +Jeremiah Angelo Farrington, b. 16 Feb 1794
Jeremiah Angelo Farrington was born 16 Feb 1794 and d. 16 March 1844. He m. Rachel Horne. She was b 2 June 1805 and d. 29 Sep 1879. They are buried in Center Conway Cemetery, Center Conway NH. On 13 June 1839 he was appointed U.S. postmaster of Center Conway, NH. In the 1850 US Census of Conway NH She and 3 of her children are living with Jacob Wakefield. Possibly she married him as the census taker lists her surname now as Wakefield.
1850 US Census > NH > Carroll > Conway
Jacob Wakefield 55
Rachael Wakefield 45
Maria Farrington 22
Marrion F Farrington 20
Angelo Farrington 7
Ellen Wakefield 7
1860 US Census > NH > Carroll > Conway
Jacob C Emerson 67
Nancy Emerson 65
Henry Emerson 27
Marcia A Emerson 22
Rachel Wakefield 55
Marion Farrington 29
Jeremiah A Farrington 17
Mary A Pattee 37
Moses Pattee 23
Hannah Howard 80
Elizah Farrington 75
Lois L Farrington 66
Mary Lois Hazelton 12
1880 US Census of Conway NH
Jeremiah A. Fairington 37 *Civil Engineer
Mary E. Fairington 34
Mary M. Fairington 12
Mabel E. Fairington 9
Leander M. Fairington 7
Ethel A. Fairington 4
Children of Jeremiah A. & Rachel (Horne) Farrington:
1. Susan “Maria” Farrington, b 26 April 1827 in Conway NH, d. 13 June 1900 in Minneapolis MN. She m. 9 March 1854 in Conway NH to John WHittemore Eastman. They had 3 children: Dr. Arthur Maynard Eastman, Jessie Maria Eastman and Alfred Farrington Eastman. She is buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis MN
3. Marion F. “Mary” Farrington, b abt 1830 in NH
4. +Jeremiah Angelo Farrington b 19 June 1843 in Conway NH
Gilman Clough was born 24 Feb 1825 in Weare NH, son and one of twelve children of Daniel & Mary (Colby) Clough Jr. His grandfather Daniel Clough Sr was a blacksmith by trade who settled in South Weare prior to the American Revolution (in which he served). Daniel Jr. also was known as a player of the violin. Gilman m. in 1848 to Nancy E. Locke of Dunbarton NH. Gilman Clough worked for about 10 years in a grist mill above the McGregor Bridge, in Mechanics’ Row, owned by the Pettee family. In 1867 he moved to 395 Maple Street where both he and his wife lived until their deaths. In 1859 he began in the lumber business which grew over time and made him a wealthy man. [see biography for details]. He also was mucch involved in purchasing and selling real estate properties. He was a Democrat, and a member of the Manchester Historic Association.
BIO OF GILMAN CLOUGH, Manchester Historic Assn Collections
1897 Boston Globe. Re:York Maine. “Gilman Clough and family of Manchester are enjoying cottage life on the bluffs.
2 March 1903 Boston MA, Boston Herald
GILMAN CLOUGH IS DEAD. Was Extensive Lumber Operator and Owned Much Valuable Real Estate in Manchester, N.H. [Special Dispatch to the Boston Herald].
MANCHESTER, N.H. 1 March 1903.Gilman Clough, a prominent and wealthy citizen, died at his home on Maple street this morning. He was 78 years old, a native of Weare,and had lived in this city more than 50 years. He worked in a grist mill when he first came here, but in 1859 started in the lumber business in which he made a fortune. He was one of the heaviest lumber operators in New Hampshire and owned a large amount of valuable real estate, including some of the best business blocks and tenement property in the city. Mr. Clough leaves a widow, and one son, Lewis A. Clough.
27 August 1905 Boston Sunday Globe
Leaves Large Estate. MANCHESTER, N.H. Aug 26–Nancy E Clough, 78, wife of the late Gilman Clough, died at her late home, 395 Maple Street during the night after an illness of seven weeks. Mrs. Clough was born at Deering, but had lived in this city for over 50 years, and was a member of the old residents’ association. She possessed a large acquaintance and many friends. The survivors are one son, Lewis A. Clough, one grandson, Harry G. Clough, both of this city, three granddaughters, Mrs. L.M. Farrington of BArookline, Mass., Miss Bernice N, and Miss E. Louise Clough of this city, and two sisters, Mrs. Irene Priest of West Derry, and Mrs. Sabra Small of St. Johnsbury Vt. Mrs. Clough leaves a large estate.
Children of Gilman & Nancy E. (Locke) Clough:
1. Lewis A. Clough, b. 14 Feb 1850 in Weare NH.
2. Emma F. Clough b. 10 Nov 1856 and d. 24 Nov 1860, aged 4
Jeremiah Farrington, son of Jeremiah A. & Rachel (Horne) Farrington was b 19 June 1843 in Conway NH and d 11 May 1903 Portsmouth NH. He m. 11 March 1866 in Conway NH to Mary Ellen Morton. She b. 9 May 1846 in Presque Isle Maine, dau of Leander S. & Martha (Hawkes) Morton, and d. 16 March 1918 Portsmouth NH. In Portsmouth they resided at 31 Cabot Street, and she later at 158 Cabot Street. Buried Center Conway NH. In 1878 he was appointed Commissioner of Probate for Carroll Co. NH
Boston Journal, 13 May 1903, Boston MA, page 6
J.A. FARRINGTON DIES AFTER A LONG ILLNESS . For Years Purchasing Agent for the B.& M.R.R. Portsmouth, N.H., May 12–Jereiah A. Farrington, general purchasing agent of the Boston & Maine Railroad is ead at his home after a long illness. Mr. Farrington was born in Conway, N.H. June 19, 1843. He was a civil engineer, and when the Portsmouth Machine Company was established he was made superintendent, but soon afterward took his later position with the railroad. He was the consulting engineer of the present water system of this city and had served as commissioner ever since. He was director of the Agamenticus Water Company and of the Cottage Hospital of this city. He is survived by a widow, two sons, Dr. L.M. Farrington of Boston, and J. Arthur a student of Dartmouth college, and two daughters, Mabel and Martha.
1900 US Census > NH > Rockingham > Portsmouth
Jeremiah F Farrington 56
M Ellen Farrington 54
Martha Farrington 32
Mabel C Farrington 29
J Arthur Farrington 15
Nellie Mccarry 27
Children of Jeremiah & Mary Ellen (Morton) Farrington:
1. Martha Maria Farrington, b. 7Nov 1867 in Maine. In 1903 she was living with her parents at 31 Cabot Street, Portsmouth NH, a teacher at the Haven School. She is buried in Center Harbor Cemetery, Center Harbor NH.
2. Mabel E. Farrington, b. 14 Aug 1870, d. 3 Oct 1961. Buried Center Conway NH.In 1930 living in Portsmouth NH, single, a teacher of music. In 1961 living at 127 Parrott Ave in Portsmouth NH.
3. +Leander Morton Farrington, MD, b 8 January 1873 Conway NH.
4. Jeremiah Arthur “J. Arthur” Farrington, b 23 January 1885 NH, and died 11 July 1964 in Bryn Mawr Park, Westchester NY. In 1920 living in New Haven CT with wife Marguerite at 367 Elm Street, New Haven CT. She b. NY. He m. 19 Sep 1918 in Manhattan NY to Marguerite Koelsch. Dartmouth College, Class of 1906/7, Business Degree.
Louis/Lewis A. Clough, son of Gilman & Nancy E. (Locke) Clough, born 14 Feb 1850 Weare NH; died 29 Oct 1910; He married 22 December 1875 in Weare NH to Nora Burke, daughter of Daniel [possibly Michael & Hanora] Burke. She was born 17 October 1852 in West Canaan NH and died 8 May 1914 in Manchester NH. Buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester NH. Lumber dealer, real estate developer.
Clough in History of Weare NH
4 April 1868 Manchester NH, Mirror and Farmer
MANCHESTER AND VICINITY — The Old Webster Mills.
George Foster, Esq., of Weare, the well known lumber dealer, has purchased of Mr. Gilman Clough, a half interest in the Webster Mills, near the outlet of the Massabesic in this city. The price paid for the mill purchase, including a few acres of land and a portion of a house, was somewhat over $4000. Mr. Clough retains one half the mills in his own hands and will continue the lumber business in connection with Mr. Foster. …. they have in the past years furnished much of the building material of the city and have been sources of very adequate remuneration to their owners.
1880 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
Louis A. Clough 30 LUMBER DEALER
Nora Clough 27
Blance E. Clough 3
Harry G. Clough
1900 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
Lewis A Clough 50
Nora Clough 47
Blanch E Clough 23
Harry G Clough 22
Bernice M Clough 19
Louise E Clough 15
Children of Lewis A. & Nora (Burke) Clough:
1. +Blanche E. Clough, b 22 Sep 1876 Manchester NH–m. Leander M. Farrington
2. Harry Gilman Clough, b 17 Jan 1878 NH, d. 17 Aug 1919 in Manchester NH; ;He m. 10 Dec 1902 in Manchester NH to Lucille Weeks Elliott, dau of Alonzo & Medora (Weeks) Elliott. He was an insurance agent, office at 814 ELm Street [Clough & Parker] Harvard U., lumber dlr., real est., member common council. [The Barndollar family descends from this family]. Buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester NH. [PHOTO 1] [PHOTO 2]
3. Bernice M. Clough,b abt 1881 NH; m. 15April 1907 in Manchester NH to Frank Norwood Rogers, MD, son of Charles E. & Mary Josephine (Williams) Rogers. [PHOTO OF HER]
4. Louise Emma Clough, b 21 Jan 1885, d. 6 Nov 1927, aged 42. She m. 18 Jan 1910 in Manchester NH to Charles Fred Jackson, son of George R. & Nellie A. (Ranno) Jackson. Buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester NH.
Leander Morton Farrington, son of Jeremiah & Mary Ellen (Morton) Farrington, was born 8 January 1873 in Conway NH, and died 10 Dec 1921 in Manchester NH, aged 48. He married 15 June 1904 in Manchester NH to Blanche Emeline Clough, dau of Lewis A. & Norah (Burke) Clough. She was b. 22 Sep 1876 in Manchester NH and d. 28 August 1950 in Manchester NH. She is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester NH . She was a 1901 graduate of Smith College (where both her daughters attended. Dr. Farrington graduated from Portsmouth [NH] High School, and graduated from Harvard Medical School in the Class of 1894. He joined the Massachusetts Medical Society in that same year and started practice in Boston. In June of 1895 the Boston Herald newspaper noted that Dr. Leander Farrington was appointed junior medical house officer at Carney Hospital, Boston MA. He also served as instructor in clinical medicine in Tufts College Medical School. In 1906 he moved to Brookline MA then in 1911 to Arlington Heights MA. He had a practice there until January 1917 when he moved to Manchester NH where he spent the rest of his life. In Manchester he was a member of the staff of Notre Dame Hospital, of the board of censors of the Manchester Medical Association. He held membership in the NH Medical Society, the Sphinx and Calumet Clubs, in the Young Men’s Christian Association and in the Joseph Warren Lodge of Masons, Boston MA. He belonged to both the NH Medical Society (1917) and the Massachusetts Society. During WWI he served on the medical advisory board for the the draft board. [Bio in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal]
OBITUARY: B. Ethel Smith
Newspaper August 23, 2005 | New Hampshire Union Leader / New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH. HULL, Mass. — B. Ethel Smith died Aug. 21, 2005. She was the widow of Harland W. Hawes and then John E. Smith. She was the sister of the late Ruth Farrington. She as survived by numerous friends and relatives including Nicholas Bagshawe of Warrenton, N.C., Susan Cooke of Atlanta, Ga., Steven Barndollar of Portsmouth, N.H., Hugh Barndollar of Tampa, Fla., Sally, Rebecca, Melinda and Caroline of Arizona, and Nancy, Matthew and Anne Mairs of Arizona. A graveside service is in Pine Hill Cemetery in Sherborn, Mass…..
1910 US Census > MA > Middlesex > Arlington
L Winston Farrington 37
Blanche C Farrington 33
Ruth Farrington 2
Blanche E Farrington 0
1920 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester L Ward 1 > 267 N. River Road
Leander M Farrington 47 NH Unk Unk doctor, general practice
Blanche E Farrington 43 nh nh nh
Ruth E Farrington 12 nh
Ethel Blanche Farrington 9 nh
Minnie Amidon 40 servant MA C-Fr C-Fr
Children of Dr. Leander M. & Blanche E. (Clough) Farrington.
1. +Ruth Emeline Farrington, b 27 June 1907 Brookline MA. This story is about her. See above.
2. Ethel Blanche Farrington, b 26 March 1910 in Arlington MA. She m. 27 March 1951 in Monterey California to Harland W. Hawes. She m2d) Dec 1959 in Palm Beach FL to John Eldredge Smith. She is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sherborn MA. Social Worker. Graduate of Smith College. [see obituary above]