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FAIRFAX NATIVE, BOB BESSETTE, PROUDLY DISPLAYS POTTERY MANUFACTURED IN FAIRFAX AROUND 1851/52


Bob Bessette braved the below zero temperatures last evening to show me one of the jugs he received for Christmas. It is a Farrar & Stearns, one gallon jug, manufactured in Fairfax around 1851/52, and in perfect condition. What better place to take this photo then in front of a photo, taken about 20 or so years ago by David Juaire of the center of Fairfax, where it is believed Farrar & Stearns was once located. Eleven different pottery manufacturers existed in the town of Fairfax during the 1800s, as research continues.
(Photo by Henry A. Raymond)

I sent the above photo in to the St. Albans Messenger along with some additional information and they published it in the January 30, 2003 issue in case you would like to get a copy. Below is the information published in the paper:

Bob Bessette, of Fairfax, holds a Farrar & Stearns, one gallon jug, manufactured in Fairfax around 1851-52. It is believed the pottery company was located in the center of Fairfax (shown in the David Juaire photo behind Bessette). Eleven different pottery manufacturers existed in the town during the 1800s. Local historian Henry A. Raymond says it has been difficult to determine in what year Farrar & Stearns started. Raymond does know that Isaac Brown Farrar, was born in 1771. He was in Enosburg in 1798 and was the first clerk of that town. His daughter was the first white child recorded there. He may have moved to Fairfax around 1815, and would have veen old enough then to be in business with his father. Two of the Farrar brothers were drowned in the disastrous sinking of the Montrealer on the St. Lawrence River in 1857, says Raymond. One of them, Stephen, is buried in Fairfax.