200@200 : April — Traveling the Crossroads
Date:
Early 1800s
Title:
Captain Asa Fairfield Mariner's Compass
Description:
Originally belonging to Captain Asa Fairfield, this compass is set inside a wood cover. Captain Fairfield was raised in Maine, commanded a ship during the War of 1812, and was the first person to operate a canal boat, named the "Indiana," on the Wabash and Erie Canal. After moving to Fort Wayne with his brothers in 1835, he became a civic leader, farmer, and landowner. Much of the South Wayne area was formerly part of a farm owned by Asa Fairfield. Pictured here in a daguerreotype image is Captain Fairfield and his wife Olive Stone Fairfield, who was a cousin of Hugh McCullough.
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Canal Boat Captain Asa Fairfield's CompassCanal Boat Captain Asa Fairfield's Compass
Canal Boat Captain Asa Fairfield's CompassCanal Boat Captain Asa Fairfield's Compass
Canal Boat Captain Asa Fairfield's CompassCanal Boat Captain Asa Fairfield's Compass
Canal Boat Captain Asa Fairfield's CompassCanal Boat Captain Asa Fairfield's Compass
Captain Asa Fairfield and wife, Olive Stone Fairfield, Mid 1800sCaptain Asa Fairfield and wife, Olive Stone Fairfield, Mid 1800s