Farmer, Fannie Merritt, 1857-1915, American cookbook author and teacher and writer on cookery, b. Boston. A paralytic stroke prevented her from attending college, and she turned to cooking, at home and at the Boston Cooking School, from which she graduated in 1889. She was director of the school from 1891 until 1902, when she opened Miss Farmer's School of Cookery, established to train housewives and nurses, rather than teachers, in cookery. One of her contributions was accurate measurement in recipes. For 10 years she contributed a popular page on cookery for the Woman's Home Companion. She edited The Boston Cooking School Cook Book (1896), one of the best-known and most popular of American cookbooks.

See W. L. Perkins, The Fannie Farmer Cookbook (11th rev. ed. 1965).

Farmer, Moses Gerrish, 1820-93, American inventor, b. Boscawen, N.H. He helped build and maintain some of the pioneer telegraph lines of Massachusetts and experimented in multiple telegraphy. He exhibited (1847) an electric train that carried children, invented a process for electroplating aluminum, and installed (1851) in Boston the first electric fire-alarm service in any city. His later years were spent chiefly in developing the incandescent electric light. Twenty years before Edison's success he produced (1858-59) electric lamps, and in 1868, with a dynamo of his own invention, he illuminated a house in Cambridge, Mass., but was never able to perfect a marketable light.

The Farmer's loop is a knot which forms a fixed loop. As a loop-on-the-bight, it is related to several other similar knots, including the Alpine butterfly knot and Manharness knot. Cornell University professor Howard W. Riley published this knot in a "reading course pamphlet" devoted to farming knots in 1912.


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