Farmer, Fannie Merritt
- Harvey Levenstein
Farmer, Fannie Merritt (23 March 1857–15 January 1915), cooking school director and cookbook author, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of John Franklin Farmer, a printer, and Mary Watson Merritt. Her parents moved to Medford, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, when she was a child. Her parents, stalwart Unitarians, believed strongly in education for their four daughters, and although they were none-too-well-off financially, Fannie looked forward to a college education. These plans were dashed while she was still at Medford High School, for she was stricken with an ailment—likely polio—that left her bedridden for many months, an invalid for some years, and partially paralyzed for the rest of her life....