Fickett Farm Scene of Big Reunion in Woodland

By Dorothy Johnson 

 

Lynn Fickett Leighton Hall had a wonderful time at the reunion on August 6 and 7. She was particularly happy to have all of her children present. Above are Billy Leighton, Doreen Sawyer, Laura Urquhart, Tom Leighton Lynn and Sandra Newman, surrounding their mom, Lynn. (Photo by Dorothy Johnson).

The former Fickett farm on Route 1 in Woodland was the scene of a big family reunion on Saturday. More than 80 relatives came from in-state and out-of-state to renew friendships with relatives and meet some relatives for the first time. Lynn Fickett Leighton Hill at age 89 was the belle of the occasion and enjoyed every minute of the celebration. She was especially happy when her sister Betty Fickett Barter Welch, 84, arrived with her family and they had a chance to talk about the “old days”.

Their father Roe Fickett took care of the horses used by the German prisoners of World War II when the prisoners were kept in Princeton and worked in the woods.  Each morning and night certain prisoners would come to the farm to get or return the horses.  They lived on the Ryan Road at that time, but the barn was located on the farm. The girls grew up with this piece of history in their back yards.

Lynn told of how her brother Carl taught her to drive a car. As soon as she learned, he turned all the chores over to her so he could go out with his girlfriends. Lynn laughs about it now, but she was not as pleased at the time when she realized his motive. 

The home, built in 1923, has many of its original features and is a well-known landmark in Woodland.  Sandy Leighton Newman, who lives with her mother and headed up this reunion, now sleeps in the bedroom where her mother was born.

All of Lynn’s children were present. Doreen Leighton Sawyer, Sandra Leighton Newman, Billy and Tom Leighton and Laura Leighton Urquhart attended along with many of their children and grandchildren. Long time friend Thursa Sawyer attended and with her children and grandchildren along with Lynn’s family members gave photographers the chance to take several pictures of five generations.

 

The cooks in the family and in Lynn’s and Sandy’s circle of friends brought food and the men took care of the pig roast. Many pictures and picture albums of relatives unable to attend were available for the celebration. A bouncy tent was provided for the children and a shading tent was provided for the adults. Even the thunderstorm complete with high winds and hail could not dampen the spirits of the occasion.