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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Goodbye to the Farmers’ Almanac’s First Lady

Ann Geiger

During our nearly 200 year history, the Farmers’ Almanac has been guided by a handful of men who served as editor or prognosticator. Sandi Duncan is the first woman to handle editing duties for this or any almanac starting with the 1995 edition. But, in 1948 Ann Geiger came on the scene when she met and then married Ray Geiger. It was her resources that allowed them to purchase the Almanac Publishing Company.

Together Ray and Ann grew the circulation from 86,000 copies to over 6.5 million books all given away by businesses. Ann moved from New Jersey to Maine in 1955, raised a family and handled recipes, hints, and served as chief critic to her editor husband. They were quite a team. Ray was outgoing and Ann was quiet, humble and dutiful.

Last month, my mother reached her last bucket list goal — turning 92 years old – before passing away surrounded by her family. Bright and articulate to the end, she played a major role in the success of the Farmers’ Almanac. Here is her obituary. God bless her. Enjoy!

1 comment

1 joanne johnson { 03.03.14 at 7:01 pm }

She will be missed, even by people she has never met but deeply touched.

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.