This toy locomotive is one of 90 boat and train models, built as a boy by Farmington –born, and later Dover resident, Henry C. Fall. A very smart kid, Henry’s Belknap Grammar School spelling book reveals he misspelled just 7 words out of 1,161! An 1880 DHS graduate and 1884 Dartmouth alumni, Fall became a teacher in California. But his real love was entomology. He researched and described nearly 1500 new species of beetles and published 144 scientific articles about Coleoptera through 1937. He assembled the finest private beetle collection in North America: over 200,000 specimens. He died in 1939 and is buried in Farmington. These models were all found in his family’s attic in Tyngsboro, MA.
Location: H1, first alcove on the right