Clark's Trading Post mourns man who defined the 'Wolfman' character

Union Leader Correspondent
April 04. 2018 9:59PM
In this photo provided by Clark's Trading Post, William M. Farrand portrays the Wolfman for a young visitor to the White Mountains attraction. (COURTESY)

William Farrand

LINCOLN — William M. Farrand will always be remembered by his former employers at Clark’s Trading Post as the man who defined the attraction’s "Wolfman" character, playing the role with love and humor for more than a decade.

Farrand, 60, died Monday at his home in Lincoln after a lengthy battle with lung disease.

Beginning in 1993 through 2007, Farrand, working both full- and part-time, zealously guarded his “unobtanium” mine from the public, which on a regular basis passed a little too close for his comfort as they rode aboard the White Mountain Central Railroad.

The Wolfman would chase after the train, yelling warnings, while passengers cowered — in real or mock terror — with some yelling back, imploring “scram, you old goat.”

Maureen Clark, whose family founded Clark’s Trading Post in 1928, on Wednesday said Farrand was “24-7, 365, the Wolfman, and he always said to anyone who’d listen that ‘I love my job. I’m acting crazy and getting paid for it.’”

Farrand was discovered, as it were, by Clark’s cousin, David, while Farrand was working as a groundskeeper at a campground in neighboring North Woodstock. David was drawn by Farrand’s long, bushy beard, and when he spoke with Farrand, knew that he would be the next Wolfman at CTP, said Clark.

The Wolfman role had been created in the late 1970s by Leon Noel, a conductor aboard the White Mountain Central Railroad, and with Noel as the Wolfman, it became an official part of the CTP experience in 1983.

Since then, CTP has had “30 plus” wolfmen, said Clark, many of whom, including current Wolfman Larry Vigus, are modeled on Farrand.

“He was wonderful with kids,” she said, remembering how Farrand, so as not to frighten children, spoke to them in a higher register than he did to adults.

Farrand humanized the Wolfman, said Clark, endearing himself to old and young alike by his willingness to pose for photos and by giving out autographs, which he signed with the letter “X”.

Farrand will be missed, said Clark, adding “I know he’s up in heaven, chasing trains.”

A memorial service will be held April 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Fournier-Hale Funeral Home in North Woodstock.

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