WHS May 18th Program
As a direct descendant of John Pray, the founder of Waterville, Pollie Young Miller has always been interested in local history. On Wednesday, May 18 she will present a program about her relatives, "The Farnsworth Family of Waterville," 7 p.m. at Wakeman Hall. At one time the Farnsworth Fruit Farms were the largest employers in Waterville and Northwest Ohio. Toni Stoma will assist with the Power Point presentation.
In preparation for her talk, Pollie met cousins she never knew and reconnected with others, even one in Australia. "Everyone has been so helpful," she said, "and I've learned so much." She already had family information fromher sister Debby, a DAR member, and her sister Cindy, who videotaped and narrated family history. Norton Young, Pollie's father had written his life story. His mother was Ruth Farnsworth Young. Pollie learned she is the 11th generation of Farnsworths and the 13th generation of Prays.
For 30 years Pollie taught in Waterville Elementary Schools, retiring in 2014. Last fall she was one of only five Individual Achievement Award recipients from the Ohio Local History Alliance for her efforts in involving her students in local history and the community.
Wakeman Hall is at 401 Farnsworth Road. The public is welcome to this free program sponsored by the Waterville Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.