OTTAWA — A new display in the Putnam County Recorder’s office gives a glimpse to the heritage of farm families in Putnam County.
The display includes a painted tree with the branches featuring framed photos of numerous Century Farms in the county.
tried to show pictures of century farms from all over Putnam County,”
said Cathy Recker, Putnam County Recorder. The wall is called “Century
She said each year numerous families apply through
her office to receive the state designation from the Ohio Department of
Agriculture as a century farm. To be eligible the farm has to have been
in the family for over 100 years.
Recker awards the approved certificates each year to the families during the Putnam County Fair.
I learned of this program with the State of Ohio Agriculture Department
I thought our office could be very instrumental in helping people who
may be interested in pursuing this great program.” Recker said when
applying for this program, you need to complete an application and
follow the chain of title showing consistent ownership within your
family for the last 100 years. A copy of each deed in the chain of title
needs to be included as well as show the complete history.
our office holds the official record of land, we are able to assist
applicants putting this information together. This program is a great
testament to the histoery of this county.
“This year alone we had
12 applications,” Recker said. When the family applies for the
certification they are asked to bring in a picture of the farm or of
ancestors who may have lived on the farm. It is these pictures that are
featured in the Century Farm Tree on the wall.
Recker has assisted 47 families in obtaining their Putnam County Century Farm Status since 2011.
“I wanted to offer the display to the public to show a little of the heritage of the county,” Recker said.
The mural was painted by local artist Bruce Stowe at a cost of $350.
The display is located on the second floor of the Putnam County Court House in the Recorder’s office.
said many people come to her office to do research or look up family
records. “This is a way to share some of these pictures to the public,”
Anyone interested in finding out more about this
program can call the recorder’s office at 419-523-8490 or stop in at the