Putnam County Recorder Cathy Recker shows the Century Farm display now on exhibit for the public in the Putnam County Recorder's office in the court house. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Putnam County Recorder Cathy Recker shows the Century Farm display now on exhibit for the public in the Putnam County Recorder's office in the court house. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

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.

“I tried to show pictures of century farms from all over Putnam County,” said Cathy Recker, Putnam County Recorder. The wall is called “Century Farm Families.”

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.

“When 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.

“Since 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.

Recker 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,” Recker said.

Anyone interested in finding out more about this program can call the recorder’s office at 419-523-8490 or stop in at the office.

story created on Tuesday 6/3/2014 at 11:15:34 am by Nancy Kline
story modified on Tuesday 6/3/2014 at 6:59:50 pm by Kirk Dougal