I have been doing quite a bit of Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio research this past month. I have roots there dating back to 1913 and beyond. I am still searching for pre-1913 records.
On September 18, 2013, I wrote a blog entitled LAND OF PLENTY AND IRONY (CLICK HERE) regarding my great-grandfather's farm on State Route 41 South, Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio. That is where my mother grew up. The entrance to the farm currently looks like this:
I was told by my mother and grandmother that my great-grandfather built those brick pillars in the early 1900s when he owned the farm. I remember seeing a photograph of my mother, (and one of my aunt) when they were young, standing beside those pillars. After searching for two weeks, I finally found the picture which means a lot to me. As you can see, the chain-link fencing is still there today, the same as in the late 1920s-early 1930s.
Mother used to show me that area often when we would drive to Greenfield down State Route 41 South. I also remember her telling me about walking to the one-room schoolhouse down the road in the late 1920s. The brick building itself still stands and I stopped to photograph it recently. Then while driving north on Route 41, I measured the distance from the schoolhouse to her old farm residence and it was exactly 1.8 miles. Ironically, I remember walking a mile to elementary school many years ago. Now days, if a kid lives more than half a mile from school, the child thinks he/she deserves a school bus ride to get there. They just don't know how easy they have it!