‘Our hearts connected’

McCUTCHENVILLE – An 80-acre farm near McCutchenville has been in Willard Hipsher Jr.’s family since 1895.

After research and work on the application for at least a couple of months, family and friends gathered at the farm at 7845 S. CR 47 Thursday afternoon to erect a sign designating it as an Ohio Century Farm.

Willy, 86, is under hospice care but was able to leave his chair, be driven on a cart to the front yard and see the newly installed sign. It’s only temporary, as it still needs to receive a powder coat.

“They wanted to get it up for Willy,” said his wife, Carol Hipsher.

The farm was established in 1895, and Willy and Carol, who both had worked for Whirlpool Corp., moved there in 1990. They were in love, Carol said, but they really fell in love when they moved there.

“Our hearts connected,” she said.

Willy said he was born and raised at the property. The family raised hogs, cattle and sheep, and harvested wheat, soybeans and corn.

Willy and his father delivered milk in McCutchenville with a horse and wagon.

Up until this year, the family had a full garden, and the family couldn’t eat all of the harvested food.

“We just give and give and give,” Carol said.

Carol said it took a lot of work to obtain the Ohio Century Farm designation. She did research at Seneca County Recorder’s Office.

“They were so good,” she said.

The sign was fabricated by Bucky’s Machine Shop, just down the road from the farm. Dan and Laura Buckingham and Terri and Mark Buckingham all worked on it, Carol said.