Ebony Muck the series now hatched from talk of local history


UNIONTOWN, Ohio – “Ebony Muck: Integral to Lake and Marlboro History” will go into a second program in a series at Uniontown.

More than 160 people crowded into the Lake Middle School multipurpose room in September to hear an evening of oral history about the muck in Lake and Marlboro townships.

Vegetable production in the unique ebony-colored organic soil known as muck is the primary agricultural enterprise in the two northern Stark County townships.

Now a series. And since one good discussion of soil, people, and produce is bound to spawn another, the original “Muck” program is now, by popular demand, becoming a series.

Muck II, “The Muck: Altman, Hartville, and Marlboro – The Celery Road” will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Marlboro Elementary School on Route 619.

The new set of oral history panelists will include Vivian Graber, Emanuel Koblentz, Dale Knowles, Leroy Wagler, Tom Brenkle, and Curtis Crow.

Moderator Gene Leach will direct questions that involve relationships between farms, the Amish/Mennonite influence, and how and where produce was and is marketed.

Crow, of the American Indian Education Society, will describe how woodland tribes raised and secured their food.

To find roots. The program has been developed through the cooperative efforts of the Lake and Marlboro historical societies as a way to get old and new residents of the area a way to find their “roots.”

For information contact Gene Leach at 330-877-4363, Philip Schiffbauer at 330-877-9063, or R. E. Werstler at 330-877-9220.


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