Daniel Emmett's great-grandfather, Oliver Cromwell Moore, purchased a farm in present-day Richfield in the 1840s. His grandma inherited 65 acres of that farm, which passed down to Daniel's parents in 1944. Daniel grew up on his parents farm in Akron before moving to Richfield when he was 11 years old. Both he and his father established dairy businesses, which eventually required them to haul their own milk from Richfield to Akron. Daniel and his wife had cows, sheep, and at one point a pick-your-own operation that specialized in turnip greens and green beans. The Emmetts refused to sell their property during the construction of the Coliseum, and still live on the property today.
Emmett, Daniel (interviewee)
Conklin, Carolyn (interviewer)
Cuyahoga Valley Project
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"Daniel Emmett Interview, 2011" (2011). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 518041.