Vernong Ott Wilson was born in 1916 in Bath, Ohio, and grew up in the summer house of the Hale Farm property. Ott's family worked the Hale farm during the years when C.O. Hale was alive, as well as when Clara Belle Ritchie and her father took over the farm. Ott provided many memories of life on a farm during the Great Depression, and jobs he shared with his father hauling milk and farming. Ott also shared memories of bootlegging activities in Peninsula and Everett. His story gives a picture of what life was like subsistence and tenant farming during the early twentieth century.
Wilson, Ott (interviewee)
Conklin, Carolyn (interviewer)
Cuyahoga Valley Project
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"Ott Wilson Interview, 02 May 2011" (2011). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 518038.