Richland Soil and Water

The purpose of The Richland County Pioneer program is to preserve the agricultural history of the county by creating an oral and written history of interviews obtained with multi-generational agricultural families in Richland County. Our hope is that current and future generations can benefit and learn from previous generations of agricultural families and see how agriculture has evolved in Richland County.

If you wish to be included in this program or can recommend families for this program, please Contact Us.

Dave Bell
Dave Bell

Like agriculture, nursery management and landscaping demand persistence. Dave Bell of Bellville, Ohio has made a living selling trees and plants, as well as taking care of them for other people. His hard work and dedication in the horticulture industry epitomizes what many landscape service entrepreneurs continuously go through on the way to success. 

Dale Broeske
Dale Broeske

At a young age, Dale Broeske dreamed he would be another Luther Burbank, an American horticulturist. In his teens, Dale worked on several local farms. After he completed one year of agricultural school at Ohio State, Dale was drafted into the Navy. When WWII ended in 1945, Dale returned to Ohio State and completed his Bachelor’s degree. He then worked at the Crawford County Farm Bureau for a few years and worked for his father in pliable packaging. Soon after, Dale’s father decided he wanted to farm and asked if his son would help. 

Kenny Adams
Kenny Adams

Kenny Adams’ earliest memory on the farm was with his father and two brothers. His father helped his uncle run a session rake while he and his brothers thrashed wheat in the fields. He also helped his uncle in the saw mill. Like many other farming families, the Adams family made maple syrup. Kenny has farmed nearly all of his life. Now, two of Kenny’s four sons, Jay and John, run the family farm operation. It is located on Plymouth Springmill Road, outside of Shelby.

Dave Carto
Dave Carto

Snow Trails Winter Resort in Mansfield, Ohio is arguably one of the most popular ski resorts in Ohio. Nestled in the hills just South of Mansfield, the world renowned 50 acre resort has become a premiere attraction for those seeking winter fun - from skiing to tubing. However, the Snow Trails we think of today is much more advanced than the original resort. The history of Snow Trails testifies to the type of ingenuity and passion applied by its owner and founder, Dave Carto. 

John Culler
Sheri and John Culler

The Culler family was not originally from Richland County. However, they quickly adapted to life in Ohio and they are now considered one of the most storied agricultural families in the area.

Clarence Fackler, Louise (Niece)
Clarence Fackler, Louise (Niece)

The Fackler family history in America extends far back to the eighteenth century. Between 1737 and 1890 at least twelve Facklers are believed to have entered America as immigrants from Europe including a member of Clarence Fackler’s family, Hans Jacob Fackler. The majority of Mr. Fackler’s relatives were of German and Swiss decent. Although the agricultural side of the Fackler family history doesn’t flourish until Henry F. Fackler, Clarence’s grandfather, their family’s history is riddled with successes dating back to America’s fight for independence.

Roger Fulk
Roger Fulk

The Fulk family history started when Roger Fulk’s great grandfather moved to Richland County with a family of thirteen. His great grandfather rode in the cavalry division with General George Custer out West and even was present at his burial. Why Roger’s great grandfather chose Richland County as a place to settle remains a mystery, but the county is thankful he did. 

John Scherer
John Scherer

John and Terri Scherer have always believed in hard work, even if that meant going above and beyond. Their persistence in No-Till Farming over the years, despite low yields initially, is a testament that the Scherer family has always put conservation first in farming.