Friday, October 12, 2012
By EARTHA TERRELL
Residents of the Blackburn Home, located at 6 Botsford St., walked away with a better understanding and appreciation of the Little Red Schoolhouse after visiting the facility Sept. 18.
The historical building, which is open to the public, gave residents an opportunity to journey to the past. They learned of previous Poland residents as they browsed through old yearbooks and looked at artifacts. Volunteers and trustees discussed the historical background of the building, which dates as far back as 1858.
The event not only offered residents the opportunity to learn about Poland’s history, but offered them a chance to meet Poland’s Historical Society members. At one point, Historical Society Trustee Sue Holloway told participants about the story of the historical writer and Poland resident Ethel Miller, who was the author of books, “Quailwood” and “White Saddle.”
Miller’s work, which highlighted her experiences living in the Valley with her husband, Messenger, and their daughter, Janie, in 1929, won several awards at the Canfield Fair and The Ohio State Fair.