Windfall Ridge Farm
In 1915, Harry Jacoby purchased 90 acres outside Athens. He and his wife, Edith Reed Jacoby, raised five children on the farm. Harry farmed his land and worked in the mines. The mining job was eventually replaced with a job as a greenskeeper at the Athens Country Club, but the farm was always a constant.
The farm supported six dairy cows, pigs, a couple of beef cattle and chickens, along with corn and hay crops. Harry and Edith would take a few chickens, vegetables, apples, eggs and home-churned butter to sell at the farmers’ market in Athens. Harry also kept active in the community – as a Mason and in Grange, as an Athens Township trustee and on the Athens Township School Board, as President of the Athens County Farm Bureau, and as an appraiser for the Farm Credit Administration.
Harry and Edith’s daughter, Harriet, married Ora E. Anderson, the young editor of The Jackson Herald newspaper in Jackson, and they began the second generation of family ownership. Harriet named the farm “Windfall Ridge” as a reminder of gathering apples in the orchard as a young girl.
Trees were a passion for Ora. He estimated that 2,000-5,000 trees were planted on his farm each year, with many of them now more than 100 feet tall. During his lifetime, more than 32,000 trees were planted.
His love of trees led him to many years of service: as a trustee of the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, where he was later appointed an Honorary Lifetime Director; as Chairman of the Forestry Advisory Board, Ohio Department of Natural Resources; as treasurer and trustee of the Ohio Forestry Association; as chairman of the Columbus City Parks Commission; and as a member of the study group planning management programs for the Wayne National Forest.
Harriet was an artist, and a driving force to save the Dairy Barn, originally part of the Athens Mental Health facility. After its placement on the National Register of Historic Places, the barn became an arts center.
Ora and Harriet would be proud of the family’s 2011 recognition for 50 years of certification with the American Tree Farm System by the Ohio Forestry Association and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry.