About Flo


I am 90 years old.  I bake pies to give to my neighbors, something I have done throughout my life. I sometimes give them whole meals.  I paint oil portraits on canvas, write short stories, read lots of books, work books of Sudoku, send lots of cards and letters, all the while using a walker in my home.  When family take me anywhere it’s in my wheel chair.

And I still live in my own home.  I have a lovely young lady who cleans for me.  Life is good!



  1. Posted September 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Flo- I was very happy to have met you with Tracy Drake at the Kiwanis meeting Thursday! You’re a delight! I like your BlogSpot too I will be reading your stories Best wishes always Bruce

  2. Jerry DeWitt
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Just found your sight. Looking forward to checking it out. Have a very Merry Christmas.

    • Posted January 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Jerry . I hope you enjoy my stories. At the request of Judy I am writing about your mother. She
      Was always my friend.
      Your Aunt Florence

  3. Judy Anne (DeWitt) Durham
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi Aunt Florence!
    Wow, you haven’t changed a bit! I would know you anywhere! Love your stories, please keep writing them. Do you have any stories about Mom (Edna)?
    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and the Best of 2014.
    Your Niece, Judy Anne

    • Posted January 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      So happy to hear from you Judy. I mention your mother in a couple of my stories. At your request
      I am writing a story about your mother currently.
      It will be a while before it will be in blog. Send me
      Your address and I will mail a written copy to you
      To preview. Your Aunt Florence

  4. Jerry DeWitt
    Posted January 25, 2014 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Good morning Aunt Flo. Just a note to say thanks for the writings. I am finding out a lot about the family that I didn’t know. Did not know about Byhalia or that Grandma and grandpa lived in California. Can remember talk about hells half acre. Barb and Bob had heard of it but didn’t know where or what it was. Bob that it was just an expression. Do you know?

    • Flo
      Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      Hi Jerry
      Delighted to hear from you. I believe “Hell’s Half Acre” was a place. Seems like that was what some of the family called the Fox farm. Actually the Fox farm was about 400 acres, and included two farms, one on each side of the road. There was a house and barn on each farm. the one on the south side of the road was back a long lane and is where for many years they kept the dynamite in a shed. each time a “shot” was put off, someone would drive down there and get the dynamite. Also, when you parents were first married they lived in the house back there. It is just a guess, but maybe that is when they named that place “Hell’s Half Acre”. They didn’t like it back there. It was a good sized farm, land from in front of the Fox farm house all the way through to the other road.
      I Am on Anna Maria Island with family. They rented a house with a heated pool for two weeks, 90 degree water. great for my arthritis!!

  5. Flo
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Hi Jerry,
    Pamela just looked up “Hell’s Half Acre” on her IPad. is a place in Wyoming.
    Aunt Flo

  6. Beckyjacobs
    Posted September 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Flo – knew you are Florence. Susie Hamilton told me about this site. I love it. Brings back lots of memories from York Center. Had lots of fun with Meredythe growing up. Moved at the end of my 8th grade year to Prospect. Still love reading about York Center. I am Carl & Henrietta’s daughter. Love genealogy and have don’t a lot of research on your family. Great to see your Blog.
    Becky Jacobs Rynders
    Abilene, Texas

    • Posted September 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Becky for you comments. Your mother was a very special lady. Happy you joined my stories. They are all true. I have many more already written to come on line about one each week. Nice hearing from you.

      • Beckyjacobs
        Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

        I can hardly wait for the next month of memories. My Mom would have loved this.

        I have been putting all of the burial at York cemetery on a site called Find A Grave it is findagrave.com. I have most of your family listed and been looking up obits and pictures to post. If you get a chance take a look. Dad was a trustee there so doing it to also honor him.

        Why did your parents live in a different house from the rest of you ?

        Keep those stores coming.
        Becky Jacobs

  7. Phil and Nancy Gardner
    Posted October 25, 2015 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Aunt Florence, could you please email us your new address so we can add it to our list for birthdays and Christmas? These pictures are beautiful and I know you’re enjoying it down there where it’s warm and cozy. Your home we visited in Salem was a very nice place tho. Hope you’re doing well and hope to hear from you. Take care and love to you and your family.

  8. Phil and Nancy Gardner
    Posted October 30, 2015 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Hope you have a very Happy Birthday on the 2nd of November, my mother’s birthday also. We have a card for you but no address to send it to. Hope you love your new condo!! Nice and warm down there I suppose – not so here. Have a great day.

  9. Beckyjacobs
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Florence – Thanks for the Christmas card I love it. I love this site and can hardly wait to try the Coconut Cream Pie and the Orange Cookies. Remember from from Mary Alice Diehl…….. Hope you have a great Christmas. Remember lots of Sunday afternoon Bicycle rides with Meredythe………. Would you consider hooking up this site to the York Center page….. I know everyone would just love it. Let me know. Becky Jacobs

    • Posted December 27, 2015 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi Becky
      I don’t know about the York Center page or hoe to access it. If you know how and can do it for me that would be fine with me. Please send me a letter with your address also your Email address. I can’t find your address to your home. Moving has really made it difficult to keep track of things.

      With your email address I can send you many pictures of our home here in Sarasota Florida.

      My family and I use email more than our cell phones for communicating with each other.

      Please get ack with me.

  10. Cindy Steele McMahan
    Posted March 8, 2016 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Becky Jacobs said to be sure and mention her name. I am Martha Hull Steele’s youngest daughter. My mom spoke often of you. She was very fond of you. I am so glad to have found your blog. I wish I could have gotten to know you.

  11. Sue Harmon
    Posted April 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Flo Do you remember the Lady named Minnie Ortman where did she live i remember she had a daughter named Imogene she had a son ????? kinda thought he was neat for a friend I hope you can help me remember the Ortmans if you could Thank you so much

    • Posted April 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Sue Ann
      Hi, yes I remember the family. They were my neighbor’s from my farm. Their farm bordered mine on the east side.

      Minnie Ortman’s husband was Gene and they had three daughters. Luciel, Emejene and Marjory. Each one of them had a big white wedding in the York Center Methodist church. No sons.

      The road has been closed off that went past their farm and mine.

      Flo Fisher

  12. Nancy Mosier Wells
    Posted June 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoy reading your posts! My family moved to York Center in 1959. You sharing your thoughts, pictures and family history is a true blessing. I have learned a lot of things I did not know. I was in the same grade as your daughter, Meredythe.

    • Posted July 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your gracious comment. I loved hearing from you. I’ll be 94 years old November 2 of this year and love living back in Florida.
      Meredythe and Joey Wedding live in Dillon Montana 6 months of winter and on an island in Lake Erie for the summer.

      Their son Dean and his family live in Dillon. Their daughter Jodi has multiple sclerosis and is in Gables nursing home in Marysville Ohio. Jodi’s son Levi and
      daughter Holli live on their farm in York Center. Levi purchased their farm home.

      Thank you for our comment

  13. kevin Longberry
    Posted December 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Flo,
    as you can see from my name I’m a Longberry. Your grandfather Perry was my great grandfathers first cousin. I stumbled upon your blog and loved the little anecdotes that you have written, would you mind if I save a few of your pictures to add to our family tree on ancestry? by the way I live near Richwood, Ohio.

    • Posted December 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kevin
      I am delighted to meet you. So surprising for me. I will be happy for you to copy any of my pictures you wish to have.
      I remember some Longberry family who years ago lived in the Byhalia are I believe.
      I must have close to 200 stories on line now. A new one comes on line at noon Sundays. I type them up on my IPad, add the pictures from my IPad album and Email the completed story to my grandson’s office in Kent Ohio and a man who works for him there put them on line for me. I don’t know how to do that.
      The pictures of those old stone trucks with my brothers driving and the turn style to turn them around was a few years before I was born.
      My mother Mary Etta Longberry was a good photographer and I have taken advantage of that in many of my stories.
      Thank you for your comment. It is a pleasure meeting you.
      Flo Fisher

  14. Posted March 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Hello Florence
    My name is Karen Boyce Rettig. I recently found the York Center Memories site and you. You are as beautiful as I remember you. I was always in awe of you as a child. Carole was a year younger than me and a friend. She was such a nice person. I lived just past Shoups on SR 47. You probably remember my brother Robert as he worked at Rockholds and I believe he hung out with one of your brothers. I commend you for blogging so faithfully. I had a blog during my journey with cancer but gave it up. So sorry you lost Susie to the evil demon. It is a nasty disease.
    Merydith and my youngest daughter are the same age. Beth has a special needs son who we all love. She has been his physical, emotional, financial support for 22 of his 24 years. After 17 years at the local hospital, she started a dayhab for special needs adults. It has been a rewarding but challenging undertaking. Needless to say, I am very proud of her. My older daughter is a nurse practitioner at OSU James.
    I recognize so many names on the York Center site but am saddened that after leaving the area I lost all contact. I feel very nostalgic when I drive through there. It was my life and then it was gone. I have been fortunate and have a good life but a part of me will always belong at York Center.
    Peace and Blessings
    p.s I have used my daughters facebook page as my website. You might like to take a peek.

  15. Posted March 24, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Just realized I was looking at an old picture of your girls. Oh dear! I remember Mereydith when I lived there.

    • Posted March 30, 2018 at 1:57 am | Permalink

      Karen I’m so happy to here from you. And it really pleases me so much to know you are reading my stories. I would love to have your Email address. Mine is [email protected] I’m 95 years old and feel fortunate for what I am still able to do. However Facebook is a bit much for me.

  16. Kevin Longberry
    Posted July 7, 2018 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi Flo, you don’t happen to have any more Longberry pics do you? I’m researching all the descendents of Charles Longberry of Pickaway county who died in the 1830’s. If you want to contact me directly my email address is [email protected]. Great stories!!!

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