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“Sometimes I hear my grandfather, Howard Moon’s radio going off and I know he is playing around with me,” said Dr. Hope Moon, professor and interim dean of the allied health and nursing division at Lorain County Community College.
As a child, Moon played on her grandparent’s 180-acre farm and in the woods, which is where LCCC stands today.
Fruits and vegetables were grown on the farm and then Moon’s grandparents trucked their produce to the West Side Market in downtown Cleveland.
Moon, her cousins, and their grandfather would go on tractor rides to the peach orchard, where they spent the day picking ripe peaches.
Later, they would enjoy their fresh fruit over homemade ice cream that their grandmother, Olive Moon, made in the churn.
Moon’s grandfather would give her 10 cents to pick a basket-full of asparagus. She picked them along the railroad tracks and then sold them at the front of the farm.
However, summer would soon come to an end and fall would arrive. Fall meant that the children slept in the corn cob bin and told each other spooky stories under the moonlight.
Years and years of memories took place on this farm.
On Nov 4, 1963, the farm was sold to the Elyria community. It may have been sad for the Moon family, but the result was beneficial to the surrounding area.
LCCC was built on the very same land that once contained the Moon farm.
It is very special for Moon to teach on the land once owned by her family. She was recruited to LCCC in 1992 from Cleveland State University, and she knew it was fate.
One thing Moon’s grandmother, who was also a teacher, instilled in her the importance of education. “She worked her way through Berea’s teaching college, which is now Baldwin Wallace, by selling encyclopedias,” Moon said.
“You will go to college, Hope. You will pursue a career,” said Moon’s grandmother.
So she did. Now Moon is teaching on the land she grew up on.