Dedicated to the Memory of Gale Warner
The History of Stratford Ecological Center
Part 1: Gale Warner: The Heart of Stratford’s Founding
Her great‐great‐great grandfather was an important player in the development of the Village of Stratford. He was Judge Hosea Williams, a merchant, Delaware County Commissioner and the first President of the Delaware County branch of the State Bank of Ohio, which later became the Delaware County National Bank. He established the Williams Opera House…
Part 2: Continuing with the Story of Gale’s Delaware County Roots
Part 3: Fred & Mary Hills
Gale’s great‐grandfather, Fred Palmer Hills, was the son of Chauncy Hills and grandson of Judge Hosea
Williams, mentioned in previous legacy articles. Seven of Fred’s ancestors were passengers on
the original Mayflower voyage.
Part 4: Elmer & Harriet Oman
Although not born in Delaware County, the paternal grandparents of Gale’s mother met each other while students at Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU).
Elmer Samuel (E.S.) Oman was reared in Pickaway County, Walnut Township, with eight siblings. He loved poetry and literature from an early age. E.S. worked on a farm near Ashville, OH, and taught school for 2 years before attending college at OWU.
Part 5: Mary & Galen Oman
Gale’s maternal grandmother, Mary Caroline Hills Oman, was born at 120 N. Washington St., Delaware, OH. She was the daughter of Fred and Mary Florence Hills (pictures of her parents and the family home were featured in a previous article). Mary Caroline was schooled at North Elementary and graduated from Delaware (later called Willis) High School in 1915. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts…
Part 6: Drs. Louise & Jack Warner
Part 7: Gale’s Childhood
Part 8: Gale’s College Years
Part 9: Gale’s Post-College Years
Part 10: Gale’s Marriage and Stratford’s Beginnings
Part 11: Stratford Start-up in the Midst of Sorrow
Part 12: Life and Love Goes On…
During Gale’s final days, when her parents asked how they could possibly continue developing Stratford without her, she confidently answered: “You can do it; I know you can.”
And so they did. The mission of Stratford – crafted from the three goals Gale proposed in 1986 – was now on target: teaching children where their food and fiber come from, and reconnecting them to the awesome wonders of the natural world.