By Colleen Lockhart
Lucretia Pomeroy King, also known as Aunt Cre, was born Sept. 14, 1828 and died on Sept. 25, 1928, 11 days after she turned 100 years. She spent her first and last days in Huntsburg. A photograph of her at home appeared in a local newspaper, possibly the Cleveland Press, and is on display in the Huntsburg Historical Museum.
King was the granddaughter of the 1808 first family settlers in Huntsburg, Stephen and Lydia Bridgman Pomeroy. Lucretia’s parents were Elijah and Mary Scott Pomeroy who encouraged her to attend the Kirtland Academy where she studied arithmetic and later taught that subject.
In 1847 at the age of 19, she was asked to go to Akron to help establish the first graded-school system there. She was so successful in that endeavor that she was asked to work with the schools in Warren, Ohio, where she met and married Ashbel King, a jeweler.They had two children.
She was said to have been very modern in her thinking and devoted to all of her Pomeroy relatives. She had a great fondness for children and took an interest in the happenings in both her town and the country, especially when it concerned the younger generations.
“Our Huntsburg Heritage,” a book written by Pliny O. Clark in 1963, contains information on the Pomeroy family and was used as a resource for this article. Along with that publication, many artifacts of cultural and historical importance have been collected and are on display at the museum.
The museum is open upon request and is available to anyone or any group who would like to make an appointment for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday or any evening during the week. It is open following the Monday Memorial Day celebration in the Huntsburg Center Park and again the first week-end in October during the annual Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival.
As a non-profit organization, the society’s mission is “to preserve and promote the past for future generations and to show why Huntsburg remains one of the best little towns in all of the land.”
Contact Carl Seliskar, 440-636-5820, to make an appointment to visit the museum, to learn how to make a donation or to become a member. The society meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Huntsburg Community Center and welcomes members and non-members. Information about the society is available at www.huntsburghistory.com.
Colleen Lockhart, a lifelong resident of Geauga County, lives in Huntsburg with husband, Richard. She is a member of the Huntsburg Historical Society and was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.