Twenty-one years ago, relatives with the iconic family name of “Roots” gathered on the banks of the Little Miami River near Cincinnati. As it stood, this may have been their final gathering. The Roots children and grandchildren, now all grown, had met on the banks of the tributary of the Ohio River for decades at the end of June to celebrate “Poppa's” birthday. In fact the family ties to the area can be traced back over 150 years.
Harry Edward “Poppa” Roots and his wife Mamie had five children, four daughters and one son, and many grandchildren. If something wasn't done, when the property was sold, the progeny of his fold would be scattered to the far reaches of the country. It was likely they would only meet again under the most fortuitous of circumstances