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7762 Roberts Road,
The Tharp Farm
More than a hundred acres of God's earth, more than a million acres of God's love.
In this home Vernon and I raised six children. For us it was always more than a house, more than a farm. It was the glue that held our family together, and the love for the land was surpassed only by the love for our family.
In compiling this book in the summer of my 88th year, I pass on to future generations my love for the garden. I hope I have made the world a bit more beautiful and better because I have lived in it. With every passing year I place more value on relationships and find being with loved ones and good friends more emotionally uplifting.
When you are happy in the garden, you bring happiness to others.
Grace Lenore Drumheller Tharp
Willie Grové was born in South Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 1978 after marrying an American girl from Columbus, Ohio. Katie and Willie have shared great adventures together and have traveled in many parts of the world. Willie is a Financial Consultant with a major international investment firm, and in 2005 was selected by Baron's Magazine as one of the Top 100 Consultants in America, and as one of the top 20 in Ohio every year from 2009 to 2014. He manages a successful investment practice in Columbus, Ohio and services clients across America. Willie and Katie live in Columbus, Ohio, and New York City. Their son Thomas and daughter-in-law, Yukiko live in Saigon, Vietnam, where Thomas owns a design firm, DxSaigon. Their daughter, Jessica, is a Broadway actress in New York City and is married to Dan Cooney, a fellow Broadway actor. Willie and Katie have two grand sons; Ryusei Grové in Saigon, and Gavin Cooney, in New York.