In 1925, Herman Randall’s father began farming 33 acres of land in Cedarville Township as a means of providing for his family. Herman was only 8 years old at the time. The family’s subsequent purchase of the property in 1950 allowed his parents, and then Herman and wife Treva, to continue working the family farm until 1995, when Herman and his family sold the land to Joe Harkleroad of Brentwood Properties, Inc. With Herman’s blessing and Cedarville Township’s approval, Harkleroad planned The Meadows of Cedarville, a new housing development located on US 42 just east of the Cedarville village limits.
Herman Randall may appear to some as an unassuming farmer, but according to Harkleroad he has been “a stabilizing influence in the community for decades”. “ Herman has been a progressive-minded leader in the Cedarville and Greene County community throughout his life.” Having served 25 years on the Cedarville Township Board of Trustees and as a long-time Greene County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) member and President, Randall demonstrated a commitment to both family and community. Besides farming and raising his beloved draft horses, he also was a long-time Cedarville businessman, operating one of the village’s two feed and seed businesses on the site of the current Main Street Station..
To honor Randall’s and his family’s contributions to the community, Harkleroad named the major street accessing the development Randall Drive.
Herman Randall is now 97 years old and was recently named the Grand Marshall for the annual Cedarfest Parade this past Labor Day. He continues his community involvement through his regular attendance at the Cedarville United Methodist Church and is a source of encouragement to many throughout the area.