Lifes Reflections 'Serpent Mound' author Son-in-law of locals
Frank Rocco Satullo, owner of the The Ohio Traveler and author, is the son-in-law of Mara Cox of Greenville.

Life’s Reflections: ‘Serpent Mound’ author Son-in-law of locals

As promised in the feature that appeared on Darke County Now this past Thursday, I am introducing the writer of an online article which also featured the family, which spurred my interest.

The story concerned the Jekabsons family who escaped Latvia 77 years ago and made their way to the United States and subsequently Darke County.

Frank Rocco Satullo, owner of the The OhioTraveler and the son-in-law of Mara Cox of Greenville, who is also a member of the Jekabsons family, penned the writings he titled “Serpent Mound: Code For Freedom; How a Vintage Ohio Postcard Became A Symbol of Freedom.”

Satullo has known the Jekabsons family since he started dating Mara and Dr. David Cox’s daughter, Becky, in college. They were married after graduation in the spring of 1994 and now have two grown children, Cara and Dominic.

Originally from Avon Lake near Cleveland, he said they live in the Middletown area.

“I started (and own) 20 years ago this May,” he said. “It  provides a monthly online magazine edition (free to subscribe), and an Ohio tourism guide. The site is broken into sections such as events and festivals per month, museums, historical sites and museums, interesting restaurants and lodging, tours and trails, art museums, and others. The site also has regional pages providing everything on the site in each region such as southwest Ohio. There are also blogs using Facebook, Instagram, etc. And videos on YouTube.”

Why did he start the company?

“I was looking for free things or inexpensive things to do with my kids when they were young,” he responded. “This led to publishing a book offering those things throughout Ohio. The site was originally used to promote the book and offer updates. Then, because of its popularity, I grew it to offer free and paid things to do in the state. It became my full-time business 18 years ago.”

He is a self-proclaimed solopreneur.

“As they say, no job too big or small,” he stated. “That said, other family members help from time to time when I go on filming assignments or with marketing ideas, etc. Mara created our Tour Guide to Fun mascot (the concept was mine but she physically created the doll we call our Tour Guide to Fun.”

He said he loves hiking the Hocking Hills State Park, the Lake Erie Islands, and small towns like Greenville throughout the state. “ mostly features the places between the big cities although big city stuff is also on the site,” he said.

The link to his writings on the local family is:

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of Debra Augustine, Charlie Broering, John Labig, Norma Gard, Nancy Kirgan, Julia Branham, Michael D. Young, Diana Lynn Thobe and Ruth Kremer.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Danny Foster, Jannie Barrow,Dave Niley, Chuck Edwards, Michael Young, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Helen L. Teeter, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Ralph Byrd, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, Michelle Leugers Enicks, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
March 29 to Peggy Foutz, Henry Post, Tom Everhart, Steve Blackburn, Audrey Hathaway and Tracy Beaver.
March 30 to Sharon Hummel, Norma Kammer, Fred Dakin, Sharon Billenstein, Jay Spence and Vickie Adams.
March 31 to Jodi Clouse Fullroth, Jody Hufford, Brad Cottrell, Anne Klamar, Greta Phlipot, Kalie Riffle, Elaine Harter, Stacy Dorko, Susan Fowble and Kristy Cutarelli.
April 1 to Roxie Thwaits, Rhonda Gigandet, Steve Campbell, Cheryl Campbell, Dr. Jim Appleman, Wes Spencer, John Linebaugh and Cara Chandler.
April 2 to Tess Clark, Darrell Coby, Mark Rismiller, Rita Rinderle, Pam Kramer and Adam Schlechty.
April 3 to Amanda Hoffman, twins Marilyn and Cherolyn Warren, Kent Snyder, Ashley Young and Patty Jennings.
April 4 to Dave Niley, Ronnie Barga II, Amy Klingshirn Albers, Pam Moody, Glenna Miller Jones, Scott Robison, Richard Reichard and Barb Bey.
Happy anniversary to: Kirby and Beth Wilcox on March 29; Kevin and Terri Schlechty on April 3 and Dave and Becky George on April 4.

Think about it: “Though one might feel foolish when asking a question, the fool is instead the one who acts without knowing the answer to the questions he feared to ask.”– Author Unknown

Serpent Mound Historical Site in Peebles, Ohio
This photograph taken at Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio, (Courtesy photo)
Author Frank Rocco Satullo and Owner of The Ohio Traveler
Author Frank Rocco Satullo
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Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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