Swartsel Bottle Farm   Save
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Description: Original description reads: "Swartzel Curiosity Farm." A direct descendant of original settlers in Jackson Township, Winter Zellar (Zero) Swartsel was born in 1876. Throughout his life he was a natural born showman, teacher, eccentric, anarchist, and “possibly the grandfather of American Pop Culture.” At a young age and tired of the routines of Farmersville, he declared that, "He would live by his wits while his brothers lived by the sweat of their brows.” He and a friend bicycled first to New York City and then turned around to head west and eventually the world. Later his home would overflow with items collected while traveling the world. Outside was a similar story. While chiding the American people for their wastefulness and abusing their environment, his 22 acres of farmland became his artist's canvas filled with the thousands of items he collected from the “wasteful.” View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B09F08_019_1
Subjects: Eccentrics and eccentricities; Tourism--Ohio
Places: Farmersville (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)