Farmersville in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Winter Zellar (Zero) Swartsel
The Bottle 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.”
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Winter Zellar (Zero) Swartsel's farm property became a field of glass as he adorned it with sculptures and “art” using glassware of all kinds, bells,
Erected 2008 by Andrew K. Bowser BSA Eagle Project Troop 409 and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-57.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
Location. 39° 40.674′ N, 84° 27.025′ W. Marker is in Farmersville, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Farmersville-Gratis Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14440 Farmersville-Gratis Road, Farmersville OH 45325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farmersville War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Farmersville Fire Department Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Slifers Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Germantown Dam (approx. 3.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); Germantown (approx. 4.9 miles away); Charles F. Shimp (approx. 5.1 miles away); Dayton Western Turnpike Milestone (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmersville.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,772 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.