History of Fantasy Farm: In the Beginning.
Edger Streifthau, founder of Fantasy Farm Amusement
Park, first got into the amusement park business in 1921 when he opened LeSourdsville
Lake Park as a place for people to swim and camp. Still in operation
(well maybe) as Americana
Amusement Park, it remains one of the last classic amusement park's left in the
In 1959 Don Dazey, Edger's partner in the LeSoursdville
Lake Park, died. Because of Don's death and other problems at the park Edger
decided to sell.
For a few years Edger maintained his already
successful motorcycle / appliance / hardware business in Middletown and
traveled the country with his wife Nellie.
" While I was mulling over what to
do next, to keep busy, I realized I had my house and 20 acres of land next to the park
that had not been sold. I started thinking about putting it to use. It could be used as a
family park for children, 12 years and younger. The more I thought about it, the more I
got fired up." Edger Streifthau from the book Edger
Streifthau; his story by Irene H. Wright.
Because of a non-competitive clause in the contract that sold LeSoursdville,
Edger could not operate a new park himself for 10 years. Edger called a meeting between
his two grown children and their spouses to propose a plan for them to operate the new
park as he acted as consultant and financier.
"The name of the new park was to be
'Fantasy Farm' at Donna's [daughter-in-law] suggestion. It would have a
farm theme. We started immediately to fence the area."
Edger Streifthau from the book Edger Streifthau; his story by
Irene H. Wright.
Neighbors started complaining about
Edger's new project when they saw farm animals being transported onto the property. But
when they filed suit against him in Butler County Common Pleas Court, the judge ruled they
had waited too long. Fantasy Farm never had a good relationship with its neighbors during
its entire existence.