Herman Elsaesser was born in Baden,
Germany in 1863. At
age 18, during Otto Von Bismarck's imperial reign, he fled the
search of work to support his mother, he decided to settle in
hungry, and forced to sleep in a box in an alleyway, Herman
asked for a jobóor at least some foodóat
the Palace Hotel. When
the supervisor turned him away, Herman vowed that he would
someday own his own restaurant, maybe even the Palace
eventually found work in a bakery and later bought his own
1927 Herman had saved enough money to buy the Palace Hotel
(the Hotel Cincinnatian and Cricket).
He ordered his employees never to turn away a hungry
Herman and his wife, Petronella,
settled with their 10 children in Price Hill and
donated a lot for St. William Church. In 1929 Herman
bought a 250-acre dairy farm "out in the country."
His son, Steve, blind since infancy, operated the farm
for many years.
In 1949 Herman's youngest son, Bill, transformed the
dairy farm into a
"party barn" and carried on his parents' legacy of
home-style food and service. Bill died in 1984, but his wife, Dolores, is still hard at
work keeping The Farm one of the most popular places to have a
party in Cincinnati,
In 1990 The Farm started its
Tuesday Buffet in
response to patrons who wanted to enjoy The Farm's food even
if they weren't invited to a party.