Photograph of Murrin, Roger and Bernard (Brownie) Cellar at the Brown Fruit Farm


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Photograph of Murrin, Roger and Bernard (Brownie) Cellar at the Brown Fruit Farm is a picture, with genre photograph and group portraits. Its dimensions are 8.05 in. x 4.76 in..

It was created in 1931.

Shown here (left to right) are Bernard (Brownie), Murrin and Roger Cellar on the Brown Fruit Farm.

Murrin was farm manager from 1936 to 1958. His father came to work on the farm in 1913 when he was fourteen years old and attending Worthington High School, and he started working in 1915, becoming full time after his high school graduation. At age 19, he supervised the picking of apples and cherries by crews of transient labor. In 1936, after the deaths of Frame and Marie Brown, the farm’s owners, Murrin worked with their daughter Molly to keep the farm running until 1958. The Cellar family continued to live on the farm property following its closing.

As one of the farm’s year-round staff, Murrin lived on the property with his wife Leona and children Roger, Russell, Bernard (Brownie) and Myrna.

Roger Cellar was a pilot in the Navy Air Corps during World War II. He flew missions over the Atlantic, searching and destroying German submarines, and then over the Pacific after Germany surrendered.

Brownie Cellar served in the Korean War and went on to become an educator. He was a math teacher, coach and administrator at the Worthington High School beginning in 1949 and continued his career as an educator in central Ohio for 50 years. He wrote a history of the farm, “The Brown Fruit Farm: 100 Acres in Orchards,” containing details and reminisces of his experience growing up among the orchards.

The Brown Fruit Farm operated north of Worthington for nearly fifty years, from around 1912 to 1958. The farm sold grew and sold apples and apple products such as juice, candy and apple butter, as well as cherries, plums and honey. As of 1925, the farm encompassed 100 acres planted with 4000 fruit trees and was the largest fruit farm in central Ohio. Owned by Frame Brown and later his daughter Molly, it was renowned not only for the quality of its produce, but also for its innovative roadside marketing, including signs telling motorists how many miles they were from the farm.

It covers the topics agriculture, farm workers, children, families and dogs.

It features the people William Murrin Cellar, 1899-1983, Murrin Roger Cellar, 1924-1964 and Bernard (Brownie) Leon Cellar, 1926-2017.

It features the organization Brown Fruit Farm.

It covers the city Columbus.

The original is in a private collection.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is wcd0259.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on February 21, 2018.