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Black and white photograph from the Getz Lakewood Farm and Zoo.. The photo shows a group of people posing for a photo. Many individual have hats on that say, "Lakewood Farm". Handwritten on the back of the photo it says, "Visiting dignitaries, The man holding the two boys is (probably is scratched out) Mr. Getz, boys George & James."
The Getz (Lakewood) Farm began in 1910 when George Getz moved to Holland looking for a place to raise his family. He set up such things as greenhouses, gardens, barns, and houses and publically opened his 257 acre estate at the end of Lakewood Blvd. Animals residing at the farm included everything from exotic camels to enormous pythons. Weekends at the farm could include 10,000 to 20,000 visitors. In 1933, the animals were sold to the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and the farm was subdivided in 1938 when Getz died.