“Spring Into the Past” and bring the family to tour the small museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network in Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties on May 6 & 7.
“Youngsters will be amazed at how folks got along without all of today’s technology and older folks will enjoy reminiscing the good old days,” said publicity director Judy Gager.
“Fashions through the Ages” is this year’s theme as more than thirty member museums or historical societies roll out their red carpet to show off the unique history of their communities.
Fallasburg pioneer village located three miles northeast of Lowell is one of the 30 participating museums this year. The quaint village is waiting to be discovered. The one-room schoolhouse will open for the season on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.
During this annual event museums are open the first Saturday/Sunday in May from 11 am to 5 pm for your convenience. Visit our website for descriptive information and a handy map to plot your tour beforehand or get a booklet at any of the museums.
For more information on the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) as it readies for the new season at the village and the annual Covered Bridge bike tour on Sunday, July 9 go to:
Fallasburg, MI -The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to replace the badly worn Fallas House roof. The award came just in the nick of time, as critters had struck again, opening a large hole in the roof. The oldest home still standing in Vergennes Township will be weather-tight and critter-free very soon thanks to the grant.
Calvin College intern to catalogue Fallasburg artifacts for “The Past Online”
For the second year in the running, the Calvin College history department arranged for student Brianne Lynn to assist the FHS in the digital cataloging of Fallasburg artifacts, documents, and pictures.
This information will be used in “The Past Online” website developed by the Lowell Area Historical Museum (LAHM). Ms. Lynn has resumed the task of entering data in collaboration with LAHM executive director Lisa Plank, who will act as mentor. Visitors to the website can access historical information about the Fallasburg village and Lowell, as well as other communities, as the project evolves.
FHS launches new website
In January, the FHS launched the much-anticipated new website, www.fallasburg.org It is the same web address we’ve always maintained, but the site now features a brand-new look thanks to Betsy Davidson, owner of Addorio Technologies of Lowell.
Murray Lake Elementary students at the Fallasburg school.
In front of the Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.
You will first notice new pictures when you visit our home and contact pages.
However, it is still a work in progress. Much more than just an electronic billboard, we want our site to be a repository of information that tells our story so visitors can learn about what FHS does, about our events and news, and the village history, through pictures and narratives.
We will accomplish this with additional pages and links to “The Past Online,” and other sites. We are looking for village pictures to populate the site, so if you could send them along. At the end of this process, Betsy is going to show us how to use all of this technology. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!
Visit FHS @ Lowell Community Expo on March 25
In the meantime, FHS is looking forward to participating in the Lowell Chamber of Commerce’s, “Lowell Community Expo” on Saturday, March 25. Stop by Lowell High School and say hello to our volunteers!
Spring into the Past on May 6 and May 7
On Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, Fallasburg Village and our museums, the Misner House, the Schoolhouse and the Fallas House will be open for tours as part of the Tri-Rivers Museum Network’s “Spring into the Past.” The Tri-Rivers group has grown from a handful of member museums to 41, all in proximity to the Flat, Grand, and Thornapple Rivers. We’re all going to be open, 10 – 5. Make it a “History Weekend” to remember.
Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse opens for the season, Fallassburgh Flats vintage baseball season begins in May
Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour takes to the road on July 10.
Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.
May also signals the beginning of our FHS “Season in the Village.” The Fallassburgh Flats will start to play with Vintage Base Ball on Fallas Field. For information go to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Schoolhouse opens its doors most Sunday afternoons, 2 – 4 in June.
23rd Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour set for July 9
February also began the odyssey of planning and preparations for the 23RD Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour on Sunday, July 9. Mark your calendars! Come and ride with us!
Don’t forget to visit the new and improved www.fallasburg.org And, please like us on Facebook!
Submit your stories and photos for the new feature on the Fallasburg Today blog, “The FHS Time Machine” on http://fallasburgtoday.org
Hope to see you around Fallasburg village this season,
Featured photo of the Tower House by Bruce Doll.
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1880s Fallasburg pioneer village emerges as a historical treasure in 2016
By Emma Palova
EW Emma’s Writings
Fallasburg, MI – No pun intended, but 2016 was a year for the “history books” for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).
It was a transformative year from a sleepy village lost in time for more than a century to a rejuvenated historical treasure waiting to be discovered.
Furniture built from local sawmills @fallasburg
The haunted Tower Farm circa 1850.
Better known for the Fallasburg Covered Bridge, which connects the hustle from the Lincoln Lake traffic to this hamlet, the Fallasburg village in 2016 emerged on its own merit.
With the new FHS events, increased online presence in “Fallasburg Today” blog, E-Newsletter & social media, and the updated website, the village connected with the right audience. That is with the lovers of history scattered around the world.
Starting in the spring of 2016, FHS volunteers scrubbed and cleaned to get its signature museum, the one-room 1867 schoolhouse with the belfry, ready for the season.
Annually, the FHS participates in the “Spring into the Past” museum tour organized by the Tri-River Museum Network on the first weekend in May.
Mark your calendars, this year the “Spring into the Past” tour falls on May 6, 7, 2017.
The event opens up the Fallasburg village located inside the Fallasburg Park for the tourist season. The museum is open from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays from May to October, or by appointment.
Fallasburg Covered Bridge bike tour 2016
Lunch stop at the Misner House museum.
FHS volunteer Patty Brechbiel at the catering station.
Much like the park, the village reflects the colors of the season throughout the year. It’s yours to explore at any time of the year with walking, hiking and biking trails running through village.
The Falassburgh Flats Vintage Base Ball team starts its season on the ball field located at the village with the first game in May.
The biggest fundraiser of the year, is the annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge bike tour. The 23rd annual bike tour will be held on July 9th with several bike tour options. For complete info visit http://fallasburgtoday.org or www.fallasburg.org.
The tour gives you a unique opportunity to explore the pioneer village and the northern east region of Kent County in Michigan.
The fall in Fallasburg brings robust colors with epic events. These include the annual Fallasburg village bazaar inside the pioneer village. This novelty event in its third year coincides with the Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.
Both events will be held on Sept. 16 & Sept. 17, 2017.
Ghost hunters inside the Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.
Avid wheelman Jim Steenwyk explains how to avoid torque on the knees when biking.
In front of the Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.
Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.
Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour takes to the road on July 10.
The FHS was included in the “Past online” pilot by the Lowell Area Historical Museum launched in the fall of 2016. Intern Katelyn Bosch from Calvin College assisted in the online project.
Bosch said that she likes the village as a historic entity because it has streets, unlike most museums which are single buildings.
The brand new Ghostbusters @ Fallasburg event was held last year on Oct. 29th. It featured village haunting and the haunted walk.
“We attracted visitors that would not have otherwise come to the village,” said Ken Tamke, FHS president.
But the crowning jewel of 2016 was the annual “Christmas at Fallasburg” party held on Dec, 10 inside the one-room schoolhouse with the signature bonfire. The party attracted a record number of visitors, according to Tamke.
From newcomers, drawn in by the social media, from as far as Ukraine to the oldest Fallasburg resident of Swiss origin, Edwin Roth, 94, the party was a smorgasbord for the history lover.
Lie Kotecki of Michigan Paranormal Society (MPA) conducts an EVP session inside the John W. Fallass House.
“I’ve never been to a Christmas party inside a museum,” said Irina from Ukraine, a student at the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) graduate program in Grand Rapids.
Currently, the FHS is in the process of updating its website. Stay tuned for more progress at this emerging Fallasbirg gem in the rough.
This post is also in response to the Daily Post “Retrospective” at
FHS president Ken Tamke speaks about the annual Christmas party held last Saturday at Fallasburg:
In the grips of the polar vortex once again, the cold and the snow, we didn’t quite know what to expect for “Christmas in Fallasburg.” Party planners take note of the scouting motto, “Be Prepared.” Not only did we have one of our best turnouts ever, but the diverse mix of guests, young and old, Villagers and visitors, created a positive party vibe that swept the crowd right up inside it. Bruce and Becca Ling’s Hawks & Owls String Band played inspired. Patty and Melanie’s food was fabulous and so were all the potluck contributions, thanks. Everything was gone at the end of the evening. And, the bonfire… Well, I’ve said all along, it was almost a shame to light it. It was so artfully constructed by Villager, Craig Wood. Enjoying those flames and that heat with those gathered was a most magnificent cap to the evening. Thanks to all who attended and thanks for your support of the Fallasburg Historical Society and our efforts to preserve Fallasburg Village. Happy Holidays!!!
By Emma Palova
Fallasburg, MI -Okay, the Christmas party last week at the one-room 1867 Fallasburg schoolhouse was a smash in spite of the fresh snow outside, freezing cold inside and that some folks have mistaken the bonfire for a real fire.
“After all these years, I think they pretty much have it under control,” said a spectator taking a selfie by the bonfire.
“Can you hear it crackling?”
Yes, the huge bonfire crackled, melted the snow around it, attracted snowmobile riders and heated up the night.
Some area residents claimed the snow-capped logs of wood and carved their names in them.
“It was our biggest party ever,” said Ken Tamke, Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) president.
Inside the schoolhouse people mingled to the sounds of the strings by the Hawks and Owls band nestled in the far corner by the cold stove.
Not only were there newcomers from near such as Saranac, but there were newcomers from as far as Ukraine like Irina.
Irina, a grad student of history at Grand Valley State University, came to the party with friends.
“This is so authentic,” she said. “I had no idea you could go inside the museum buildings.”
Absolutely. Thanks to the recent efforts of the FHS team, most of the buildings of the Fallasburg historical village dating to 1837 are accessible to the public.
The flagship Fallasburg School serves as the official museum of the FHS, and is open from May to October.
The only exception to public access currently is the gray-bluish Tower Farm, built circa 1850. However, the FHS is working relentlessly to get all the museums up to date.
Recently, the FHS has applied for a grant for some roof repair and website upgrades.
The Christmas party tradition, as a fundraiser for the FHS maintenance of the buildings, has been going strong, according to old-timers.
Edwin Roth, 94, the oldest Fallasburg resident has been coming to the party for at least a decade.
“I am 100 percent Swiss,” he bragged. “My parents came from Switzerland.”
Roth farmed in the area in the 1940s and for many decades beyond. He makes it a point not to miss the annual Christmas party. Long time volunteer Frank Brechbiel escorted Roth into the schoolhouse.
The schoolhouse was beautifully decorated for the season with a dinner buffet and a grog station set up by the windows.
The good people of Fallasburg lovingly called as “villagers” brought in food and desserts.
FHS board member Tina Siciliano Cadwallader made her entrance with a wooden box labeled as “Dangerous Explosives” full of bags of popcorn and other goodies.
Volunteer Patty Brechbiel manned the food station featuring among other dishes three different types of meatballs.
“Are these all the same?” Irina asked.
“No, try them all,” I said.
The party provided an excellent opportunity to check out the “little room in the back” with collections treasures. A young history lover explored the model of the Fallasburg village locked in a glass case.
On display on the shelves were class photos. There was Mrs. Richmond’s class from 1947 and a Fallasburg village plat map on a wooden board.
As the bell rang in the belfry, the chatter and music in the schoolhouse continued into the night. A drive through the lighted Fallasburg Covered Bridge was a perfect ending to a perfect party.
Come visit Fallasburg, located northeast of Lowell, throughout the year. You will treat yourself to a lesson in American pioneer history from the 1830s that started with founder John Wesley Fallass.
You will marvel at the treasures the village has to offer.
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The schoolhouse in Fallasburg has always been a place that joins us together. She was built so we would come; to learn, to share and to celebrate.
Our schoolhouse, dressed for the holidays, once again stands ready to welcome you.
Please join us for our community celebration.
“Christmas in Fallasburg”
Saturday, December 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy:
Holiday music by Hawks & Owls
Libations, refreshments, and our famous Fallasburg Christmas Buffet
A roaring bonfire in the Fallas Field to cap off the evening
Come and share the good news with your friends. We’re in an on-going process of restoring and maintaining our museum buildings located in the Fallasburg historic district. The Tower Farm, built circa in 1850, is in dire need of roof repair and other restoration.
A $20.00 donation is requested from adults.
Fallasburg Historical Society is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c) (3) corporation
Sign up for the FHS E-newsletter Fallasburg Today right here on our blog.
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Honor a veteran on this Veteran’s Day 2016
Fallasburg veterans biographies
Fallasburg, MI -The following information is from Faded Footsteps website by Alan Teelander of Lowell. Teelander is dedicated to compiling military information on veterans from all over the USA.
World War II
Conrad Allan Bradshaw, US Navy, World War 2, Lowell, MI 49331 N42°59.034, W085°19.109
Conrad Allan Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Ensign Branch of Service: United States Navy Arrival Date: 1 Apr 1944 Muster Roll Date: 30 Apr 1944 Duty Unit or Comments: Personnel In India Duty Location: Calcutta, India
C A Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Ensign Branch of Service: United States Navy Muster Roll Date: 17 Oct 1944 Duty Unit or Comments: Change Rank To Lieutenant Jr. Grade
C A Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Jr. Grade Branch of Service: United States Navy Muster Roll Date: 30 Nov 1944 Duty Location: Calcutta, India
C A Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Jr. Grade Branch of Service: United States Navy Arrival Date: 1 Apr 1944 Muster Roll Date: 31 Dec 1944 Duty Location: Jorh, India
C A Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Jr. Grade Branch of Service: United States Navy Muster Roll Date: 31 Aug 1945 Duty Location: Jorh, India
Civil War veteran
George Rummel (Rommel), Company K, 16th Michigan Infantry, Fallasburg, Michigan 49331
George was born in Germany as was his wife Anna Spencer as evidenced by son George Rummel Jr’s death certificate (in the gallery).
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about George Rummel Name: George Rummel Side: Union Regiment State/Origin: Michigan Regiment Name: 16 Michigan Infantry Regiment Name Expanded: 16th Regiment, Michigan Infantry Company: K Rank In: Private Rank In Expanded: Private Rank Out: Private Rank Out Expanded: Private Alternate Name: George/Rommel Film Number: M545 roll 36
Fallasburg, MI- It was a spooky Saturday night before Halloween at the Fallasburg historical village.
“Put your cell phones in the airplane mode,” advised Edwin Lelieveld, Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA) team member.
The Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA), the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) and their followers conducted a paranormal investigation inside the Fallasburg museum buildings.
“This has been two years in the making,” said Tina Siciliano Cadwallader, FHS event organizer.
Cadwallader put the first time event together as a fundraiser for the historical society.
The MPA started with an introduction inside the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse museum. We filed behind the old creaking and squeaky desks much like the students did some 150 years ago. The classroom filled up and there was standing room only.
The ghost detecting equipment such as gauss meters, temperature gauges and nitrogen goggles laid on a separate table by the old piano.
The MPA team set up laser purple dot grids and EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) equipment at each location of the paranormal investigation. That is the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse, John Wesley Fallass House and David Misner House, all of which sit on the Covered Bridge Road. An MPA team member was at each location to interpret the recordings of the EVP sessions.
We divided into three groups, each led by an FHS docent.
My husband Ludek and I were in the group with FHS president Ken Tamke and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) employees. We walked down the Covered Bridge Road lighting our way with flashlights. We briefly paused at the Tower Farm, better known as the Tower House. We could not go inside because of its dilapidated interior. The FHS is currently seeking funds to repair the Tower House.
“Two sisters lived here,” said Tamke. “It was normal at the time.”
Tamke said there have been reports of haunting at the Tower House.
Local resident Addie Tower Abel, who went to the one-room schoolhouse, said there has been a lot of activity.
“I know about the Tower House, I lived there. So, did my son, they saw a lot of activities,” Abel wrote on facebook.
Lie Kotecki of MPA conducted the EVP session inside the 1842 John W. Fallass house. The temperature gauge in the middle of the completely restored living room showed 66.6 F. According to the MPA, the temperature drops when ghosts are present causing cold spots. The ghosts also give out electromagnetic fields.
“Drop the temperature if you are inside the house with us,” challenged Lie.
The temperature dropped slightly to 66.2 F.
“Did you live in this house?” she asked. “We have no bad energy.”
The FHS president Ken Tamke explained the historical facts at each paranormal investigative location aka museum building.
“The furniture was built from the lumber out of a sawmill at Fallasburg,” he said. “Orwin Douglas built the Tower House and John Waters built the David Misner House.”
Back at the schoolhouse, Rosemary Leleiveld reported various ghost encounters.
“I felt a female spirit here,” she said. “Missy or Melissa…..”
But, Tamke said it could have been the ghost of Fallasburg resident Ferris Miller, who had died within the last five years.
“We have modern devices,” said Rosemary, “but we come with respect.”
The next EVP session followed at the Misner House. It is the most completed museum out of the Fallasburg portfolio, according to Tamke.
The MPA members usually turn off the lights for the sessions, although they have done EVP sessions in the middle of the day.
“The atmosphere veil becomes thinner,” said Peggy Kotecki, MPA team member. “We use radio frequencies and cameras,” she said.
Jason Kotecki, IT engineer at VanAndel Institute, analyzed the EVP recording at the Misner House and reported about other findings. The MPA team conducted a session in Allegan.
“Have you been to the old Allegan county jail?” Jason asked.
“Not yet,” said Ludek Pala.
“Well, we heard a giggle there,” he said.
Peggy, a nurse at Spectrum, said that sometimes she questions her sanity.
“It’s mostly a boring thing to do,” she said. “We do a lot of recordings and a lot of listening. But, you go for the whole package and you relive it.”
During the EVP session, Peggy asked questions:
“What is your name? Did you live here? Did you have children? Did they go to the schoolhouse down the road?”
The MPA does not solicit business and the paranormal alliance does not charge for their investigations.
“The purpose of the investigation is two-fold,” Rosemary Leleiveld said. “We do ghost hunting and we have ghost hunting equipment at each location. You do a ghost walk and learn more of a history of a location. The architecture draws me in.”