FHS President’s spring message

Remembering Mr. Edwin Roth

It is with heavy heart that I write my spring message.  Charter member of the West Central Michigan Historical Society, former President of the succeeding Fallasburg Historical Society, and lifetime champion of the cause of preservation, Edwin Roth passed away March 8Th at 98 years old.  To say Ed lived life to the fullest would be a vast understatement.  His spirit will of course live on, his legacy, one of many, Fallasburg Village today.

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FHS president Ken Tamke

Everyone who knew Ed Roth has a story.  His easy-going, self-effacing manner made you comfortable when you were around him, his sense of humor ever-present.  I believe we all marveled at his longevity in our individual quests to find the fountain of youth.  Ed’s answer was simple, eat right, live clean, and another nugget he shared with me last Christmas with a large smile, “Don’t go to Doctors”!  That was Ed.

I wasn’t around when Ed Roth staked the National Historic Site Marker at the John Wesley Fallas house which was undergoing a major restoration in the 1990’s.  I was around when Ed accepted the award from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network for “Barn of the Year,” 2014, recognizing the Fallasburg Historical Society’s work on the Tower Barn.  These projects, amongst so many others, we’re the labor of Ed Roth’s love, and he maintained a strong and steady hand in all of them.  Thank you, Edwin Roth!  You are irreplaceable!

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The clipping is from the FHS scrapbook’ circa 1990.

“I ran across some really great stuff,” said FHS president Ken Tamke. “Pretty much all newspaper clippings that chronicle the history of the West Central Michigan Historical Society from the mid-60s and then FHS through the late 90s.”

The historic district status was awarded in 1999.

Calvin College students tour Fallasburg pioneer village

Still in the firm grasp of winter cold, but on a bright and sunny day, the Calvin College History Department’s “Public History” class visited Fallasburg on January 17TH.  Professor Kate VanLiere’s students, as part of a month-long intensive study course stopped first at the Lowell Area Historical Museum to get a look at the inside workings of a small museum and a grand tour from Executive Director, Lisa Plank.  Then it was on to Fallasburg for a walking tour with yours truly and their outside look at our National Historic District.  The group of 30 briefly popped their heads in the door of the Schoolhouse, Misner House, and Fallas House.  With FHS’ small museums in hibernation for the winter, and each property unheated, it was actually colder inside than out.  Our brisk walk was appreciated and gave our visitors an overview of the entire Village from Fallas Barn to Covered Bridge.

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Calvin College students tour Fallasburg villlage.

FHS gets intern to assist in digital cataloging

For the third consecutive year, the Calvin College History Department has provided a student intern for the Winter/Spring term to assist FHS with our digital cataloging of documents, photographs, and artifacts.  Under the tutelage and mentorship of Lisa Plank at LAHM, this year’s intern, Grace Bolt, has focused on the treasures contained in the School.  Most remarkable have been the handwritten Attendance Ledgers which chronicle Fallasburg School students, school year by school year, back to the early 1900’s, all completed by the teacher of the day.  Grace has painstakingly recorded and photographed the logs.  She could now tell you, if you went to Fallasburg School, when you were absent, and what ailed, lots of Chicken Pox, Mumps, and Measles.  With a keen interest in Geography as well as History, tech-savvy Grace is working to create an online aerial view map of Fallasburg that highlights all its historic sites, buildings standing or not.

 

 

 

 Pictured above Mr. Ed Roth at Lowell Expo 2017 with daughter Jeanne Vandersloot, and FHS members Tracy Worthington and Al Rumbaugh.

Say Hello: 

 Fallasburg Historical Society, Table #129, at the Lowell Community Expo, Saturday, March 24, from 9AM – 3PM, Lowell High School.

 Come Visit:

 Fallasburg Village comes out of hibernation, Saturday, 11AM – 5PM & Sunday, 12PM – 5PM, May 5 & 6, the first weekend in May!  We’ll participate in the Tri-Rivers Museum Network’s, “Spring into the Past” event.  41 small local museums team up and open up-free of charge! 

Sincerely,

Ken

About the feature photo: Mr. Ed Roth with Randy Mouw, Barncats Contractor who fixed the Tower Barn, accepting Barn of the Year award for 2014 from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.

 

 

 

 

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Happy new year 2018

Wishing everyone a great new year from the Fallasburg Historical Society. (FHS).

Visit the pioneer historic village in 2018 for fun and adventure. Check out our events. Join the FHS to help us preserve history for the future generations.

For more info go to http://www.fallasburg.org.

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FHS president’s message

Dear friends,

Fall, in and around Fallasburg, is truly a very special and scenic place.  Purists might say this hasn’t been an optimum year for fall color or its longevity, but it sure had me fooled, and the “Indian Summer” we enjoyed was exquisite!  I hope you had a chance to visit and soak it all in.

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FHS president Ken Tamke

2017 is almost up, and so is another year for FHS as steward of Fallasburg Village!  The job of the preservationist is never done however, although finally weather says otherwise, at least for outdoor projects.  I do believe volunteers would still be out prepping, repairing, and painting properties if we pitched a tent-well, maybe a heated tent.

I guess you really could call this the year of the volunteer!  They have been amazing in the things they have accomplished maintaining our buildings and grounds, and so have they been in the preservation, and sharing of knowledge about our history.  FHS’ cataloging project of “accession” pieces, the stuff people donate to us; pictures, documents, artifacts, old farm tools, our museum exhibits, has been kept on track by volunteers, and our events come off without a hitch thanks to volunteers, as well.

“Hall-of Famers” for fall include FHS members; Alan Rumbaugh, Tina & David Cadwallader, Mark Kuzee, Frank & Patty Brechbiel, Tracy Worthington, Addie Abel, Emma Palova, Michelle Emaus, and JoAnn Childs.  You are tops.  We couldn’t do it without you.  The list of “cookie bakers,” and “foodies” that help us out from our membership is simply staggering.  Thanks to all of you!

Special thanks should go out to Mitchell Tower.  Mitchell recently completed his Eagle Scout Badge Project-the construction of a fenced “community garden” honoring his family’s heritage on the historic Tower Farm in Fallasburg.  It looks beautiful!  FHS can’t wait to get growing.

As the season of giving approaches we at FHS hope you might consider joining us as a volunteer.  Please visit our website, www.fallasburg.org/contact/

And, don’t forget the Christmas Party, “Christmas in Fallasburg, A Community Celebration,” Saturday, December 9, 6 – 8PM at the Fallasburg Schoolhouse.  www.fallasburg.org/events/

Happy Holidays & Seasons Greetings!

Ken

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Christmas in Fallasburg

 

Fallasburg Historical Society cordially invites you to the traditional “Christmas in Fallasburg” party on Dec. 9.

13944 Covered Bridge Road – Lowell, Michigan 49331

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Christmas in Fallasburg always features the band Hawks & Owls.

 

Dear friends,

 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 9, 6:00-8:00PM

Come and enjoy:

Holiday music by Hawks & Owls

 Libations, refreshments, and our Fallasburg Famous Christmas Buffet

 A roaring bonfire in Fallas Field to cap off the evening

 A $20.00 donation is requested from adults.

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FHS president’s message for fall

I heard someone say it just the other day, “summer has just flown by,” and it’s true.  The silver lining in that cloud is the onset of fall.  Hard to argue it’s not the most beautiful season in West Michigan.

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FHS president Ken Tamke

A big thanks to our volunteers

Cooperative weather patterns have facilitated much-needed village maintenance projects.  Volunteers and jacks-of-all-trades, Mark Kuzee and Alan Rumbaugh, have spearheaded the effort with preparing, patching, painting, carpentry, and electrical work on a variety of FHS properties.  Frank Brechbiel often lends a hand, even yours truly on occasion, and hard not to acknowledge Tina Cadwallader who has been a pretty good sport about cleaning up the messes we make.

A job well-done

 

 

 

Our flagship museum, the schoolhouse

Our Schoolhouse has been kept busy.  She saw two wedding ceremonies, a book signing, Murray Lake Elementary’ s first grade classes, the Fallassburgh Flats Vintage Base Club, and a steady stream of Sunday drivers.

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Fallassburgh Flats vintage baseball team

 

 

Wedding

Of special note…One of those weddings joined Doug Wilbur, 47-year superintendent of Fallasburg Park, and patron saint of Fallasburg Village in holy matrimony.  Congratulations! Doug & Lori!

Book signing

The book signing, introduced our own Emma Palova’s first book, a collection of short fiction, “Shifting Sands Short Stories,” which Palova describes as “magic realism.”  There’s still a chance to get your own personal signed copy.  Emma will be at our Schoolhouse once again on Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, September 17, from 1-4PM on the big weekend.

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Volunteers Doty Blain & Addie Abel during Emma’s book signing

The big weekend of the 3rd annual Fallasburg village bazaar

The Big Weekend?  Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, of course!  The Fallasburg Bazaar in the heart of Fallasburg Village, the John Wesley Fallass Invitational Vintage Base Ball Tournament, Saturday on Fallas Field, “Shifting Sands Short Stories” book signing with Emma Palova, on Saturday and Sunday at the Schoolhouse.  Fallasburg Village Museums open both days, and oh yeah, that little, old art fair across the Covered Bridge, LowellArts’, Fallasburg Fall Festival of the Arts-the Granddaddy of them all!  No better time to come out to Fallasburg and explore.

 

 

Brand new website

For you “virtual” explorers, FHS is very happy to announce the completion of our website upgrade project, the address, www.fallasburg.org .  Thank you to the Lowell Cable Television Fund for your financial support.  Thank you to Betsy Davidson and Addorio Technologies LLC of Lowell for your know-how.  Please check it out, all the pages, pretty cool?  We still have a tweak or two to make, a picture to change, but Betsy has done a phenomenal job.  Then, she says she’s going to teach FHS how to maintain it…  She doesn’t know what she’s getting herself into!

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History’s Mysteries

To join, to donate, to volunteer.  For events, information, or just a trip down memory lane…

www.fallasburg.org

Our next event:

Christmas in Fallasburg, Saturday, December 9, 2017

 

 

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Pure Fallasburg village & bazaar

Get ready for an action-packed fun-filled weekend in the pioneer village of Fallasburg on Sept. 16 & Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The third annual Fallasburg village bazaar is this weekend.

Attention vendors: the set-up starts today Friday, Sept.15 from noon to 8 pm.

If setting up tomorrow, you must be done by 10 am when the village bazaar officially opens.

Below is just a sampling of the treasures ahead of you.

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We Anticipate good weather and fun treasure seekers.

The village will be decked out in its autumn glory. Come and experience history of the 1850s village founded by John Wesley Fallass.

Once you enter the Fallasburg Park on Fallasburg Road hang a second right at the Covered Bridge Road, and mainly cross the iconic Covered Bridge into the village that nestles on 42 acres on the banks of the Flat River.

 

 

 

The vendor booths will be located along the Covered Bridge Road between the historical buildings. That is on the lawn in front of the Tower Farm and by the Misner House with abundant parking.

Following is a list of vendors:

 

 

 

Non-profit vendors:

Lowell, Crew, Whites Bridge Historical Society group and metal detecting outfit.

Profit vendors:

Rock Art, Sandy’s Fudge, Anna Maria with gnome and fairy houses, Shabby Chicnaniggans signs and furniture, soaps & sachets, greeting cards, Thunderstorm Metal Art, James $ Heather Babala, metal, stone and glass.

The new vendors include Susan Clarke with silk scarves dyed organically in leaves and berries, Larry Rowland with birdhouses, Bettany Tania with jewelry made from guitar strings and antique vintage tins.

You can still get a spot by contacting Michelle Emas at michelle_emaus@yahoo.com or by calling 1-616-648-0048.

The 12 by 12 feet booths are $50, and 12 by 24 are $100 for both days.

The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) requests that you set up on Friday between noon and eight. Same day set up should be complete by 10 a.m. prior to the opening of the Fallasburg bazaar event.

“I hope that the weather cooperates,” liaison Michelle Emaus said. “Colbie will have her lemonade stand with pink, yellow and pomegranate lemonade.”

Emaus said the camaraderie among the vendors is fantastic.

“We hope to grow the event,” she said. “We want to encourage people to cross the Covered Bridge. It is growing with vendors and attendance.”

As with any event, Emaus said it’s the people who make is so great.

The vintage Fallasburg Flats baseball team will hold a tournament on Saturday from 10 a.m. at the Fallas Field across from the one-room schoolhouse.

“No fear.” They play baseball without gloves. Check them out.

Local author Emma Palova will have her book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories inside the schoolhouse from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Come and chat with the author about the egotistical characters in the book like the perfect math professor Martin Duggan.

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We will have refreshments.

Also the Fallasburg Historical Society will have an informational table at the shelter during the Fall Festival for the Arts. Stop by and say hi.

For more info about Fallasburg go to: http://www.fallasburg.org

For more info about author Emma Palova go to http://emmapalova.com

 

 

 

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Fallasburg Village Bazaar

Pure Fallasburg in its autumn glory

The 3rd annual village bazaar set for Sept.16 and Sept.17 from 10 am to 5 pm is still open to vendors.

For info contact Michelle Emaus at michelle_emaus@yahoo.com.

This is the map of the Fallasburg pioneer village. Just cross the Covered Bridge into the past.

The house museums are located along the Covered Bridge Road.

Watch for full post this weekend. Mark your calendars for Sept.16 & 17 from 10 to 5 pm both days.

Join us for a weekend of fun and shopping @Fallasburg.

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Partners in history

Local author book signing at the Fallasburg pioneer village during Fall Fest for the Arts and Fallasburg Village Bazaar

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI -I find history being the biggest Partner
on my life’s journey. I have to  think back to the Soviet invasion of former Czechoslovakia on August 21, 1968, which has formed my life and the career of a writer all the way to the present author.

If it wasn’t for the Soviet invasion, my father former professor Vaclav Konecny would not have defected the occupied country for the USA. He was one of thousands of expatriates who illegally left the country in protest of the suppression of the Prague Spring reformist movement led by Alexander Dubcek.

I write about this in the Greenwich Meridian where East meets West memoir about the Konecny family immigration saga spanning three generations.

My writing has been inspired by the leader of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, late president Vaclav Havel. I embarked on my professional writing career as a correspondent for Czechoslovak Newsweek, based in New York City.

History continues to inspire me, because I find in it similarities to today’s problems and solutions in the society.

“I have a lifelong passion for history & politics which in turn fuel my writing,” Emma Palova said in a recent interview for the Lowell Ledger.

Palova has been writing about the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) events since mid 2000s. In 2015, she designed the “The next 50 years of Fallasburg” campaign for the FHS.

FHS president Ken Tamke commented about the collaboration between the historical society and Emma Palova of Emma Blogs, LLC.

 

FHS’ collaboration with Emma Palova was born out of necessity.  Our website was old, outdated, and had too many people trying to fix it.  Realizing the importance of a viable website integrated with social media, but also realizing that a re-design and launch of something new and fresh would take time and money, FHS sought to take an intermediate step so as not to lose our cyber presence completely.  We were familiar with Ms. Palova’s writing as a reporter for the Lowell Ledger.  A proposal was drafted.  Ms. Palova was able to help publicize ongoing FHS events through social media sites and through a blog she created, “Fallasburg Today,” in this interim period.  The same charming coverage present in her writings for the Ledger helped Fallasburg engage its followers and supporters by keeping them informed and up to date while undergoing our website remodel.

 Now, three years later, with a sparkling new website, FHS found Ms. Palova’s work to be indispensable.  Lacking familiarity and comfort with technology aside, Ms. Palova captures nicely the feeling of Fallasburg and its residents.  Her coverage of events attracts people to become involved as volunteers, donors, and participants.  Her knowledge of social media fills a gap that in today’s world, is integral in communicating our message.  FHS could not be happier with Emma Palova and the contribution she makes to the Fallasburg Historical Society.

In the spirit of collaboration, FHS vice-president Tina Siciliano Cadwallader offered that Emma could use the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse museum for her book-signing events.

A  successful first book signing was held at the museum on July 16.

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First book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories at the one-room schoolhouse on July 16, 2017

“I couldn’t be happier, so many of my fans from the newspaper years came to the event,” she said. “Moreover, my parents, whom I write about the Greenwich Meridian saga also attended.”

Emma Palova’s next book signing event of Shifting Sands Short Stories will be held during the Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts and the Fallasburg Village Bazaar on Sept. 16 & Sept. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the one-room schoolhouse museum. Everyone is welcome.

Come and explore the ambiance of the 1850s Fallasburg pioneer village and chat with the local author and journalist, who has been covering area events for more than two decades.

The feature photo shows FHS volunteers Addie Abel (right) and Dotty Blain (left) doing what they do best. That is assisting at most of  the events held at the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse, including Emma’s book signing.

“I share the same passion for history with all the FHS volunteers,” Palova said.

Follow Emma’s author journey on Amazon on

https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Palova/e/B0711XJ6GY

Watch for a story about the 3rd annual Fallasburg village bazaar that features local artists, crafters and artisans set in the pioneer village.

 

Below is an example of a few artifacts at the Fallass House, which is a part of the 1850s Fallasburg pioneer village.

 

 

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Fallasburg one-room school.

Spring into the Past museum tour

 “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.

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New signs in Fallasburg

 “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.

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Ghost hunters inside the Fallasburg schoolhouse museum last October.

 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:

http://www.fallasburg.org

Visit TriRiver on Facebook, too. http://www.addorio.com/TriRiver/TriRiverMuseumNetworkspringintopast.pd

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Message from FHS president Ken Tamke

News from the pioneer village of Fallasburg

Dear friends and visitors,

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FHS president Ken Tamke

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.

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The Fallas House

 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.

 

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

 

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: fallassburghflats@gmail.com

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,

Ken

Featured photo of the Tower House by Bruce Doll.

 

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