Mr. Edwin Roth

Edwin Christian Roth, the founding member of the Fallasburg Historical Society,  passed away on March 8, 2018

Members of the FHS express deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Roth.

Edwin Roth
Edwin Christian Roth

Full obituary

Roth, Edwin Christian Age 98, passed away on March 8, 2018. He is survived by his 3 children, Steven & Barbara Roth, Jeanne Vandersloot, Nancy & Michael Moore, sisters-in-law June Roth and Phyllis Petersen, grandchildren Aaron & Barb Roth, Aletha & John VanValkenburg, Ryan & Renae Roth, Kyle Roth, Trenton & Jessica Roth, Nicholas & Missy Vandersloot, Nathan & Beth Moore and Brett & Melanie Moore and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Doris June Roth, her parents Arthur and Ila Edmonds, his parents Godfrey and Rose Roth, son-in law Glenn Vandersloot and brothers Fred, Alfred, Rudy, Walter and sister June Houser.

Visitation will be at Roth-Gerst Chapel at 305 N Hudson, Lowell on Friday March 16 from 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. The funeral service will be at the First United Methodist Church at 621 E Main, Lowell on Saturday March 17 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour before the service at the church. Rev. Brad Brillhart officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Lowell FFA, Fallasburg Historical Society, Lowell Historical Society or Lowell Arts.

His parents came from Switzerland in 1909 and met on the boat immigrating to America, and settled in Michigan. Ed was born August 20, 1919 on the original family farm in the Clarksville area. His parents later bought the farm north of Lowell and packed up all the children and belongings and went by horses pulling sledded wagons to the new family farm. Ed then grew up on the dairy farm north of Lowell and began helping to milk the cows at age 11.

The family only spoke Swiss and learned English while attending the one room country school. There was no electricity at that time. Food was grown on the farm with fruit and nut trees, a large garden, chickens and other farm animals along with the dairy cattle for milk production. Fields were plowed with horse-drawn equipment. He took a short-course semester at Michigan State University  (MSU) after high school graduation and learned many skills, especially welding, as he ended up repairing items for neighbors and creating whatever he needed for the farm, such as wagons and tractor accessories. He saw the installation of electricity and phone service in later years to the farm. He also has witnessed the greatest time span of technology growth in America during his years of living with farming by hand and horses to huge computer driven tractors.

He met his future wife Doris at the Ramona Park skating rink in Grand Rapids. His introducing line to her was he thought she needed some help skating better. Life on a farm in those days only allowed dating on a Saturday night if all chores were completed. Ed and his brother Rudy ran the farm after their parents retired and moved to Lowell. Ed and Doris married in 1946. When the main barn burned, Ed and Rudy divided the cows and Ed and Doris moved to the adjacent farm 1/2 mile north and farmed with Holstein dairy cows for 50 years. They bought this farm in 1949 and over the years added more acreage from the original 80 to 267 acres. Having knee problems from hand milking, he built the first milking parlor in Ionia County where the milking person stands up instead of kneeling.

He designed and built his own barns from wood sawed from the farm woodlands. He retired from milking in 1981 but continued to help with tractor work into his 90’s as his son Steven had taken over the farm. He cut his own firewood until age 95. He loved to travel and attended the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and several other world fairs and attended almost every National Farm Bureau convention after he retired. He was the oldest Farm Bureau member in Ionia County joining the organization in 1947 for 71 years. Ed and Doris traveled a good portion of the world, with his favorite destination being Switzerland, where he visited many relatives with 4 trips there, and has hosted various Swiss family members in his home also. He was very proud of his full Swiss heritage and still spoke fluent Swiss.

He had a great sense of humor and always had a joke or two to make people laugh. He and Doris were founding members of the Fallasburg Historical Society and he was a member and supporter of the Lowell Historical Society, the Lowell Arts, the Tri-Rivers Historical Society and the FFA program.

“We deeply Sympathize with the family,” FHS spokesperson said.

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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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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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Highlight of the Christmas party

Vintage Christmas at Fallasburg

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Fallasburg Historical Society invites public to the annual Christmas party

13944 Covered Bridge Road – Lowell, Michigan 49331

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.

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Christmas in Fallasburg

 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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Veterans at Fallasburg Cemetery

Honor a veteran on this Veteran’s Day 2017
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
Conrad Allan Bradshaw

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

Veterans at Fallasburg. WWii veteran Conrad Alan Bradshaw.
Veterans at Fallasburg. WWII veteran Conrad Alan Bradshaw.

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).

Civil War veteran George Rummel
Civil War veteran George Rummel

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

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Fallasburg bazaar vendors

Here is a detailed list of vendors of the 2nd annual Fallasburg Village Bazaar to be held on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the pioneer village across the covered bridge.

Thunder Storm Rose Metal Art – Robert Rose – recycled metal welded together to create yard/lawn art and sculpture (return vendor) See featured cover photo.

 

Rock Art – Doug and Marcia Alkema – shale and gypsum rock drilled to hold candles – oil burning rocks – jewelry (return vendor)

Sandy’s Fudge – Sandy Van Dyke – fudge and hot fudge sauce

Crafty Couple – Roberta Hulber – embroidered masks, capes, dolls, bibs, headbands, mittens, etcetera

Ana Maria Pimentel – sustainable handmade gnome and fairy houses, organic accessories, stone jewelry and glass

Rebecca Ueberroth/Theresa Broom – fused glass bowls, garden stakes, wall decor, christmas ornaments, etcetera

Lady K Chimes – Karen Roden – lake superior driftwood with glass chimes and picket fence chimes called “Fency Fish”

Shabby Chicnanigans – Michelle Emaus – upcycled furniture, handpainted signs, handmade soaps, seedballs,  lavender sachets, homemade dog treats and a child-run lemonade stand (return vendor)

Non-profit organizations:

White’s Bridge at http://www.whitesbridgehistoricalsociety.org

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Fallasburg village bazaar

The 2nd annual Fallasburg village bazaar will be held on Sept. 17th & Sept.18th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historical village located in the northeast corner of Kent County.

Cross the covered bridge into the 1850s pioneer village founded by John W. Fallass. You will immerse yourself in historical atmosphere of a time gone by. Get your Christmas shopping done early here at the village bazaar.

“In my opinion, the village is a more relaxed atmosphere.  One of my favorite parts of last year’s event, was the camaraderie among the vendors – most of us had not met prior to the event!  I am happy to share that a number of vendors this year, were vendors last year,” said bazaar organizer Michelle Emaus.

Fallasburg village bazaar partners are Whites Bridge historical society and Fallasburgh Flats vintage base ball team.
Nancy Price Stroosnyder of the Whites Bridge historical society at the first annual Fallasburg village bazaar.

The Fallasburgh Flats vintage base ball team will play the last game of the season on Sept. 17th.

Share the Fallasburg Historical Society message with your friends. Follow us on social media, sign up for the Fallasburg Today E-newsletter to stay in the loop.

Watch for full story with a list of vendors coming soon. What would you like to see at the village bazaar?

Visit our partners Whites Bridge historical society at http://www.whitesbridgehistoricalsociety.org

Fallasburgh Flats vintage base ball team at

http://www.fallasburghflats.com

For open slots at the bazaar contact Michelle at michelle_emaus@yahoo.com

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Fallasburg one-room school.

In search of the Fallasburg past online

Searching for the Fallasburg past online

By Emma Palova

Note: This is the second part of a story about a former Calvin College history intern Katelyn Bosch. Bosch completed her internship at the Lowell Area Historical Museum and the Fallasburg Historical Society this summer.

Bosch has laid a foundation for future organizing and computerizing of the FHS artifacts dating back to 1839 when John W. Fallass came to the site.

Fallasburg, MI -The internship has strengthened the bond between the two like-minded organizations, FHS and LAHM, while collectively taking part in preserving, and disseminating the knowledge of the local history, according to FHS president Ken Tamke.

Katelyn Bosch at Fallasburg.
Calvin College intern Katelyn Bosch assisted Fallasburg with computerization of artifacts.

It is the hope that the project of cataloguing and digitalizing the FHS artifacts will continue through another internship.

“It’s been wonderful to experience the whole process of accessing the artifacts and to be the person touching them,” said Bosch. “I’ve enjoyed meeting all the people like Ken and Lisa, who are passionate about this. They were mentors to me.”

Bosch, who will study public history at the West Virginia University in a two-year program views history as an intellectually dynamic field.

“I like to see how people interacted,” she said. “The public history field is very interdisciplinary. It’s about culture, economics and political systems.”

That fits in well with Bosch’s love to travel. She took an off-campus program in Great Britain about British film and media.

“The Internet is the key to get publicity and to find out about history,” she said.

Bosch said she would volunteer again at the local small town museums.

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History intern Katelyn Bosch helped organize FHS artifacts.

The Fallasburg village, although frozen in time, is moving ahead with its artifacts and pioneer stories coming alive due to modern technology. As such, the village stands at the intersection of two major study disciplines: strategic communications and history.

“It’s interesting how people will be looking to find historical documents in the right place,” Bosch said.

“The Past Online” project is currently under development, according to LAHM director Lisa Plank. “We will be making an announcement when it’s ready.”

However, in the meantime, a lot of historical facts, documents and pictures can be found on social media like Pinterest. You can go to Pinterest and put in the keywords Fallasburg or Fallasburg Historical Village, and you will find a collection of information pertaining to the village. You can also contribute your news and artifacts pertaining to Fallasburg.

Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse.
Calvin College intern Katelyn Bosch in front of Fallasburg schoolhouse.

Bosch said that the FHS needs to be as interactive as possible with the public.

“It’s a neat set up here already, you have the main town street preserved and the museum buildings,” she said. “The covered bridge is a huge asset to the village.”

 

Follow the FHS on social media. Become a part of the movement into the future, as a member. Go to http://fallasburgtoday.org

Sign up for Fallasburg Today E-newsletter to stay in the loop. You can sign up either on the Fallasburg Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Fallasburg-Historical-Society-444666235652842/ or on the blog.

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Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour survey

FHS seeks input on annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour in a survey

By Emma Palova

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The enclosed link to the survey will help improve the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) signature event. That is the annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour  (FCBBT) held mostly on the Sunday following the July 4th holiday.

 

The routes have been designed for all riders regardless the level of experience. The shorter 12 & 28 mile routes are great for families. The 12-mile route is a loop around the beautiful Fallasburg Park located in northeast Kent County. The 28-mile route goes from the Fallasburg Covered Bridge to the Ada Covered Bridge. All routes are on paved roads and they include public bathroom stops.

The FHS makes every effort to assist riders in need with SAG (supportandgear) aka broom wagon.

Mark your calendars for the next FHS event. The 2nd annual Fallasburg Village Bazaar will be held on Sept.17 & 18 in the historic village of Fallasburg. So, come and explore our house museums: the one room schoolhouse, the Fallass House & the Misner House.

Don’t forget to stop by the Fallassburgh Field to see the vintage Fallassburgh Flats base ball team play the game without gloves on Sept. 17.

Follow us on twitter @fallasburg, #fallasburg, #puremichigan, and on other social media.

Please fill out the survey by clicking on the link. The survey is a public document for anyone to see.

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Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour 2016

Bike tour 2016 pedals to success

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- Bicycle riders from all over Michigan flocked to the historic village of Fallasburg nestled on the banks of the Flat River three miles northeast of Lowell on Sunday last week.

It was a perfect day. Not too hot, not too cold. A mild breeze curled the water in the Flat River. The trees bowed their crowns over the Fallasburg museum buildings and the banks of the river. The sun, already high up at 8:30 am, cast its golden rays in between the leaves of oaks and maples.

Fallasburg bike tour 2016 registration with Tina Siciliano Cadwallader & Devon Siciliano.
Fallasburg bike tour 2016 registration with Tina Siciliano Cadwallader & Devon Siciliano.

Several bikers ahead of me pedaled through the Fallasburg Covered Bridge much like the early settlers rode on their horses and in coaches.

 

The atmosphere hasn’t changed. You hear the wheels hitting the wooden deck of the bridge and rolling slowly, no more than five miles an hour, over the planks.

You emerge on the other side of the river in full morning light. And a new day is born.

Fallasburg Covered Bridge connects to the past.
Fallasburg Covered Bridge connects to the past.

The bikers registered for the 22nd annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour (CBBT) at the one-room schoolhouse museum. The bike tour is the signature fundraising event for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).

Registrar Tina Siciliano Cadwallader with niece Devon Siciliano were ready sitting behind the school teacher’s desk with an antique lamp.

They had already launched 62 riders with more streaming in by the minute.Outside the schoolhouse, FHS treasurer Alan Rumbaugh handed out route maps.

According to Rumbaugh, the most popular ride was the 50-mile route.

“Yes, I am the map guy,” he said. “You might as well go 50 rather than just 28. It’s a pretty day to do this.”

For Lisa Pohlad of Grand Rapids this was the third year on the Fallasburg CBBT. Pohlad, who was riding solo, decided for the 50-mile route to Coldwater and back to Fallasburg. However, even some tandem bikers picked the 50 route.

Bikers register at the schoolhouse.
Bikers register at the schoolhouse.

“I am doing the 50 route again,” she said. “It’s a great ride.”

Pohlad didn’t think anything needed to be improved with the event.

“It’s good as it is,” she said.

Most registering bikers asked about root beer which was the paired beverage to the Italian lunch. According to volunteers, the root beer is the jewel of the ride.

“Come early or we run out,” said FHS president Ken Tamke.

Tamke said he was worried about how many riders will participate.

“It’s like having a party and nobody shows up,” he joked.

Tamke along with Frank Brechbiel do the SAG (Support and Gear) aka broom wagon ride assisting bikers who need help en route. They sweep the routes for riders who are unable to continue or those who have technical difficulties.

Back at the Misner House museum it started getting busy around noon with hungry bikers flocking to the porch. FHS volunteer Dottie Blain was manning the buffet station. Blain made her excellent meatballs that are also served at the annual Christmas party on the second Saturday in December.

FHS volunteer Dottie Blain serve signature meatballs at Misner House.
FHS volunteer Dottie Blain serve signature meatballs at Misner House.

FHS volunteer Patty Brechbiel was in charge of catering the meal for some 120 riders. This included 10 gallons of pasta sauce doctored up for taste with herbs and spices.

“That’s unacceptable to leave it just from the jars,” she said.

Brechbiel was stationed with her grill by the famous Sprecker’s root beer keg from Wisconsin.

“One year we didn’t have it and it was a big disappointment for riders,” she said.

Typically, the crew serves food until 4 p.m.

FHS volunteer Patty Brechbiel at the catering station.
FHS volunteer Patty Brechbiel at the catering station.

Enjoying his meatball & spaghetti meal after a 62-mile ride, Jim Steenwyk of Dorr was no newcomer to the tour. Steenwyk, 74, is a member of the Rapid Wheelman biking group. He’s been riding bicycles since he turned three.

“What about your knees,” I asked. “I had to stop riding because of my knees.”

Steenwyk shook his head and sighed.

“Most people are not trained properly to ride a bike,” he said. “You put torque on your knees. It’s all in shifting.”

Avid wheelman Jim Steenwyk explains how to avoid torque on the knees when biking.
Avid wheelman Jim Steenwyk explains how to avoid torque on the knees when biking.

Steenwyk has 27 gears on his Camden road bicycle.

And what’s the future for the tour?

According to Tamke, some routes may get revamped while staying local. The organizers are considering a new route to Whites Bridge with a kayaking option.

“We attract a niche of riders every year,” Tamke said. “Come and join us for the 23rd annual bike tour.”

The 23rd Fallasburg Covered Bridge bike tour will be held on Sunday, July 9th with registration from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the one-room schoolhouse museum.

 

Note: Help the FHS improve the bike tour. We are looking for your feedback. Fill out our survey. Thank you.

 

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