I am still compiling the first 125 years’ worth of history of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Big Rapids, and I am meeting so many local “historians” like myself, especially on facebook, that it’s a totally joyful trip!
Did you know there was a Heinz Pickle “factory” salting station here, along the tracks in Upper Town? And there was another in Chase? I find such details of daily life fascinating.
Besides my Sister Sleuths at Immanuel and those who are far-flung, there are many others who have popped up with help. For instance, Gordy Telfer, who volunteers at the local genealogical society, and who is totally into local history, supports my search; he told me about a brewery which lost many gallons of booze to the “feds.” It was in Upper Town, which was home to many of our early parishioners.
I am discovering not only the stories of our forebears, but others’ interest in, and, thereby, support of, this kind of research. I’m discovering a whole new “family.”
We are sharing good stuff: the Story of our people, of faith, of family, of joy and sorrow. Nothing new in The Big Picture, but to us, specifically, it is wonderful, and it’s a cultural event that will be prove very important to the arts and humanities of our whole area—Mecosta, Osceola, Isabella, and Newaygo counties.