In honor of Historic Bowens Mills thirty year
anniversary, a celebration of all volunteers will be held at 1:30 pm
Sunday afternoon. It will be called Bowens Mills Volunteer
Hall of Fame Ceremony. The volunteers have always been, and always
will be the
heart beat of all the restoration projects. In honor of what they have
done, all volunteers both past and present are invited to come. Anyone
who has helped in any way, for a day, a week, or for years, are urged to
The volunteer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year is Clarence
Rahn of Alto, MI. Clarence is a real people person. His wonderful
sense of humor makes
him a person that everyone likes to be with. He started volunteering at
Bowens Mills in 2002. He has always been there at least one day a week,
sometimes more, since then.
When asked why he likes to Volunteer at the old mill, his answer was, “I
enjoy history and want to see it preserved. I love working there at the
old mill and I feel like I have been accepted as a member of the family.
It makes me feel really good to be there. It is so great, I have made so
many new friends, to be liked by folks, while you are liking folks back, is
wonderful!!!” said Clarence. With Clarence it’s all about people and preserving history,
it’s not the work.
Clarence has had some pretty tough times these past few months. He had
open heart surgery
with --------by passes the end of April but was able to go back to his
home after-----weeks or days in the hospital.
maybe his wife's death
About one month later when he awoke, he knew something was wrong and
called -----kids or 911??? He was having a stroke. That left him with
one side totally paralyzed. Recovery was extra hard to cope with because
of the loss of his wife of almost 50 years too.
After his stroke Clanence had a time of depression, being tearful, sad and
always looking at the dark side of things. His -------children and their
families --------grandchildren and -----------great grand children, was
what made him realize that he had to pull out of his depression and get
back on the right track again. His yearning to return to his work at the
old mill was always deep in this thoughts too.
When speaking about his feelings of his stroke he said, “God has a
reason for everything and He doesn’t make mistakes. I only hope and pray
that in some way I might be a blessing to someone. It is my prayer that I
may be of some help or encouragement to make people realize that life is
worth living---no matter what.” He also stated, “If we look around, there
is always someone worse off then we are.”
It should be noted that Clarence has made a remarkable recovery and
expects to be back on the job again, at the old mill.
All hats are off to CLARENCE RAHN FROM "BOWENS MILLS VOLUNTEER
HALL OF FAME".
Historic Bowens Mills is a family owned and
operated historical park. The goal of the second generation owners
of the Mill is the same as their parent's before them, to continue
not only to preserve the history of the area of Yankee Springs, but
to portray an image in the minds and eyes of all those who visit
there; to give each one who visits a glimpse of the past, with the
sights, sounds, and smells of the history that lies behind us, so
that this generation can see and feel what those before us
experienced, once upon a time.
October 4th & 5th Historic Bowens Mills
Mountain Men Encampment & Colonial Fiber Weekend: Co-sponsored by the
Fork River Free Trappers with a authentic Mountain Men & Trapper
living history encampment. Colonial costumed craftsmen demonstrating
and selling their works, Old fashion barnyard pull Saturday at 2:00pm,
Horse drawn wagon rides, fleece spinning demonstrations both days.
ALL CIDER TIME FESTIVALS INCLUDE: Free Horse
Drawn Wagon Ride with admission, Cider pressing demonstrations on the
100+ year old water-powered cider press, stone ground corn grinding
demonstrations on the huge mill stones, Live Oldtime Music, Pioneer
Farm with animals, along with many other history related activities.
The "It's Cider Time Festivals" are Saturdays & Sundays from noon to
5pm, gate fee for adults is $5.00, Children 12 years and under $3.00.
The Old Mill is located in the heart of beautiful
Yankee Springs Township, Barry County, MI just 2 miles north of Yankee
Springs (Gun Lake) State Park. Watch for the Huge Millstone Marker at
55 Briggs Road, Middleville, MI 49333. Visit
www.BowensMills.com or call
269-795-7530 for more information.