Land barons destroy Farwell farm

August 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

When driving down 115 headed toward Cadillac, You will see Dover Road and Bear Lake off to the right. At one time just a few years ago. Before the Urban land barons purchased the 3500 acre farm from Frank and Jenny Littlefield, who were residents of the City of Farwell.

There was a beautiful farm there, The big red barns and the Victorian style farm house was visible from the highway. It had an original solid concrete ice house from the early 1900’s, it had a concrete block historical Well House, It had a lovely period correct garage. The farms care takers for over 20 yrs were my Parents Dean and Donna Eaton. My Uncle Max also lived there and assisted in working the farm. I lived there with my folks and my sister. I had a wonderful childhood growing up in the country.

Helping to grow a garden and bring in the crops, as well as helping my father with the Hereford cattle, and other animals.
We used to catch marvelous Perch and Bass out of Bear Lake, My school friends and I would camp out by the lake, We had some wonderful times, and I have some great Memories of living there.

Since the Urban land barons purchased the farm, It has changed drastically for the worse, Its a horrible scene out there now a days. They no longer farm the land, The equipment is all gone, The beautiful building have all been torn down and scaped. The apple orchard was obliterated and no long exists. The old white farm house was destroyed and hauled away for scrap. I am heart broken now when I visit Michigan. Frank Littlefield and his sister Hazel “Littlefield” Smith would be rolling in their graves if the saw their legacy destroyed like it has.

For me its an utter disgrace to witness what has happened after all that farming history was captured. I hope others around Farwell are as disipointed as I am with this subject.

Sincerely Yours
Vince Eaton
Phoenix Arizona

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