A little history on original Fabius Township Hall
To the editor:
Kudos for the interesting and informative article about the removal of the honeybees from the original Fabius Township Hall by Charlotte Hubbard, her husband Marshall Beachler, and others in the Wednesday, May 17 edition.
Although no byline was published I assume Alek Frost, who is credited with the photos, was the writer. Since he is relatively young and new to the area, I would like to add some additional information for his edification, as well as for others who may not know some of this.
As mentioned, this is the original Fabius Township Hall built in 1895 and is a 122-year-old historic structure. It should not be referred to as “outbuilding of the Fabius Township Hall.”
For those who may not be aware, I provide the following two paragraphs from the township history:
Fabius Township appears, Buck’s Township disappears
In 1840, the eastern half of Buck’s Township was detached and named Lockport Township. The remaining western half, although it had no connection to its namesake retained the name Buck’s until 1841, when the settler-citizens petitioned the Michigan legislature to change the name to the more classical Roman family name Fabius. (Quintus Fabius Maximus was a general who used delaying tactics to halt the invasion of Roman territories by Hannibal in the third century B.C.)
Township halls: The First Fabius Township Hall
For the first 50 years after Fabius Township was organized in 1841, meetings of the township board and other groups were held in various homes or schools. The first such meeting was on April 5, 1841, in the home of Alfred Poe whose farm was on the south side of Broadway Road and extended west to what is now A.L Jones Road. In the late 1880s the citizens decided to build a township hall.
A site was secured in September of 1890 from Arney Champlins on the north side of Broadway Road near the intersection with Krull Road. The property was 160 by 75 feet and the owner was to receive $50 for it on the first day of January 1894. The bid for construction was won by Frederick Barnhardt for $325.
After construction began it was decided to add two more windows, so an extra $50 was paid. The hall was accepted on Dec 19, 1895, and the first meeting of 1896 was held in it. This building was used as the Township Hall for nearly 75 years. In 1969, the township purchased the nearby Fabius Grange Hall, which was much larger, and began holding meetings and hearings there. “
Also, you should know that Charlotte Hubbard is one of four daughters of the late Allene and Dayton Hubbard, who operated Corey Lake Orchards for many years. Her sister Beth has assumed management responsibility of the farm and farm stand, and continues the tradition in an expanded manner, providing an important and valuable amenity for the community, much to her and her family and employees credit.
Corey Lake, Fabius Township