Kern Riggs gave me this photo. He had spent much of his life in Falk, teaching. He was very sad to see the town and school go — altho he outlasted it by 20 years.
Kern Riggs–a long time teacher and resident, who also taught in New Plymouth in 1942. He was 83 when I talked with him. Riggs was very helpful / knowledgeable about the entire Payette River. It is surprising when talking to old timers how they would work all up and down the river — the impediments of early travel seemed to be no bother at all! And, they would know the histories of places now like ghost towns bypassed by progress, ie Faulk!
Ken gave me many photos. This was one. It has no identification however. My understanding from him was that there were 3 incarnations of the Falk Store, it burning and being re-built.
This photo might be a precursor to the 1902 store, or a later version. It seems to be identical size as the front part of the burned store–without the add ons. But that was pretty much common then. And, it has its own additions.
The advertisements, of the next or add on bldg, show Schuttler Wagons (the premier wagon maker of the last part of the 1800s). A quality wagon of the Studebaker type, but Schuttler was much bigger mfgr than Studebaker.
This photo has all the feel to me of a much more prosperous time in Faulk than the 1902 burn store (seemingly a “cowboy” era where customers were more rancher-like — like early Pences were). And, one in which the locals could afford fairly pricey hardware. In the 1920s the Strohbehns, also Falk residents, farming about a mile from Falk, were prosperous enough to buy such hardware.
Moline Plows were very popular in 1890s and after 1900 — especially their sulky plow (a two way riding plow), considered the best of all plows at the time. “Walking plows” — so called because you walked in the furrow it made behind a horse — were being phased out as farmers could afford better. Riding one was hugely better than walking all day. One of my aunts in the 30s talked of buying a sulky — and like it was a Cadillac!
We were often passed the Faulk site — the hwy, like all roads at that time, went right thru whatever town was there. I remembered that we used to go to Emmett every fall and get a pickup load of slabbed, waste lumber — cut to length for home stoves. To do that we had to pass thru Faulk on the way — it being before the highway (hwy 52) was realigned, straightened and made heavy duty in 1948. Also, my sister, Charlene, and I went thru Faulk every summer to the Dewey farms up next to the canals just south of Emmett. Dewey had a road named for him. Deweys had apricots (aka locally ‘cots) and peaches. The Dewey clan is still there, several generations.
The news of my demise is…..
The new Hwy 51 — built straight as an arrow, and on the other side of the RR tracks left only a loop that went to Faulk
The school consolidation In 1946 disbanded Falk school and all those kids — and teachers — came to New Plymouth. I was in 7th grade. I had two classmates that lived on County Line Rd — and Elgin Rd — which lined up with Falk. Bob Pritzl and Donn Goode. Bob told me about watching Falk burn, bldg by bldg thru the years. I would put the final burns — not counting the school at mid 40s. Bob said, no one really cared about the town anymore. So he said it was fun to sit up on the hill by his home and watch it burn. Bob scavenged the scales (for trucks) from the burned store — the last one. Bob said the school burned ~20 years ago — which would have made it 1974 or there abouts.