A Map of Fiddlers (from the OMFA 1986 book) Born or Operating in Michigan Prior to 1940
By A. Trae McMaken
The creation of this map was an excercise in demonstrating the extent of fiddling in Michigan during the period in question. Fiddling was a ubiquitous aspect of social life. It becomes apparent from an examination of the historical and secondary accounts that there were likely many, many more fiddlers than shown on the map. Countless fiddlers lived and died in relative obscurity. The apparent lack of fiddlers in the Upper Peninsula is the result of a lack of written sources, not necessarily a lack of fiddlers. The presence of the lumber industry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well as lively traditions of French and Finnish fiddling and common fiddle gatherings indicate that there is also a big history of fiddling in the UP.
I claim no ownership or authorship of the information contained in the map. The "entries" derive from other sources, primarily the 1986 Original Michigan Fiddlers Association book. I merely used the information from other sources to create the map.
Tips for Understanding Historical References
Fiddlers from Places Outside Default Range of Map Who Played or Lived in Michigan
1. "Hart" Snider. Perry County, Indiana. See near Kalamazoo.
2. J. Homer Rayburn, Morrison Tennessee. See near Niles.
3. Fred J. Schultz, Essen Germany. See near Imlay City.
4. Dorsey and Iola May "Peg" Lawrence. North Carolina. See near Detroit.
5. Restore A. Douglass. Ca. Pittsburgh, PA. See in Mecosta County.
6. Ray Shepherd. Royalton Kentucky. See in area of Adrian, MI.
7. Forest Warren. Kitchen, Milan, Missouri. See in Wayne CO. area.
8. Aarre K. Lahti. Helsinki, Finland. See in Ironwood, Gogebic Co. area.
(click on a red marker on the map to see the source used to identify the fiddler)
Michigan Fiddler Map
Created by A. Trae McMaken
Created using MapBuilder.net.