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Irene Louise Fassbender Sparhawk scrapbook

Identifier: RHC-121

Scope and Contents

One scrapbook, 275 x 396 cm. with 47 leaves (8 blank).

Contents generally document Irene Fassbender's educational and social life at Graveraet High School (611 N. Front Street) in Marquette, Michigan. Included are programs from class plays; presentations from the Graveraet Dramatic Club; football and basketball schedules and programs; band, orchestra, and choral concert programs; dance cards; hall passes; graduation invitations and programs; and certificates, letters, poems, and other ephemera relating to school activities. Also included are photographs of classmates (some identified) and newspaper clippings.

Other material consist of photographs of Irene's friends while attending school in Viroqua, Wisconsin, as well as picture postcards addressed to her, souvenirs from her 1945 summer work employers in Chicago, and a variety of greeting cards. Additional photographs and printed material laid in.


  • 1942 - 1946


Access to the Collection

Collection is open for research use. Materials can be accessed by request in the Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical Note

Irene Louise ("Babs") Fassbender Sparhawk was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 7 July 1928. Her parents were John Christian Fassbender (1903-1976) and Irene Alice Waldron Fassbender (1902-1989). Irene was an only child. John C. Fassbender was employed variously as an automobile salesman, garage owner, steam fitter, and wholesale trade.

In 1930 Irene was staying with her parents at her grandmother's (Clara Fassbender) house in Marquette, Michigan, but in 1940 she was living with her parents in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Within a few years she and her family returned to Marquette where they resided at 616 North Front Street. Irene graduated from Graveraet High School on 6 June 1946. She then attended Northern Michigan College of Education (now Northern Michigan University) in Marquette, where she received her bachelor's degree and teacher's certificate. She subsequently taught in the Royal Oak, Michigan, school system for a number of years. She married John Burt Sparhawk, Jr. (1928-2001) on July 7, 1956 in Marquette, Michigan, and resided in Warren and later Royal Oak. She and her husband had three children: Sally (born 1961), John B. Sparhawk III (born 1963), and Michael Christian Sparhawk (1967-2002). After their retirement in 1987, Irene and John moved back to Marquette. She died on 23 February 2012 and is buried, along with her husband and son, in Park Cemetery, Marquette, Michigan.


1.25 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Robert Beasecker
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States