Our Timeline

1912-1920: In 1912 our grandfather, Isak Mallula, arrived at Ellis Island from Vähäkyrö, Finland at the age of 21. Miina Josephson, also from Finland, immigrated to the US around 1920.  The two eventually married in 1926 in Spencer, NY.

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Manifest of the S.S. Caronia at Ellis Island, NY listing its passengers including Isak Mallula.


1928-1950: In 1928 Isak and Miina purchased 100 acres on Rumsey Hill Road in Van Etten, NY. During the summer of 1929, Isak and Miina slept in their chicken coop while they built their farmhouse. With the start of World War II in 1939, demand for raw milk to be processed into condensed milk for the Army was growing rapidly. Miina saw this as an opportunity and started a dairy. Their milk was picked up and taken to Spencer, NY to be processed and loaded onto the train headed for New York City. Demand for chickens and eggs was growing as well. Miina and Isak met this demand with a broiler and layer business housing upwards of 50,000 chickens. All work on the farm was done by hand with the help of two workhorses, Prince and Harry. After their poultry enterprise, they moved on to cattle grazing until the farm was passed on the Isaac Mallula Jr. and his wife Ruth. Ruth also grew up on a farm on Staten Island where her parents raised rabbits for food as well as for preliminary penicillin testing in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

 

Papa Ike (Isak) with Prince and Harry, circa 1938.
Papa Ike (Isak) with Prince and Harry, circa 1938.

1950-1986: From 1950 to 1960, Ruth and Ike continued the dairy farm until it was no longer economical in the age of industrial farming. They then pursued several farming endeavors, including grass-fed Herefords, row crops, and firewood until 1986 when they decided to stop farming.

 

Ike Mallula in front of the barn, circa 1960.
Ike Mallula in front of the barn, circa 1960.

1986-2015: After farming ceased, the pasture areas and barn were leased to neighbors for cattle grazing until the barn was destroyed by a tornado in 2003. Since then, the pastures have been hayed and mowed and the land was used for hunting, horse riding, camping, fishing, and hiking.

 

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Ruth and Ike Mallula on their farm in 2014

2015-Present: Dave and Ike started making plans for a farming enterprise and Red House Ranch LLC was formed on June 14, 2016.

Red House Ranch
Red House Ranch