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Oakland Township, Oakland County, Michigan
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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

6:30 pm PCUMC

Parking available next to the church in the Dentist’s office.

Bring a dish to pass for the potluck – Christmas goodies and appetizers welcome!

“The Good Roads Movement in Michigan” by Jim Craft

Annual December Potluck and Program

In 1890 the United States had, perhaps, the worst road system of any developed country in the world.  Impassable three or four months a year due to muddy conditions, the balance of the year roads in America were dusty, rutted and disjointed serving only very local functions. By the mid 1920’s the United States had developed a well-funded system that integrated local, state and Federal governments to create the massive road network we take for granted today. While the story is national in scope, the presentation will focus on Michigan to answer three key questions: Why were roads in America so bad in 1890? What caused the change? What were the principle steps that were taken to relate an effective road system in America and Michigan?

Along the way, we will discuss the importance of the bicycle, the Model T and the Liberty truck.  Among other things we will explain why Van Dyke is named the Earle Memorial Highway, the origins of the Dixie Highway and the central, though often negative, role American farmers played in the Good Roads Movement.

Jim Craft is on the board of the Oakland County Historical Commission and retired history teacher.

The OTHS Board of Directors has cancelled in person meetings.  The meeting schedule for the upcoming months will be announced later in the year as Covid-19 developments are evaluated.  Please take care of yourself and stay safe.
OTHS Board of Directors

Thanks to Preservation Planner Barb Barber's work, this State of Michigan Historic Marker was dedicated at the Paint Creek Cider Mill in November 2019.

2019 Romeo Haunted History Trolley Tour Field Trip

OTHS members at 2019 Romeo Trolley Tour
In October 2019 Oakland Township Historical Society members enjoyed a close-up view of Tilson Street just before Halloween. 

Clarence Kremer Dollhouse Returns to Oakland Township

Clarence Kremer was a renowned Oakland Township carpenter. He was well known for displaying his craft by building clocks and dollhouses in addition to his primary business of building houses and other things in the area.  In 1976 he made a dollhouse for Jenny Lee Head, the daughter of Robert and Barbara Head who lived at 2720 Rochester Rd.

Mr. Kremer fashioned the dollhouse to be a replica of the 1837 farmhouse the Heads lived in at that time.  The large wooden home was originally built by Peter Kline, one of the earliest settlers of the Township.  The home remained with descendants of Kline until 1935 when it was sold to the Markle family that included daughter Gretchen. 

Jenny Head, in a 2007 write-up about the dollhouse said, (I) “spent my younger years collecting things for it, playing for many hours and having fun with the creative things you could do, like wall paper and carpet and much, much more.”

The dollhouse was moved from her parents house to Jenny’s home in Texas and remained in the crate Bob Head had made to ship it to his daughter for twenty years.  In 2007 Jenny shipped the dollhouse to Brian Atkins, a business partner of her dad in Rochester.  He had a daughter, Kendall, who was about the age Jenny was when she received the dollhouse.

Several years ago the dollhouse was purchased by a family in Macomb County and this year they made it available to the Oakland Township Historical Society.  It now resides in the Society’s Museum at Cranberry Lake Farm, keeping company with a grandfather clock also made by Clarence Kremer, and located in the Main House at Cranberry Lake Farm.

Detroitdvotion Takes a Fall Road Trip

Detroitdvotion is a personal blog covering Metro Detroit.  Their 2015 article highlighted a fall road trip to areas north including Oakland Township.

 Take a look!

Cranberry Lake
Barn Quilt

Design by Mary Asmus

40 Year Anniversary
1974 - 2014

Visit the News page to see the CMNtv video.

The Paint Creek Cider Mill, above, and the Paint Creek United Methodist Church, below, are two of our most significant landmark structures in Goodison.


Barn Quilt Trail

West Wynd Golf Course adds quilt to their barn

Sept 11, 2001 Remembered!

OTHS presents the third
Heritage Series Exhibit

"Oakland Township Remembered"
By Edward R. Noble.
A listing of the photographs
and order form.

It's the Berries!

Created by our talented local artist Lyn Sieffert, this booklet features a collection of cranberry recipes both savory and sweet. The booklet also features artwork of historic resources that you will treasure. The booklets are only $10 and can be purchased at our events and programs or by calling Sue Fox at 248-693-9646.

OTHS launches entry to
Oakland Regional
Historic Sites

"Barn on the Move"
DVD Available NOW


Oakland Township Historical Society was formed in 1974
by a group of dedicated individuals interested in
preserving the unique history of Oakland Township.
It's mission is to gather, interpret and preserve the history
of Oakland Township.
Today the Society is very active in the Township community
and is a registered 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.

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