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.