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Big Red Logging wheels at Paint Creek Cider Mill, Goodison, MI Logging Wheel at Paint Creek Cider Mill, Goodison, MI

OTHS Announces Big Wheel Fund Drive

The Oakland Township Historical Society is conducting a drive to raise funds to repair and rebuild the Big Red Logging Wheels in front of the Paint Creek Cider Mill. 

The funds raised will be donated to the Township Historic District Commission on June 30th to support the efforts of the HDC to repair and rebuild the wheels.

The Historical Society will match the first $5,000 donated to the fund.

The logging wheels have been a fixture at the Paint Creek Cider Mill for decades going back to Dale O. Miller's (Rochester Gear Works) ownership in the mid-1940s. The wheels’ history dates to an 1875 invention by Silas C Overpack, from Manistee, Michigan, at the request from local farmers to help transport timbers. While these wheels were restored in 2006 by members of OTHS, various wood rot patches, a broken tongue in 2019, and a rotten axel in 2021 required repair.  The continuous decay and wood rot will eventually result in their loss to our community forever if action is not taken.

The HDC has determined that a complete rebuild is required and has located a company that can do the job.  The OTHS members intends to collect a sufficient amount to make it possible for the HDC to complete the job and save this symbol of the Township’s history for future generations.

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Meadowbrook Hall Tour

Explore rarely seen areas of The Hall on this special tour, which includes staff wings, bathrooms, closets, and playrooms.

About this event
Rochester-Avon Historical Society and Oakland Township Historical Society are pleased to offer society members a chance to meet and share lunch and a Behind-the-Scenes tour at Meadow Brook Hall on Saturday, May 21 beginning at noon. Space is limited so register early. Registration closes on April 30.

UPDATE: The day begins with a tour of the hall and the little seen areas at 12 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. (see menu items below), but if you have dietary restrictions please indicate either when you register or email rahsupdates@gmail.com.

Attendees will provide their own transportation to and from Meadow Brook Hall. Please arrive by 11:45 and meet at the main entrance to the Hall.

Lunch Entree: Citrus Chicken – Pan roasted breast of chicken, citrus artichoke cream and crispy capers. Served with wild rice pilaf, poached French beans and mushroom cream.

Dessert: All-American Apple Pie – Presented with bourbon caramel sauce, whipped cream and a spearmint sprig.

Tickets are on sale now! Even if you've been to Meadow Brook Hall before, there is always something new to delight in! Also, you'll meet other local history enthusiasts and enjoy a delicious meal with friends. You are also welcome to bring a friend -- space is available for a limited time.


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.

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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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