This monument is dedicated to
The mean and women who served
In the Armed Forces of the
United States of America with
Great gratitude for those who
gave their lives, so that others
They will not be forgotten
God . . . — — Map (db m176549) WM
Leaders in the Berkley territory became keenly interested in becoming an incorporated village in the Spring of 1922, believing that more recognition could be received than if the district remained unincorporated. Officials advocated incorporation . . . — — Map (db m96229) HM
The Roseland Park Mausoleum was the largest public mausoleum in the United States when it was dedicated in 1914. Designed by Detroit architect Louis Kamper (1861-1953), the classically inspired, two-story building contains 1,300 crypts. Before . . . — — Map (db m33026) HM
The Allen House, built in 1928, stands on land purchased by Elijah Willits from the federal government in December 1818. The first structure built on the land was a public elementary school, erected in 1856, which was used until 1869, when Hill . . . — — Map (db m213088) HM
This park was once a gravel pit owned by Martha Baldwin's family. On June 15, 1889, Miss Baldwin (1840-1913) fave the land (1.66 acres) to the Village with the condition that it be used as a park. Through her efforts the pit was filled in, . . . — — Map (db m213079) HM
In 1915, Samuel Oliver Wylie Bell, at one time Village Trustee, bought out his partner George Daines in the combined furniture store and undertaking establishment and built a two story brick structure. In 1929, the store was remodeled and S.S. . . . — — Map (db m86485) HM
This building was erected by Billy McBride in 1925. It is located on the site of an old fire-hose drying tower, which was built in 1892 and razed in 1920. After Hallock's Grocery closed, McBride expanded his candy store and restaurant into the . . . — — Map (db m86302) HM
On this site for eighty-three
years stood a grist mill that
ground grain into flour for
the Birmingham community. Built
in 1835 by Roswell T. Merrill
the wooden mill - powered by
water from the Mill Pond (now
Quarton Lake) - served . . . — — Map (db m201400) HM
City Hall was built in 1928 and housed the village and township offices, as well as, the fire and police departments. The tower was used for drying fire hoses until about 1950. It was also designed to accommodate a clock. A Civic Center plan, . . . — — Map (db m86291) HM
For thousands of years the Rouge River and later the Mill Pond now known as "Quarton Lake", have been a benefit for many thousands of people. It was a resource that early inhabitants relied upon as part of their survival. In more recent times, the . . . — — Map (db m201385) HM
The two story brick building was erected before 1920, by Mr. Ford, who had a paint and hardware business in the west side of the first floor. In the east side there was a 5 & 10’ Store. In 1923, there was a severe fire in the building which resulted . . . — — Map (db m86290) HM
This structure was built in 1896 by Frank Ford, who built the Ford-Peabody House in 1878. The corner was occupied by Levinson's Department Store from 1897 to 1916. Two smaller businesses occupied units at the extreme west and north ends. The First . . . — — Map (db m86377) HM
The oldest section of Greenwood Cemetery comprises land purchased from the federal government by Dr. Ziba Swan of Albany, New York, in 1821. The first interments on the one-half-acre parcel set aside by Swan for a cemetery occurred . . . — — Map (db m140346) HM
John West Hunter built this house in 1822 on Saginaw Street (Woodward). He was one of four original landowners in Birmingham. In 1819, Hunter's original crude log cabin was actually on Elijah Willits' property, this was his second house. The . . . — — Map (db m213083) HM
Elmer Huston had this building constructed with two stores on the ground level and apartments above in 1923. It housed the post office and a variety store from 1924 to 1928. In 1929, the Mulholland Dry Goods Company moved into both spaces. The . . . — — Map (db m86486) HM
This park is dedicated to John West Hunter (1792-1880), frontiersman, farmer, entrepreneur, blacksmith, foundry owner, and community leader. One of Birmingham's first settlers, he purchased 160 acres of land in 1818 and 4 years later erected the . . . — — Map (db m213081) HM
Dr. Daniel Johnston, dentist, and Dr. Ninian T. Shaw, a physician, had this two story brick commercial building erected in 1905. The facade of this building was extended north to include the O'Neal Building (112 South Old Woodward) and give the . . . — — Map (db m86303) HM
The Briggs Investment Company and John H. Kunsky Theatrical Enterprises erected this large building in 1926 to contain shops, offices, a bowling alley in the basement, and a motion picture theater with facilities for vaudeville productions. The . . . — — Map (db m86304) HM
This red brick building was erected in the 1880's by William Erity and his son-in-law, Chauncy Nixon. The Erity family and later the Nixon family owned and operated a mill near the corner of Evergreen Road and Riverside Drive in Beverly Hills. The . . . — — Map (db m86379) HM
In 1919, on the former site of the old National Hotel, George Mitchell and Almeron Whitehead erected this building to house the First National Bank and various shops. Throughout the decades, different banks have occupied this building, including the . . . — — Map (db m86378) HM
Fred V. Quarton erected this building in 1916 on the site of the family home of his wife, Emma Blakeslee. Through the years, the facade at street level has changed several times, but the second floor has kept its original appearance even including . . . — — Map (db m86301) HM
These townhouses were built as two story attached dwelling units in the Arts and Crafts style in 1916. Their use is commercial now, but their appearance is still very much as it originally was. — — Map (db m86369) HM
Responding to a request from the Antoine Beaubien family, five religious of the French order of the Sacred Heart came from New York to Detroit in 1851. The religious opened a school on Jefferson Avenue in June of that year with ten day students and . . . — — Map (db m68347) HM
Notice the steel rods imbedded in the boulders in front of you. These boulders anchored a tall windmill that stood here during the 1800's farming days. The fourth rock anchor is located in front of the Visitor Center — — Map (db m202758) HM
In 1837, Colonel Peter Van Every erected a flouring mill on the banks of the Franklin River. For a time, this mill was the only gristmill in Oakland County at which a farmer could sell wheat for cash money.
A potashery was erected in 1838 at . . . — — Map (db m98769) HM
Congregation Beth El
In 1850 twelve German immigrant families founded Michigans oldest Jewish organization, the Beth El Society, at the Detroit home of Isaac and Sarah Cozens. Beth El was first led by Orthodox Rabbi Samuel Marcus. During the . . . — — Map (db m180885) HM
If you could stand here and go back in time - this is what you might see: 1700's - a small group of Native Americans traveling through this open savanna on their way to fish in nearby lakes
1800's - a large farm house, barns . . . — — Map (db m202835) HM
This pond was dug in the late 1940's and quickly filled with water from bubbling underground springs.
It is approximately ten feet deep in the center, and supports a variety of fish including blue gill, largemouth bass, and pike. It also . . . — — Map (db m203089) HM
The brothers came from New York State.
Jeremiah Clark came first, at age 41 in 1831, to explore his fortune in Michigan Territory. His brother Nelson, eighteen years younger, joined Jeremiah in 1838 in buying 2,000 acres of land in . . . — — Map (db m128225) HM
It has been a building of many uses for many people.
It was built as Clarkston High School in 1910 and students learned and played here until 1930. In recent years, it was a community center and the Independence Township Hall. But in 1940 the . . . — — Map (db m128228) HM
The Saginaw Trail was once a footpath through this wooded region, used by Native Americans. In the 1820s, the trail became the first road in the region for travel from Pontiac through the southwest corner of Independence Township and on to . . . — — Map (db m180824) HM
Although burials were made here as early as 1836 it was 1849 before residents of Sashibaw Plains formed Sashabaw Burial Association for purposes of "fencing, improving, ornamenting, and keeping the burying ground ... in proper repair." A center . . . — — Map (db m134658) HM
This church structure, one of the oldest in the Detroit Presbytery, was erected by a church building society which was organized on January 20, 1855. A fine example of the classic New England church, it was dedicated in June, 1856, as the house . . . — — Map (db m134653) HM
Nelson Washington Clark was a builder.
He and his brother Jeremiah joined the flow of pioneers in the 1830s from New York State to Michigan where they bought 2,000 acres of land along the Clinton River in Independence Township. Nelson and his . . . — — Map (db m128227) HM
In the early 1920's this location was the site of the waiting station for the Interurban train. (right)
Shown below in 1928, new buildings had been constructed when 14 Mile was paved and widened. These had been built behind the existing . . . — — Map (db m216234) HM
In 1927, L.P. Cookingham became Village President. A man who embraced progress, he detested dirt roads and set about to improve the Village of Clawson with paved roads, sewer services and improved water service.
These photos, taken in 1928, . . . — — Map (db m216229) HM
The Ambassador Roller Rink moved to this location in 1941, from its original site on the second floor of 11 W. 14 Mile.
It was originally operated as the Ambassador Ballroom before embracing the popular new sport of roller skating. This new . . . — — Map (db m212051) HM
This Mill, located just east of here, once gave its name to the little village that became Clawson. Called Bowers' Mill or Blair's Mill depending on who owned it. It was also called "Pummychug" after the sound made by the steam-powered mill.
. . . — — Map (db m216223) HM
This building was home to the first bank in Clawson, the Clawson State Savings Bank. When first opened in 1925, it was a marvel of technological advancement. Touted as impervious to robberies and fire, it featured bullet proof glass on the . . . — — Map (db m216265) HM
Built by Mr. Belinski and Mr. Fishman, the theater opened in 1940 and operated here until 1957.
The photo at left shows the theater in 1948. During the 1940's, the theater featured "dish night", when for the price of admission, each patron . . . — — Map (db m212108) HM
Built about 1915, the building first housed Clawson's grocery store. The grocery, along with Robinson's General Store further east on the street, helped provide the daily needs for Clawson residents. Above is the building as it appeared in 1927, . . . — — Map (db m216240) HM
The photo at left shows East 14 Mile, or Clawson Road, as it was then known, about 1922. Electrical lines had been strung, including street lights, and wooden sidewalks are visible on the right of the street.
The building in the left . . . — — Map (db m216235) HM
During the early 1900's Charles and Harriet Baker operated a general store and Post Office at this corner (left, about 1910). In addition to his Postmaster duties Charlie delivered groceries by horse and wagon (inset photo).
The general . . . — — Map (db m216271) HM
Clawson residents voted to incorporate as a village in 1920 and became a city in 1940. The single story building above, which stood just east of this location, served as the village offices and then city offices. City business offices were on the . . . — — Map (db m216272) HM
The Detroit United Railway, commonly known as the Interurban, crisscrossed Michigan with a network of rails that connected numerous smaller towns with the metropolis of Detroit. Beginning in 1899, the swift electric trains ran several times a . . . — — Map (db m216331) HM
Although still very rural, Clawson commerce was busy with a drug store, general store, creamery, real estate office, movie theatre, gas station and grocery store to serve the Village residents. This section of roadway was the home to the small . . . — — Map (db m216268) HM
Clawson experienced dramatic growth in the decade after World War II, with many new housing developments, a modern shopping center on the edge of town and a new high school.
Top left, Lipson's supermarket on the north side of East 14 Mile. . . . — — Map (db m216236) HM
Roads were unpaved and autos still shared the road with horse & buggy into the early 1920's. Right, a family enjoys a ride down S. Main, also known as Niles Rd.
Built in the early 1920's this building was known as the Levy Building. Shown . . . — — Map (db m216266) HM
The first recorded use of this corner was a horse livery in the 1880's which operated until destroyed by a fire resulting in the loss of many horses.
Through the years the crossroads has been a popular site for service stations and . . . — — Map (db m216329) HM
The first Detroit United Railway (DUR) train rolled through Clawson in September of 1899 and operated until 1931. Above, the train aproaches town along South Main Street, then known as the Niles Road, about 1900.
Poor road conditions did not . . . — — Map (db m216330) HM
Mass transit was abundant in Clawson from the 1920's and into the 1940's. Bus lines and taxis, known as jitneys, along with the Interurban train, provided many transportation choices for commuters and shoppers.
The Buchanan Bus Garage was . . . — — Map (db m216267) HM
The Commerce Roller Mill, built in 1837 by Amasa Andrews and Joseph and Asa Farr, harnessed the water power of the Huron River. It served the farm communities of western Oakland County for ninety years, closing in 1927. The mill's owners included . . . — — Map (db m99137) HM
Commerce United Methodist Congregation
A Methodist Episcopal class, which later became a church society, was organized in Commerce in 1838. For many years, it was part of the Farmington Circuit. The Reverend Daniel C. Jacokes was the . . . — — Map (db m99136) HM
Commerce Township's first burial ground was laid out on the Bela Armstrong farm (then owned by his widow) in 1834. Most of the burials were relocated here in 1837 when the Baptist Church of Commerce platted the Baptist Burying . . . — — Map (db m99138) HM
1. First Post Office, 1825 (23925 Farmington Road)
2. Approximate site of first school, 1826
3. Site of first saw mill, 1826
4. Oldest frame house in Farmington, 1824
5. Site of first . . . — — Map (db m85016) HM
With the introduction of electricity in Farmington, so too came the interurban railway. In August of 1899, the Detroit Northwestern Railway bought over forty-on acres at this intersection for a power house. Completed in February of 1900, the . . . — — Map (db m169146) HM
The building was constructed in 1876 by the Township of Farmington and the Farmington Masonic Lodge No. 151. The Township government occupied the first floor of the building until 1963 when a new Township facility was constructed. The Masonic Lodge . . . — — Map (db m85139) HM
The original house was built on this site in 1825 for Dr. Ezekiel Webb, Farmington's first physician. Dr. Webb was appointed as Farmington's first postmaster in 1826. This house served as a Post Office, physician's office and as a residence for the . . . — — Map (db m85098) HM
In the 1820's, members of the Society of Friends played a key role in the settlement of several Michigan communities. Farmington was founded in 1824 by Arthur Power, a Quaker from Farmington, New York. In 1831, what was apparently Michigan's first . . . — — Map (db m85104) HM
This large white Civil War Era house in the center of Farmington's historic district has been the residence of the Warner family for many decades. Here lived Fred M. Warner, governor of Michigan from 1905 to 1911. Born in England in 1865, Warner . . . — — Map (db m85141) HM
This plaque is issued by the
Historical Society of Michigan
in recognition of
Funeral Home, Inc.
founded in 1850
for more than 100 years of
continuous operation in service
to the people of Michigan
and for . . . — — Map (db m104152) HM
Sixteen pioneers organized the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1829. The congregation dedicated its first church building in 1844. When that church burned in 1920, Detroit architects and church members Wells Butterfield and his daughter Emily . . . — — Map (db m85391) HM
This peaceful area of natural beauty was donated by Arthur Power, Farmington founder, from his original holdings for use as a non-denominational cemetery. The first person to die in Farmington was a Mr. Green, the village cobbler, who was interred . . . — — Map (db m85207) HM
In 1832 Arthur Power, founder of Farmington, donated this parcel of land for a cemetery and Friends Meeting House. The Friends referred to their burial ground as "God's Acre." The first persons buried here were Selinda and Phebe Minerva Power, . . . — — Map (db m169083) HM
The Potawatomi, the Algonquin-speaking tribe most closely associated with this region, were often more friendly to the French and British than to the Americans. Religious and unwarlike, they had no permanent village here as they considered . . . — — Map (db m85206) HM
Two Indian Trails crossed at this point: the Orchard Lake Trail running north and south, and the Shiawassee Trail running east and west. In 1824, a Quaker settlement began to develop around this point. In the 1850's, the settlement expanded . . . — — Map (db m85158) HM
Long before our everyday journeys,
people traveled along this important road. This was once the Grand River Trail, a pathway Native Americans followed across Michigan before European settlement. Farmington founder Arthur Power came here along . . . — — Map (db m85441) HM
In the spring of 1953, Eleanor Olney Spicer age 12 was walking her dog, a toy Manchester terrier named Stuart Little, after the children's book, Stuart Little by E.B. White. Suddenly Stuart noticed a small animal and chased it into a drainpipe and . . . — — Map (db m46697) HM
Addis Emmett Green was born in 1827 in Livonia,
New York to Zephaniah & Zerilla Green. The Greens
were pioneer settlers of West Bloomfield Township,
establishing a farm across 14 Mile Road from this
site in 1832. Addis Green lived in California . . . — — Map (db m217744) HM
Royal Aldrich, a native of Farmington, New York, built this two-story Greek Revival farmhouse around 1840. His father, Esek, had purchased the 320-acre site from the United States government in 1823. Esek never lived here, but sold the property to . . . — — Map (db m162376) HM
On May 16, 1827, New York resident James Boorn purchased 160 acres, 80 acres on each side of Halsted Road, from the United States Government. Michigan was ten years from statehood and 6th President John Quincy Adams was in office. Working as a . . . — — Map (db m163570) HM
This historic structure was built as a home in 1836 by Orrin Weston and converted into a tavern by Stephen Jennings in 1841. Milton Botsford bought what was by then called the Sixteen Mile House in 1860. It was a stagecoach stop popular with . . . — — Map (db m169246) HM
Buckhorn Corners was a hamlet in the early days of Farmington Township. A pioneer carpenter, Timothy Tolman, built an early frame house at Buckhorn Corners in 1828.
In the same year, the Tibbits Sawmill went into business half a mile south, . . . — — Map (db m136084) HM
This lovely Michigan farmhouse dates to 1840, when the southern section was built by pioneer settlers Michael and May Marlett, owners of the surrounding 160 acres from 1834-1867. Charles and Eliza Wixom purchased the farm in 1867; they built the . . . — — Map (db m160983) HM
A native of Ontario County, New York, David Simmons moved to this area around 1827. Here he farmed, eventually acquiring 156 acres of land. He built this Greek Revival house around 1843. It features a field stone foundation, hand-hewn timbers and . . . — — Map (db m155832) HM
This attractive Greek Revival house was built in 1845 by Stephen Jennings, an early owner of the Sixteen Mile House (now the Botsford Inn). He built the house as a wedding gift for . . . — — Map (db m163573) HM
This Storybook Tudor with faux thatch roof was designed by Emily Butterfield of Farmington, Michigan's first female architect. In 1925, Great Lakes Land Corp. President Edward E. Beals developed the Oaklands subdivision emphasizing country living . . . — — Map (db m136011) HM
In 1899, this lovely Victorian house was built on the southeast corner of Thirteen Mile and Middlebelt Road by Eli Stodgell, a local carpenter and stone mason. The Stodgells owned a pasture across the road and raised chickens as well as cows in the . . . — — Map (db m163650) HM
Surveyors exhibited courage, determination, integrity, and ingenuity in the heroic feat of measuring Michigan from 1815 - 1853. Their work resulted in global implementation of innovative methods of land measurement and . . . — — Map (db m169539) HM
This is the only existing one-room schoolhouse in the area used continuously for educational purposes. It was built on land donated for a public school and named after George German, one of an English group who settled here in 1835. It provided . . . — — Map (db m136187) HM
Upon this land, for over 100 years, lived descendants of slaves who fled the South before the Civil War.
Aaron and Ellen Wilson came from Virginia to Farmington via the Underground Railroad in the early 1850s. Going on to Canada, they became . . . — — Map (db m162380) HM
This graceful English-style stone clubhouse, completed in 1925, was designed by Butterfield and Butterfield of Farmington. In 1923 developers began the Oakland Subdivision housing development. The clubhouse and its adjoining nine-hole public golf . . . — — Map (db m135932) HM
Hamilton Hill Jones (1844-1916) built this farm house from locally sourced lumber, principally oak, ca. 1871. When he gave up farming to establish a mercantile business in 1891, his son, Judson, took over the farm and lived here until his death in . . . — — Map (db m160915) HM
This Colonial Revival style home with Asian influences was the residence of Henry and May Bach. Henry was Vice President in charge of sales for the Great Lake Land Corp., the developer of Oaklands. The house was originally an outbuilding on the farm . . . — — Map (db m163654) HM
John Garfield built this house on his 160-acre farm around 1835. The symmetry, pilaster-framed entrance and cornice returns reflect the simplicity of the Greek Revival style. In 1846, John and Elizabeth Cox purchased the house. When John died in . . . — — Map (db m163773) HM
This Federalist Revival House was designed by talented architect Marcus Burrowes for Kirby White, an executive of Ferry Morse Seed Company. In the 1930s Ferry Morse was the largest seed company in the world. This house is considered the work of a . . . — — Map (db m105570) HM
Constructed in 1861, this is one of the three houses that Livonia farmer Joshua Simmons had built for his three sons. Lawrence Simmons, for whom this house was built, lived here for twelve years. He, like the elder Simmons, was a farmer. The house . . . — — Map (db m160678) HM
Lemuel and Lucy Botsford were Quakers. From Salisbury, Connecticut, they moved to Lyons, New York, and in 1836 to Farmington's Quaker settlement. In 1837 the Botsfords built this Greek Revival house on what became known as Botsford Hill. The house . . . — — Map (db m105576) HM
This centennial business marked its 100th year in 1993. In 1893 Francis J. McCabe purchased the Detroit funeral home of Frank Gibb at Cass and Grand River. In 1902 he moved to Canfield and Grand River, again moving in 1904 to Hudson and Grand River . . . — — Map (db m104089) HM
In 1927 the Nardin Park Methodist Episcopal Church was formed by a merger of two Detroit churches: the Ninde Church, organized in 1886, and the Grand River Avenue Church, established in 1891. The following year and educational building and gymnasium . . . — — Map (db m162306) HM
Established here around 1850, this was a small village containing a post office, a blacksmith shop, a cheese factory, general stores and about ten homes. It was a collecting point for milk from surrounding farms. A cemetery, south of here, still . . . — — Map (db m136040) HM
The Association for Cemetery and Burial Purposes was begun on the 20th of September, 1838, to deal with the business of the cemetery which was located on land donated by the Wm. L. Coonley family. This private organization, still in existence, . . . — — Map (db m136012) HM
"The first homes in this lovely subdivision were built in 1926, when suburban living came to Oakland County. First platted in 1925 by the James F. Cain Building Company, Pasadena boasted four model homes billed as "small estates." It had been . . . — — Map (db m162294) HM
Pennsylvania native Samuel Davis settled on this site in 1855. In 1886 Samuel and his wife, Susan Graft Davis, built this Italianate house on their 299-acre farm. The Davises engaged in general farming and raised stock, and were among Oakland . . . — — Map (db m160571) HM
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