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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

The first physician was J. 0. Emery, from Seneca county, state of New York, who arrived here in 1830. The first post office was established at the house of John Gould, in 1828. After Mr. Gould removed from the town Dr. J. C. Emery was appointed in his place and held the office until it was discontinued. The first hotel was kept by R. Sherman, one mile west and north of Novi corners, by the old Gardner stand. The first sermon was preached at the house of John Gould, (section thirty-six), by a Methodist circuit rider, whose name is unknown to me. The first wagon shop, Ruleph Sebring, on section thirty-six, northeast corner. Shoe shop, Zachariah Eddy, section thirty-five. Furnace, G. W. Pinney, West Novi. Distillery, Pitts Taft, section thirty-four, base line. The first plank road in town was built by Erastus Ingersoll. It was located on the town line east of section twenty-four on a low, wet piece of road; was constructed of hewn timbers, each piece about fifty feet long, placed lengthwise of the roadway. The space between the timbers was filled with cross-pieces for the team to travel on. On each side of the squared timbers were rolled huge logs to keep the wagon wheels from running off the track.

Oakland Co. Michigan


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