Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 66-67 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- History Subject
Land settlement -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township --History Subject
Log cabins -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township -- History Item Number
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INSIDE THE LOG HOUSE,
A CHEERFUL FIRE, A HAPPY FAMILY
We owe most of our glimpses into life in early days here to
two chroniclers--Captain Hervey Parke and Miss Fannie
Fish. Fannie lived in the house pictured on page 23,
first in the original log part and later in the brick addition.
She wrote this reminiscence of her mother's life for the
Oakland Pioneer Society.
"The small house was not a pretentious affair; my father
used to say he measured the few articles of furniture they
possessed and built his house to fit them. I do not know
its dimensions, but will venture to say it afforded them a
comfortable shelter. What if the walls were composed of
unhewn logs, and the floor of the same, split and hewn as
smoothly as might be. The great stone fireplace may not
have been beautiful in itself, but when filled with a cheerful
blaze that shone out upon a spotless floor, and lit up the
farthest corners of the little room, it must have been a
pleasant sight. A muslin curtain, dainty white, I imagine,
shaded the one little window.
"The year of 1820 my mother always spoke of as the very
happiest of many happy years. The two little boys played
about the door, the fair babe smiled in her cradle, and the
mother, with heart full to overflowing with hope and
happiness, went about her household cares.
"There were hard places, no doubt, days of discouragement
and nights of weariness. One day's work of man and team
must be paid for with four days of hard labor, and yet
these days were referred to by both of my parents as very
happy ones, and the impression left on my mind by the
story so often told was not of a time of great hardship,
but of keen enjoyment, and I believe, when at the close of
day they bowed their heads at their humble hearth stone
and my father returned unfeigned thanks for the goodness
and mercy that had followed them this far, they both
truly felt that their lives had fallen unto them in pleasant
places; yea, that theirs was a goodly heritage."
The room pictured here is a recreation of an early house in
the Township, done in authentic detail by Mr. and Mrs. A.
David Pottinger in their home on Quarton Road.