Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 74-75 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
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Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- History Subject
Log cabins -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township -- History Subject
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THE SEARCH FOR THE TOWNSHIP'S
OLDEST HOUSE STILL STANDING
CANDIDATE #3- THE LOG CABIN
"FEATHERS PASS BY THE WINDOW"
This little log cabin has been sitting on Lone Pine Road
near Tully Court for 137 years. Dubliner William Craig
claimed the land as a grant from the government and built
the cabin for himself and his wife Sara in 1839. In its one
room, 16 feet by 22 feet, their thirteen children, including
two sets of twins, were born.
In 1958, the Craigs' granddaughter, Mrs. Bessie M.
Bogardus, then 73 years old, told of life in the little cabin
as her mother had told her. The children slept in the tiny
loft under homespun blankets while their parents slept
downstairs. Uninvited guests in the form of a band of
Indians who camped across the road, would push open the
door, glide in, and without a word, sleep for the night on
the floor in front of the banked fire.
Sara Craig, brought up in Boston, was terrified of the
Indians until one day two hunters tried to hassle her for
money while her husband was away in Detroit. Just as
she turned to get the money, she saw two Indian feathers
pass by the cabin's window. In a moment the Indians
had entered and run off the maurauders, establishing
themselves from then on as Mrs. Craig's protector. She,
in turn, often baked bread for them.
Life in the little cabin was hard. At the age of 12 or at
the most 13, William Craig turned out each child, son
and daughter alike, to make his or her own way in the
world. Mrs. Bogardus' mother went to live with the George
H. Mitchell family, co-founders with Almeron Whitehead,
of "The Eccentric." The Mitchells were very kind to her and
she later married Andrew Quick of Pontiac and remained
there until her death at age 90 in 1951.