Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 70-71 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
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Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- History Subject
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OUR FIRST POSTAL ADDRESS WAS
Contact with relatives and friends must have been kept up,
in spite of the difficulties of sending and receiving mail,
since we see the relatives of the first settlers following
them out to Michigan.
Actually, it was very early that we had our first official post
office, just two years after the Hunters had built their
original log house. On March 24, 1821, President James
Monroe established the first post office with a charter to
Dr. Ezra Parke and the designation "Bloomfield." A carrier
on horseback brought the mail from Detroit and local
families saddled up the mare, hitched the horse to the
buggy or walked to Dr. Parke's house on the northwest
corner of Lone Pine and Woodward to pick it up. The
house is still there.
Earliest reports seem to agree that Sidney Dole was post-
master, but Dr. Parke was named in the charter.
Today, there is no "Bloomfield, Michigan" as we have no
official post office any more. While the Township's popu-
lation is now sixteen times larger than that of Bloomfield
Hills and double that of Birmingham, all residents
use one or the other as their postal address. Rarely does
anyone say "I'm from Bloomfield Township"' It's "Bloom-
field Hills" or "Birmingham." Similarly, other records suffer.
In the prestigious Burton Historical Collection at the main
library in Detroit, there is not a single card in the index
file for Bloomfield Township, although there are many for
the two cities within our boundaries.