Historic Royal Oak


Plans Mapped

Several interested representatives of local organizations responded to the Royal Oak Public Library's invitation to attend a meeting of the Royal Oak Historical committee Tuesday evening. Taking part were Mrs. Ernest H. Mercill of the Royal Oak Woman's Club; Mrs. Duncan McRae, Oakland Branch of American Association of University Women; Mrs. A.E. VanLeeuwen, Oak Ridge Woman's Club; T. Glen Saum, Royal Oak Memorial Society; Mrs. John E. Fleming, Ezra Parker chapter, Daughters of American Revolution; Mrs. Oliver Green, secretary of the Library Board. Grant D. Maudlin, who has done considerable work on the project, was unable to be present.

Miss Elizabeth V. Briggs, librarian, outlined the purposes of collecting historical material and described the many valuable contributions already received from local organizations. Considerable enthusiasm was shown by those present and many suggestions were made as to the extent and scope of such an organization.

Miss Grace E. Parker stated that few local residents are members of the Oakland County Historical Society. Several of those present believe such an organization in this locality would be desirable. Mrs. McRae accepted the temporary chairmanship of a planning committee for a dinner meeting to be held in February. Mrs. VanLeeuwen accepted the secretaryship of such a committee.

The committee members invite any persons interested in the project to contact them as to future plans.

From The Daily Tribune, Jan. 17, 1940

Historical Group Plans Dinner Meet

At the second meeting of a historical committee which is in the process of organization, members planned to have a dinner meeting at 7 p.m., March 6, in the Diana restaurant, when William S. Lawler, secretary of the Detroit Council of Historical Societies, will be the speaker. He will take the subject, "Early History of Southern Oakland County and Value of Organization".

The object of the new committee is to compile history, records and pictures of early Royal Oak. Mrs. Duncan McRae is chairman of arrangements for the dinner. Tickets may be procured from Mrs. E.H. Mercill, or Miss Elizabeth V. Briggs at the Royal Oak Public Library".

from the Herald Review, Feb. 26, 1940

Local Historical Group Organizing

Much interest is being shown in plans under consideration to organize an historical association in Southern Oakland County. Representatives of several organizations have met during the past few weeks to consider ways and means of bringing this about. Assistance has been given by the Michigan Historical Commission of Lansing and by Miss Krum of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit.

As a consequence the organization meeting will take place Wednesday evening in the form of a dinner meeting at the Diana Tea room.

Speaker will be William F. Lawler, secretary of the Detroit Council of Historical Societies, who is exceptionally well informed regarding the early days of this historic region.

All interested persons are invited to attend and may secure dinner tickets from Mrs. Duncan McRae, chairman of arrangements for the dinner, or from Mrs. E.H. Mercill, R.O. 5195.

from The Daily Tribune, March 4, 1940

Historical Association Formed With 70 Members

Eighty-nine persons attended the organization meeting for a historical association in Southern Oakland County last evening in the Diana Tea Room (in 1940, located at 608 S. Washington Ave., owners Grover C. Elrod & Frank J. & Emma C. Fetz), and 70 of them became members. Dr. J.S. Morrison was elected president; Mrs. Duncan McRae, chairman last night, is vice-president; Mrs. E.H. Mercill, secretary; Lee Campbell, treasurer; and Miss Laurrene Chene, historian.

Six members-at-large named were Miss Grace E. Parker, Ferris H. Gardner, M.A. Dondero, Miss Elizabeth V. Briggs, J.C. Austin, and Mrs. Lewis G. Erb.

William F. Lawler, secretary of the Detroit Council of Historical Societies, gave an interesting talk on historical societies of Michigan and the work they have done. He told how the societies are organized in the states and explained that Michigan is behind some of the other neighboring states.

from The Daily Tribune, March 7, 1940

* from Owen A. Perkins, for the 50th Anniversary Dinner, May 17, 1989

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