grew up in Royal Oak, about 1910, my grandfather, John
W. Pringnitz, along with his brother started the Oak Planing
Mill, on East Lincoln Street just past the railroad tracks.
Along with my grandmother and their small child, (my
mother), they had come to Royal Oak in 1902 by horse and
buggy. He previously had been a carpenter/contractor in
Romeo, MI. After coming to Royal Oak, he built their home at
201 W. Hudson which remained in the family until about
Originally the Mill had quite a few employees, including my
dad, Emil Luedke, who started there upon returning from
service in WWI. My aunt, Eva Pringnitz, also worked in the
office after graduating from high school. My grandfather
served two terms as village trustee, and was a village
commissioner. I was only about ten years old when my
grandfather died, but I remember him as playing the
accordion, and for building a small pond in their backyard
which had a waterwheel and small bridge over the pond.
During WW-II, Royal Oak had air raids--a siren went off and
everyone had to turn off the lights or pull their shades so
that no light could be seen from the outside. My dad was an
air raid warden and had to go around the neighborhood and
check to make sure everyone's house was dark.