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Pringnitz Oak Planing Mill- Royal Oak

I 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 1995. 

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.  


Marylin (Luedke) Lucero





John and Bertha Pringnitz, 1940

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