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Okemos Area


New Book by Sherrie Paty Barber '66

A Tree Grows in Okemos

Tracing the history of the Okemos Founding Pioneers

Generations of Okemos Alumni

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Link to an interview with Ron Wheeler about his family in Okemos


An interview with John Grettenberger about his family in Okemos

An interview with Ted Wonch about Okemos


Historical information and pictures




The history and lure of Chief Okemos   (click the picture to read)

    by Sherrie Paty Barber '66




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Originally the A.F. Barnes Store and built ca. 1893.  This building was located at the south-east corner of "Old Grand River" (now Hamilton Rd) and Okemos Rd.  By the 1950's, the store was remodeled and occupied by Dr. Breckenfeld.

Okemos 1910



Downtown Okemos  circa 1915

A Look at Okemos Today

Walking Tour of the Village of Hamilton (Okemos) 2017

by Jane Rose, Friends of Historic Meridian

Women's Prison taken in 1970, Photo's by Rick Halm class of 1974

Ken Wilkie '74 at the Women's Prison

Cedar Bend Heights circa 1925

Indian Hills Golf Course 1929

Okemos Grain Elevator   Fire of 1947

Electric Feeder line fell on the building.  It burned to the ground in 1947

Rebuilt 1948

John and Noami (Wilkins) Whitmyer rebuilt the Okemos Elevator in 1948 after it was destroyed by fire in 1947.  Picture circa 1949

Okemos Grain Elevator 1965

Owned by John F. Whitmyer

The Okemos camel back bridge on Okemos Rd. (Okemos Central in the background)  1999


The Okemos Community Church  1978                      

                                                             Postcard by Ralph F. Turner 












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Okemos Community Church 1963


Yankee Store on Grand River Ave. 1964



Meridian Mall 1964



Schmidts grocery store sign 1965




Meijers Thrifty Acres, in October 1969

At the corner of Grand River Ave and Okemos Rd.




Okemos 1970s



Tacoma Hills, Lagoon Dr., flood of 1975



Crest Drive-In 1959