The VanHoosen Farm 1982

Images through the lens of my Dad's camera of the historic Van Hoosen Farm in Oakland County near Rochester, MI. The last time I was there was in 1993 and I was going fishing in Stoney Creek at the bridge by the farm. A few new homes were being built and some man came down from a newer home up on the hill and said I had to leave and that he was going to call the cops because people like me were causing trouble (fishing?).
I told him if he felt I was a  threat to his homestead by fishing then go call the Sheriff. No cops ever came, and he stood there for a few moments then paced back up the hill.

My Dad took these images before the contractors spoiled the rolling meadows and before the urban sprawl occluded the horizon with $300,000+ homes. I have not been back there since that day. I do not want to go back there. I have almost forgotten about this area up until I discovered these negatives to scan.

Here is Van Hoosen Farm in 1982 frozen in January as my father, Joseph A. Meinhard, captured it on film in black and white.

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