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Aug 30

Royal Oak, Born and Raised

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 9:35 PM by Judy Davids

Kurt Petersen grew up in the north part of Royal Oak near Clawson and Troy and has many warm, fond memories of Royal Oak. He attended Churchill and Kimball and recalls taking the family Oldsmobile, with torpedo lights, to visit Dr. Wake in Downtown Royal Oak. The good doctor had a 200-gallon aquarium and passed out candy.


Interested in making home movies, Kurt was a fan of the former Dunns Camera (319 S Washington) and also frequented the former Dobie Jewelers (500 S Washington)  for watches and clocks.

Kurt sent the following photos/text:


Having been born and raised in this Town of Royal Oak, I am attaching a few photos of Royal Oak memories, mainly having to do with (historical) Royal Oak edifices or facilities and structures:


Kurt Peterson 1 My biological family and me during my Royal Oak Kimball High School graduation.


Kurt Peterson 2Me at home, in my family's Royal Oak backyard near 14 Mile and Campbell Roads.


Kurt Peterson 3 Me in my bedroom at same RO home, when I came home from the War.

Kurt Peterson 5

With a couple of old buddies I met through ROSES at RO Senior Center on Marias.

I couldn't pick just one photo, so I'm e-mailing you at least a couple for the Royal Oak time capsule project.

 - Kurt Petersen, Lifetime Royal Oak Resident

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