Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan




William Rudolph “Will” Sandhoff was born 20 February 1866 in Zilwaukee, Saginaw County, Michigan. His parents were Charles/Karl and Anna Sandoff. Will married Mary Melissa Brady on 3 July 1892 in Tittawassee Township, Saginaw County, Michigan by J.H. Lewis, Minister. Mary was born 9 October 1870 in Freeland, Saginaw County, Michigan; her parents were Loren and Nancy “Sarah” McLean Brady.


Will and Mary had the following children:

  1. unnamed son, born and died on 10 December 1895 in Lakefield Township. He was born stillborn and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  2. Clara E. Sandhoff was born 20 March 1898. She married Loren James Braley.  Clara and Loren both died due to an automobile accident, on 31 December 1961 in New Port Richie, Florida. 

  3. Loren Earl Sandhoff was born 11 April 1900. He married Ida Lade on 10 November 1920 in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan. Loren died on 6 February 1978 in Clearwater, Florida.

  4. Doris Marie Sandhoff was born 16 July 1907. She married William John Wilcox on 2 October 1924 in Smith Crossing, Midland County, Michigan by Rev. Arthur Parrott. Doris died on 25 August 1999

The photo's from L to R:   Clara Sandhoff, Loren/Lawrence Sandhoff and Doris Sandhoff - The photo's taken at the Parker School in 1908 and 1912.

In 1896, Will and Mary owned and operated a 65 acre farm in Section 16 on Roosevelt Road between Meridian and Fenmore Roads. By 1916, Will owned 120 acres in Section 16 on Roosevelt Road between Meridian and Fenmore Roads. The property had a flowing well on it and according to the book “Lest We Forget” written by Myron Gulick states the following; "gravel for the Lakefield Township Roads was obtained from the Sandoff's property". Will's neighbors from 1896 too 1916 were: George Rigg, John Shay, Charles Eggebrecht, Jacob Lauer, George Trudgeon, John and Lewis Baker, John Barnes, Joseph Tolfree, Richard Welke, Joseph Condon, George Wenzel and James Street.


Will, also owned, in 1916, 80 acres of land in Section 15 on Merrill Road between Roosevelt and Lakefield Roads. This property butted up with George Wenzel's 160 acres on Fenmore Road. Neighbors on Merrill Road were Paul Sklba; H.B. Allen; Clarence Watson; Jesse Ferris; Henry Cooper and Nicolas House.


Will died on 27 June 1947 in Lakefield Township and Mary died in 12/13 October 1915 of lung troubles. They are both buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.



SOURCES: 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Plat Map; 1870, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 Federal Census; Will and Mary's marriage record; unknown sons birth and death record; Lakefield Township Records;

Will's obituary; Doris and William Wilcox marriage record; Loren and Ida Sandhoff marriage record; Doris SS death record; Loren's Florida death record. Find-A-Grave; the book, “Lest We Forget” written by Myron Gulick; 1912 Parker School photo owned and identified by Elsie Wenzel Hutfilz - classmate.


Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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