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Situated in southern Saginaw County, Oakley, Michigan would straddle the borders of Brady Township and Chesaning Township if the township borders had not been adjusted to designate the village as being in Brady Township.

The Shiawassee River flows through the southeastern corner, while Mickles Creek flows through the southern part of the village, and Deer Creek forms most of its northern boundary.

M-52, also known as Oakley Road, passes north-south through the center of the village, where it is known as Main Street, intersecting Sharon Road and Ridge Road (Brady Street). Most of the village's homes and commercial areas are south of Brady Street and Sharon Road.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Oakley include Chesaning, Owosso, St. Charles, New Lothrop, Corunna, Elsie, Montrose, Vernon, Ashley, and Ovid, while Parshallburg, Henderson, Five Points North, and Brady Center are unincorporated communities within ten miles of the village.

With a population just under three hundred, Oakley is roughly the same size today as it was when it first appeared on a census roll in 1880. Its peak population was 418 in 1970, and its lowest population was 201 in 1920.

Agriculture is an important part of the village's economy, particularly soybeans, corn, and wheat. Otherwise, the village is mostly residential, with a few commercial businesses serving residents of Oakley and people passing through on M-52.

The village was first known as Mickleville, for Philip Mickle, who opened a tavern in 1842, and operated the first post office from his tavern, beginning on March 12, 1856. On April 18, 1860, the post office was moved to Havana, a small hamlet two miles to the northeast, and renamed Havana.

However, after the Jackson, Lansing & Saginaw Railroad came through, establishing a depot in 1867, the Havana post office was moved back to Mickleville on June 12, 1868, but renamed Oakley, for Judge Oakley, the uncle of one of the major landowners. That year, Andrew Huggins was engaged by Philip Mickle, Isaac Bockee, and Henry Parshall to plat and record the village as Oakley.

As Oakley was the only railroad station in the area for a time, it was used to ship lumber and farm products to market. By 1887, when Oakley was incorporated as a village, it included more than two general stores, a blacksmith shop, a brickmaker, a masonry shop, stone crushers, a carpet weaver, a wood engraver, and a stave and hoop factory.

In the 1870s, Reverend Horatio Allen Baker came to Oakley to begin a mission that resulted in a non-denominational Christian church that continues to serve the village as Oakley Community Church.

The focus of this part of our guide is on the village of Oakley, Michigan. Appropriate topics include websites representing the village government, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities.



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