In the 1860s Negroes from southern Michigan, Ohio and southwest Ontario settled in this region as farmers and woodsmen. Some of them moved to new villages in Mecosta and Isabella counties. Schools and churches founded in the area were integrated. Among these was the Wheatland Church of Christ,
established in nearby Remus in 1869. Their pioneering spirit provided unity that has led to the Old Settlers' reunions that occur annually at this spot, the homestead of one of the early families. The picnics date back to the 1890s.