In the 1850s, the most common occupation in Clarkston was Farmer. However, as Clarkston grew, so did the diversity of occupations. Other occupations listed in the town census from the 1800s include:
- Carpenter, cooper, blacksmith, wagon maker, shoe maker, merchant, cabinet maker, physician, preacher, and teacher.
The most common occupation after farmer was carpenter. This is the location of the town woodworker at the turn of the 20th century. The Pontiac Post published that the largest canoe built in Clarkston was on this site by Wilson R Vliet, in 1902. Vliet had a cabinet shop here from 1880 to 1914. It is said that he built Clarkston’s biggest canoe on this property.