Presque Isle

Presque Isle County is named after a geological formation where only a small strip of land attaches an island to a mainland.  In 1839 a survey party reported the land as useless, yet the county was set off in 1840.  To the Native Americans it was prime hunting ground, with the area between the Ocqueoc and Swan Rivers considered sacred and divided among bands.  Arriving by boat, early Euro-Americans worked in lumber, farming and fishing.  In 1868 a former U.S army officer led a surveying party and identified the value in the standing timber, which spurred the logging industry and the development of a county government in 1871.  Notable was the abundance of Rock Maple in the region which was used in early bicycle tires and steering wheels.  In 1907 a visiting geologist recognized the rich deposits of limestone which would eventually be known as the largest limestone source in the world and became the foundation for the Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company of Calcite.  Historically dependent on water-based industry, Presque Isle County is also home to mid-19th century fieldstone buildings, sandy beaches and large tracks of recreational land.

Selected general works

Heibel, Mamie Dalton.
Stories of Presque Isle County. 1982.
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Hopp, James L.
Echoes from the sunrise side. 2010.
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Micketti, Gerald.
Almost an island: early histories of the shoreline settlements in Presque Isle County, Michigan. 2015.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN MICHIGAN F572.P7 M53 2015

Young, Janet.
Place called Presque Isle: an intimate history of Lake Huron’s historic harbor. 2015.
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Tennant, Albert.
Early history of Onaway area. 2001.
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Selected newspapers

Millersburg.
Presque Isle County news. 1901 – 1913
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Onaway.
Onaway news. 1939 - 1972.
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Onaway.
Onaway outlook. 1900 - 1939.
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Rogers City.
Presque Isle County advance. 1878 – 2017.
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Rogers City.
Presque Isle County Democrat. 1891 - 1893.
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Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Michigan State Highway Commission.
Highway and recreational information map. Presque Isle County. 1974.
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Rockford Map Publishers.
Farm plat book, Presque Isle County, Michigan.1958.
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Rockford Map Publishers.
Triennial atlas & plat book, Presque Isle County Michigan. 1963, 1967, 1970.
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W.W. Jixson & Co.
Plat book of Presque Isle County, Michigan. 1930.
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Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Gorski, J. William.
Old Metz Cemetery, Roman Catholic, Metz, Presque Isle Co., MI. 1983.
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Gorski, J. William.
Presque Isle Township Cemetery: Kauffman Rd., Presque Isle County, Michigan: tombstones inscriptions. 1982.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN MICHIGAN 2N F574.P85 G67 1982

Knopf, Donald H.
St. Peter Lutheran cemetery, family histories of the original Prussian German settlers to Metz Township, Presque Isle County, Metz Township, Metz, Michigan: includes burials, church records, federal census records, & family histories.2009.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN MICHIGAN 2N F572.P7 K667 2009

Mastrodonato, Dorothy.
First land owners of Presque Isle County, Michigan. 1978.
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Micketti, Gerald.
Little Italy in Rogers City. 1982
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Selected government publications

Community profile: Onaway. 1986.
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Community profile: Rogers City. 1986.
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Presque Isle County (Mich).
County of Presque Isle audit. 1951.
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Presque Isle County (Mich).
Directories. 1950 - 1982
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Presque Isle County (Mich) Board of Education.
Educational directory. 1953/54.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN MICHIGAN 2N L163.P74 1953/54

Updated 12/03/2018