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The boundaries of Presque Isle County were established in 1840, but the county government was not put into place until 1871. The name, which is French, means "almost an island" and was given because of the narrow peninsula which juts several miles into Lake Huron. There are 72 miles of Lake Huron shore line in the county.

Rogers City is the county seat and principle town, still being the world's largest limestone quarry. Other towns are Posen, Metz, Hawks, Millersburg and Onaway, which were all on the Detroit and Mackinac railroad line, and Belknap, Bruningville, Grace, Hagensville, Huron Beach, Moltke, Ocqueoc, Orchard and Polaski.

Townships are: Allis, Bearinger, Belknap, Bismarck, Case, Krakow, Metz, Moltke, North Allis, Ocqueoc, Posen, Presque Isle, Pulawski,and Rogers

New Names: LaRoche = Hawks, Adakaska=Shaw=Onaway
Ghost towns include: Allis, Bell, Bolton, Calcite or Crawford's Quarry, Cathro, Crow's Dam, Grace, Grace's Harbor, Horseshoe Harbor, Hurst, Liske, Petersville, Providence, and South Rogers.
On the RR map were: Austens, Big Cut, Bunton, Case, Fisher, Hoffman, Hurst, Liske, May Lake Junction, McPhee, Moltke, Nagel, Pack Siding, Polaski, Quarry, Rainy Lake, Rogers Mills (Rogers City), Roger City Junction, Sobieski.

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Presque Isle County is bordered by Alpena County, Cheboygan County, and Montmorency County.


02/22/18 - Added pictures of: 1968 - Jeff Paradise of Rogers City High School Basketball Sets a One-Game Record of 40 Points.and...1978 - Mary Schwartz Nears the End of Her Reign as Miss Onaway...and...Cub Scout Pack 68 Holds Blue-and-Gold Awards Dinner ...see "Stories"
02/15/18 - Added pictures of: 1978 - Orrin Freier and His Wife Accept a Certificate of Appreciation for Raising Money for Jaws of Life from Sheriff Duane Badder...and...Mark Pomranke and Fred Dempsey Are Heading to Individual State Finals...and...2016 - Greg Diller Is Re-elected President of Rogers City Area Chamber of Commerce...see "Stories"
02/08/18 - Added pictures of: 1968 - Harry Whiteley is Installed as President of the Michigan Press Association ...and...1978 - Picture of the First Onaway School Building (1888)...and...Sheriff Duane Badder Approaches Onaway City Commission About Stray Dog Problem...see "Stories"
02/01/18 - Added pictures of: 1978 - Brewbaker's Furniture Holds Post Roof Collapse...and...Russell Memorial Hospital Limits Visitation Due to Flu...and Brown's Market in Millersburg Has Three Loaves of Oven-Glo Bread for $1.09 ...and...1998 - Members of the Rogers City Drama Club Participate in a Bay City Competition ...see "Stories"
01/25/18 - Added pictures of: 1968 - 1st Lt. David Mix Is Awarded the Bronze Medal For Meritorious Service ...and...1978 - Arnold's Radio and TV Store is Being Demolished...and...OHS Announces King and Queen Candidates for Basketball Homecoming...and...Onaway Cheese Factory Adverises 18 Varieties of Cheese...see "Stories"
01/18/18- Added pictures of: 1978 - Duane Badder is Appointed Sheriff of Presque Isle County for the Remainder of 1978 ..and...1998 -Jared Brunet is the New Year's Baby for Presque Isle County...see "Stories"
01/11/18 - Added pictures of: 1978 - Onaway Sheriff Ray Kurczewski Resigns...and...Elwood L. McAdam Retires from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources...and...Rev. Charles Donajkowski Visits Zambia, Africa...and...Sheriff Terry Flewelling Retires ...see "Stories"
01/04/18 - Added pictures of: 1978 - Ormie McClary Has Seen 100 New Year's Eves...and...Cub Scouts, Den 6, Present Gifts at Parkside Adult Care Center ..and...2008 - Ryan LaHaie Receives the Army Commendation Medal ...see "Stories"
01/01/18 - Added Presque Isle County Obituaries for 2017...see "Obituaries"
12/21/17 - Added pictures of: 2007 - Posen Postmaster Sharon Wirgau Has Canister for Donations for Baking Supplies, Snacks and Postage for Gifts for the Troops ..and...1977 - Beatty's Village Corner Takes Out Impressive Christmas Ad...New Sewage System for City Discussed...and 500 People Enjoyed Christmas Concert by Onaway Bands ...see "Stories"
12/14/17 - Added pictures of: 2007- M/V Lee White Takes on Cargo in Good Weather ..and...1977 - Onaway High School Snow King and Queen, Kurt Brown and Sally Hart...and...More than 500 People Celebrate at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center ...see "Stories"
12/21/17 - Added pictures of: Snow King and Queen Elected at Onaway High School...and...Roger LaFave Wins Big Buck Contest ..and...1977 - Posen's Girls Basketball Wins First District Championship ...see "Stories"
12/04/17 - Added pictures of: 1977 - Onaway Snow and Decorations ..and...1997 - International Hotel in Rogers City Burns ...see "Stories"
11/24/17 - Added pictures of: 1977- The Rogers City Hurons Win Opening Boys' Basketball Game Against Inland Lakes 55-39 ..and...1977- Onaway High School Athletic Awards' Night for Baseball, Girls' Basketball, Cheerleading, and Football ...see "Stories"
11/16/17 - Added pictures of: 1977- Onaway City Commission's Members Take Oath of Office...and...Harry W. Moran Jr. Gets Buck Early with V-12 Diesel Truck ..and...1977- Lucky Hunter Bill Shay Made the Front Page of the Advance ...see "Stories"
11/10/17 - Added pictures of: 1977- Jeff Visner is Named CMU Player of the Week...and...Bob Merrick Breaks Colin Freel's Season Scoring Record ..and...2007 - Presque Isle District Library Celebrates the Opening of the Grand Lake Branch ...see "Stories"
11/02/17 - Added pictures of: 1997 - Onaway Falcons Win the Northern Michigan Football League Championship ..and...James Stewart Challenged By Kenneth Vogelheim in Rogers City Mayoral Race ...see "Stories"
10/30/17 - Thanks to Carol Waun Dobos Graduates of Onaway High School in 1923 and 1925 ---see "Schools"+"Onaway High School Graduates"
10/19/17 - Added pictures of: 2007 - Rogers City Volleyball Players, Lauren Hanson and Ashley Basel, Attempting to Stop Play by Gaylord...and...Paul Kroll Breaks Four-Decade Old Rushing Record ...1977 - Patty Szymoniak is Crowned Homecoming Queen...and...The Cardinal Football Team Defeated Sault Ste. Marie 24-23 ...see "Stories"
10/16/17 - Added links to Presque Isle Historical Museum and Onaway Historical Museum...see the home page. 10/12/17 - Added pictures of: 1987 - Rogers City Football Coach, Bob Brietzke, Crowns Homecoming Queen Ann Kerr ...1977 - Ray Hitchcock, Onaway Fire Department Chief Warns to Stay Calm When Reporting a Fire...and...Onaway High School Homecoming Game Against Sault Ste. Marie...and Onaway School Board Approves Boxing ...see "Stories"
10/05/17 - Added pictures of: 2007 - Jamie Huber Is Hired as Secondary Principal in Rogers City ...and...1977 - Onaway High School Homecoming Queen Candidates...and...Virgil Freel is Named Farmer of the Week by Michigan Farm Radio Network and the Farm Bureau Insurance Group ...see "Stories"
09/28/17 - Added pictures of: 1977 - Rita Kleiber Is New Postmaster in Millersburg...and...New St. Paul Catholic Church Community Hall Nears Completion...and...1987 - Rogers City Girls' Cross-Country Team Shows Good Numbers ...see "Stories"
09/21/17 - Added pictures of: 1977 - CMU Athletic Director is Guest Speaker at Onaway Sports' Dinner...and...In Other Onaway News: Onaway City Council Goes to 5 Members; Onaway Dairy Queen Has Special; Mabel Burt has Large Tomatoes; Onaway Football Breaks 14 Game Winning Streak ...and...1997 - Huron Football Improves to 3-0 with win over Remus Chippewa Hills...see "Stories"
09/14/17 - Added pictures of: 1987 - Gov. James Blanchard Walks in Posen Grand Parade ...and...1967 - Onaway High School Homecoming and New Score Board for Football Field ...see "Stories"
09/07/17 - Added pictures of: 1987 - Rogers City Elementary School Welcomes Five New Teachers...and...1967 Onaway News - Rev. Donald Jasmin Is New Minister at First Baptist Church/Russell Memorial Hospital Addition Delayed/ Seaman Recruit Gary Brown Finishes Navy Basic Training/Arnold's Radio & TV Runs Ad ...see "Stories"

Index to Presque Isle County Local History Page

Vital Records Info
1926 Onaway May Term of Court
Death Certificates
Family Pages
Genealogical & Historical Societies
Libraries & Museums
Dibean Marriage Index
MI USGenWeb Archives
MI Tombstone Transcription
& Photo Project
Millersburg Homecoming Grand Marshals
Millersburg Memories
Ocqueoc Twp. Info
Onaway History
Photo Album
1875 Posen Twp. Officials
Postmasters of Hawks
Posen Postmasters
Posen Potato Festival Queen & Grand Marshal(s)
1903 Case Township Tax Books
Presque Isle County Offsite Resources
RC Nautical Festival Queens/Parade Marshalls
1872 Roger City Village Officers
1930 Directory for Rogers City
1946 RC Kiwanis Food Drive
Sheriffs of Presque Isle County
Bearinger Township History
Township Websites
1903 Plat Book Directory of People

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