The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Ogemaw County by the Rose City Area Historical Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images depicting the county’s rich history of lumbering, oil, farming, interesting people and places.
Ogemaw County, which got its name from the Chippewa chief Ke-ke-to, was organized in 1840, and in 1870, the first permanent population arrived along with the railroads. The white pines brought lumbermen as early as 1863, but by 1890, the pines were gone and only hardwoods remained. Today the county boasts 119 lakes among its forests, artesian wells and the Rifle River, which begins in Devoe Lake and is favored by outdoor recreationists. The Smiley water tower greets travelers as they arrive here, the last stop for food and gasoline in a vacationer’s journey “up north.”
Step back in time to visit Karcher’s and Gould’s Drug Stores, the dairy bar, the marl plant and the Monoghan, Richland and West Branch Hotels. Remember trout festivals past and the Ogemaw County Fair, as well as Ogemaw’s residents who danced holes in their shoes at the Graceland Ballroom with members of Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang.
The historical society hopes the book will “bring back memories of a time past and make people proud to call Ogemaw County home and keep those not able to live here close in spirit.”
Highlights of Ogemaw County:
• A majority of the photographs were donated from private collections of local residents and the Rose City Area Historical Society.
• The proceeds from the book will go to help build the historical society’s archives.
• The book is the first county history since 1965.
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