Frankenhilf Historical

Frankenhilf Historical (HM1X04)

Location: Reese, MI 48757 Tuscola County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 24.514', W 83° 40.768'

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In 1849 Pastor Ferdinand Sievers of Bay County purchased over fifteen hundred acres of virgin forest here in Tuscola County to establish a colony of immigrants from revolution-torn Germany. A year later two families under the leadership of Pastor Herman Kuehn settled in this area. They named their community Frankenhilf, combining Franconia, a district of Bavaria, and hilf meaning assistance. Despite severe hardships, the colony slowly grew and in 1851 organized St. Michael's Lutheran Church. Vexed by the seemingly odd name of the fertile farm area, postal authorities referred to Frankenhilf as "Richville" which became the village's official name in 1862. St. Michael's Lutheran Church, the nucleus of the early colony, still holds worship services in both English and German.
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HM NumberHM1X04
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1977
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 283049 N 4809674
Decimal Degrees43.40856667, -83.67946667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 24.514', W 83° 40.768'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 24' 30.84" N, 83° 40' 46.08" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)989
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3401-3499 S Van Buren Rd, Reese MI 48757, US
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