Presque Isle in Presque Isle County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Kauffman / John Kauffman House
Registered Michigan Historic Site
In 1858, German immigrant John C. Kauffman (1833-1913) left Buffalo bound for Chicago aboard a ship that later ran aground near Bell Bay. John walked ashore and made his way to Burnham’s Landing at Presque Isle Harbor, where he found work cutting firewood for lake steamships. In 1861, John married Elizabeth Woodruff. During the Civil War, he served in the 13th Independent Battery, Michigan Light Artillery. His unit was with the 13th New York Cavalry during the search for President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. It helped capture one of Booth’s accomplices. Kauffman returned to Presque Isle after the war. There he served forty years as township supervisor. He was postmaster for the last fifteen years of his life.
John Kauffman House
John and Elizabeth Kauffman applied for a 149-acre homestead in Presque Isle Township in 1862. He built a log cabin near Grand Lake, but drifting snow off the lake forced him to move it in 1876. John marked each log to make reassembly easier. Using a team of oxen, he and his family skidded the hand-hewn logs up the hill to this site
Erected 2014 by Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L1890.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Animals • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 45° 18.252′ N, 83° 28.615′ W. Marker is in Presque Isle, Michigan, in Presque Isle County. Marker is at the intersection of East Grand Lake Road and Grand Lake Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on East Grand Lake Road. Marker is located in Homestead Park, directly in front of the restored John Kauffman House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8025 East Grand Lake Road, Presque Isle MI 49777, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Presque Isle Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles Burnham's Landing (approx. 1.8 miles away); Presque Isle Front Range Light (approx. 2.4 miles away); 1896 Lansing City Hall Bell (approx. 2.6 miles away); Old Presque Isle Lighthouse (approx. 2.8 miles away); Presque Isle Light Station (approx. 3.6 miles away).
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