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Somerset in Hillsdale County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Somerset General Store

1871

 
 
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2019
1. Somerset General Store Marker
Inscription.  On the Old Sauk Trail, later known as the Detroit-Chicago Turnpike, George A. Smith erected this building for use as a general store to serve local residents and travelers.

Frank R. Smith was proprietor when his brother in law, Andrew Leutheuser, came to work for him in 1910.

In 1915 Mr. Leutheuser purchased the business, which became known as A. Leutheuser 7 Co. The village and surrounding area were served by the Leutheuser family for a half century.

The store was a source of virtually all the store-bought necessities for village and farm families. It also provided a market for customers wool, grain and other farm commodities.

This building was more than a general store and post office. It was also a social center where patrons would gather to catch up on local news or to attend programs at the community hall above the store where plays and occasional dances were held.

The Somerset Post Office was situated in the general store. Andrew Leutheuser served as postmaster for 36 years.

Plaque Dedicated August 3, 1996
 
Erected 1996.
 
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2019
2. Somerset General Store Marker
marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 42° 2.912′ N, 84° 22.618′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Michigan, in Hillsdale County. Marker is at the intersection of Somerset Road and Chicago Road (U.S. 12), on the right when traveling south on Somerset Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somerset MI 49281, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W. H. L. McCourtie / W. H. L. McCourtie Estate (approx. 1.7 miles away); Woodstock Manual Labor Institute (approx. 3˝ miles away); Clearwater Beach Entrance (approx. 5.8 miles away); Michigan and Ohio Railroad Depot (approx. 6.8 miles away); Rollin Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.2 miles away); Brooklyn's Founder (approx. 7.7 miles away); Brooklyn Presbyterian Church (approx. 7.8 miles away); Wooden Stone School (approx. 8 miles away).
 
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2019
3. Somerset General Store Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 25, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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