Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Saginaw in Saginaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home / Theodore H. Roethke

 
 
Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 5, 2017
1. Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.
Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home
Distinguished poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) was born in Saginaw and grew up in this house. The house was built around 1911 for his parents, Otto and Helen Roethke. Otto's borther Carl lived in the adjacent fieldstone house. Together, the brothers managed the William Roethke Floral Company, founded in 1880s by their father, Wilhelm Roethke, a Prussian immigrant. The company's extensive greenhouses once stood on the land behind these two houses. Theodore worked in the greenhouses with his father and his experiences inspired many of his poems. Roethke attended local schools and the University of Michigan, obtaining a masters degree in literature in 1936, and he taught at universities throughout the country.

Theodore H. Roethke
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) wrote of his poetry: The greenhouse "is my symbol for the whole of life, a womb, a heavon-on-earth." Roethke drew inspiration from his childhood experiences of working in his family's Saginaw floral company. Beginning in 1941 with Open House, the distinguished poet and teacher published extensively, receiving a Pulitzer Prise for poetry and two National Book Awards among an array of honors. In 1959, Yale University awarded him the prestigious Bollingen Prize.
Theodore H. Roethke Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 5, 2017
2. Theodore H. Roethke Marker (Side 2)
Roethke taught at Michigan State College (present-day Michigan State University) and at colleges in Pennsylvania and Vermont before joining the faculty of the University of Washington at Seattle in 1947. Roethke died in Washington in 1963. His remains are interred in Saginaw's Oakwood Cemetery.
 
Erected 2000 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S669.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 24.896′ N, 83° 59.244′ W. Marker is in Saginaw, Michigan, in Saginaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Gratiot Avenue (State Highway 46) and Post Street, on the left when traveling west on Gratiot Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1805 Gratiot Avenue, Saginaw MI 48602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Ten Hours or No Sawdust" (approx. 13.6 miles away); Center Avenue (approx. 13.7 miles away); Charles B. & Georgiana (McGraw) Curtiss House (approx. 13.7 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 13.7 miles away); Trinity Church/Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 13.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
Theodore H. Roethke Marker and Home image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 5, 2017
3. Theodore H. Roethke Marker and Home

1. Theodore Roethke Museum. (Submitted on August 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Theodore Roethke. Article about the poet and his works on the Poetry Foundation's website. Includes some of his poetry. (Submitted on August 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

3. Theodore Roethke. Article on Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home Marker and Otto's Home image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 5, 2017
4. Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home Marker and Otto's Home
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
Paid Advertisement