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Rogers City in Presque Isle County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store

Historic Site No. 8

 
 
Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
1. Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store Marker
Inscription. This is the oldest surviving commercial building in Rogers City. It was built in 1873 to house Herman Hoeft & Son's general store, the second store in the fledgling Village. The Hoefts were in competition with the “company store” operated by the Rogers-Molitor lumber company. The Hoeft & Son's store moved to a different location in 1913.

A variety of businesses have occupied the building over the years, including a furniture store, appliance store, grocery store, automobile dealership, hardware, and two pizza shops. Originally a two-story building, the second floor was destroyed by the 1935 fire shown in the photo. At that time, an A&P grocery store occupied the main floor of the building, while the American Legion hall was on the second floor.

The Presque Isle County Historical Museum provided sign text and images. A Vibrant Small Cities Initiative (VSCI) grant from MSHDA and the City of Rogers City funded this project. The City Council and Community Development Authority jointly obtained the VSCI grant. The Design Committee developed the concept. Sign design and engineering by Harry Wierenga of Fleis and VandenBrink Engineering. Valley City Sign manufactured the signs in 2010. The Department of Public Works installed the signs in 2011.

 
Erected
Marker detail: The second floor was destroyed by the 1935 fire shown in this photo image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: The second floor was destroyed by the 1935 fire shown in this photo
2011 by City of Rogers City & Vibrant Small Cities Initiative (VSCI) grant from MSHDA. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Location. 45° 25.231′ N, 83° 49.025′ W. Marker is in Rogers City, Michigan, in Presque Isle County. Marker is on North 3rd Street (Alternate U.S. 23) north of West Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the front of the subject building, at the northeast corner, facing 3rd Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 North 3rd Street, Rogers City MI 49779, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Presque Isle County Savings Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Erskine Building / Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); Rogers City Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Presque Isle County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Presque Isle County Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederick Denny Larke General Store (about 400 feet away); Emergency Steering Wheel (about 400 feet away); Site of Bertram Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogers City.
 
Regarding Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store. Building
Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
3. Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store Marker (tall view)
is currently occupied by a retail toy store.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Rogers City Historic Walking Tour
 
Also see . . .  Joint Documents of the State of Michigan For the Year 1897, Vol. 4. From the recommendation of the Advisory Pardon Board in regards to the four men named below who were convicted in 1892 of the August 23, 1875, murder of ALBERT MOLITOR:
HERMAN HOEFT came to Rogers City and engaged in the same kind of business as MOLITOR and they became bitter rivals, although for a time they had some business intercourse with each other. It is evident that Hoeft both hated and feared MOLITOR, and he went secretly to work to destroy MOLITOR's power in the county. He found an instrument mete for his purpose in the bitter enmity of these ignorant Germans towards MOLITOR, and he became their leader. Through them he was elected treasurer of the county in the election held on the reorganization of the county in 1875. His leadership and influence over these people is shown by the fact that upon the refusal of THOMAS CRAWFORD, the ex-treasurer, to surrender the books belonging to the office, they turned out en masse and accompanied him to Craford's Quarry for the purpose of getting these books. (Submitted on September 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Mr. Mustache and Company (<i>marker visible on right side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
4. Mr. Mustache and Company (marker visible on right side)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 12 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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