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Site of Gumm Furniture Store

Historic Site No. 13

 
 
Site of Gumm Furniture Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
1. Site of Gumm Furniture Store Marker
Inscription. From 1897 until 2006, this corner lot at the center of Rogers City's business district was occupied by the imposing two-story, frame building shown in the photo. Originally a furniture store operated by Julius Gumm, the building was purchased in 1913 by local lumberman and merchant Paul H. Hoeft. From then until 1960 the building housed the Hoeft Department Store, operated for many years by Lillian Heller.

In 1960, Hal Whiteley, Hoeft's son-in-law, acquired the building as the new home for his newspaper, the Presque Isle County Advance. The newspaper's offices were located in the building until it was destroyed by fire on February 12, 2006

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 2011 by City of Rogers City & Vibrant Small Cities Initiative (VSCI) grant from MSHDA. (Marker Number
Marker detail: Historic photo of Gumm Furniture Store Building image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Historic photo of Gumm Furniture Store Building
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Location. 45° 25.161′ N, 83° 48.921′ W. Marker is in Rogers City, Michigan, in Presque Isle County. Marker is on South 3rd Street (Alternate U.S. 23) south of Erie Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the building at this address, just to the left of the 3rd Street entrance, facing 3rd Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 South 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 Emil & Lizzie Poch Hardware Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Port of Calcite Entry Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Rogers City's First Flour Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Bertram Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Emergency Steering Wheel (within shouting distance of this marker); Rogers City Post Office (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Presque Isle County Savings Bank (about 500 feet away); Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogers City.
 
Regarding Site of Gumm Furniture Store. The building currently located at this site is occupied by a local newspaper office.
 
Related markers.
Site of Gumm Furniture Store Marker (<i>tall view; marker just left of door</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
3. Site of Gumm Furniture Store Marker (tall view; marker just left of door)
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Rogers City Historic Walking Tour
 
Also see . . .  A History of Northern Michigan and Its People, Vol 3. JULIUS E. GUMM was born in Russia on March 14, 1854. The father was a merchant from his youth to the end of his life, as was his father before him, so that merchandising seems to have been the family vocation by natural design, as three generations have been highly successful in it. Although loyal to his native land while obtaining his education in its schools, it did not meet his requirements in the way of opportunity for advancement, and in 1871, when he was but seventeen years of age, he determined to seek a larger and more open field in the New World. On his arrival in the United States he came at once to Michigan and to Detroit. Here he engaged in selling goods until 1884, when he moved to Rogers City, this county, where he opened a store of his own in general merchandise. (Submitted on September 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Site of Gumm Furniture Store Marker (<i>wide view; marker at center</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
4. Site of Gumm Furniture Store Marker (wide view; marker at center)
 
 
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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