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

Site of Frederick Denny Larke Home

Historic Site No. 4

 
 
Site of Frederick Denny Larke Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
1. Site of Frederick Denny Larke Home Marker
Inscription. This parcel of property is historically important for several reasons. The home of Frederick Denny Larke was located along the Third Street side of the lot. Larke was one of the founders of Rogers City and a successful businessman with diverse commercial interests. He had extensive land holdings throughout the county and was active in the lumber business. He also operated a general store across Huron Avenue from his home, was founder and publisher of the Presque Isle County Advance, and operated the village's first telephone company. He also lobbied steadily to get the Detroit & Mackinac railroad to extend its lines into Rogers City and worked tirelessly to recruit someone to set up limestone mining operations where Calcite is located today.

The small log cabin shown in the photo was located at the rear of Larke's property. The Advance was located in the cabin at one time and Charles Osgood's Presque Isle County Bank, the first bank in the county, operated out of the same log cabin from 1890 until 1899.

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.
Marker detail: Log cabin located at the rear of Larke's property image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Log cabin located at the rear of Larke's property
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 4.)
 
Location. 45° 25.295′ N, 83° 49.106′ W. Marker is in Rogers City, Michigan, in Presque Isle County. Marker is on North 3rd Street (Alternate U.S. 23) south of Larke Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is mounted a eye-level on the building located at this address, an auto mechanic shop, at the southeast corner of the building, facing 3rd Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 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. Frederick Denny Larke General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Presque Isle County Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Erskine Building / Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Lodge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Presque Isle County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store
Site of Frederick Denny Larke Home Marker (<i>wide view; marker near left corner of building</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
3. Site of Frederick Denny Larke Home Marker (wide view; marker near left corner of building)
(about 500 feet away); Site of Presque Isle County Savings Bank (about 600 feet away); Rogers City Post Office (about 700 feet away); Emergency Steering Wheel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogers City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Rogers City Historic Walking Tour
 
Also see . . .  Men of Progress: Embracing Biographical Sketches of Representative Michigan Men. Mr. Larke deserves to be placed as the founder and organizer of the county of Presque Isle. He was engaged to locate land for the Molitor-Rogers Company in Presque Isle county, and it was while in their employ that he selected the site and laid out the village of Rogers City. He was county clerk for 14 years, and supervisor for eight years. He ran a hardwood lumber business, real estate, a drug and general store, and built the telephone line between Alpena and Rogers City. (Submitted on September 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Frederick Denny Larke image. Click for full size.
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4. Frederick Denny Larke
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Last updated on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 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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