“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Benzie County Michigan Historical Markers

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By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
Benzonia College Marker
Michigan (Benzie County), Benzonia — S0245 — Benzonia College

In 1858, in what was then a remote wilderness, the Rev. Charles E. Bailey and four families from his Ohio Congregational parish founded Benzonia colony. It was to be an "educational Christian colony" modeled after the earlier Congregational . . . — Map (db m97478) HM

Michigan (Benzie County), Benzonia — S0560 — Bruce Catton
Historian, author, editor, Bruce Catton (1899-1978) is best known for his two Civil War trilogies -- The Army of the Potomac and The Centennial History of the Civil War. Born in Petoskey, Catton spent most of his childhood in Benzonia, . . . — Map (db m97480) HM
Michigan (Benzie County), Benzonia — L0468 — Mills Community House

This building was a girls dormitory erected in 1909 for the Benzonia Academy. Named Mills Cottage in honor of the Reverend Harlow S. Mills, pastor of Benzonia Congregational Church from 1896 to 1916, it became property of that church when the . . . — Map (db m97479) HM

Michigan (Benzie County), Beulah — Crystal Lake
In 1873 an ambitious but ill-advised project was put through in an effort to connect Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan with a navigable channel. The original level of Crystal Lake was, at that time, much higher than its present level. The project was a . . . — Map (db m97481) HM
Michigan (Benzie County), Frankfort — Fog Signal Building

On December 12, 1891, the Lighthouse Board issued a "Notice to Mariners" informing them that a long sought steam-powered fog signal, featuring two 10-inch whistles similar to those then used on locomotives, had been installed at Point Betsie. . . . — Map (db m98327) HM

Michigan (Benzie County), Frankfort — Gravestone at Point Betsie

Yes, we have a gravestone at Point Betsie but alas no grave. Edward Wheaton, Keeper 1934 to 1946, made this gravestone to honor his mother, Martha Madsen Wheaton, 1857 to 1941. She died in Cheboygan.

Keeper Edward Wheaton could not lift the . . . — Map (db m98323) HM

Michigan (Benzie County), Frankfort — S0272 — Marquette's Death

On May 18, 1675, Father Jacques Marquette, the great Jesuit missionary and explorer, died and was buried by two French companions somewhere along the Lake Michigan shore of the lower peninsula. Marquette had been returning to his mission at St. . . . — Map (db m97466) HM

Michigan (Benzie County), Frankfort — Oil House

Prior to 1892, large quantities of kerosene that fueled Point Betsie's beacon and apartment lamps, etc., was kept at the base of the lighthouses tower. As at other light stations, a separate building was erected here in 1892 to provide safer . . . — Map (db m98330) HM

Michigan (Benzie County), Frankfort — War Memorial

To the men who have devoted their time and their lives that we may continue to live in freedom — Map (db m97464) HM

Michigan (Benzie County), Honor — Honor Area WWII Honor Roll

[Honor Roll of Veterans] — Map (db m97482) WM

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