Manistee County History Reference


1895 Portrait And Biographical Record Of Northern Michigan
Manistee County Biographies - Under Construction
Bibliography - Local Book Titles
Published Titles pertaining to Manistee County, Michigan.
Books: Higginson Book Company
County History and Surname Books Available in Reprint Form - commercial website.

Business Directory 1875-1877-1879-1881 Manistee County
Partial listings from the Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory.

Biography Transcriptions from the "History of Manistee County, Mason & Oceana Counties, Michigan" published 1882.
New Brunswick Newspaper Gleanings  New!

Civil War Soldiers of Manistee County
a List of men who claimed Manistee County as their home when they enlisted for duty in the
Civil War .

Classified Buyers Guide, Manistee Michigan, 1928 New!
This is a "Yellow Pages" type of directory that includes business listings, and some individual business owner names.
Historic Manistee Churches Background information on Manistee houses of worship from "The Salt City of the Inland Seas," published May, 1899.

History of Manistee County, Published 1882
The most comprehensive major work I have found regarding the history of Manistee County. The transcriptions are extensive, so plan to spend a while - it's well worth your time!

Historical Newspaper Clippings
A collection of assorted newspaper clippings from Manistee County newspapers.

History of Manistee 1899
Written by Mrs. Edward D. Wheeler in 1899 - published in "The Salt City of the Inland Seas."

Lumbering, Logging & Forestry Records State Archives of Michigan
Making Of America
Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. This is a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan and Cornell University.

Manistee DAR Lineages
Manistee-born ladies who will be forever remembered within the chapters of the
Daughters of the American Revoloution lineage books.

Manistee School History
Written by Edwin Russell, published 1899 in "The Salt City of the Inland Seas."

Manistee in the Spanish-American War
Manistee County soldiers that were involved in the Spanish-American war.

Manistee Timeline
A chronological list of events that transpired in early Manistee County history.

Pardons Granted By The Governor of The State of Michigan 1851 - 1867
Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Michigan
Published 1867 by J.A. Kerr & Co., Printers to the State
Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910  From the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress.

Pioneer Reminiscences
Charming narratives written in 1899 by E. Golden Filer, Thomas J. Ramsdell, Mrs. L.E.W. Hall, Dr. L.S. Ellis, and Christian Hauser. Printed 1899 in "The Salt City of the Inland Seas."

Political Biographical Sketches
From the Manistee Advocate, April 11, 1885

Portrait & Biographical Record of Northern Michigan 1895
From the Clarke Historical Library

River Street Businesses, 1882 - City of Manistee
List of business houses and places of business trade on River Street, Manistee, Michigan in 1882.

The Sawmill  From the Michigan Historical Museum

S.C. Overpack's Big Wheels
A link to read all about, and view, S.C. Overpack's "Big Wheels," which made year-round logging possible in Manistee.

Manistee Surnames from Published Works
Manistee surnames from published works, includes "The Lumberman's Legacy" and "The Salt City of the Inland Seas."

The Great Fire of 1871
From "The Salt City of the Inland Seas", published 1899.

The Matanuska Colony: The New Deal in Alaska
"In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt offered 203 families from the hardest-hit areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan the chance to start fresh in a new land, in a fertile Alaskan valley with the melodic name Matanuska." This website lists the names of the families - husband & wife, and number of children - and also their previous city of residence. Several of these families were from Manistee County.

Kalliosaari: John, Letta and 1 child (Copemish, MI)
Snyder: Thomas, Freda and 4 children (Manistee, MI)
Usher: Robert, Helen and 3 children (Copemish, MI)
Venne: George, Irene and 3 children (Bear Lake, MI)

Township Histories
Read the history of all Manistee County townships.

Tugs and Fleets
Manistee tugboats, shipping fleets, and related links

Yearbooks - 1929 and 1938
From Manistee High School


USGenWeb's Downward Bound Great Lakes Shipping genealogy by Pat Hamp.

Grand Trunk Western Historical Society Railroad and shipping concerns

Great Lakes Ships Manistee ships, by Marla Hughes

Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping List of Links Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping online

Lake Michigan Shipwrecks - The Milwaukee  A shipwreck that took the lives of many Manistee men on October 22, 1929. Great Lakes Research and Diving Warehouse

Manistee and Frankfort Lights Photo tour of Great Lakes lighthouses by William A. Britten.

The Milwaukee by George Stowers

Tugs and Fleets From the History of Manistee, Mason & Oceana Counties, Michigan. Published 1882 by H.R. Page & Co., Chicago

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