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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 43° 24.515 W 083° 40.769
17T E 283047 N 4809676
Quick Description: Located on the east side of Van Buren between Sanilac (M-46) and Saginaw Roads (M-15), north of the church. Parking available at the church.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 12/5/2006 7:13:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM10RT
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member "Paws"itraction
Views: 13

Long Description:
In 1849, Pastor Ferdinand Sievers of Bay County purchased over fifteen hundred acres of virgin forest here in Tuscola County to establish a colony of immigrants from revolution-torn Germany. A year later two families under the leadership of pastor Herman Kuehn settled in this area. They named their community Frankenhilf, combining Franconia, a district of Bavaria, and "hilf" meaning assistance. Despite severe hardships, the colony slowly grew and in 1851 organized St. Michael's Lutheran Church. Vexed by the seemingly odd name of this fertile farm area, postal authorities referred to Frankenhilf as "Richville" which became the village's official name in 1862. St. Michael's Lutheran Church, the nucleus of the early colony, still holds worship services in both English and German.
Historical Name: Pastor Ferdinand Sievers, Pastor Herman Kuehn

Parking nearby?: yes

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Registered Site #: Local Site #0540

Historical Date: Not listed

Description: Not listed

website: Not listed

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