Welcome to Rose City, Michigan

Rose City, Michigan is located on M-33 in northern Ogemaw County. The county is named after the Indian title “chief” which in Chippewa is pronounced: “Ogema.” The land was originally platted in 1840. The county was organized in 1875, when the first settlers arrived near Ogemaw Springs and set up a lumber mill.

Rose City began in 1875 when Allen S. Rose moved here from New York and built a general store. The town was originally named Churchill, until 1892 when the railroad came through and it was renamed Rose City. It was incorporated into a city in 1905. This city has survived over the years as a result of tourism and its location to so many lakes and streams in the scenic surrounding area, including Houghton Creek, which runs through town. Other prominent cities in Ogemaw County: Prescott and West Branch.


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Donnie Boursaw

I am very happy to announce that Donnie Boursaw will be working out of the Rose City Area Historical Society at least one day a week and will have lots of records for research available. There will be more announcements coming but Donnie is still in the area. I also want to welcome Donnie to […]

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100th Anniversary of World War 1

The Ogemaw Genealogical & Historical Society is inviting the public to a presentation by John Bennett and Mike Durfee on the 100th Anniversary of World War 1. The program will be Friday, April 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Museum on the corner of First and Wright Street in West Branch. See […]

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West Branch Family History Center

After 27 years the West Branch Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has closed its doors. Effective Friday, March 17, 2017 the Center was discontinued. I want to thank all of you for the wonderful support you have given the center over the years. Without your patronage we could […]

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West Branch 1904

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The Mitten State Celebrates 180 years

Happy Birthday, Michigan! Thursday is the mitten state’s 180th birthday. Michigan became part of the United States on January 26 1837. Governor Rick Snyder, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Attorney General Bill Schuette and other elected state officials will hold a ceremony in the Capitol building on Thursday. The ceremony is being called “The Turnaround” […]

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