Centerville Township, Michigan

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Centerville Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,095 at the 2000 census.

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Communities and landmarks

  • Isadore is a small unincorporated community in the southern part of the township at 44°52′40″N 85°46′25″W / 44.87778°N 85.77361°W / 44.87778; -85.77361 (Isadore).[3] It began when Polish immigrants arrived from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in about 1870 and settled into farming in the area.[4] The first Roman Catholic Church, called "Holy Rosary", was built in 1883 and a parochial school the following year. Originally called "Four Corners", the name was changed to honor Saint Isadore, the patron saint of farmers. A post office was established on July 27, 1892 and operated until May 15, 1912.[4][5] A new Catholic school was built in 1905, and the current Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a brick structure, was built in 1922. Later, a high school was added, graduating its first class in 1942. The high school operated until 1961. The intersection today consists of the church, school (closed after 101 years of operation at the close of the 1998-1999 school year), a rectory built in 1966, a cemetery, and a couple of houses, surrounded by farmland on rolling hills.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 30.4 square miles (78.8 km²), of which, 27.7 square miles (71.8 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it (8.87%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,095 people, 435 households, and 325 families residing in the township. The population density was 39.5 per square mile (15.2/km²). There were 681 housing units at an average density of 24.6/sq mi (9.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.72% White, 0.46% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.92% of the population.

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