Meyer Township, Michigan

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Meyer Township is a civil township of Menominee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,036 at the 2000 census. Hermansville is an unincorporated village within the township, and is where most of the population is concentrated.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 90.2 square miles (233.6 km²), of which, 89.8 square miles (232.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (0.48%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,036 people, 440 households, and 285 families residing in the township. The population density was 11.5 per square mile (4.5/km²). There were 609 housing units at an average density of 6.8/sq mi (2.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.55% White, 0.10% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.19% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

There were 440 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,466, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $17,443 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,256. About 4.8% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.


The village of Hermansville was founded in 1878 by Mr. C.J.L. Meyer of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin who built and operated a saw and shingle mill utilizing the abundant native cedar and pine growing in the area. In 1883 Mr. Meyer organized the Wisconsin Land & Lumber Company, which acquired the mill and landholdings, and began working on methods of utilizing the abundant hardwood timber on the surrounding lands held by the company. The company eventually developed innovative new methods and machinery for manufacturing pre-cut maple wood flooring; previous techniques for cutting and shaping maple in the US were laborious and inefficient because of the hard, brittle nature of maple wood. The IXL brand of flooring became a popular choice for flooring, due to its virtually indestructible nature and its rich color and grain. The company also utilized other varieties of wood growing in the area for various products.[3]

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