Schoolcraft Township, Houghton County, Michigan

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Schoolcraft Township is a civil township of Houghton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township had a population of 1,863. The township was organized in 1866.

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Communities

  • Gregoryville, a ghost town on the east side of the north end of Torch Lake. Gregoryville is named after Joseph Gregory, who owned a large sawmill and became a successful lumber tycoon. He is referred to as "Father of the French Canadians" because he employed only French-Canadians. He never married and died in California. He had many siblings that also came to the area, only one brother, Delphis, remained in Quebec. He was the son of Joseph Gregoire and Anastasie Remillard.

Families that lived in Gregoryville were: Gregoire, Dessellier, LaCasse, Drake, etc.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 40.8 square miles (105.6 km²), of which, 40.1 square miles (103.8 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (1.67%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,863 people, 798 households, and 529 families residing in the township. The population density was 46.5 per square mile (17.9/km²). There were 1,061 housing units at an average density of 26.5/sq mi (10.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.69% White, 0.11% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population. 23.4% were of Finnish, 19.5% French, 12.2% French Canadian, 11.8% German and 7.9% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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