Montrose, Michigan

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Montrose is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,619 at the 2000 census. The city is situated within Montrose Township, but is politically independent.



Montrose was first settled in 1835 by Daniel Pifford as part of present neighboring Vienna Township. Originally named Pewonagowink Township when organized in 1848, but was later changed at the request of John Farquharson, a Scot, renamed the township to Montrose to impress his Scottish friends. The village of Montrose was incorporated from a portion of the township in 1899.

Montrose today is supported by local agriculture and commuter traffic to the greater Flint area. It has its own school system. Since 1972, it has held the Montrose Blueberry Festival annually, every third weekend in August.

State St. in 1912. Stateeeest.JPG

Books about Montrose

The book No Quitters Here: Quest for the Dome by B.M. Woodward discusses the Montrose High School Football Team's ten year winning streak from 1988 - 1998.

Notable Residents

Michigan's current Lieutenant Governor, John D. Cherry, graduated from Hill-McCloy High School in Montrose. He was elected in 2002 as the running mate of Democrat Jennifer Granholm.

Ex-major league baseball player Scott Aldred graduated from Hill-McCloy High School in 1986. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers right out of high school.

Dan "The Beast" Severn was a high school amateur wrestling sensation from Montrose, setting a national record for consecutive pins (112 over 4 years) and winning the World Junior title in 1977. He was a three-time All-American at Arizona State University, and an alternate on the 1984 Olympic team. Severn runs a wrestling school and still competes as a pro wrestler and UFC-style competitor. In addition, he has won over 90 major amateur titles, and is a black belt in judo and sombo. Severn claims instead to be from Coldwater, Michigan; the reason behind this is not known.

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