Metz

Metz

The hamlet of Metz, located west of Posen, stands today as a symbol of the unconquerable spirit of Michigan's early settlers.

Lumbering was the main industry in the early days. It was used locally for building and any surplus was shipped out by railroad. Metz also had a shingle mill industry.

One of the oldest business places was the present Konieczny store. The first owner was Henry Veitel. The first location was on the site of the present Catholic rectory. In 1905, the Steve Konieczny's bought the store from Mr. and Mrs. Watson Centala. It was destroyed by the terrible fire and in 1908 the new building was built. In 1907, Steve Konieczny was the new postmaster and held the job until 1946, when Alex and Stanley Konieczny took over the business and post office. Steve and his wife died in 1952 and 1954 and Stanley in 1965. Mrs. Alex Konieczny was acting postmaster in 1964. The post office was discontinued in 1966, when a substation was put in as a branch of Posen.

Another business was the present Sytek building. In 1908, after the big fire, the Beck Brewing Company of Alpena built it as a hotel and saloon. In 1918, during Prohibition, the county went DRY and Philip Sytek took over and made it into a store. In 1933, the county became wet again and in 1945 Leland and Helen Sytek took over and made it into a bar which it is a present.