Krakow Township

Krakow Township

Krakow township was settled about the same time as Posen. The first settlers moved in about 1870 or 1871.

The first township meeting was held in a newly erected town hall on April 5, 1880. The following officers were elected:

Supervisor, Charles Adrian
Town Clerk, Paul Muzinski
Treasurer, Mathias Rembowski
Highway Commissioner, Jacob Kuiawa
School Supervisor, Jacob Skiba
Constable, Paul Misiak

Most of the above were the first settlers of Krakow Township. Others moving into the area at a later date were: August Miller, John Zelaskowski, Joseph Modrzynski, Frank Smigelski, Anton Rembowski and others.

The township was named after a major city in Poland as most of the settlers were from Poland. Others were settlers of German ancestry. August Miller, August Blemka and others.

The total taxes for 1890 of the township was $638.24 with the schools getting $184.16. There were three school districts, District 1, Trapp School; District 2, Misiak School and District 3, Rock Valley School.

Of the total taxes for 1969, the school received $78,175.65.

Farming and lumbering were the main businesses with Thompson's Harbor being the main shipping port by 1900. There was a small town built by the harbor including a hotel. As the lumbering era ended, the harbor was abandoned. Today there are still slabs laying at the bottom of the harbor.

There is a record of a collateral mortgage of one John Zelaskowski and one Peter Misiak with the Port Huron Engine and Thresher Company. They purchased the first threshing machine in the township. This machine had a steam engine to run it; however, it did not have enough power to move from uob to job and this required a team of horses. Mr. Peter Misiak sold his interest in the threshing machine after a few years to one Joseph Modrzynski and Mr. Modrzynski later sold his interst fully to Mr. Zelaskowski.

Factoid: November 7, 1901

There are some new provisions in regard to the slaughter of deer, which will detract from the pleasure of hunting. The new law provides that only three deer can be killed by one person and what makes it all the more peculiar, is the fact that deer or venison cannot be sold or killed for gain. The law is very explicit on that point.