Ed. note: I hope to have some photos to add to this page soon.
I thank you for asking for more information on the Bennetts of Bennett Hill Road, also known as Townline Road in Banks Township.
My Great Grandfather Henry settled in the northeast corner of section 5 in Central Lake Township, at the location where the Shook’s farm is now. I don’t have much on Henry other than that he was born in Ireland in 1828 and migrated to Canada, married Mary Ann Fraser in Montreal, moved to Cobourg Ontario until migrating to Northern Michigan settling first in the Charlevoix area for a while, then settling in Banks Township.
Henry and Mary Ann had six children. My grandfather Will was the second oldest. He married Liz Dawson in 1891 and they tended the farm at the top of Bennett Hill until my Grandfather died suddenly at fifty years of age in 1913. My Grandmother sold the farm and moved back to the Dawson Grand View Farm, as it was then called, on Meggison Road at the crest of the hill near the west end (south side of Meggison) where the road curves and turns into Shady Nook Road.
The line of mature maple trees that Henry Dawson planted on the south side of the road are still standing. There was a grand view of Torch Lake and the Bay, then the sight of Northport at the end of the Penninsula (thus the name the Grand View Farm). There was a schoolhouse that was at the far west end of the farm also called the Grand View School.
My dad dearly loved his boyhood stomping grounds. (Will Bennett’s farm where my Dad grew up was in Banks Twp. on the north side of Bennett Hill Road and just at the top of the hill, east from where the Shook’s farm is now.) He graduated from Central Lake H.S. in the class of 1922, moved to Detroit in 1934, and met my mother there. They were married in 1935. After he worked for 27 years for Fisher Body Division he retired and moved back to the north country, Kewadin. He told me many things about people and places up there through the years until his death in 1984.
If you go to the Southern Cemetery there on M-88 you will find the graves of Henry and Mary Ann Bennett in the older area of headstones (north east corner) next to a rather large marker of the Carey’s. Henry and Mary Ann’s marker is horizontal and on the south side of the Carey’s marker. It would likely be covered with snow now. Then north and slightly east you will find the graves of my Grandfather Will and Lizzie as she was called. They would be on the north side of the little two track road.
I currently live in Georgetown Ohio having moved here going on three years ago to be closer to our daughter and her family who live in a neighboring town called Bethel. We moved here after residing and working in Kalkaska from 1974 to 2005. We had lived in Kewadin for several years prior. Both of our children graduated from the Kalkaska Schools. I put in seventeen years as a engineer operator at the Kalkaska Natural Gas Processing Plant which was owned by the Amoco Production Company based in Houston Texas. I took an early retirement in 1992 from Amoco and worked for a couple other Gas related companies until 2000.