By: Jim Fitzpatrick

Local Farmer in Polkton Township writes for the Coopersville Observer.

Along Brandy Creek

By Jim Fitzpatrick


The Coopersville Observer  January 10, 2005- - No. 43

The name of the place isn't used much anymore. There is a good chance that you may live there and not be aware of it, especially if you have arrived in the area within the past 30 years or so. Dennison is a small place at the crossings of State Road, Cleveland and 80th avenue.


Some would say that this little burg doesn't exist anymore. Later day maps show no sign of it. Ages ago it went by the name of Roseville, was called Polkton at another time. A century ago or more a sawmill was in business right there along Brandy Creek. There was a post office, a general store, a place to board the train and an interurban rail car stop. St. Michael's church identified itself with the community for most of its 125 year existence. Later on there was a gas station, another general store, a burial vault making company and welding shop - all as late as the 1950s.


Well, Dennison is still there, believe it or not! Just take a look next time you pass by. A couple of local farmer fellows have a sign off the road a bit out in their field. Yep, that marker identifies Dennison as a real place, still going strong. The population is on the rise these days, quite a few new houses scattered around. You'll find that there are a bunch of families living there, business goes on as usual. You can have your farm equipment updated at one place, get your sand blasting taken care of at another. "Dennison Woodworks" specializes in fine cabinet making right there in the old welding shop. There is a fellow over on the West Side that will repair your car for you. The "Go Away Buffalo Ranch and Meat Market" isn't far off to the west either.


Dennison - it would be nice to hear the name of that special little place used more often, get it back on the map one of these days.

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