History

Frederic Township celebrated their Centennial Anniversary in 1977. The Frederic Historical Society published a limited edition book, with historical records of the founding families of Frederic, industries and documents of the first 100 years.

A dedication in Frederic, Michigan Centennial by the Frederic Historical Society written by Merna Glen Newberry:

To the People of today: We’d like for you to enjoy our “friendly little town nestled in the Heart of the North Country” and the surrounding area. It is the land of the pines, lakes, sparkling trout streams and rolling wooded hills.  To the west flows the famous AuSable River and the mighty Manistee River.  It’s just the place for fishermen, swimmers, canoeists, hikers, horseback riders, hunters, campers, mushroom pickers, berry pickers, skiers, cross-country skiers, snowmobiliers, photographers, and all other nature lovers. In the fall there’s the beautiful colors everywhere you look. It’s as if God had taken a paint brush in hand and daubed a glorious array of color all over our lovely country side. In the woods and fields, he added an abundance of beautiful wild flowers. He gave us this valley as an extra benefit for all. So, people near and far, won’t you appreciate this blessing He’s given to us?

To the people of tomorrow: We pass on to you all these good things to love, preserve and share together for the benefit of all mankind. You are the people of our next 100 years.

Historic Industries of Frederic

Ausable Woodworking Company 

In 1927, a partnership was made known as AuSable Souvenir Works. They made souvenirs. In 1963, the name change to AuSable Woodworking Company as it wqas more descriptive of their products. Today it is called AuSable Souvenirs after Aaron Weaver purchased the rights to manufacture and distribute the products in January 2017. With the change of ownership, they won’t continue on with one of AuSable Woodworking’s main products, ornamental plaques.

Deward: Lumber Town to Ghost Town

Deward was located in the Manistee Valley northeast of Frederic. Built in 1900 when the area was bought by wealthy lumber baron David Ward. It thrived from 1901 to 1912. Former resident Carl Olson called it “one of the greatest lumbering meccas of all time”. Today, the buildings are long gone and looks more like a field.  All that is left is the treasures left behind.

Frederic today

Forbush Corners in Frederic is a world-recognized center for education and training in cross country skiing, and benefits from early and late snow due to a “snow belt micro climate”. Accomplished amateur ski racer David Forbush designed, maintains and grooms “one of the finest privately owned systems in the Midwest”.