Paris City
Huron County Michigan

Paris MI - East View Paris City 1910 - Contributed by Paul Petosky

Paris is one of the early settled townships. As long ago as 1856, Casmer Smolenski located a farm here, and began his improvements, and from that time it has been settling up rapidly. The greater portion of the inhabitants of this township are Polanders, who are very thrifty. It is regarded as one of the best farming sections in the county. In the south and west portion of the township the land is hilly, while in the north and east it is flat. The soil is a clay loam. The township is well drained by the branches of Black and Cass Rivers, and by Elm Creek.

The people suffered fearfully from the great fires, particularly that of 1881, which swept over nearly the whole township. They have pretty well recovered from the effects, having good homes again, and doing well. About two-thirds of the land is now under cultivation. There are two saw-mills and one flouring mill, which supply the home demands.

The township is provided with fine schools, which are located respectively on sections 8, 11, 21, 26 and 31. This township was organized in 1861 when Donald Currie was chosen Supervisor, Alex. Currie, Clerk and Richard Evans, Treasurer. It is bounded on the north by Sigel, on the east by Sherman, on the south by Sanilac County, and on the west by Bingham Township. Parisville is the principal village, where there is a general store, kept by Wm. Engle, and a hotel by George Zinger.

A Polish school is about to be opened at this town, which will be in charge of the Sisters of the Catholic Church. The Catholics also have a Church here, which was one of the first put up in the peninsula. A new building 45 x 120 feet is nearly finished.

It was erected by Rev. Joseph Gratza. There is also a Presbyterian society at Parisville. This town has a postoffice, and the Port Huron & Northwestern Railroad runs across the southeast corner of the township.


The names of the Supervisors who have served the township are given below:

Donald Currie, 1861
Charles McMillan, 1862-7
Donald Currie, 1868-70
Charles McMillan, 1871-2
Stephen Willkowski, 1873
Charles McMillan, 1874
Stephen Pawlowski, 1875-6
Charles McMillan, 1877-8
Wm. Mauer, 1879
Charles McMillan, 1880-1
Paul Suida, 1882-4