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The community of Hemlock, Michigan is a census-designated place (CDP) in south-central Richland Township, in the northeast segment of Saginaw County.

The community is concentrated around the intersection of M-46 (Gratiot Road) and Hemlock Road. The northern border of the CDP is Geddes Road, while Doyle Road makes up most of its southern border, which is broken up in the center and east sides. Brennan Road is the western border, and its eastern border is made up of Watson Road, Raucholz Road, and a stream or drainage canal in the northeastern part of the CDP.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Hemlock include Merrill, Breckenridge, St. Charles, Saginaw, Midland, St. Louis, and Zilwaukee, while unincorporated communities within ten miles are Iva, Nelson, Orr, Garfield, Roosevelt, LaPorte, Frost, Shields, Swan Creek, Poseyville, Dice, and Lakefield.

Philo Thomas became the first permanent settler in the area that was to become Hemlock when he moved there in 1865. John Codd came the following year. In 1868, W.S. Gillespie opened a sawmill, and the Saginaw Valley & St. Louis Railroad came through soon after, opening a station and bringing several other settlers.

The first Richland Township hall was built on South Elm Street in 1889, and is currently being used as a senior center. Constructed in 1976, the Richland Township Municipal Building houses the township offices and the Mary C. Rauchholz Memorial Library.

A post office was established as Hemlock City on May 24, 1869, with Jacob King as the first postmaster. On March 27, 1895, the name of the post office was shortened to Hemlock. The community was probably named for an abundance of hemlock trees in the area. Today, the Hemlock post office serves most of Richland Township, along with portions of Fremont Township, small sections of Thomas and Swan Creek townships, and a portion of Ingersoll Township in Midland County.

Since the late 1970s, the community has hosted an annual Sawdust Days festival on the third Saturday of September.

The focal point of this guide is on the community of Hemlock, Michigan. Appropriate resources include websites representing businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, and events within the community.



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