This is from Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig, L.H.D.
LOOMIS, Isabella County: in 1871, Erastus G. Loomis, George W. Wise and E.F. Gould built a sawmill and a general store here and platted the village; a station on the Pere Marquette Railraod; its post office, named Butchel, was opened on May 1, 1871, with Mr. Wise as its first postmaster; the village and its post office were renamed Loomis on Dec. 8, 1871; the township, organized on Jan. 24, 1872, was named Wise for its co-founder, George W. Wise.
LOOMIS-first named "Butchel". In 1877 located in Wise Township, 16 miles north of Mt. Pleasant on the F. & P. M. Railroad. Settled in 1870. Has Hemlock extract factory, two shingle mills, and a sawmill. Town hall, Methodist church and two hotels. Population 350. Seth Bowdish, postmaster. Several general stores, two saloons, meat market, two hotels, etc.
Phil Worden, aged 87 in 1955, said two men named Wise and Lommis started lumbering in the area shortly after the Civil War, During the building of the railroad in the late 1860s, 700 to 800 people lived there in anything the afforded shelter. The present store in Loomis was at one time a hotel built by Patrick Holden neraly 100 years ago, Worden said.
Sam Zeiter owned a combination saw and shingle mill, one of the largest. Zeiter also owned a race track and race horses. The track was about 80 rods west of the present main corners.
The orginal frame schoolhouse was moved about 1895 and the present brick one built. From about 1960 until 1969 it stood vacant. The building was sold to a private party to be used for a home.
The Methodist church, built about 1875, was sold and moved to Clare.
The village was never incorporated but had a justice of the peace, a dog warden, and constable. During the loggings days Tom Lommison, a husky saloonkeeper, was turnkey in a makeshift jail attached to the town hall. Town records were kept by the justice of the peace, but burned with the town hall.
Until about 1960, when passenger tyrain service was ended, four trains a day pulled into the depot. Wesley Delmarter was an early Station agent. A hit-and-miss stage line operated to Gladwin via a plank road. "If you could catch it and hop on, then find room, you could ride," Mrs. Rodman said.
Until the 1890s lumber was stacked along the streets in every available space, leaving only a narrow aisle for wagons and sleighs to pass. Mills ran full-time until the timber ran out. "You could stand in the street, if you didn't get knocked down," Worden said. "You could look in any direction and see a fight going on".
1970 is the centennial of the one-time booming town of Loomis, but there are not enough residents to stage a celebration. The village has been crossed and crisscrossed so many times by roads and highways that little remains. Ten yeats ago the expressway (US-10) bypassed the town and thetre is little through traffic. One store and a gas station are doing business. Perhaps 15 familes live there. A store, gas station, and town hall stand near the main corners.
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