It was only a single black and white image. Found at the Caseville Historical Museum it’s faded and somewhat overdeveloped but it clearly shows the name; Caseville Mercantile. The problem is that there is no mention of this store in the typical public records. We are still trying to identify if the building exists today but locals say it is still alive as the Helping Hands Resale and Thrift Store across from the Caseville United Methodist Church.
Few Clues of the Caseville Mercantile Co.
Since our online store ThumbWind-Mercantile, (now shut down) also used a similar name we are intrigued. If any of our readers have more information we would be grateful to know more.
We do know one thing, the current Helping Hands shop is an awesome legacy to this location. Read more about their good work and seriously consider donating your unused clothing and household items to the Thrift Store in Caseville.
They also make pretty good pasties too.
- Small villages dot the countryside of Michigan. This shot was taken at Bach Michigan. The Bach General Store, long since closed. Once the center of the community, these shops were a common sight in the days before Walmart and Dollar General. They served as local focal points one could walk to or arrive on horseback or wagon. The Bach General Store
- Port Crescent State Park is one of the largest state parks in southern Michigan. Located at the tip of Michigan’s “thumb” along three miles of sandy shoreline of Lake Huron Saginaw Bay, the park offers excellent fishing, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, birding, and hunting opportunities. However, a little-known aspect of this park is that it sits on the location of a ghost town. Port Crescent – A Ghost Town in the Thumb
- The Pedestal Inscription of the Caseville statue reads – 1910. Dedicated to the living and dead soldiers of Huron County 1861-1865. Erected by the patriotic citizens of Huron County under auspices of Nancy Smalley Circle No. 7, L. of G. A. R. Caseville’s Union Memorial Statue
- Once a year, my wife and I get together with friends and visit some of the fine Michigan distilleries and vineyards. We venture up to Traverse City and over to Southwest, Michigan. While it’s a bit of a drive, we love to get together with our old chums and share updates of our adult kids and our exploits of the past year. We utilize the safety of a little tour bus to each winery. A New Michigan Distillery to Savor in the Thumb
2 thoughts on “The Mystery of Caseville Mercantile Co.”
This is not Helping Hands in Caseville. It is the original building known as LeBlancs General Store. If you check in the Caseville Historical this building was added onto in the late 1800s early 1900s with another building. The store still has those windows above and the same porch to this day.
Hi Lee Ann, Thanks for your input. While LeBlancs was a store, it had two windows and it’s one of the few original wood structures of the village. Helping Hand is brick and it’s thought the second floor was removed.