South Range was platted in 1902 by the Wheal Kate Mining Company. It carries a rich mining history which can still be seen throughout the town to this day!
Mickus Family of South Range
Andrew and Isabella Mickus, parent of Albert Mickus and grandparents of Mike Mickus, operated a grocery store for many years in South Range in the building where Vitality Chiropractic and Wellness & Wide Eyed Gallery are now located. It is believed that Andrew sold it to the Paolis sometime around World War II.
- Contributed by Albert Mickus of Sheboygan, WI and Mike Mickus of Hubbel, MI.
William Dick, South Range Dentist
A graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School in 1902, he established a dental practice in South Range immediately following his graduation, and continued as a dentist there until just before his death in 1944 in Lansing, MI following an operation. There are many former patients who still remember climbing the creaky stairs to his office on the second floor above Rimpela's Clothing store and being warmly greeted by their friendly dentist.It is difficult to imagine setting up a dental practice in those early years in a new community without running water, electricity, or a sewer system. Yet Dr. Dick's dentistry was state-of-the-art for that time, and he maintained his proficiency by taking post-graduate courses at the University of Michigan, including one as late as June of 1937 at age 65. Over his many years in South Range he provided a needed service to literally thousands of people in an unassuming way, and the community was better for his having been a part of its early history.
-Contributed by Don Dick of Rochester, NY