Rogers City native pens history of his hometown

A book release reception for Rogers City native Charlie Bunton will be held Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Domaci Gallery in Rogers City.

Bunton is the author of “Rogers City: A History of the Nautical City Volume One,” which chronicles the history of Rogers City and its surrounding areas from the time of the Native Americans to the outbreak of World War I.

Spanning 456 pages and including over 350 photographs, readers of the book will study topics including the Native American presence in Presque Isle County, the first settlements by German and Polish immigrants, the expansion of the settlement into a thriving community, a history of the lumber industry, the coming of the railroad, the murder of the lumber baron Albert Molitor, the foundation of the Presque Isle County Advance, the formation of communities throughout Presque Isle County, community life during the Gilded Age, the Metz Fire and formation of the Calcite limestone quarry.

Beginning in 2002, Bunton used a vast array of primary and secondary sources as well as a large number of interviews from citizens of Presque Isle County in writing the book. Some of his information was gathered from reading every line of The Presque Isle Advance available on microfilm. He also gleaned facts from working with Mark Thompson, director and curator of the Presque Isle Historical Museum, and from Jim Hopp, Joe Veselenak and Jerry Micketti.

Bunton is currently working on the second volume which will span 1920 until the present day. He is proud to say he grew up in the small town of Rogers City. He graduated from Rogers City High School in 1997, and attended Grand Valley State University, graduating with a degree in history and education in 2002. He currently resides in Oxford, with his wife Destiny and three children, Maya, Lily and Chase.

Copies of “Rogers City: A History of the Nautical City Volume One” will also be available for purchase at