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Reese, Michigan
—  Village  —
Location of Reese, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°27′9″N 83°41′27″W / 43.4525°N 83.69083°W / 43.4525; -83.69083
Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Saginaw, Tuscola
 - Total 1.1 sq mi (3.0 km2)
 - Land 1.1 sq mi (3.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 630 ft (192 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,375
 - Density 1,195.8/sq mi (461.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48757
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-67900[1]
GNIS feature ID 0635770[2]

Reese is a village in Tuscola and Saginaw counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located almost entirely in Tuscola County's Denmark Township, the village includes only a tiny portion of Blumfield Township in Saginaw County. The population was 1,375 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all land.


The area of what is Reese today was first settled in 1865 when Mrs. Louisa Woodruff and her son built the first home. The Saginaw-Watrousville plank road was opened in 1871 which increased access to the community from Saginaw and the surrounding area. In 1873 the Detroit and Bay City railroads were built and Hudson B. Blackman plotted a tract of land adjacent to the original community and named it Reese in honor of G.W. Reese the Railroad superintendent.

The village grew rapidly and with in five years had a population of more than 300. In 1877 it was described as the railroad and trading point for a large section of farming country. Along with transporting people to and from the area the railroad would also transport timber, limestone and produce to markets throughout the state of Michigan. In the early 1900s, the railroad also was used by local farmers to ship hogs and cattle to Detroit. Stages were also running daily from Saginaw to Caro.

In 1946, the C&O Railway purchased the line. In 1985 the C&O combined with B&O to form CSX Transportation. In 1988, Huron and Eastern Railway purchased the rail line which is still in operation today. In 1993, Reese celebrated its 120 years of rail service. Reese area farmers are one of the Huron & Eastern Railway's major shippers. Even today the farming success depends on efficient use of the rail system.

In 1971, 44 teachers from the elementary and high school went on strike. After refusal to go back to work, the Reese Board of Education fired all 44. This produced the phrase "Remember the Reese 44."


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,375 people, 591 households, and 397 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,195.8 per square mile (461.6/km²). There were 627 housing units at an average density of 545.3/sq mi (210.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.47% White, 0.07% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population. Reese's ancestral background is mainly German with 51%. 10% are Polish, 9% English, 9% French, 8% Irish and 4% from the United States.

There were 591 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $40,469, and the median income for a family was $50,556. Males had a median income of $40,938 versus $25,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,498. About 3.2% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.




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