Montrose was first settled in 1835 by Daniel Pifford as part of present neighboring Vienna Township. Originally named Pewonagowink Township when organized in 1848, but was later changed at the request of John Farquharson, a Scot, renamed the township to Montrose to impress his Scottish friends. The village of Montrose was incorporated from a portion of the township in 1899.
Montrose today is supported by local agriculture and commuter traffic to the greater Flint area. It has its own school system. Since 1972, it has held the Montrose Blueberry Festival annually, every third weekend in August.
State St. in 1912.
Books about Montrose
The book No Quitters Here: Quest for the Dome by B.M. Woodward discusses the Montrose High School Football Team's ten year winning streak from 1988 - 1998. They Had 88 regular season wins in a row. Second longest win streak in MHSAA history. motto "Hoka Hey" meaning today is a great day to die.
Dan "The Beast" Severn was a high school amateur wrestling sensation from Montrose, setting a national record for consecutive pins (112 over 4 years) and winning the World Junior title in 1977. He was a three-time All-American at Arizona State University, and an alternate on the 1984 Olympic team. Severn runs a wrestling school and still competes as a pro wrestler and UFC-style competitor. In addition, he has won over 90 major amateur titles, and is a black belt in judo and sombo. Severn claims instead to be from Coldwater, Michigan; the reason behind this is not known.
Super-Chief Darrell Ellis is the current Police Chief and Fire Chief.