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The first settlers to come to what is now known as Plymouth, Michigan, were Keziah (Benjamin) and William Starkweather. Farmers from Preston, Connecticut, they purchased of land from the United States Government on March 11, 1825, for $1.25 an acre. The Starkweather clan had lived in Preston at least as early as 1694, according to records of a land gift in which Captain John Masons gave land to Robert Starkweather, Williams GG Grandfather. William, ninth born of 11 siblings, and his wife Keziah brought their first born son Albert to the area, and built the first home in Plymouth, at the South West Corner of Main Street and Ann Arbor Trail. The first home was a rustic lean to, and was later replaced by a log cabin which has since been lost to time. William's eldest Son Albert died at age 20 while attending the newly formed University of Michigan as a Sophomore. George Anson Starkweather, Williams Second born, was the first non native American born within the boundaries of what is now known as the City of Plymouth. His father William died at 44 years of age, from Typhoid, and his mother Keziah two years later, leaving their eldest son George at 20 years of age.

Some basic info on William's immediate family. William's father was revolutionary war Sgt. John Starkweather, who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 in Capt Nathan Peters Company. William's older brother Erastus Starkweather was one of the early farming pioneers in Northville, MI. The youngest brother of William and Erastus, David A. Starkweather, was a United States Congressman from Ohio in the mid 1800s. Eldest Brother Leonard Starkweather came to Michigan and built/owned a tavern in Battle Creek for many years. Brother Samuel Starkweather was a prominent lawyer in New York City, brother John Starkweather was a veteran of the War of 1812 whose son and William's nephew Henry H. Starkweather, was elected to US congress from the state of Connecticut. Williams older brother George A. Starkweather (whom William named his son George of Plymouth after), was also a lawyer, worked in his brother Samuel's NYC law office, was later elected to US Congress as democrat in 1847. The elder son of the elder George A., John Converse Starkweather from Wisconsin (Willam's nephew), served as a commander in the Civil War, later became a Washington D.C. attorney.

George's grandson, Karl Hillmer Starkweather (who changed his name from Karl Starkweather Hillmer to carry on his mother's maiden name, which did not work out as planned because Karl had all female offspring), was a respected and lifelong Plymouth resident and local historian, and Ford Motor Company employee at the Wilcox Lake Tap Plant in which he was shop steward, died on May 1, 1969. His father, Lewis Hillmer also served as Village President for a time. Notable streets in Plymouth are named after some Starkweather family members including Blanch, Karmada (after the brothers Karl - Max and Davis), Davis, Starkweather (formerly Oak Street), Ameila and Rose. Starkweather Elementary School was named after George Anson Starkweather of Plymouth, which has been recently converted to an adult education center. It was the first elementary school built in Plymouth largely through the efforts of grandson Karl Starkweather, who promoted the need for a ward school in Plymouth to local residents. He was also instrumental in the establishing of the Plymouth Historical Society Museum, and his mother, George's Daughter Mary K Starkweather - Hillmer, was a charter member of such. Karl's youngest brother, Davis B. Hillmer, was a respected Commercial Photographer in Detroit and the primary freelance photographer for the J L Hudson company and also did work for the Automotive industry, and brother Max Hillmer was president of both Delco Remy and Saginaw Steering Gear Divisions of General Motors.

Daisy Outdoor Products started in 1882 as Plymouth Iron Windmill Company in Plymouth, Michigan.

In 1886, Plymouth inventor Clarence Hamilton introduced a new idea to the windmill company. It was a combination of metal and wire, vaguely resembling a gun that could fire a lead ball using compressed air. Lewis Cass Hough, then president of the firm, gave it a try and, after his first shot, enthusiastically exclaimed, "Boy, that's a daisy!"

The name stuck and the BB gun went into production as a premium item given to farmers when they purchased a windmill. The gun was such a huge success that Plymouth Iron Windmill soon began manufacturing the Daisy BB gun in place of windmills. On January 26, 1895 the company's board of directors officially voted to change the name to Daisy Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Much to the dismay of Plymouth residents, Daisy moved their corporate offices and manufacturing facilities from Plymouth to Rogers, Arkansas in 1958.

In 2003, the former Daisy factory was converted to Daisy Square Condominiums. Though close enough to railroad tracks to cause resident complaints, space continues to sell. The front wall of the Daisy factory was left standing to be built into the apartment building, but is still free-standing since the completion of the building.

In 2007, Plymouth, along with Plymouth Township, was named 37th Best Place to Live in the United States by CNN Money Magazine.

Population (year 2000): 9,022. Estimated population in July 2006: 9,037 (+0.2% change)

Males: 4,241 (47.0%)
Females: 4,781 (53.0%)

Wayne County

Median resident age: 37.9 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years

Zip codes: 48170.

Estimated median household income in 2005: $51,700 (it was $51,535 in 2000)

Plymouth $51,700
Michigan: $46,039

Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $244,300 (it was $178,700 in 2000)
Plymouth $244,300
Michigan: $149,300

Ancestries: German (25.8%), Irish (18.9%), English (16.5%), Polish (12.0%), Italian (8.4%), French (5.7%).

Land area: 2.23 square miles. Population density: 4069 people per square mile

For population 25 years and over in Plymouth

High school or higher: 89.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 40.7%
Graduate or professional degree: 15.6%
Unemployed: 2.3%
Mean travel time to work: 24.3 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Plymouth city

Never married: 25.3%
Now married: 51.9%
Separated: 0.9%
Widowed: 8.1%
Divorced: 13.8%
343 residents are foreign born (1.7% Europe, 1.1% Asia, 0.8% North America).

This city: 3.8%
Michigan: 5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Plymouth: 1.4% ($2,587)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Canton, MI (4.2 miles , pop. 76,366).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (25.2 miles , pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (291.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Plymouth Township, MI (0.9 miles ), Canton, MI (4.2 miles ), Northville, MI (4.4 miles ), Livonia, MI (7.2 miles ), Novi, MI (7.5 miles ), Westland, MI (7.5 miles ), Farmington, MI (8.9 miles ), Wayne, MI (9.0 miles ).

Latitude: 42.37 N, Longitude: 83.47 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +6,288 (+69.7%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 812 (16.2%)

Area code: 734

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 16 (15 officers).

Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.65
US city average: 3.00

Hospitals/medical centers near Plymouth:

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Plymouth:
WILLOW RUN (about 11 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: YIP)

Other public-use airports nearest to Plymouth:
LARSEN AIR PARK (about 15 miles; BELLEVILLE, MI; ID: 43G)

Amtrak stations near Plymouth:
19 miles: DEARBORN (16121 MICHIGAN AVE.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand.
20 miles: ANN ARBOR (325 DEPOT ST.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, taxi stand.

Local government website: www.ci.plymouth.mi.us

Colleges/Universities in Plymouth:

MICHIGAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (Full-time enrollment: 116; Location: 41550 E ANN ARBOR TR; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.mts.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF BEAUTY (Location: 673 S MAIN; Private, for-profit)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Plymouth:
MADONNA UNIVERSITY (about 7 miles; LIVONIA, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,431)
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE (about 8 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 4,780)
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY (about 16 miles; YPSILANTI, MI; FT enrollment: 17,476)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 16 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 16 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR (about 19 miles; ANN ARBOR, MI; FT enrollment: 35,684)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Plymouth:

EAST MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 838; Location: 1042 S. MILL STREET; Grades: 06 - 08)
WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 806; Location: 44401 W. ANN ARBOR TRAIL; Grades: 06 - 08)
CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 722; Location: 650 CHURCH STREET; Grades: 06 - 08)
PIONEER MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 716; Location: 46081 W. ANN ARBOR ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
BIRD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 615; Location: 220 N. SHELDON ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
ISBISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 572; Location: 9300 N. CANTON CENTER ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
ALLEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 529; Location: 11100 N. HAGGERTY ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 455; Location: 1298 MCKINLEY STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
FARRAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 439; Location: 41400 GREENBRIAR LANE; Grades: KG - 05)
FIEGEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 432; Location: 39750 JOY ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)

Private elementary/middle schools in Plymouth:

OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL SCHOO (Students: 553; Location: 1151 WILLIAM ST; Grades: 1 - 8)
ST PETERS LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 158; Location: 1309 PENNIMAN AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
NEW MORNING SCHOOL (Students: 106; Location: 14501 HAGGERTY RD; Grades: PK - 8)
NORTHVILLE MONTESSORI CENTER (Students: 96; Location: 15709 HAGGERTY ROAD; Grades: PK - 6)
METROPOLITAN JUNIOR ACADEMY (Students: 45; Location: 15585 HAGGERTY RD; Grades: 1 - 9)

Library in Plymouth:

PLYMOUTH DISTRICT LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,720,610; Location: 223 SOUTH MAIN STREET; 134,022 books; 7,278 audio materials; 6,585 video materials; 445 serial subscriptions)

Average household size:

This city: 2.0 people
Michigan: 2.6 people

Percentage of family households:

This city: 52.7%
Whole state: 68.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:

This city: 4.5%
Whole state: 5.3%

Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:

This city: 3.3%
Whole state: 10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:

This city: 1.8%
Whole state: 4.8%