TORCH LAKE – This photo was taken in the early 1900s – a steel crane of the Stearns Salt & Lumber Co., the logging company of Justus S. Stearns.
This photo was likely taken in Manistee or Mason County, some years after Stearns’ Siding [Post Office Dept. name was Bennett] disappeared. Between 1880 and 1899 Stearns built three saw mills in Lake County, between Baldwin and the Mason County line; all were destroyed by fire. By the time this photo was taken in the early 1900s, Stearns’ Siding had been reduced to only a few buildings.
Photo is c ourtesy of Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan; taken by Kalkaska photographer David E. Whipple.
(Posted courtesy of Dan Barber, Lake County Michigan History)
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