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Welcome to Great Lakes History Companion, Home Page Mason County,and Ludington Michigan Area History and Genealogy


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I am more than grateful to Ethelwyn Wing whose prodding suggestions and helpful criticism kept this story alive when my discouraged inclination was to let it die; to Effie Fortune Stanford and Charlotte Leonardson who courageously read through the typescript searching for errors (and found them); to Kathryn Stanford, city librarian, and Agnes MacLaren of the Daily News staff who made available to me old newspaper files; to Mabel Morse who brought me much valuable material from the Smith-Morse family collection; to Rose D. Hawley, curator of the Mason County Historical Society museum, who made available a great deal of classified material; to Charles E. Cartier whose knowledge and memory of lumbering in Mason County have proved highly valuable; to Dr. Charles W. Brayman of Cedar Springs whose loan of his mother's diaries preserved an outstanding record of pioneer days; to Miss Carrie Mears who loaned her father's diaries for publication and to Mrs. Allen Williams who edited them; to Jacob Lunde whose diorama has given a priceless record of lumbering days; and to the members of pioneer families whose reminiscences have been exceedingly helpful, among them: Flora Pierce Clark, David Gibbs, Karl Ashbacker and Ida Ashbacker Grant; Ben Beaudreau, Hans Rasmussen, James H. Sawyer of Chicago, Edith Dowland Hawkes, Bess LaBelle Sheldon, Daisy Marsh Reek, George Pomeroy, Maria Hansen Daub, Virgil Fitch, Florence Fitch, Mrs. Charles Dahn and those who have related reminiscences of their families in the meetings of the Mason County Historical Society from which sources I have drawn freely.


SAND, SAWDUST AND SAW LOGS Lumber Days in Ludington