Monday, June 16, 2008

Logs from the 1870's and 1880's on the Cass River

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This is a typical log from Michigan's logging era that was recently found submerged in the Cass River near Vassar, Michigan. The Vassar Historical Society has built this shelter near their new museum on North Main Street where the log can be viewed at anytime.

The logmarks on the ends of this log have yet to be identified but are clearly visible.

1 comment:

Mark R. Putnam said...


I live in Caro, MI. For a longe time, I have had an interest in the early logging history of the Cass River. I was contacted by a member of the Vassar Historical Society who asked me if I knew the origin of the mark on the log at the Vassar Historical Museum.

The mark, as I was told, is in the shape of a fancy "H". Just above Vassar was the Heartt Sawmill. The site later became known as Wahjamega. If the log was a Heartt log, it was a stray log as Heartt would have stopped, boomed, any of his logs before they would go on to Vassar. Mr. Heartt also dragged many of his logs directly to the mill, too, from south Indianfields Township . . . many from the Wells Road area.

[Centerville, or Caro, also had the Holmes Mill, I believe.]

The best possible original destination for the log, I think, was the Hubinger Mill in Frankenmuth. It is my educated guess that the log at the Vassar Historical Museum is a Hubinger log and came from the White Creek area or from Ellington Township [or possibly Novesta], which is just northeast of Caro, MI.

It was likely a late logging era log.