The Lumbering Era in Caseville Michigan

The Spring Log Run

Spring Log Run in Caseville

In spring, the winter logging operations ended and the log run to the sawmill began. In this picture two men, referred to as River Hogs, worked to keep the logs moving along the Pigeon River to the sawmill in Caseville. The work took skill and was dangerous. River Hogs were paid up to $3.50 per day.

As the pin logs neared the sawmill near the mouth of the river a boom was running across the river to stop the drive and guide the logs into a bottleneck where they could be sorted by the owner and sawed into lumber.  The Caseville sawmill is believed to be on the other side of the bridge with the sloped roof. More details on Caseville's early days as an industrial powerhouse, along with a map of the town can be read at Caseville's History of Industry

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Stone Workers at Grindstone City Michigan 1920s

Stone Workers at Grindstone City Michigan 1920s

From the 1830s until the 1910s, Grindstone City produced the premier grinding wheels in the United States.  In 1888, the Cleveland Stone Co. Purchased the property owned by Worthington and Sons and became the sole owner of all quarry properties. They continued to operate the store and quarries but the salt works were discontinued, as operating costs made it no longer profitable.

Due to carborundum taking the place of grinding stones, the quarries could no longer be operated at a profit Grindstone City stumbled into swift decline and all quarrying and production operations ceased in 1930.

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Quarry Works in Grindstone City 1920s

Quarry Works Grindstone City in the 1920s

Quarry at Grindstone City

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Early Days at Grindstone City

Early Days at Grindstone City

From A Biography of Grindstone City

Captain Aaron Peer founded Grindstone City as a company with the quarry operations in 1834. The fine stone was used in the pavement of Woodward and Jefferson Avenues in Detroit. In 1836 he made his claim of 400 acres of land, which included the stone quarries, and in that year made the first grindstone, and established the works to prosecute the business. He brought with him the necessary help and facilities and shipped the products to Chicago and other points. The mills now standing also contain machinery for the manufacture of whetstones, which is of the most improved character. He employed about 40 men when conducting the works himself. They have been rented since 1881, the lease running until 1891.

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Michigan's Warmest Decade In 125 Years

Back in 2012, we noted with great interest an advisory posted by the National Weather Service. It noted the start of Michigan's Warmest Weather in over a century. 

Saginaw Bay Beach

The 2012 growing season has started in Southeast Michigan, about 5 weeks ahead of schedule.  Therefore, the National Weather Service for  Detroit/Pontiac office will start issuing frost advisories and freeze warnings as conditions warrant.
The string of warm weather in March is unprecedented. The National Weather Service noted that 
This stretch of warm weather comes on the heels of Detroit's 5th warmest winter on record, the 12th warmest autumn, and a summer which featured July as the hottest month ever recorded in Detroit.
The National Weather Service noted that it had to go back 125 years, to 1886, to find an early-season warm spell that compares. The 1886 record occurred in April, a full month later. Needless to say, this stretch of nine consecutive 70 degree days already represents Michigan's warmest weather and a new March record for Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw.

Michigan Weather Affects Fruit Crop

Fast forward to July 2019. The average global temperature in July was 1.71F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, making it the hottest July in the 140-year record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The previous hottest month on record was July 2016. 

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Notable Films Shot in Michigan during 2011

Below is a list of select films made in Michigan in 2011. The Michigan Film Board reported on 46 productions taking place in Michigan in 2010-2011.

Oz Great and Powerful

A small-time magician with questionable ethics arrives in a magical land and must choose between becoming a good man or a great one.


Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

Spy Kids All the Time in the World 4D

A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.

Margarine Wars 

1960’s Psychedelic Counterculture clash during the “Summer of Love,” when an aspiring hippie Afro-Jew from New York dupes the son of a Swedish dairy farmer into smuggling illegal margarine into butter rich Wisconsin.


Hanklin Purvis enjoys the outdoors, and he loves to hunt. He and his wife, Dorothy, live on a farm in the rural mid-west. For some reason, during the season before autumn, things start to get weird. 

The Ides of March

This is a political drama film directed by George Clooney. An adaptation of  Beau Willimon's 2008 play Farragut North. During the desperate last days before a massively challenged Ohio presidential primary, an aggressive campaign press secretary finds himself embroiled in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.

 It stars Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, and Jeffrey Wright. The film was primarily shot in Detroit and Ann Arbor. 1,000 extras were needed during filming at the University of Michigan.

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