Some old sepia prints I bought at
Views of the Past in Marquette,
Michigan inspired the story. 

I made up lives, names, and places for the people in the photos.
Photo credit - Jack Deo at Views of the Past.

“Emmanuel and his cat.”

“Joe, Walter, Ada, unknown children, and helper with dinner horn.”

“Ada, Emmanuel, Joe, Walter, and unknown cook’s helper.”

“Mabel Brink (on right) with unknown friend.”

“Hauling timber out of Stone Lake.”