Donken/Vulcan - Boom Town to Ghost Town, by Frank and Nancy Rugani, is a well illustrated account of the logging and lumbering era, which began in the late 1800s. Finnish immigrants settled in the Misery Bay/Toivola area, but forests were harvested from Ontonagon northward to the Freda/Redridge area. Many loggers participated. At first, all operations were done by hand aided by teamsters and horses.
The Vulcan Corporation and the Consolidated Power and Paper Company, both from Wisconsin, arrived on the scene in 1943 and introduced the age of automation. Unfortunately, by 1966 rail service was discontinued and the boom era was over. Local and former residents will be familiar with many of the names mentioned and even recognize faces in the numerous photos.
The book Donken/Vulcan Boom Town to Ghost Town, is $15 with all proceeds going into the Sarah Sargent Paine Historical Research Center, which is also an appendage of the ATSD Foundation, Inc.
The book sells for $15 with an extra charge of $5 for shipping.
Check may be mailed to:
Adams Township School District Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 37
Painesdale, MI 49955-0037