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Justus S. Stearns: Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845-1933
Near the turn of the twentieth century, "Pine King" Justus S. Stearns was Michigan’s largest producer of manufactured lumber and the owner of a prosperous coal mining operation headquartered in Stearns, Kentucky, a town he founded. Over the course of his career, Stearns would own at least thirty manufacturing businesses—making everything from finished lumber to kitchen ute ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Wayne State University Press
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This book was especially interesting because it was set in the town I live in, Ludington, Michigan. I really got the feel of the life of a lumber baron. Much of it I respected, and Justus Stearns was considered an honest and compassionate man. But to pay Native Americans in script (paper) that could only be used in his company stores while paying other workers in cash...is that fair or compassionate? He also had coal mines in Kentucky. Both industries, mining and lumbering, were harsh. One of St ...more
Michael W. Nagle is a professor of history and political science at West Shore Community College in Scottville, Michigan. He is the author of LecturePoint, a series of web-based interactive lectures covering topics in U.S. history.
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