Josiah Littlefield Papers, 1879-1958
This collection contains a portion of Josiah Littlefield's unpublished autobiography, which describes his early life on a farm in Monroe County, Michigan (1850-1865). The collection also contains four ledgers from Littlefield's lumber mill, recording workers' hours and business transactions; tax receipts; biographical information about Littlefield; and a map showing Littlefield property in Clare County, Michigan.
Josiah Littlefield was born in Flat Rock, Michigan in 1845. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1871, and went to work as a surveyor and civil engineer in Farwell, Michigan. A few years later he joined the logging boom in central Michigan, building his first mill in 1875. Realizing that the depletion of the forests would eventually end the logging industry, Littlefield began to advocate reforestation. Littlefield was also active in local politics in Farwell.