Here's another photo from the Morrison county atlases. We have no particular connection to 'Henry Sauer' (that I know of), but the photo intrigued us. Larry and I figured it's a logging camp. See their trusty whetstone in the foreground? There's an arrow, which was invisible in the book, pointing to Henry himself! Cool, huh?
I imagine this was the cook shack/dining hall. Where else would there be enough long benches to accommodate 22 men? The left end of the photo has a stove, tho it looks like the kind for heating, not cooking. Probably the kitchen end of the room was to the right, or was a separate shack altogether. The photographer probably set up next to the open door on a sunny day--to get the additional light. Wow, there's an oil lamp hanging behind them, and a sled in the rafters. Hmm...why? Researching online, it was evidently called a logging sled (duh ☺), and probably what we can see was a spare. That runner was one of a pair, used like in this next pic. Logs would be stacked on the horizontal bed of the sled, and those same two horses were able to pull a huge load because it was winter, and the trails were iced. Weeee!
While I was looking for pics on google, I found this next one, which was too awesome to not show you. This was Vermont, but it was done the same way all over: the loggers would stack logs along rivers, and when the ice went out in the spring, those logs would load themselves into the stream.
I'd guess the wood stacked near this mill was local, not from up-stream. Incredible, don't you think?