Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Forrest B. Meek, Michigan Photograph Collection,

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Forrest B. Meek, Michigan Photograph Collection,
Creator: Meek, Forrest B.
Inclusive dates: 1865, 1976, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic feet (in 1 box)
Collection of the Clare and Saginaw, Michigan, lumber, and Purple Gang photographs.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Forrest B. Meek, Michigan Photograph Collection is open for research.


Copyright has been transferred to the Clarke. Mr. Meek may use these images for publication without charge or restriction.

Preferred Citation:

Forrest B. Meek, Michigan Photograph Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



Forrest B. Meek was born in 1928 and graduated from Hasting High School in 1946. He served in World War II, 1947-1948, and in the army reserves, 1948-1952. In 1986, he retired after 26 years of teaching in public schools in Lansing, Kentwood, and Clare, Michigan. Meek served as the Clare County campaign chair for Senator Robert P. Griffin during his 1976 re-election campaign. He is the author of several books concerning Clare and Clare County, Michigan, its lumber camps, veterans, and related issues which may be found in the collections of the Clarke Historical Library.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is of photographs, mostly of Clare and/or Clare County, Michigan, its lumber camps, lumber yards, lumber companies, lumber men, and Clare personalities. Of interest are two portraits of Jack Livingston and Isaiah Leebove. Livingston shot Leebove in the Doherty Hotel in Clare in a Purple Gang related shooting. Also, there is a photograph of Griffin and Meek together.

Subject Terms

    • Meek, Forrest B.
    • Griffin, Robert P., 1923- (Robert Paul)
    • Livingston, Jack.
    • Leebove, Isaiah.
    • Purple Gang (Organized Crime Group : Detroit, Mich.)
    • Lumber camps--Michigan--Clare County.
    • Lumber camps--Michigan--Homer.
    • Lumber camps--History--Michigan.
    • Lumber trade--Michigan--Saginaw.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Forrest B. Meek, Michigan Photograph Collection [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Clare, Michigan, 1900-1910, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Lumber Camps, Faulkinghors, Hatton Township, Clare County, 1890
    Box   1 F   3
    Lumber Camps, Clare County, late 1880s
    Box   1 F   4
    Lumber Camps, Pioneer, Michigan, 1908-1909
    Box   1 F   5
    Lumber Camps, Unidentified, 1880s, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Lumber Camps, Moore's Crossing, Grant Township, Clare County, 1890s
    Box   1 F   7
    Lumber Camps, W. H. and F. A. Wilson Company, Harrison, Michigan, 1881-1887
    Box   1 F   8
    Lumber Yards, Saginaw, 1865-1880s; Tittabawasee Brown Company, undated, 1865-1880s, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Portraits, Jack Livingston and Isaiah Leebove, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Portraits, Lumbermen, 1880s, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Portraits, Meek and Senator Robert P. Griffin, 1976
    Box   1 F   12
    Railways and Engines, mostly Moving Lumber, 1885-1906