I'm not sure if you'll find a picture of the company...it was a really, really rural area and there aren't photos of much. Also, were you aware that Herman Erke's wife and 4 children also died in the fire? There's a good chance that Leo was on Herman's property and died with the family. And yes, it was common for men to travel quite a way to "work in the woods" as they all called it. My great grandfather started walking miles through the woods every day at 12 or 13 to work. Life was very hard in rural Presque Isle County back then.
If you are interested in the fire I just created a Google Map about the Metz fire which shows where the Herman Erke home and lumber camp was...you can see its relation to Posen on there.
I'm really interested in the subject so if you have any more questions let me know!
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