The following was written by my grandfather, Bernard "Doc"
site of what is now known as Milbern Cabin was first discovered
from the lake side. T.A. Loveland, Mid and I had chartered a small
launch and were cruising along the south shore of Lake Superior.
The south shore is composed of high bluffs of red clay, rather uninviting
in appearance. It is difficult to find a spot where access to higher
ground can easily be attained. As we cruised along we noted we were
approaching the mouth of a small river. Here the ground slowly sloped
down to the lake and here we beached our launch. T.A. was the first
to jump out into the shallow water, followed by Mid and myself.
We stood for a minute looking at the unbroken sandy shore on which
the waves were gently breaking. Lake
Superior was in a particularly sunny mood that day and gentle swells
were approaching the shore and quietly receding. The sun was shining
brightly and the whole scene was one of utter tranquility. We stood
and gazed up and finally discovered an old trail leading up to the
bank. We ascended this and found ourselves in a small clearing surrounded
by large balsam trees. It
looked like an ideal site for a cabin and Middy exclaimed, “This
would be an ideal spot to build our cabin, Bern.” I readily
agreed and so did T.A. I recall there was one small balsam tree,
perhaps 2 ½ inches in diameter, standing right in the center
of the open spot. T.A. looked at it and said, “Mid, if this
is where your house is going to be, you should cut down the first
tree.” With that he handed her a small ax and Middy promptly
felled the little balsam. This tree was soon followed by many others
as the cabin was eventually built in this wild spot. This all took
place in the summer of 1928.
For the entire story, read The
Story of Milbern Cabin (PDF)