John Runk and Lens Flare Stillwater
This project is dedicated to John Runk for his contribution to Stillwater's Historical Heritage and for the example he set for all of us to preserve a bit of the past.
This is his gift to our community and all who come to visit The St. Croix Valley.
John Runk was a local photographer who took it upon himself to make a photo documentary of Stillwater’s past. What is interesting is that Stillwater’s past is coincident with early photographic technology. He came to Stillwater in 1884. While he was young, he had many experiences while living in Stillwater. He worked on the log drives when Stillwater was the largest producer of pine lumber in the nation. He also worked on other jobs at the Northwest Thresher and local machine shops. He became acquainted with photography early in his life and became quite an accomplished photographer and inventor in this field. Photography was a mixture of art, chemistry and science in these early days after the Civil War.