Stevens Worldwide Van Lines founder Frederick H. Stevens was an energetic and hardworking businessman who sought to see his town and region grow and prosper.
There is little doubt that Stevens, who started his business in 1905, was proud and pleased with fellow businessmen from Saginaw, Mich., created a convoy of decorated vehicles in summer 1911 and traveled to other Michigan cities to promote the products of Saginaw.
The beginning of that journey was immortalized in a photograph taken on the morning of July 27, 1911.
This week – on July 27, 2011 -- Stevens’ great, great grandson Morrison Stevens, Jr., participated in the 100-year anniversary re-make of the historic photo.
Morrison Stevens, vice president of the Commercial Agency Division at Stevens, joined other business leaders from throughout the community at the exact location of the original convoy. The Castle Museum, which is run by The Historical Society of Saginaw County, and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce organized the centennial photograph in cooperation with The Saginaw News.
Like Morrison Stevens, others in the new photo represented businesses that have been active in the Saginaw area for more than a century.
The original photo, which was taken by photo pioneers Wallace and William Goodridge, is on display at the Castle Museum and museum officials say they intend to place the new photo nearby.
The Goodridge brothers chronicled much of Saginaw’s rich history, including the lumber camps and mills, the growing city and people who built the foundation of the area. Their studio gained wide acclaim and became an important African American establishment in photography’s early history.
The photographer of the 2011 picture said that only three buildings appear to match up between the two eras.