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.
This building still stands today. It was a theater and John's studio was upstairs. Presently, it is Pub 112. Click or Tap on this photo to reveal a "Time Tunnel" photo of this same location from 1919 to 2016.