About 20 years ago, historian Lou Wehmer bought a collection of old negatives from a longtime photographer in Willow Springs. The negatives were each four-by-five inches, from an antique, large format camera.
And one negative in particular made Wehmer gasp.
“It was a photograph of an older gentleman standing in front of a harp,” Wehmer said.
The historian in Wehmer thought, “Hm. We didn’t have harpists in northern Howell County.”
“We had fiddlers and we had guitar players. But I had never heard of a harpist. So that was a mystery to me,” Wehmer said.