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Williams Album 0 : p. 11
Calumet Public School Library

Copper Miners' Strike, Mich., 1913-1914

Copper mines and mining -- Michigan -- Calumet


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Newspaper clippings (Dec. 29, 1913 to Jan. 13, 1914) regarding the 1913 Copper Miners' Strike by the employees of the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company in the Calumet, Michigan area. Page is hand numbered ""11"". -- Dec. 30 - The place of all strikers who do not report their former positions by tomorrow, will be filled with outside men. Lansing - John Mitchell, vice president of the American Federation of Labor, Clarence Darrow, counsel for the Western Federation of Miners, and other labor leaders are expected to arrive in Lansing to meet with Governor Ferris concerning the copper strike. The testimony at the inquest into the Italian Hall Disaster today was mainly a denial that the man, who called ""fire,"" wore a Citizens' alliance button. Most testimony has been heard and the jury met to begin consideration of the evidence. -- Jan. 1 - The verdict of the jury in the Italian Hall case was given today in Coroner Fisher's office. It found the Citizen's Alliance innocent of the charge one of its members gave the cry of ""fire,"" and other slander against it. Lansing - Clarence Darrow acting as chief counsel for the Western Federation of Miners proposed a settlement of the strike to Governor Ferris, and said the claims against the Citizens' Alliance were unjustified. -- Jan. 3 - Employees of the Calumet & Hecla subsidiary mining companies have signed a petition against the rehiring of members of the Western Federation of Mines. Grant Hamilton of Washington D.C., and J.E. Roach of Albany N.Y. of the American Federation of Labor, the parent organization of the Western Federation of Miners arrived to look into the local situation and report back to President Gompers. -- Jan. 4 - Big Rapids - Governor Ferris left for the Copper Country where he expects to meet State Labor Commissioner Cunningham, who left from Detroit, in Houghton. Has quote from him. Working forces of the mines were increased by about 100 men, both former employees and new arrivals. -- Jan. 5 - Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris, arrived in Houghton, accompanied by officials of Houghton county, citizens, mining officials, and officers of the Western Federation of Miners, visited Sheriff Cruse and addressed the grand jury. Employees of the Wolverine and Mohawk mines, Stanton properties, have joined in the movement against hiring member of the Western Federation of Miners. -- Jan. 6 - Miss Clarice Jones, secretary of the Associated Charities of Calumet, and Miss Henrietta Hoffenbecker, visiting nurse for the Houghton County Tuberculosis Society, made reports to Governor Ferris. -- Jan. 8 - Charles H Moyer president of the Western Federation of Mines, and Charles Tanner auditor of the federation, who on Dec. 26 had been taken from their room in the Scott Hotel and put on the St. Paul train in Houghton, arrived in Hancock today accompanied by two deputies of Houghton county. Governor Ferris heard testimony from Allan F. Rees, attorney for the mining companies, that the mining companies are not opposed to union labor, but are opposed to the Western Federation of Miners. -- Jan. 9 - Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris left the copper district today for Big Rapids, after announcing the strike was being drawn out because of outside influence. Has quote from him. -- Jan. 10 - New York - William Martin and Charles Smith were arrested for buying false affidavits on behalf of the Western Federation of Miners. -- Jan. 11 - Charles H. Moyer, president of the Western Federation of Miners, left the district for Chicago to attend the meeting of the American Federation of Labor. -- Jan. 12 - The county board of supervisors ordered Sheriff James Cruse to withdraw deputies from the mine, hereafter salaries of guards will be paid for by companies. It is estimated that the strike has cost over $150,000. At Wolverine, Mohawk, and Ahmeek many miners left the Western Federation of miners and returned to work. -- Jan. 13 - Strikers clashed with mounted police in Ahmeek .

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