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Calumet Public School Library

Copper Miners' Strike, Mich., 1913-1914

Copper mines and mining -- Michigan -- Calumet


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Newspaper clippings (Sept. 12 to Sept. 26, 1913) regarding the 1913 Copper Miners' Strike by the employees of the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company in the Calumet, Michigan area. Page is hand numbered ""5"". -- Sept. 12 - Clashes between striking miners an d women sympathizers on one side and the regular and special police officers backed up by militia were frequent. Delegation arrived in Glasgow, Montana from Calumet to register at a land drawing. -- Sept. 13 - American flag was waved by strikers in faces of soldiers in near riot at intersection of Elm and Eight streets when parade was started. Increases in working forces and larger rock shipments evidence that strike is fading. -- Sept. 14 - Over 1000 strikers parade to Calumet from Mohawk and Ahmeek. Parade continued to Laurium. Henry L. Baer of Hancock, Edward Ulseth of Calumet and John Black of Houghton named by Copper Country Commercial club to investigate strike and offer mediation services. -- Sept. 15 - Strike investigating committee of Copper Country Commercial club went underground in branch of Calumet and Hecla mine. Agitators wire protest to Governor Ferris regarding flag incident. -- Sept. 16 - Presence of President Moyer of Western Federation of Miners accounts for peaceful attitude. John A. Moffitt conferred with representatives of every mining company affected by strike. -- Sept. 18 - In Kalamazoo Michigan Federation of Labor adopted resolution calling on American Federation of Labor to tax members for benefit of copper miners. Copper Country Commercial club committee sets up office in Quello block. -- Sept. 19 - Detonating cap attached to wire found in powder house of Mohawk Mining Company. Hungarians alleged to threaten raid on boarding house at Wolverine, where workmen from the South Kearsarge mine were housed. -- Sept. 20 - Governor Ferris asking legislators views on calling special session as a means of settling or investigating strike. Representative of Western Federation of Miners will tour iron districts of Michigan and Minnesota speaking at Virginia, Eveleth, Hibbing, Duluth, Ely, Aurora and Nashwauk. Speakers will be Joseph Cannon, John Korpi, and Anthony Romeo. -- Sept. 21 - Judge P.H. O'Brien of 12th judicial court granted application for injunction restraining Western Federation of Miners from interfering in operation of mines. The Judge also issued injunction prohibiting parading and picketing while miners are going to or coming away from work. In reply to John H. Moffitt, representative of federal department of labor, mine managers refuse to deal with Western Federation of Miners. -- Sept. 22 - Attorney A. W. Kerr of Calumet, legal advisor of Western Federation of Miners asks for dissolution of injunction. Allen F. Rees, general counsel of Calumet & Hecla Mining Company, in a letter to Chairman Lawton T. Hermons of state railroad commission says mine management position is unalterable. -- Sept. 23 - In Washington, President Moyer of the Western Federation of Miners asked Senators Borah and Shaffroth to bring federal investigation into charges of peonage in Calumet. American federation of Labor considers strike benefit. Motion of Western Federation of Miners to dissolve injunction against strikers issued by Judge O'Brien will be heard in Iron county at Crystal Falls. John L. Lewis, organizer for United Mine Workers of America arrived here from Pittsburg. -- Sept. 25 - John A. Moffitt reported to the department of labor that he was unable to bring about a settlement between strikers and employers. Strikers activity was renewed , first since injunction, at Mohawk where operation of the Mohawk Mining company may be resumed. -- Sept. 26 - American Federation of Labor decides to raise money for support of copper miners. Sheriff James Cruse and James Waddell will return tonight from Lansing. Socialists and Socialistic ideas at mass meeting of strikers at Palestra. Addresses given by John H. Walker of Illinois Mine Workers and J. L. Lewis of United Mine Workers.

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