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Williams Album 0 : p. 04
Calumet Public School Library

Copper Miners' Strike, Mich., 1913-1914

Copper mines and mining -- Michigan -- Calumet


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Newspaper clippings (Aug. 29 to Sept. 12, 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 ""4"". -- Aug. 29 - Reduction in troops, increase in deputies. Mob of women broke windows in Painesdale. Agitators said to encourage them. Treasurer Ernest Mills of Western Federation of Miners notified by Frank Morrison, secretary of the American Federation of Labor that material aid was coming to strikers. -- Aug. 30 - Deputy Sheriffs Cooper, Raleigh, Groff, Davis, James and Polkinghorn arraigned before Justice O'Sullivan at Houghton on charge of murder s at Seeberville. Women strike sympathizers hurl curses at guards. Western Federation officials looking for arrival of Charles Moyer, president of the Federation. Moyer will address mass meeting at Palestra on Labor Day. Parade of men from the county and Baraga county will be feature of Labor Day celebration held in Hancock. -- Aug. 31 - September term of circuit court will open, Judge P.H. O'Brien will preside. Pictures of Copper Country strike scenes will be shown at the Royal theater. Pictures were taken by the Pathe Weekly News cameraman. -- Sept. 1 - Jury in inquest concerning death of striker at Seeberville returned verdict that Alois Tijan was shot by unknown person. Centennial Heights reported hotbed of minor disorders by Major Britton, in command of the Signal corps. Announcement made that responsibility of safeguarding mine property will be transferred from state militia to forces of deputies in Houghton and Keweenaw counties. -- Sept. 2 - Clash between deputies and strikers, women and children near the north Kearsarge mine results in bullet wound to Margaret Fazeka, aged 15. She is in Calumet public hospital with little hope of survival. 1900 men and 800 women and children march to Palestra to hear addresses of President Charles H. Moyer of the Western Federation of Miners. Worker wards off attack by striker during encounter between Sixth and Seventh Streets. Striker treated in the brigade hospital. -- Sept. 4 - Clarence Darrow of Chicago arrived this morning and conferred with Chief Counsel A. F. Rees of the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company at Houghton. Women of non-union workers' families escort their men to and from work. Western Federation of Miners has filed amended bill in application for injunction to restrain Sheriff Cruse from employing Waddell-Mahon men as special police officers in Houghton county, will be considered by Judge O'Brien. -- Sept. 5 - Search light being erected on standpipe tower near the Superior engine house of the Calumet & Hecla, of sufficient power to penetrate darkness as far north as Mohawk, or south to LaSalle. President John P. White of the United Mine Workers, the federation of coal miners, may come to Calumet for meetings at Laurium and Houghton. Keweenaw county board of supervisors heard a report of Sheriff John Hepting on need to engage deputies. -- Sept. 6 - General Abbey announced military force will be reduced to 500 men. Employees of the Copper Range Consolidated Mining company must return to work or leave houses owned by company. -- Sept. 7 - James MacNaughton, general manager of the Calumet & Hecla Mining company and Governor Ferris discussed Upper Peninsula mine strike at Big Rapids. Temporary injunction restraining General Manage F. W. Denton of the Copper Range mines from carrying out eviction notices was granted by Judge P.H. O'Brien. Petition was presented by Attorney A. W. Kerr in behalf of western Federation of Miners. Hearing in injunction against Sheriff Cruse postponed by Judge O'Brien, Western Federation of Miners protested. -- Sept. 8 - Crowd of strikers and women dispersed in vicinity of the Red Jacket shaft by Company L of the First Regiment under command of Captain Blackman. Miners working there asked for military escort to their homes at Centennial Heights. Houghton county board of supervisors meet, pay bills, carrying some $20000 on account of the strike. Waddell-Mahon men paid $10,344.53. -- Sept. 9 - Secretary of Labor Wilson orders John A. Moffit to Calumet to confer with President Moyer of the Western Federation of Miners. Suspension of pumping at Number 4 Shaft, Mohawk as result of threats. Sheriff Hepting of Keweenaw county informed Major Gannser at Mohawk that list of deputies submitted to mining company was rejected. List was prepared by Strike Leader Dunnigan and contained agitators in Keweenaw. -- Sept. 11 - Captain Bernard Goggin's band of women strike pickets came to grief when some were arrested, later arraigned before Judge Fisher, Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris considering calling special session of legislature to deal with strike situation, reports Detroit dispatch to The News. -- Sept. 12 - Clarence S. Darrow of Chicago, chief counsel for the Western Federation of Miners conferred with Governor Ferris at Lansing.

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