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Williams Album 0 : p. 03
Calumet Public School Library

Copper Miners' Strike, Mich., 1913-1914

Copper mines and mining -- Michigan -- Calumet


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Newspaper clippings (Aug. 16 to Aug. 28, 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 ""3"". -- Aug. 16 - miners turn in union due books of Western Federation of Miners. Coroner Charles R. Little will serve Sheriff Cruse and James W. Waddell., president of Wadell-Mahon corporation injunction prohibiting the sheriff from employing Wadell men as deputies. Injunction requested by executive committee of Western Federation of Miners through Attorney A.W. Kerr. Sheriff Cruse has not complied with Prosecuting Attorney Lucas' request that 6 deputies,concerned in shooting at Painesdale, which resulted in death of 2 strikers, be placed under arrest. -- Aug. 17 - Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Lukas intends to assume entire responsibility and charge of all strike cases. Harry James and Edwin Polkinghorne, 2 deputy sheriffs charged with first degree murder in shooting at Painesdale. Warrants issued by Justice O'Sullivan on complaint of deputy sheriff W. H. Vivian. Governor Ferris believes troops should stay in strike zone according to General Perley L Abbey. -- Aug. 18 - Cars of rock shipped to Calumet & Hecla mills after month of idleness, operations at Hecla mill will not be resumed. Deputy Attorney General Dougherty arrived in Houghton, on way to Ontonagon. Will investigate actions of deputies under Houghton county sheriff, and confer with Prosecutor Anthony Lucas. Leonard Meola of Hancock Employment Agency states it will take 4000 men for full quota for mines when strike is over. -- Aug. 19 - Strike benefits not paid by Western Federation of Miners. Petition against Sheriff James Cruse by Western Federation of Miners will be heard by Judge P. H. O'Brien. J. H. Walker representative of mining department of the American Federation of Labor asked for evidence of charge that Michigan National Guard had mistreated young girls in district by General Abbey and Judge Advocate Pepper of Attorney General's office. -- Aug, 21 - Attack upon deputies near Mineral Range depot results in temporary martial law. Seven strikers under arrest. According to Detroit Free Press correspondent, James Waddell, strike breaker, employed by Sheriff, expects his New York attorney to start libel suits against Western Federation of Miner and ""Tyomies"", a Socialist paper of Hancock. Shooting in the woods near Ahmeek and Allouez were reported. -- Aug. 22 - Attorney George E. Nichols of Nichols, Shaw & Eldred of Grand Rapids appointed by Governor Ferris as special prosecutor. Strikers attempt to stop workmen from going to work at South Hecla. Mohawk powder house was guarded by deputies, now patrolled by militia. James Smith of Hancock, student at University of Michigan named as football coach at University of Kansas, graduated from Hancock high school 1911. -- Aug. 23 - Attorney Galbraith reads affidavits in case to restrain Sheriff Cruse fro employing outside deputies. Judge P.H. O'Brien's quotes ""….appears they are merely training deputy sheriffs."" John Mitchell, of American Federation of Labor arrives to address striking mine workers at Palestra and at Houghton. J.H. Walker of south end of the district of the United Mine Workers expressed charges against militia stationed here. -- Aug. 24 - No so-called union payday results in number of strikers leaving union ranks. Major Gansser commanding battalion of the Third regiment reports finding dynamite at residence of Captain Richard Williams of Mohawk Number 5 shaft. Judge P. H. O'Brien takes injunction sought by Western Federation of Miners against the sheriff and James W. Waddell under advisement. -- Aug. 25 - Expected rioting at Calumet & Hecla and other mines did not occur. There were peaceable demonstrations by strikers at Calumet and Quincy location. Parade of strikers started at Pine Street and Calumet Avenue, proceeded to Osceola and returned by way of Swedetown and ended in Red Jacket. Judge Murphy outlines settlement terms to Governor Ferris in Big Rapids, operators insist upon withdrawal of Western Federation and strike representatives before negotiations begin. -- Aug. 26 - Additional men went back to work on the amygdaloid branch of the C & H mine, loyal miners employed as deputies ready to resume work underground. In Detroit Judge Murphy, personal representative of Governor Ferris in strike district declares operators are "" unreasonable and arbitrary"", believes strikers have ""real grievances"". Civil forces under Sheriff being reorganized, sheriff confident that soon situation can be safely handled without services of militia. -- Aug. 28 - Women strike sympathizers pummel workers, take dinner pails, cases of assault reported. Strike leaders compel withdrawal of union pumpmen from Mohawk mine shafts. Firemen called from posts Shafts number 2, 3 and 5 drew their fires and left their posts. Strike parade was small, had 1504 men, 85 girls, 68 boys and 69 women. Saturday's parade with John Mitchell the attraction brought out 2228.

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