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Eric Niemi

Finnish: Erkki Niemi
Birthplace: Finland
Death: April 02, 1897 (37)
Calumet Mine, Calumet, Houghton, Michigan, United States (Premature explosion in mine)
Place of Burial: Calumet, Houghton, Michigan, United States
Occupation: Miner
Managed by: Hannu Olavi Heino
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About Eric Niemi

Eric was married and lived in Yellow Jacket. Age 37y 3m 15d

Houghton County Mining Inspector Accident Reports: and a more detailed accident inquest:

Houghton County Mining Inspector Report 1897 Accident No. 14. April 2nd a fatal accident occurred in the 53rd level drift, North of No. 4 shaft Calumet Branch of the Calumet and Hecla mine, by which Eric Neimi (Niemi) and John Dalvinsaari (Talvensaari) were killed.

These men had drilled five holes in the drift and had then gone to the box in which the powder was kept and had taken about fifteen pounds of it into the drift, judging from the amount taken from the box, and were preparing the powder for blasting when the accident occurred. Before blasting any of the five holes it was necessary to blast the bottom of the hole that had left by the night shift men, and it is probable that they were charging this hole when the explosion occurred. No one was with the men at the time, but when we examined the drift there was no evidence to show that they had used anything but a wooden rammer to put the powder into the hole.

An inquest was held before Coroner Sowden. The jury brought in the following verdict: "We find that Eric Neimi and John Dalvinsaari came to their deaths by the accidental discharge of explosives in their possession while in discharge of their duty as miners, in the 53rd level drift, north of No. 4 shaft, calumet mine, on the 2nd day of April, 1897.

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April 2, 1897
Age 37
Calumet, Houghton, Michigan, United States
Calumet, Houghton, Michigan, United States