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John Daniel Israelson

Birthplace: Quincy Township, Houghton, Michigan, United States
Death: October 29, 1927 (47)
Quincy Township, Houghton, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Israel Blankstrøm and Marit Christina Johnson
Husband of Rosa Jacobson
Father of Silas John Israelson; Pauline Israelson and Robert Andrew Israelson
Brother of Magda Julianna Pederson; Alma Nelsina Israelson; Arthur Christian Israelson; Israel Edward Israelson; Fred Daniel Israelson and 7 others

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About John Daniel Israelson

John Daniel Israelson was born in Michigan, probably Frenchtown, in March 1880. He was married to Rose Jacobson who died in 1918. John worked at the Quincy copper mine. His occupation, according to the 1920 census, was a miner. On 29 October 1927, an air blast on the forty-first level of the Quincy Mine trapped and killed seven timbermen, including John. According to a New York Times article (30 October 1927, eleven men had been sent down to repair damage which had occurred the week before in a fire. The air blast occurred from beneath, tearing out the floor of the level and dislodging a mass of stone from the level above. It was the first accident in the 79 years the mine had been in operation.

After John's death, Silas and Robert went to live with their aunt, Alma Lindgren and her family. It appears that Robert, at least of a time, also lived with his uncle, Herbert Israelson.

Quincy Mining Company Quincy No. 2 Copper Mine Rock Fall Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan October 29, 1927 No. Killed – 7

Seven men retimbering the No. 2 shaft, which had been damaged by a fire in July 1927, were killed when an air blast caused a fall of rock in the shaft. It is believed that the explosions of rock or air blasts were caused by contraction of the rock, which had been heated and expanded by the fire during the month of July. Source: Historical Summary of Mine Disasters in the United States - Volume III Air Blast Wrecks Part of Workings of Copper Company Mine Decatur Evening Herald, Illinois October 30, 1927

Houghton, Mich., Oct. 30 (AP) -- Eight men were believed to have been imprisoned in a shaft of the Quincy Copper mine here when an air blast wrecked part of the working late Saturday.

Officials expressed the opinion that all the men were killed in the explosion, but their fate could not be definitely determined until the shaft is cleared. The accident occurred on the forty first level of the mine, 4,300 feet beneath the surface.

Workers found the shaft leading into the wrecked level completely choked with huge stone, jammed in like a huge cement mix.

The names of the entombed men are: George Williams Arvid Nosko John Israelson Ernest Schilling Emil Eittama Henry Huzikoski John Covaleski All were married and have families.

There was a possibility however, obstruction might conceal an area beneath and that the formation may have been hurled upward and caught in the outlet by the terrific upheaval.

Workers were hopeful of piercing the obstruction by morning.

The Quincy mine has been in operation for 79 years and Saturday's accident was the first ever recorded there. The shaft has 89 levels, approximately 100 feet apart and goes down into the earth 9,000 feet.

Origin of the air blast such as the one which occurred Saturday are a mystery. Mining men believe they result from earth tremors caused by the slipping of the strata. Others contend they are brought about by the settling of rock in worked out openings, causing violent compression of air elsewhere in the mine.

A number of air blasts have occurred in the Quincy mine but heretofore the explosions have occurred in abandoned parts of the shaft with no particular damage being done.

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John Daniel Israelson's Timeline

March 24, 1880
Quincy Township, Houghton, Michigan, United States
August 12, 1911
Age 31
Arizona, United States
September 9, 1914
Age 34
Negaunee, Marquette, Michigan, United States
May 20, 1918
Age 38
Michigan, United States
October 29, 1927
Age 47
Quincy Township, Houghton, Michigan, United States