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Michigan Mining Fatalities

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    Joseph Pope (1869 - 1893)
    Joseph Pope was born in Australia in 1869. At some point he immigrated to America and settled in Calumet, Michigan where he was employed as a timberman by the Calumet and Hecla Mining Co. He worked at ...
  • Andrew Ednie (1855 - 1893)
    From the Saline, Michigan Observer, Thursday, May 25, 1893, under the section for news from around the state of Michigan: Ten miners were precipitated over 3,000 feet to the bottom of the perpendicul...
  • Gustaf Gustafsson Ranta (1862 - 1919)
    Födelseattest Genline GID 100025.19.6900, [Norrbotten] _scb Norrbotten, :102, Födde,Vigsel,Död, 1862 - 1862, 0/0, Bild 69 av 235 Immigration 1888. US Census 1910: With his family in Calumet, Hought...
  • William Thomas Tremberth (1867 - 1911)
    ACCIDENT NO. 8-January 9, 1911- Wm. T. Tremberth, North Kearsarge Mine. Wm. T. Tremberth, an English miner was killed on this day by an explosion of powder which he carried in his shirt-bosom. An inq...
  • Nils Christian Nilsen Krogh (1843 - 1913)
    Nils Christian Krog Født 28.01.1843, Kåfjord Far Nils Olsen Krog f.28.12.1802 d.05.08.1864 Mor Christine Munch Borchgrevink f.10.06.1809 d. Ektefeller/partnere og barn 1. Mina Agusté d. ...

Michigan's Mining Fatalies

( Note: the typos in the profiles accident report is copied as is, from actual report must remain.)

This project is intended for Persons who had lost their lives in the copper mines of michigan, or from injuries while working in the mines

From the opening of mines in the 1840's, until their closing in the 1960's, a east 1,900 men died in underground accidents.

The largest, longest-lived companies invariably suffered the most accidents.

  • The Central, Copper Falls, Victoria, Ahmeek, and Mohawk mines each killed 20-25 men.
  • 34 men died underground at the Atlantic mine
  • 41 at the Franklin
  • 45 at Trimountain
  • 46 at Kearsarge.

3 mines suffered between 50 and 100 deaths:

  • Baltic(59)
  • Isle Royale (71)
  • Osceola (92)
  • The Champion mine 116 deaths.
  • Tamarack Mine 168 men.
  • Quincy(253) and
  • Calumet and Hecla (470) recorded most fatalities.

25 ethnic groups include the

  • Greeks, Syrians, Armenians, Danes and Mexicans suffered 5 or fewer deaths.
  • 6 ethnic groups accounted for 15 to 25 deaths each: Scots, Norwegians, French Canadians, Russians, Hungarians, and Croatians.
  • 3 groups lost 55 to 65 men : Swedes, Poles, and Germans.
  • Approximately 85 Irishmen died, while the
  • Italians lost at least 230 men.
  • Local Society loosely identified a diverse group of immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire as "Austrians" and over 250 of these men died underground, along with with
  • no fewer then 380 Cornish men and
  • 475 Finns.

( This information only includes Houghton & Keweenaw Counties)

Houghton County Mines

Osceola Mine Fire

Keweenaw County