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Michigan Mining Fatalities

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  • Taavetti Iikanpoika Kallio (c.1865 - 1895)
    Accident 13 — April 22, David Isaacson met his death in No. 6 Shaft, North Quincy Mine. Isaacson was landing poor rock at the 17th level, and for some reason put his head into the shaft, where it was s...
  • John Herman Luukkonen (1883 - 1896)
    26. Sept. 23, Herman Lukanen, a boy about 14 year's old, was killed in a stope at the 14th level, south of No. 4 shaft, Osceola Mine, by a fall of hanging rock. He was carrying a pail of water for the ...
  • Edward Steven Karki (1903 - 1922)
    Decedent: Edward KARKIE Obit Date: October 21, 1922 Surnames: KARKIE Headline: SUCCUMBS TO HIS INJURIES - Edward Karkie, Injured in Mohawk Mine, Passes Away Edward Karkie, aged 17, of the Askill loca...
  • John Jacob Laitala (c.1867 - 1899)
    Accident No. 3, November 10th. — Jacob Laitala was fatally injured at the Kearsarge mine near the same place and in the same manner as Halopa. He died at the hospital a few hours after being injured....
  • Abraham White (1856 - 1910)
    ACCIDENT NO. 45-July 29, 1910-Abram White, No. 5 Shaft, Tamarack. Abram White, a Finnish miner, met instant death between the 36th and 37th levels, of No. 5 Shaft, on this day by a falling rock causi...

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