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Michigan Upper Peninsula Mine Fatalities Project. Part I.

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Michigan Upper Peninsula Mine Fatalities Project. Part I.

        (Houghton and Keweenaw Counties)

The success of the copper mining industry in Michigan's Upper Peninsula during the late 1800s and the early 1900s attracted variety people in a time of need, The promise of fair working wages had raised peoples optimism for a better life in America...While being able to keep bread at the table, Risking their lives in the dangerous , and deep mine shafts, Many of these men never made it back home.

The purpose of this project to find the true identities and the families of these men and give remembrance for those who braved into the mines, So, Everyone of them employed that died inside or from the injuries sustained in these mines, Will be Identified and recorded properly, maybe even be found by their descendants who are seeking their ancestors, who never had the chance to return to their home and families.

'Gone, Not Forgotten.'

I.Which Immigrants settled in the Copper Country ?

Starting around the 1870s the Irish, Cornish, French-Canadian and German immigrants came to mine copper in the Peninsula. They were followed around the late 1890s by large numbers of Finns, Swedes, Danes, Sámi and Norwegians who immigrated to the Upper Peninsula, especially the Keweenaw Peninsula, to work in the mines.The immigration of people from Croatia, Slovenia, Poland (many of who were enumerated as "Austrians") and Italy emigrated from about 1880.

II. How many lives were lost?

In reality, we may never actually know the true identities of some, and we may never even know about some. But our purpose still stands to discover what information we can.

“From the opening of mines in the 1840's, until their closing in the 1960's, An estimated 1,900 men died in underground accidents.”

Deaths per mine (statistics)

  • Ahmeek 20-25
  • Atlantic 34
  • Baltic 59
  • Calumet and Hecla 470
  • Central 20-25
  • Champion 116
  • Copper Falls 20-25
  • Franklin 41
  • Isle Royale 71
  • Kearsarge 46
  • Mohawk 20-25
  • Osceola 92
  • Quincy 253
  • Tamarack 168
  • Trimountain 45
  • Victoria 20-25

According to the Mine Inspector Reports of Houghton county, years 1887-1913 reports a total of 978 deaths. The highest being 1909 with a total of 63 deaths.

Ultimately, The highest deaths per ethnicity were of the Cornish, Austrians, and Finnish. Deaths recorded being over 250 per ethnicity, during the research of this project, the statistical and estimating information may change.


“Ahmeek Mine-” 1. Henry Perttunen

“Allouez Mine-” 1.John Eli Perala 2.Frans Viktor Pohjola 3.Lars Rytinki 4.John Tikka 5.Antti Kallunki 6.John Eli Perala

“Arcadian Mine -” 1. August Kangas 2. Isak Saarela

"Atlantic Mine -" 1.Jacob Enojarvi 2.Jacob Kuja 3.Sakari Kuopus 4.Sakari Mattson (Olkkonen) 5.Oskar Niku 6.Isaac Niska 7.Sakari Niskanen (Niskala) 8.John Pyhaluoto 9.John Tikka 10.Pekka Wayrynen 11.Karl Sammeli 12.Thomas Alatalo 13.Lauri Kemppainen 14.Henric Keranen 15.Elias Terikari 16.Mikko Haarala 17.William Karvonen

“Baltic Mine-” 1. Jaakko Huhtelin 2.Jaakko Kemppainen 3.Jacob Leinonen 4.William Lejonklo 5.Aleksaneri Luoma-Aho 6.Erkki Nurmi 7.Arvi Paloneva 8.Johan Perkiomaki 9.Joonas Syrjälä 10.Matti Tullila 11.Salomo Kuivasmaki 12.Vaino Hannuksela

“Calumet & Hecla (Calumet, Hecla, RJS) Mine -" 1.Otto Flink 2.Osvald Hoyna 3.Johan Erik Kuusela 4.Stephen Lustig 5.Herman Onkka 6.John Orajarvi 7.Gustaf Ranta (Rantatalo) 8.Albin Sikanen 9.Einard Soppela 10.John Eric Walgren 11.Henry Hautapera 12.Nils Krogh 13.Eric Niemi 14.John Talvensaari 15.Oskar Waatti 16.Andrew Ervio 17.John Haataja 18.Abram Jacobson 19.Murto 20.Aukusti Pesio 21.John Peterson 22.John Witikka 23.Fred Hietanen 24.Johan Gabriel Kurtti 25.Herman Onkka 26.August Oskar Olsson 27.Jacob Ikonen 28.Karl Arvid Kostamo 29.Jacob Solki 30.Robert Wuopio 31.Isak Wilhelm Modig 32.John Ruokanen

“Centennial Mine-” 1.Samuel Salo

“Central Mine-” 1.Thomas Champion 2.Jacob Garry 3.John Ivey 4.Philip Roberts JR. 5.Edward Thomas 6.Thomas Bone 7.John Berryman 8.Thomas Berryman 9.William Barrett 10.Joel Eade 11.William Dunstan

“Challenge Mine-”

“Champion Mine-" 1.Kalle Anttila 2.Kalle Haataja 3.August Kauppila 4.Levi Kerttu 5.Antti Kilpelä 6.Erkki Kärnä 7.Werner Laakso 8Matti Laru 9.Isak Moila (Marjeta) 10.Uno Moilanen 11.Jaakko Vihtori Mutka 12.Sakari Oksa 13.Edwin Paananen 14.Thomas Palo 15.Victor Saarinen 16.Herman Sirviö 17.August Sivonen 18.Juho Talso 19.Samuli Tikka 20.Eino Wainio 21.Eeli Wilhunen 22.Kaarle Wuolle (Vingström) 23.*John Gustaf Kanniainen 24.*Karl Levi Tornberg 25.*Kalle Abram Telin

“Franklin Mine-” 1.Matti Carlson 2.Andrew Niemi 3.Matti Tervonen 4. John Olsen, Tervahauta 5.Victor Johnson (Yrjölä) 6.Tuomas Luukkonen 7.Matti Oja (Hepo-Oja)

“Huron Mine-” 1.Aatami Toivanen 2.Jacob Autio

“Isle Royale Mine-” 1.*John Helenius 2.*Juho Junnila 3.*Matti Koski (Ruohokoski) 4.*Peter Maki 5.*Frans Peltomaa 6.*Oscar Juntunen

“Kearsarge Mine ( North & South)-” 1.*Jacob Holappa 2.*Matti Koskela 3.*Henry Nissila 4.*Sakari Pietila 5.*Petter Savela 6.*William Isola 7.*Sam Suanto 8.*William Westerlund 9.*Karl Wirkkula 10.*Albert Huovinen 11.*Otto Laiti

“La Salle Mine-”

“Mohawk Mine-” 1.*John Aho 2.*Alexander Carlson (Kärkkäinen) 3.*John Oswald Kahkonen 4.*Waino Kilpela 5.*Leander Mannisto 6.*August Saarela (Huttunen) 7.*Kaarle Wesanen 8.*Edward Karki

“Old Colony Mine-” 1.August Koitila

“Osceola Mine-”

1.John Henry Johnson (Riuttaniemi) 2.Henrik Juntunen 3.Oskar Lustig 4.Matti Mäki 5.Matt Ollitervo 6.John Sormunen (Nikupeteri) 7.Ernst Thulin 8.John Eric Walgren

“Peninsula Mine-” 1.Matti Immonen

“Quincy Mine-” 1.*Emil Aittamaa 2.*Emil Backman 3.*Jaakko Haaraniemi 4.*Alex Halonen 5.*August Huuskonen 6.*John Israelson 7.*Mike Johnson (Mikko Hyvärinen) 8.*Andrew Joki 9.*Matti Junttila 10.*William Kaarlela 11.*Edward Kaartinen 12.*Olof Kallatsa 13.*Matti Kemila 14.*August Keskitalo 15.*Jooseppi Korhonen 16.*Juho Herman Korhonen 17.*John Korpi 18.*Otto Kähkönen 19.*Kalle Lantto 20.*Matti Latva 21.*Matti Maki (Mäki) 22.*Kristian Martikainen 23.*Jaakko Marttila 24.*John Mattila 25.*Arvid Naasko 26.*Isaac Nippa 27.*Louis Omans 28.*John Orni 29.*Petter Oskar Peterson 30.*Emil Reinikka 31.*Jaakko Ruokanen 32.*Alex Saaranen 33.*Fred Saaranen 34.*John Sakkinen 35.*Juho Sippari 36.*Paavali Sonninen 37.*Eeli Tervo 38.*August Tervonen 39.*Johannes Toivanen 40.*John Uutala 41.*Antti Vanhatalo 42.*August Wickstrom 43.*Johan Wuopio 44.*John Wuotila 45.*Per Sakari

“Rhode Island Mine-” 1.John Finn 2.William Peterson

“Superior Mine-” 1.Petter Abram Peterson 2.Albert Alfred Waisanen

“Tamarack (North/South) & Tamarack No. 5 Mine-”

1.John Peter Lempea 2.John Makela (Mäkelä) 3.John Solkela 4.Matt Ammala 5.Matthias Flink 6.Axel Haapalahti 7.Sem Knut Jacobson (Hyvärinen) 8.John F. Johnson (Mäki) 9.Salomon Kivisto 10.John Koivupalo 11.Matti Koski (Kastari) 12.Johannes Latvala 13.August Liikala 14.Jacob Pyrro 15.Erick Saari 16.Samuel Mattsson (Saaranen) 17.John S Weidelman (Wetelainen) 18.Adolph Huhta

“Tamarack JR. Mine- 1.Peter Nippa

“Trimountain Mine-” 1.*Eddie Mattila 2.Kaarle Stenberg 3.Sakari Wesa

“Winona Mine-” 1.Charles Koski (Kalle Ruokokoski) 2.Andrew Remakka 3. Iisakki Kurunsaari

"Wolverine-” 1.Jaakko Koskela 2.James Furness 3.Olli Tolkki

“Wyandotte Mine-”


Resources for information included in this project: