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Calumet and Hecla

Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Accidents, Persons Drum Wreck at #9 & 10 Engine House [Image of engine house with large hole in wall.]

Scanned: December 18, 2009


Calumet and Hecla

Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Accidents, Persons Drum Wreck at #9 & 10 Engine House [Two workers observe the damage done by the "fly away" hoist drum.]

Scanned: December 18, 2009


No. 3 North Kearsarge

Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Accidents, Explosions, Persons Boiler Explosion at No. 3 North Kearsarge [Image of some of the destruction.]

Scanned: January 19, 2010


Calumet and Hecla

Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Disasters, Mine Accidents, Persons Final cave in at surface, showing upper part of last stope, all copper rock below having been removed. Calumet - Hecla Mines, Calumet, Mich. [Two barely visible men stand in opening of stope. Mining buildings in full operation stand above the crater.]

Scanned: December 15, 2009


Accidents - Ruth Ann Miller

Accidents, Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Persons Shown here is the open mine pit into which little Ruth Ann Miller, 7, is reputed to have fallen Saturday while playing and picking strawberries with her brother, Gary, 10. The mile deep vertical shaft is cluttered with debris, assorted timbers and pipes, so that these have to be removed before the improvised skip can be lowered. The cap is shown at left. About half of the slab has been broken to permit search operations. The protective barbed wire fence is revealed enclosing the pit opening. Photo was taken Saturday at 7:00 p.m. while miners and other workmen were readying a big Gundlach crane with extensive cable to act as a hoist engine. Location is near Calumet's Legion Field, about a mile distant from the pit. [Image of the shaft the child fell into.]

Scanned: March 5, 2009


Accidents - Ruth Ann Miller

Accidents, Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Persons Calumet and Hecla Fire Chief Al Beauchene was the first to enter the hole when the department arrived at the site shortly before noon Saturday. Firemen quickly enlarged the hole and used a ladder to allow Beauchene to enter the shaft. It was was determined soon afterward that part of the concrete cap would have to be removed. [Mr. Beauchene is shown at the opening of the pit.]

Scanned: March 5, 2009


Accidents - Ruth Ann Miller

Accidents, Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Persons The extent of company concern was seen Monday night in the arrival at the mine site of Jack Gaffney, right, vice president of administration of Calumet and Hecla, Inc. Gaffney, who flew in from the company's corporate office in Chicago, is briefed by Ralph Sanford, director of employee and public relations, who has spent almost every waking hour at the shaft since the tragedy occured. [One of the men looks at his watch as he speaks to the other.]

Scanned: March 5, 2009


Accidents - Ruth Ann Miller

Accidents, Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Persons Burton C. Peterson, right, president and general manager of the Calumet Division, confers with Robert DeNeault, safety engineer and a miner who had just surfaced from the shaft. Peterson has remained at the site of the tragedy throughout the operations. [Photo of the men being briefed.]

Scanned: March 5, 2009


Accidents - Ruth Ann Miller

Accidents, Metal Trade, Copper Industry and Trade, Copper Mines and Mining, Persons [Final resting place of Ruth Ann.]

Scanned: March 5, 2009


Mining Accidents

Persons, Accidents, Miners, Copper Miners Accident No. 6. C & H Cons. Mine, January 21, 1930. Michial Medaved came to his death by falling down No. 6 shaft, Hecla Branch of Calumet & Hecla Consolidated Copper Co. The following statement was made by Mine Inspector Matt Ollila after investigating the accident: "Michial Medaved met accidental death in No. 6 shaft of Hecla mine, between the 4th and 5th levels while on an inspection trip. He evidently lost his balance on a slippery sleeper and fell on a descending skip rope that carried him down the shaft to the 15th level. [Account of accident that took Mr. Medaved's life.]

Scanned: November 16, 2010