Copper Country Trappers

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• In front of photo is trapper Warner Jutila, left, of Jacobsville, who came with six beaver pelts and an otter. He got less than $100. In 1947 he'd receive $280. At right is Ivar Heikkinen of Star Route, Pelkie. He had seven beaver and an otter. Together with a companion, they had 15 beaver and an otter for which they received $71. In 1947 the sum would have been $640. The depressed market was due to decreased demand and imports from Siberia. Others in photo are from left, seated, Charles Palo, Lake Linden, Joel Kangas, Baltic and Walter F. Nelms, all three of the Michigan Department of Conservation; Waino Korri of Calumet, John F. Sullivan of Lake Linden, and Arnold Klatzky of Hancock, all three are buyers of furs. Standing at left is Earl Clarke, Houghton, vice president of Northern Michigan Sportsmen's Assn. These men gathered in the Houghton Fire Hall to tag and sell their pelts. (Daily Mining Gazette article, Saturday, April 26, 1958, page 7.)
8/23/2007 9:16:52 AM by Christine Holland, Archives