Archive for the ‘Mining’ category

Quincy Mining Company

January 23, 2008

MINES AND MINING COPPER

Source:

1. Lake Superior News and Miners’ Journal, July 11, 1846. Two months in the Copper Region by Charles Whittlesey. Revised from first publication in National Magazine. February, 1846.

See also: RG 70-5 Records of the Department of Commerce, Securities Bureau. Securities Applications, Box 257, File # C-8335 Quincy Mining Company.

QUINCY MINING COMPANY

RG 46 Executive Office, Ferris

RG 56-11 Houghton County

RG 71-156 Chaput Collection, Corporation Annual Reports; Laws 1848, page 185; Laws 1850, page 90.

Streeter 2697

Michigan History Magazine v. 41 (1957), page 219-242.

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German Prisoners of War (WWII)

January 23, 2008

PRISONERS OF WAR – WORLD WAR II

See RG 66-73 – Records of Ionia County

Box 6 – Records relating to Emergency Farm Labor Program and Prisoner of War Camp, 1944-1945.

See also PICTORIAL HISTORY OF MICHIGAN, Vol. II, page 220. For view of prisoners of war (German) lined up for inspection at Fort Custer.

Pig Iron

January 22, 2008

IRON – PIG IRON FROM BOGS OF SOUTHERN MICHIGAN, 1840 ERA

Source:

1. Blois, Gazetteer of Michigan. P.41 notes iron production at Hillsdale, Berrien, SE sect. Of Livingston, S. sect. Of Branch, SW section of Cass, Wayne, Ottawa, and extensive beds near Kalamazoo.

2. See U.S. Census of Population, U.S. Census, Special Schedules – Manufacturing

3. Stevens and Conover, Branch Co. Gazetteer, 1870-71. Lists several “moulders” living in Union City and lists Harvey Whitcomb Jr. As furnace moulder in Union Township.

4. Buley, R. Carlyle. The Old Northwest…Vol. I, P547.

5. University of Michigan, Michigan Historical Collections Guide, Vol. 1, item 175. Lists one page of accounts with Union City Iron Company, believed the first furnace in Michigan producing pig iron from bog iron ore.

6. Records of the Office of Secretary of State. Lands – Deeds and evidences of title to lands owned by the State of Michigan. Re. Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal – includes release of lands in Utica, Macomb County, Michigan, in 1841 to state for canal purposes, includes drawing. Carries seal of company and name of trustees.

7. Michigan Legislation Joint Doc., 1841. P7. Iron Sec. 16 of Town 5 S Range 7 W near Union City, Michigan..quality of “kidney iron ore.” A blast furnace was successful at operating at Union City.

8. Michigan. Report of the State Land Commission, 1847-48.

9. Michigan Board of Agriculture, Report, 1850. P177. Mineral Statistics.

Counties No. of Companies Hands Employed Capital Investment Tons Raised Value of Production Iron Ore Kind
Branch 1 25 15,000 1,890 2,700
Kalamazoo 1 10 ? 16,000 15,000

10. Michigan History Collections. Vol. 3, P635. In VanBuren County. First in Lawton in 1867. Bangor blast furnace was second. Not native ore.

Mineral lands

July 6, 2007

MINERAL LANDS IN MICHIGAN

Source:

1.    CHECKLIST  of U.S. Public Documents, 1789-1909…Congress.  See first session, December 3, 1849-September 3, 1850.  Serial #551, Vol. 3.  Report on Mineral Lands in Michigan.  See same session, Serial #571, Vol. 3, (pt. 3, 5)

Iron Furnaces

May 15, 2007

Source:

1.     MICHIGAN HISTORY – 11:164-166; in Delta County, 4:461-474; in Gogebic County 6:  331, 332; in Gogebic Range 9:371-377; in Marquette County 3: 251, 252; 5:150-166; 6:306, 307; 11:191-207 views of minesll:  193, 196, 199, 201, 203, 205.  Dunathan, Clint, “Fayette” (December 1951) 41:204.  See also 35:505-6 “Fayette Furnace”

2.     Vertical file:  Iron.  MICHIGAN’S UPPER PENINSULA IRON ORE INDUSTRY AND clippings from Marquette MINING JOURNAL and Escanaba DAILY PRESS, 1957.

3.     Brotherton, R. A. “Industry of Iron Ore; Negaunee Centennial” in MICHIGAN HISTORY, 28:199-213.  Similar article in INLAND SEAS, October, 1946, “The Jackson Mine and Negaunee, Michigan.”

4.     MICHIGAN GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF MICHIGAN.  Vol. 1, Part 1:  The Iron Region.

5.     Detroit POST AND TRIBUNE, January 23, 1882.  P9, Col. 1 Mentions Munising Kilns. Ore hauled to the Martel Furnace at St. Ignace. Average over 500 tons per week and from 200 to 300 loads of logs each week.

R. D. Burroughs, Conservation Department, 1957

1913 Copper Strike

May 8, 2007

RG 46 Woodbridge N. Ferris Papers: Seeberville Affiar

RG 64-24, Lot 10 (7-21-7) Box 1
Acc. 46 Executive Office
Streeter 6868
Michigan History Magazine.    V.43 (1959), p. 294-314
V.54 (1970), p. 275-292

MINES AND MINING  – COPPER STRIKE, 1906, 1913

See research card – Mines and Mining

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B12

Finish complaint against America in Rockland Mine Strike.

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B485

Old Militia.  Mobs.  Strikes, etc.  Several folders re to strikes in copper country.

Replies to 110 questions submitted by Mr. Walter B. Palmer, Special Agent of the U.S. Department of Labor to Ahmeek Mining Company, Allouez Mining Company, Calumet and Hecla Mining Company, Cetnenial Copper Mining Company, Isle Royale Copper Co., LaSalle Copper Co., Laurim Mining Company, Osceola Mining Company, Superior Copper Company, Tamarack Mining Company during strike in 1913.  Source of papers unknown, material was delivered to Museum after State Office Building fire.  Uncat. N. 1956.  Material includes replies to inquiries, pictures, and printed reports.

ALS to Philip Mason from William N. Davis, Jr., Historian, California State Archives, datelined November 19, 1956, Sacramento 14, California, reports that neither the California State Archives nor the California State Library in Sacramento contain any Mss on copper strike.

COPPER STRIKE  – 1913

Sullivan, William A. “The 1913 Revolt of the Michigan Copper Miners,” in Michigan History, Vol. 43, No. 2 (September 1959) P 294-314; sketch of, 384.

See Executive Office – Ferris – 5 mss boxes

See also    Vandercook papers at MHC, Ann Arbor
Scrapbooks of Vandercook and some material that Vandercook had sent to Governor Ferris’ son, C. G. Ferris, who planned to write a biography of his father.  Apparently C. G. Ferris deposited material with the Collections.

Vandercook Papers at MSU-Museum, East Lansing
Contain originals of Ferris’ letters to Vandercook; the copies in the Ferris papers are press copies and difficult to read.

Senior Paper (U-M) in process, 1963

Supreme Court Case File
RG 96-174
Box 49 #25905

Copper Mining and Discovery

May 8, 2007

Copper Boulder – See Ontonagon Copper Boulder

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Indian Affairs.  1836-1865.  Re:  copper mining on Kewenaw peninsula in 1851.

ONTONAGON COPPER BOULDER

Source:

1.    SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE.  Report of the U.S. National Museum for the year ending June 30, 1895.  Pages 1021-1030.  Moore, Charles, The Ontonagon Copper Bowlder in the U.S. National Museum.”

2.    Schoolcraft, H. R. NARRATIVE JOURNAL OF THE TRAVELS THROUGH THE NORTHWESTERN REGIONS OF THE U.S. ALBANY, 1821.  Pages 175-8.

3.    New York WEEKLY HERALD, October 28, 1843.  Report efforts of Julius Eldred during the 16 years he was involved with the acquisitions and transportation of the mass.

4.    Whittlesey, Charles, SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS, Vol. XII.  Cut and full description.

5.    Sne.  Doc.  260.  28th Congress.  1st.  Session.

Reports Eldred’s activities.

6.    Foster and Whitney’s Report.  House Ex. Doc. 69, 31st Congress, first session, page 159.

7.    McKenney, Thomas, SKETCHES OF A TOUR TO THE LAKES.  Baltimore, 1827, pages 477-478.

8.    Shepherd, Forrest.  Remarks on a Builder mass of native copper from the southern shore of lake Superior.  In American Journal Scientific,, 1847.  (2), IV, 115-116.

9.    Moore, Charles, “Ontonagon Boulder in the National Museum,”  in MICHIGAN HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS, Vol. 27, page 260.

Reports by Cass in 1819, Barbeau in 1821, Eldred Houghton, 1841.