C&H News and Views – now online!

The great C&H is often remembered in the abstract, as only a ghostly figment from time’s endless memory. To those that study the great copper empire that once existed here the Calumet and Hecla company is more legend then corporation. But as its inevitable shut down and disbandment showed, the great company was not immortal and was just another ming company in a long list of company’s that once graced the Keweenaw’s shores. It was just a lot better at it then most.

But in the end C&H was just like a company you or I work for today, and as such had many of the same corporate habits and rituals as we have come to know and love. One of those was the monthly company newsletter, a periodic publication that most companies put out in one form or another but very few of us actually take the time to read. Though rather self serving and augmented with an healthy does of corporate piety, these publications provide an fascinating snapshot into C&H’s corporate culture and daily operations. It also provides an interesting look at the actual people who worked at the mine – a collection of individuals who were more elaborate then simple trammers or a miners.

Thanks to long time reader Gordy Schmitt – who happens to have a large collection of C&H’s monthly newsletters for some reason – we can all take a glimpse back into C&H’s corporate past and see what it was actually like to work for the legendary company. Gordy was gracious enough to scan more then a couple dozen of these newsletters and send them my way on DVD so that I could share them with all of you. Therefore starting today I’ll post one of those newsletters on my scrapbook page for you to download and read, and will continue to do so for each week until I’ve got them all online. Be warned, however, these are PDF files and some of them are rather large – several megabytes or more. They will take a while to download with slow connections.

This week’s issue comes to us from October of 1943 when World War II was still in full swing and copper demand was high. Download it HERE and give it a read.

10 comments

  1. I would also like to thank Gordy (and Mike). Reading the News and Views helps me dream of what it was like to be around back then.

  2. Awesome Gordy!!! Yet another reason to visit CCE!!!
    :D

  3. All those News and Views should be searchable, at least I set them up that way.
    A lot of names in them also, nice when you find a releative working for the company.
    I have another years worth to do and eventually Mike will get them.

    DC, I always wondered about the We Wish column

    Glad all of you are enjoying them.

  4. Thanks very much for sharing the News Views as page three has a photo of my father as one of Ahmeek Copper Producers .

  5. Thanks very much for sharing these! I look forward to reading every one

  6. I was never really excited about reading the news until now; thanks for this excellent glimpse into the past Gordy!

  7. I was just trying to find these publications on the net recently….guess I don’t have to look any further…hats off to CCE for even more great info about the Copper Country!!

  8. Thanks for sharing these great sources!

  9. Way cool!!

    I wonder, what is up with that “We Wish” column? Some are amusing or kind, but others seem sort of like publicly calling-out a co-worker.

  10. Chicaugan Lake Jim

    Thank you, Gordy and Mike, for providing access to these gems. It really gives a person a better perspective of what the times were like in the good old days. Thanks again for your efforts.

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