C&H News and Views Thursdays

Another Thursday is upon us and that means another issue of C&H News and Views. This week we jump ahead by a year to July of 1944 – a month after the allied invasion of France. Copper was still in high demand and C&H was still attempting to expand its mining operations to meet demand. This month it was the old Keweenaw Copper Company properties that came under C&H’s control, including the Keweenaw Central Railroad. Most interesting about this particular issue is its two-page spread on the C&H reclamation plant, which actually goes into rather technical details of how the plant was set up and operated.

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5 comments

  1. During WWII, if one held a job in certain critical skills, one could claim exemption from military service. Note that this was up to the individual, it was not automatic and the person receiving a draft notice had to claim and prove the exemption IF he wanted it. WWII stirred allot of patriotism and many chose the service. The exemption was even extended to those who enlisted – if the Government found the enlistee was in a critical job, the offer was made to stay home. Those were different times and most considered service in the military the honorable thing to do, so they went. Mining and railroading were both on the critical list and the railroads hired great numbers of women to fill men’s roles in all but the operating department. Mining had long standing superstitions and taboos about women underground that were well entrenched in the 1940′s, skilled miners were their greatest need but women would have been too much of a culture shock. Also the war lasted 4 years for us, not enough time to train a miner or a locomotive engineer. Now, of course, we have women working underground and in the locomotive cab — and in combat.

  2. Reading all those News and Views, women were never mentioned in the mines.
    Also several of the issues talk about the large shortage of men to work in the existing mines and mine expansions they were doing. It was so bad they asked the government for help in getting workers. If I remember right, they were released out of the military. It wasn’t only C&H that had the trouble. I can’t remember the number of men released.

  3. Jim – Thats a good point, and one I haven’t noticed myself. But I wonder if most miners or underground workers at that time were too old to be sent to war anyway? Maybe they’re were plenty of older men able to do the job so that women didn’t have to come down to fill roles…

  4. Chicaugan Lake Jim

    These are fun to read. I noticed in the article “Orange Blossoms Bloom” that they indicate that the wife was a crane operator at the plant. I know women took on alot of jobs that men usually held during World War II days. I was just curious though, does any one know if women were ever allowed to be miners doing work underground? Or was that strictly forbidden? I can not recall ever reading or hearing stories to that effect. Just wondering.

  5. Another awesome look into the past. Although… I wish you wouldn’t post these in the middle of the workday, I’m wasting SO much time reading them in my office! :P

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