News & Views Thursday – Coal Shortage Edition

This weeks ride in the DeLorean sends us back to July of 1946, in a time immediately following the close of World War II. C&H had just concluded a five week shut down due a strike-imposed coal shortage and operations were just beginning to resume. The photo above documents the first coal boat to arrive to C&H’s Hubbell docks – the David M. Weir. Most of this issue revolved around non-mine related issues, which included a two page photo spread featuring renovation projects carried out by laid off workers. Front page article is about the Lake Chemical Company, a plant whose location is a mystery to me. There’s also an interesting story about the re-opening of the Gratiot Shaft, which mentions the move of the Nordberg engine from Osceola 13 to the newly opened mine.

Check out the whole issue HERE.

5 comments

  1. Dave, I think it means Cupric Oxide. Actually the stuff has allot of uses, pigments in cermanics, semi conductors, dietary supliments, batterys, welding, explosives and even air bags.

    Lake Chemical I think went through some growing pains, and ended up sold a couple of times. I believe the plant was nearly closed until some local business men bought it up and changed its name to Pensinsula Copper Industries which is still in operation, sucessfully today.

  2. Pages 236 and 237 of “Red Metal” talk about copper oxide, which is a byproduct of the leaching process. C&H and Harshaw Chemical company, located in Cleveland Ohio, joined together to form the Lake Chemical Company. The main purpose of this company was to find uses for the copper oxide.During the war it was used on ship bottoms to help prevent barnacles. After the war ended it was necessay to find other uses for the oxide. One of the uses was to fight plant diseases. It was applied as either a dust or spray. Seeing as how most copper compounds are poisonous, I doubt if it was used for a very long.

  3. But unless you’ve got your flux capacitor charged to 1.21 gigawatts, nothing unusual is likely to happen. Unless a cop happens to see you on your 88MPH run.

  4. Excellent, I’ve always wanted to jump in a Delorean and punch it up to 88 mph…

  5. Lake Chemical Company is now PCI I believe

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