Some of you may have noticed a great deal of changes here on CCE starting last week. What was once a trilogy of sites, has now been concentrated into a new and enhanced Copper Country Explorer. As part of that move, CCE now offers its own Heritage Guide and Scrapbook sections for your perusal. While Heritage Guide is really just old KFG with a new look and purpose, the new Scrapbook section is a new beast entirely. It takes what CCE’s very own CC Scrapbook series did and expands on it greatly. At Scrapbook you’ll find a collection of photos, maps, and drawings that I have come across during the years. Most of these are generously provided by readers of this site, while others are items I have acquired myself over these last five years of exploration and research. The point is to provide a freely accessible archives, organized by subjects, formats, dates, and contributors. A living history of the Copper Country and the great empire that once called this place home.
Towards that end, Fridays at CCE will forever more be known as Scrapbook Fridays. This day will be reserved to post links to the new archival materials I have added to scrapbook. Each week will be a little different, and as long as I continue to receive materials to publish, the series will continue to exist.
We start today with a revisit to an old classic – C&H News and Views. These old C&H company newsletters were graciously provided to scrapbook by long time reader and CC explorer Gordy Schmitt (thanks again Gordy). Today’s episode hails from February of 1945. By the winter of 1945 the great war was coming to its end, and with it the beginning of the end of C&H itself. Some hints of this coming apocalypse is evident in this particular issue of C&H News and Views, as the front page story talks of the smelter beginning to process “secondary copper” – which is really just another name for scrap. There’s also a story about the company’s efforts at the old Central property, efforts that were hampered by a blizzard which stranded workers at the site overnight. A two page spread document the mine’s blacksmiths, particularly those at the Ahmeek and Calumet shops. And as a sign of the times, a great deal of the publication is taken up by notices of men missing in action, wounded, or killed in the great war that still roared on outside of the Copper Country.
Click on the image below to check out the latest issue in all its PDF glory…