William "Bill" Lucas, Jr. Underground Iron Mining Oral History Interview (Part 1 of 5)
|Title:||William "Bill" Lucas, Jr. Underground Iron Mining Oral History Interview (Part 1 of 5).|
Lucas, William Jr., Interviewee
Andes, Mary Tippett, Interviewer
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, contributor
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This oral history interview is one of several on underground iron mining conducted by researcher Mary Tippett Andes for her book "The Last Generation Underground." William Lucas, Jr. was part of the last generation of underground miners on the Marquette Iron Range. He was interviewed in Ishpeming, Michigan. He was born in 1911 in North Lake, Michigan. His parents emigrated from Finland via Sweden, Norway, and Canada to Ishpeming, Michigan. His father worked for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company as lead man in shaft work at Holmes, Lloyd Mine #1, Barnes-Hecker Mine, and Greenwood Mine. Mr. Lucas describes his career as an underground miner from 1934-1973. He also discusses underground mining terminology, iron ore mining, the labor strike of 1946, Cliff’s Shaft, Mather B Mine, and speaking Finnish at home while he was growing up.
Iron mines and mining
Oral histories (document genres)
Marquette Iron Range (Mich.)
Marquette County (Mich.)
Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company
Emigration and immigration.
North Lake (Mich.)
Iron Miners' Strike, Marquette County, Mich., 1946.
Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company,
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|Is Part Of:||MSS-180, Oral histories of underground iron miners.|