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Louis LaJeunesse Interview Transcript

 Digital Record


  • 1994-04-09


Louis LaJeunesse was part of the last generation of underground miners on the Marquette Range. He was born in 1914 to B. R. St. Amour and Joe LaJeunesse, who were originally French-Canadian. He lived in Chocolay Township and West Branch Township and cut and hauled timber destined for local mines. He started at Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company in 1942 at Negaunee and later at Mather A for three years. His jobs included hoisting timber, blasting, and mining. He also worked at Eagle Mills for four years and at Mather B in 1964 or 1965. He retired in 1975. He discusses immigrant miners and the different languages spoken. Tape 2 begins with the names of his siblings, how he met his wife, Alice Larson, when they were both working in a logging camp in Skanee, Michigan. They have a daughter, Phyllis. He describes typical Christmas celebrations, building houses, and hauling block or wood in addition to working at the mine. He briefly discusses his home life, faith, and work on US-2 and Third Street in West Ishpeming. He also describes a double-eight steel, underground pump room. He closes by discussing his daughter Phyllis’ family. Interviewed by Mary Tippett Andes

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Permission to publish the Louis LaJeunesse Interview Transcript must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.


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Existence and Location of Originals

MSS-180, Oral histories of underground iron miners

Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

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