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William "Bill" Lucas, Jr. Interview Transcript

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  • 1994-06-20


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.

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Permission to publish the William "Bill" Lucas, Jr. 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

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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