Today in the 1913 Copper Strike

Underground photo of a massive piece of copper and miners at one of the Ahmeek mine shafts. (Photo courtesy of the MTU Archives, Keweenaw Digital Archives)

Underground photo of a massive piece of copper and miners at one of the Ahmeek mine shafts. (Photo courtesy of the MTU Archives, Keweenaw Digital Archives)

Guy Wilkins, a clerk in the supply office at the Ahmeek mine, was shot and seriously wounded this morning. Wilkins was on his way to work shortly after 7:30 in the morning when he was stopped by a group of ten men in North Kearsarge. His union card was demanded and when he replied that he was not a WFM member “the crowd set upon him.”[1] Wilkins started to run to avoid a confrontation, but as he ran away one of the men drew a gun and shots were fired. A bullet went through his body and left Wilkins in critical condition. At the time of reporting the injury was not fatal. This story is yet another example of the bitter community divisions and the ensuing violence that took place during the copper strike era.


[1] The Calumet News, October 6, 1913.