Finns in the Mather Mine in Negaunee, Michigan


On October 10, 1978, the last underground iron mine in the state of Michigan, the Mather B, closed in the city of Negaunee ending an era of underground mining which began over 150 years ago. Most, if not all, of the miners here in the Upper Peninsula were immigrants and many of them were Finns. After the closing of the Mather B, a book was published of the mine. Group pictures of the miners of 1978 were placed in this book and, looking at it last evening brought to mind how many Finnish last names were in the book.

I've listed those Finnish miners (I also put in a few I wasn't to sure about) and, although there's no information on the individuals, the names might give someone a clue that their ancestors (or decendants) lived in, or near, Negaunee, Michigan. I'd be happy to do what I can to give anyone interested further information if needed. Please e-mail me.

Irene Ilmonen           

"The Mather Mine : Negaunee and Ishpeming, Michigan". Edited by Burton H. Boyum. Published by Marquette County Historical Society. 1979, 87 p.


Ahola
Andelin
Anderson
Anttonen
Arbelius
Asikainen
Ayotte
Barto
Bielen
Butala (might be Hutala)
Byykkonen
Carlson
Hakkarinen
Hautamaki
Hemmila
Hietikko
Hiironen
Hjelt
Hongisto
Huttala
Ilmonen
Jarvi
Johnson
Joki
Kallatsa
Karvonen
Kaukala
Kauppila
Kemp
Ketola
Kohtala
Korpinen
Koski
Lahti
Laitala
Laitinen
Leivo
Linquist
Lintula
Luibakka
Luokkala
Luoma
Maino
Maki
Makinen
Niemisto
Nyman
Palomaki
Parkkila
Parkkonen
Perala
Poutanen
Prusi
Ranta
Rinne
Rintala
Ruohomaki
Saari
Sahi
Salke
Salmer
Salmi
Salo
Savolainen
Seppa
Siik
Taskila
Waananen
Warami
Wehmanen
Wiljanen
Wuorenmaa
Ylinen