|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.
"The Mather Mine : Negaunee and Ishpeming, Michigan". Edited by Burton H. Boyum. Published by Marquette County Historical Society. 1979, 87 p.
Butala (might be Hutala)