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having been erected during 1900. There are approximately 300 employees, and it is estimated that the total population is 1,200 persons.
The estimated present population of the community is as follows, according to races: American, White .. Finnish, Magyar. Cornish (English)
Total..... When the mining shafts were opened, in 1900, the first race to be employed was the Finnish. Most of these people had lived farther south, in Wisconsin and in southern Michigan, and did not come into the copper country until the opening of this particular shaft. Few of them had previous experience at mining, but they proved adaptable and soon developed into valuable miners. The Magyars, of whom about 220 are in the community, were the next to arrive. They, like the Finns, had no training in mining, but they were found to be satisfactory workers and are now meeting with success in the lower occupations. The Cornishmen came to the community at about the same time as the Finns, but, unlike the Finns and the Magyars, they had had experience in mining and soon became foremen and bosses. PERIOD OF RESIDENCE IN THE UNITED STATES OF FOREIGN-BORN
The character of recent and past immigration to the mines may be seen from the following table, which shows by race the percentage of foreign-born male employees who had been in the United States each specified number of years. The period of residence in the United States and in the copper-mining district, however, are not identical. As a matter of fact, the greater number of foreign-born employees had worked elsewhere in this country before coming to the Lake Superior region. Table 72.—Per cent of foreign-born male employees in the United States each specified
number of years, by race.
(STUDY OF EMPLOYEES.) (By years in the United States is meant years since first arrival in the United States. No deduction is
made for time spent abroad. This table includes only races with 40 or more males reporting The total, however, is for all foreign-born.)
Of the total number of male employees, 44.9 per cent have been in the United States less than five years; 20.9 per cent have been here five to nine years. The proportion of foreign-born employees who have been in this country twenty years or over is greater than the proportion who have been here ten to nineteen years. The most recent arrivals are the Lithuanians, 90 per cent of whom have been here less than five years. More than 50 per cent of the Croatians,
. North Italians, Magyars, and Slovenians have been here under five years. The employees of longest residence in the United States are the Germans, 85 per cent of whom have been here twenty years or over. In addition, from 58.5 per cent to 73.3 per cent of the Norwegians, Canadians other than French, and the French Canadians have been here at least twenty years.
RACIAL CLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES AT THE PRESENT TIME.
The following table shows the number and percentage of male employees of each race for whom information was secured. The distribution of the races is believed to be representative of the total number of mine workers in the district:
TABLE 73.— Male employees for whom information was secured, by general nativity and
a Less than 0.05 per cent. Of the total number of male employees for whom information is presented in the above table, 80.8 per cent are foreign-born, 16.6 per cent are native-born of foreign father, and 2.6 per cent are nativeborn-of native father. Information was secured for a greater proportion of Finns than for any other race, the total number of that race included in the preceding table being 27.2 per cent of all. The English, with 14.8 per cent, show a proportion second to that of the Finns. These are the only two races in the entire table that show a proportion of males equal or in excess of 10 per cent of the whole. The principal other races among the foreign-born are, in the order named, the North Italian, Croatian, French Canadian, and Slovenian. Of the persons who are native-born of foreign father, those whose fathers were born in Canada, England, Germany, and Ireland wert studied in the largest numbers.
REASONS FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF IMMIGRANTS.
The Cornishmen were the first persons to be employed in the copper industry in northern Michigan. They were on the ground when operations began and found employment not only for themselves, but for relatives and friends who joined them within the course of a
This is the principal reason assigned by employers throughout the district for the employment of Cornishmen. As regards the other immigrant races that are found throughout the district, the operators state that the employment of these races is due principally to the fact that the supply of English-speaking workingmen has not equaled the demand for labor and that it has been necessary, in order to operate the mines, to have recourse to this source of labor supply.
Principal occupation of immigrant employees before coming to the United States
Occupations entered by immigrants-Weekly earnings— Relation between period of residence and earning ability-Hours worked per day and per week-Employers' opinion of immigrant employees-[Text Tables 74 to 77 and General Tables 53 to 55).
PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION OF IMMIGRANT EMPLOYEES BEFORE COMING
TO THE UNITED STATES.
In order to understand intelligently the economic status of the employees of foreign birth in the Michigan copper-mining regions, it is necessary to set forth in the beginning the general industrial condition and the training and experience which the immigrant employees had abroad for the industry in which they are now engaged. In this connection the following table shows, by race, the per cent of foreign-born male employees who were in each specified occupation before coming to the United States:
Table 74.—Per cent of foreign-born male employees in each specified occupation before
coming to the United States, by race.
(STUDY OF EMPLOYEES.) (This table includes only races with 80 or more males reporting. The total, however, is for all foreign-born.)
Of the 4,056 foreign-born male employees studied in the preceding table, 55.8 per cent were engaged in farming or as farm laborers; 14.6 per cent in mining (the industry in which they are now employed); 8.5 per cent in hand trades; 6.6 per cent as general laborers; 4.1 per cent in manufacturing, and less than 1 per cent in trade-the remainder, or 9.5 per cent, having been engaged in occupations other than those specified in this table-before coming to the United States. The English and Swedes, with 60.4 per cent and 17.8 per cent, respectively, are the only races showing as high as 6 per cent of their number to have been engaged in mining, while the same races are the only ones showing less than 50 per cent of their number as having been engaged in farming or as farm laborers. The English and Finns are the only races showing less than 10 per cent as having been engaged in hand trades, and the French Canadians and English are the only ones showing as high as 10 per cent as having been engaged in general labor. Only one race, the Croatian, shows as high as 10 per cent who were engaged in occupations other than those specified in the table, and less than 5 per cent of each race were engaged in trade.
OCCUPATIONS ENTERED BY IMMIGRANTS.
Most of the immigrants were at first employed as machine miners, but the Cornishmen were not slow in showing their especial adaptability for mining work, and were soon given positions as foremen and bosses. Many of the original Cornishmen are now occupying positions as foremen and bosses and drawing salaries running from $85 to $125 per month. The Finns also have made progress in this industry, and, while they have not yet reached the positions occupied by the Cornishmen, a great many of them have been advanced in their work and some are occupying positions as foremen. The North and South Italians, Magyars, Finns, Slovaks, and Poles are mostly employed as machine miners and are doing other underground work. The native Americans are principally outside men employed in the machine house, although some are employed underground as foremen.
The range in amount of earnings of the employees of the copper mining and smelting industry is exhibited by the following table, which shows, by general nativity and race, the per cent of male employees 18 years of age or over earning each specified amount
Table 75.—Per cent of male employees 18 years of age or over earning cach specified
amount per week, by general nativity and race. *
(STUDY OF EMPLOYEES.) (This table includes only races with 80 or more males reporting. The totals, however, are for all races.)
General nativity and race.
Number reporting complete
Per cent earning each specified amount per week. Average earnings
$12.50 per week. $5 or
$20 or $25 or or
over. over. over.
Native-born of native father,
129 $13. 46 100.0 98.4 89.1 52.7 28.7 14.7 3.1 0.8 Native-born of foreign father, by country of birth of father: Canada..
216 12. 68 100.0 99.5 87.0 48.6 16.7 3.7 .9 .5 England. 239 14.52 100.0 99.6
94.6 76. 2 50.2 13.4 5.9 1.7 Germany..
14.02 100.0 99. 4 95.5 63.8 34. 5 10.7 4.5 1.7 * This table shows wages or earnings for the period indicated, but no account is taken of voluntary lost time or lost time from shutdowns or other causes. In the various tables in this report showing annual earnings allowance is made for time lost during the year.