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Superiorland Yesterday | News, Sports, Jobs

By on November 19, 2022 0

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

ISHPEMING — The iron ore pellet plant at Tilden Mine was closed today after an overnight fire crippled a main conveyor belt. Mine personnel responded immediately to the fire at 1:50 a.m., according to Don Ryan, spokesman for Cleveland Cliffs, Inc., which operates the mine and processing plant. Ryan said prompt assistance from the Ishpeming Township, Negaunee and City of Ishpeming Fire Departments helped limit damage to a 100-foot section of the treadmill. Ishpeming Township firefighters said the collapsed conveyor shaft was cherry red when they arrived and a column of fire was shooting into the mine’s pellet plant. Despite a snowstorm and near zero degree wind chill, firefighters brought the blaze under control in about two hours. No injuries were reported. The fire broke out just a day before a planned two-week shutdown of the mine to adjust production. Ore concentrator and mine operations will continue until scheduled layoffs begin on Saturday.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — Capt. William Thomas, who was temporarily in charge of underground mining work on Oliver Iron Mining’s Holmes property, has been appointed deputy captain, reporting to Capt. Fred Knight, recently transferred from the Chapin mine to Iron Mountain. Captain Thomas succeeded Captain William Hatch at the company’s Section 16 mine in June 1931, when Captain Hatch resigned due to ill health. From there Captain Thomas went to the homes when the company took over ownership of the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company and suspended operations at Section 16. For many years before being promoted to the most responsible position, Thomas was responsible for all woodwork in the section. 16. This was work that required special attention, as the workings of the mine, as well as the shaft, had been “shift” for a few years before it closed. Mr. Thomas and his assistants had to work almost every Sunday and holiday to place new wood in the shaft and underground. As the Holmes mine, with its firmer formations, required much less timber than section 16, this part of the underground work will be carried out by the captain and his deputies and the mine foreman.

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