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Italian Hall Victims
A Virtual Cemetery created by: Lyndon Comstock
Description: 73 known victims of the Italian Hall catastrophe on December 24, 1913 are buried at Lake View Cemetery in Calumet, Michigan. The victims were attending a Christmas party for the children of copper strikers at the Italian Hall on Seventh Street in Calumet when an unknown man gave a false alarm of fire at the entrance to the second floor meeting hall. The victims suffocated in the ensuing stampede on the staircase. More than 80% of those who were killed were children; most of the adults who died were parents of children who attended the party. The mass funeral on December 28, 1913 was probably the largest, and surely the most somber, public gathering in the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula. No one was ever arrested for giving the false alarm, nor was any criminal investigation held. The available evidence supports the strikers' view that the false alarm was deliberate and was given by a strikebreaker. If so, it was the largest episode of mass murder in Michigan history. The Italian Hall is the subject of the well known Woody Guthrie song, "Italian Hall Massacre." The information used in creating these memorials came from several sources. The death certificates for all 73 victims are available at http://seekingmichigan.org/discover/death-records. The spellings are often erratic and difficult to pin down. I also reviewed the 1910 census records for most of the victims. The Houghton Keweenaw Genealogical Society mounted a display about the Italian Hall victims at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton in 2013. I copied the grave locations from that exhibit; their information came from the cemetery office. The Society has also now published a booklet about the victims; although that booklet has a severe problem in its characterization of the Italian Hall as an "accident," it does have much useful genealogical information. Most of the grave locations are found in one of four groupings, two in Section 26 and two in Section N. These are presumably the trenches that were dug for the original burials. A few victims were reportedly moved to other parts of the cemetery at a later date. It's not clear to me whether the remains of those individuals were actually re-interred or whether it was instead an alternate memorial created for those particular individuals in another part of the cemetery. To the best of my knowledge, there are presently memorial stones for 33 of the 73 victims; in several cases there is more than one victim listed on the same stone. In the case of Johan Westola, a good memorial page was created by someone else and I've pointed to that page. The demand raised in the funeral oration for the Italian Hall victims--for justice--has yet to be answered.
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Aaltonen, Sanna J. Kirppula 115513794
b. Nov. 4, 1874 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Aaltonen, Sylvia 115515346
b. Jan., 1910 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Aaltonen, Wilma 115513229
b. May 29, 1904 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Ala, Herman 115567345
b. Jun. 26, 1853 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Ala, Lempi 115566927
b. May 10, 1901 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Bolf, Ivka 114739058
b. Jul. 24, 1904 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Bronzo, Kathryn Curto 114843487
b. Feb. 27, 1892 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Burcar, Victoria 114828022
b. Jul. 28, 1904 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Butala, Joseph 114553202
b. Apr. 16, 1906 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Cvetkovich, Nicholas "Nick" 114740702
b. Aug. 11, 1880 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Giacoletto, Jenny 114739891
b. Feb. 11, 1904 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Gregorich, Katarina 114726040
b. Mar. 20, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Heikkinen, Edwin 115045979
b. Dec. 24, 1906 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Heikkinen, Eino 115045799
b. Jul. 2, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Heikkinen, Elis Isaac 115045701
b. Jul. 14, 1904 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Isola, Aina Eskola 114935837
b. 1881 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Isola, Thelma 114935891
b. Aug. 5, 1908 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Jesic, Barbara 114828131
b. 1891 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Jesic, Rosie 114828411
b. 1908 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Jokepii, Uno 115713113
b. 1900 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
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Kallunki, Anna 115608131
b. May 2, 1904 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Kallunki, Brita Liisa Petteri 115618299
b. Mar. 27, 1871 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Kallunki, Efia 115567692
b. Sep. 15, 1905 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Kiemunki, Johan Emil 115739592
b. May 10, 1906 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Klarich, Katarina 114620980
b. Nov. 8, 1905 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Klarich, Kristina 114621424
b. May 29, 1902 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Klarich, Maria 114621023
b. Oct. 19, 1904 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Korkala, Johan Hendrik 115512975
b. Mar. 19, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Kotajarvi, Anna "Annie" 115652945
b. 1909 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Kotajarvi, Anna "Annie" Kotila 115653534
b. 1874 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Kranjac, Marija "Mary" 114842166
b. Mar. 1, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Lantto, Hilja 115413371
b. Dec. 29, 1907 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Lantto, Maria G. Stranius 115413095
b. Jan. 28, 1879 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Lauri, Sula Rubet 115741455
b. 1905 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Lesar, Mary 114827778
b. Aug. 22, 1900 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Lesar, Rafael 114827904
b. Jun. 9, 1911 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Lindstrom, Arthur 115632897
b. Nov. 26, 1899 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Luoma, Lydia Johanna 115724665
b. Nov. 28, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Lustig, Albert G. W. 115741978
b. Aug. 16, 1906 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Manley, Eliina Raja 115622894
b. Aug. 23, 1887 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
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