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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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Manley, Wesley 115624269
b. Dec. 9, 1909 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Mihelchich, Agnes 114824628
b. Jul. 3, 1906 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Mihelchich, Elizabeth 114621891
b. Nov. 6, 1905 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Mihelchich, Paul 114622005
b. Apr. 28, 1908 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Montonen, Ella E. 115632262
b. May 14, 1905 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Montonen, George 115627127
b. May 18, 1900 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Montonen, Mathias Edward "Eddie" 115626836
b. Nov. 2, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Murto, Matt Walter 115423479
b. Jan. 30, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Myllykangas, Edward Emil 115725709
b. Mar. 5, 1906 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Myllykangas, Johan W. 115725107
b. Jun. 25, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Niemela, Abram 115652296
b. Jun. 10, 1887 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Niemela, Maria Elizabeth Waara 115633411
b. 1891 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Papesh, Ana "Annie" 114826272
b. Aug. 5, 1907 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Papesh, Marija "Mary" 114825322
b. May 16, 1899 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Peteri, Kate Raapako 115119493
b. Dec. 6, 1847 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Piri, William H. "Willi" 115719825
b. Jan. 19, 1906 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Raja, Saita M. 115626258
b. Dec. 10, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
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Renaldi, Theresa "Tracy" 114842937
b. Nov. 2, 1902 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Ristell, Elma W. 115720441
b. Jun. 17, 1907 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Rydilahti, Heli "Helen" 115670752
b. 1900 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Rydilahti, Hilda "Emilia" 115669828
b. Feb. 27, 1902 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Saari, John 115740985
b. Jan. 24, 1908 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Saatio, Elida 115422426
b. Mar. 25, 1901 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Smuk, Mary 114739529
b. Dec. 1, 1908 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Stajduhar, Antonia 114554060
b. Sep. 25, 1906 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Taipalus, Elisina J. 115724318
b. Apr. 24, 1907 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Taipalus, Sandra M. 115723717
b. Jun., 1909 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Takala, Edward Richard "Eddie" 115737742
b. Nov. 3, 1904 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Tallbacka, Lydia 115421706
b. Feb. 8, 1902 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Tulppo, Kaisa Sarviranta 115687869
b. Nov. 18, 1868 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Tulppo, Mamie 115688295
b. Jun. 19, 1903 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Westola, Johan Peter 70087202
b. 1865 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
Wuolukka, Hilja 115498867
b. Mar. 11, 1905 d. Dec. 24, 1913
Lake View Cemetery
Calumet
Houghton County
Michigan, USA
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