Orlan J. Svingen
Onnie Hamma recalls growing up in Milltown, Montana, as a first-generation immigrant from Finland. He describes working in the boxing plant for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM] before he went into the service during World War Two. Hamma and John “Jack” Leary discuss various aspects of the ACM, including wages, the strike of 1946, and the evolution of mining in the late ‘50s, with the construction of the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana. Hamma also explains immigrant culture from mainly Scandinavian countries in Milltown and Bonner. Both Leary and Hamma describe the changes in log and lumber transportation during the 1950s and ‘60s from railroad transportation to trucking.
Anaconda Company; Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM]; Champion International Corporation; Butte, Montana; Milltown, Montana; Bonner, Montana; Atlantic Richfield Company [ARCO]; Box plant; Molding plant; World War, 1939-1945; War industry; Berkeley Pit; Butte mining; Deep mines; Western Lumber Company; Immigration, Montana; Canadian immigrants, Montana; Scandinavian immigrants, Montana; Lumber industry, wages; Labor strikes; Labor unions; Logging; Northern Pacific Railroad; Milwaukee Railroad; Art Koch
Champion International Corporation Centennial Oral History Project, OH 119, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 119-004b, 005
2 sound cassettes (60 min. each): analog + 1 transcript (41 p.: 28 cm.)
Leary, John F. and Hamma, Onnie, "John F. "Jack" Leary and Onnie Hamma Interview, May 7, 1984" (1984). Champion International Corporation Centennial Oral History Project. 4.