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Copper Country Journal: The Diary of Schoolmaster Henry Hobart, 1863-1864 (Great Lakes Books Series) Paperback – April 1, 1991
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Hobart centered his narrative on Cliff Mine, one of the leading producers of copper in the world and the primary employer in the town of Clifton.
About the Author
Philip P. Mason is Distinguished Professor of History at Wayne State University, where his also director of the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. A Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he has written extensively on Michigan history and labor history.
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The Civil War is going on, and Hobart writes what little news he hears of it in his diary. He goes down into the Cliff Mine (before elevators were used) and it's nothing short of fascinating to read of him climbing down to steep levels by ladder. In the winter, the ladder is icy and he tells of accidents caused by it ending in death as well as death in the mine by other means.
A Temperance man, he has no patience for those that drink and tells of many an instance of men (and women) who partake. He writes of his fellow townsfolk, and those he does not like minces no words. The diary is peppered with Cornish dialect (can you clunk a pasty?), and for the most part he writes of them with disdain. Sometimes he is too preachy, going on about his personal philosophy on this and that, and I found those parts boring. But then I don't think he intended this journal to be read by the public.
Boarding with a family, he brings us into their cabin and lets us see the nasty mother, the horrible cook she is, her unclean methods of preparing food and tells us of one towel that is used for "everything".
He seems to have a love/hate relationship with Clifton. The heat in summer is oppressive, bedbugs are abundant, and by the end of two years of seeing basically nothing more than the bluffs, he is happy to return to his Vermont home.