Victor, Colorado: Miners' Protective Assn. 1915. Original document. Printed form, accomplished by hand. Datelined Cripple Creek, Colo., June 30 1915. Ernest George Ahl, age 19, unmarried, born in Sweden and residing at 214 No. 4 St., V[ictor], states his occupation as "trammer." He has had 11 months experience as a trammer, working at Stratton's Independence Mine, near Victor. Asked whether he is now or has ever been a member of the Western Federation of Miners, Ernest answers "No." How long in this District? 11 months. He declares that he is "in sympathy with the objects and purposes of the Miners' Protective Association [and] will abide by and observe the Constitution...and By-Laws as may be prescribed by its Executive Committee, and signs his declaration as Ernest G. Ahl. Printed on pink stock, 8.75" x 5.5" Very Good. Item #039756
Stratton's Independence Mine & Mill was situate near Victor, Colorado, on the south slope of Battle Mountain. Mining in the Cripple Creek District began in 1891. Soon after, miners and the companies they worked for had violent encounters over pay and conditions, leading in 1893 to formation of the Western Federation of Miners, referred to in this document. Tensions between management and workers escalated to the Colorado Labor Wars of 1903. Matters were never settled, and associations such as the Miners' Protective came and went. Here we see evidence of a Swedish immigrant in the last year of his teens, working as a trammer, loading broken rock on tramcars and delivering it at the shaft.