Thanks to Mary and her great grandfather, William Coulson Watson
The blog recently learned that one of our reader’s great grandfather worked at the Cliff as a carpenter in the 1860’s. William Coulson Watson came to Cliff from England in 1862. Following a trend with many immigrants to the Copper Country, Watson didn’t stay in one place long. He soon left the Cliff to work for the National Mine in Ontonagon County, then returned for a second stint at Cliff in 1867 as a surface boss.
I thought I’d share this image of Cliff and Clifton from 1906 with the carpentry shop highlighted. Much of the work we are undertaking this year will involve wood artifacts and features so this story is even more interesting. Who knows, we may be excavating timber framing and wooden artifacts cut and nailed by William Coulson Watson himself.
If you have a similar story about an ancestor who worked at Cliff (or any of the early mines), please feel free to share. We at the Cliff Mine Archaeology Project would really enjoy hearing from you (as would our readers).