Edward (Ed) Wakkuri Interview
Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement
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Edward (Ed) Wakkuri discusses his early life as a member of a Finnish-American family, touching on holidays, food, recipes, sauna culture, clothing, songs, language, schooling, and lodges. Wakkuri worked as a coal miner, primarily in the Northwestern Improvement Company (NWI) No. 9 Mine, and he offers extensive discussion on mining methods and terms. He describes the use of equipment such as the Joy Coal Excavating Machine, as well as personnel roles and procedures in the mines. Wakkuri also speaks about early settlement at Peoh Point and provides a history of the locale.
The cover image shows the Joy Continuous Miner machine. Cotton Pasquan appears on the left and Albin Kosmatin on the right.
Wakkuri, Edward (Ed), "Edward (Ed) Wakkuri Interview" (1981). Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald Oral History Interviews. 112.
Oral history, Coal mining, Roslyn (Wash.), Immigrants--United States--History, Northwestern Improvement Company
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