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Mine TownsBuildings for Workers in Michigan's Copper Country$
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Alison K. Hoagland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665662

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665662.001.0001

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Saltboxes and T-Plans

Saltboxes and T-Plans

Creating and Inhabiting the Company House

(p.1) 1 Saltboxes and T-Plans
Mine Towns

Alison K. Hoagland

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes the company-built houses leased to employees, which appealed to workers for many reasons. For some, the cheap rent, proximity to work, and ready availability were the attraction. To management, company houses functioned to attract and retain workers. Company houses were the products of many individuals’ involvement; and the people who participated in the authorizing, funding, building, assigning, and occupying of the houses each played a role within that complex worker–manager relationship. In particular, the main focus of this book—the Putrich house—had been granted to Joseph and Antonia Putrich as per unspoken negotiations with the Champion Copper Company. Through this transaction they were able to, among other things, use the housing as a source of further income.

Keywords:   company-built houses, employees, management, Putrich house, Champion Copper Company, worker–manager relationship

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