The miners of Calumet Michigan had been on strike since July of 1913.
One of the things the striking workers wanted was support beams in the mines. The copper bosses said no. After all, dead miners in cave-ins cost them nothing.
That Christmas the Women's Auxiliary held a big party in the town hall for the miners' kids to make sure they had some cheer that miserable, penniless winter.
Tragedy ensued and Woody Guthrie wrote a song about it in 1941.
This is a cover of his son Arlo's version, mostly because our Dad brought the album home for Christmas 1972...
Of course, 1972 was a very good year for working people in British Columbia...