Black and white scan of a cartoon from the Seattle Industrial Worker, February 3, 1917.

Cartoon from the Seattle Industrial Worker

Cartoon from the Seattle Industrial Worker, February 3, 1917.

Black and white scan of a cartoon from the Seattle Industrial Worker, February 3, 1917.

IWW Cartoon

Cartoon from the Seattle Industrial Worker, February 3, 1917.

Black and white photograph of Lumberjacks eating in lumber camp dining hall, ca. 1916.

Lumberjacks eating in lumber camp dining hall

Lumberjacks eating in lumber camp dining hall, ca. 1916.

Colorized image of a sleigh load of big White Pine logs about to be tripped, Virginia and Rainy Lake County, Virginia, ca. 1920.

A sleigh load of big White Pine logs

A sleigh load of big White Pine logs about to be tripped, Virginia and Rainy Lake County, Virginia, ca. 1920.

Black and white photograph of of a lumber mill, ca. 1915.

A lumber mill

View of a lumber mill, ca. 1915.

Black and white photograph of a Lumber camp crew, ca. 1915.

Lumber camp crew

Lumber camp crew, ca. 1915.

Black and white photograph of a Lumber crew eating outdoors, ca. 1900. Photograph by A.A. Swan.

Lumber crew eating outdoors

Lumber crew eating outdoors, ca. 1900. Photograph by A.A. Swan.

Black and white photograph of Number Thirty-Nine lumber camp about one mile north of Echo Lake, ca. 1916.

Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber Camp

Number Thirty-Nine about one mile north of Echo Lake, ca. 1916.

Black and white photograph of Lumberjacks in lumber camp, Rainy Lake & Virginia Lumber Company, ca. 1910.

Lumberjacks in lumber camp

Lumberjacks in lumber camp, Rainy Lake & Virginia Lumber Company, ca. 1910.

IWW Lumber Strike, 1916–1917

In December of 1916, mill workers at the Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber Company went on strike, and lumberjacks soon followed. The company police and local government tried to crush the strike by running the lumberjacks out of town, but when the strike was called off in February, the company had granted most of the workers’ demands.

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