24 March 2015

On This Day: Puddlers strike at Safe Harbor

The puddlers at the Safe Harbor iron works went on strike for a wage increase. The works are, On This Day in 1880, are now closed and 150 men are now without employment.  

A puddler involved the manufacture of iron. Puddling was a process converting pig iron into wrought iron using a reverbatory furnace. Hence, a puddler was one who puddled.
 
The Safe Harbor iron works is located in Southern Lancaster County.

Source:
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 24 March 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.                 

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.