Pay, Strikes and Living Conditions -
Emigration to North America
Since quarrying is
one of the principal industries in North Wales where skilled men
are in demand for the purpose of operating these slate quarries
successfully and economically, thousands of these skilled slate
workers have emigrated to America.
Slate quarrying is an important industry in the United
States, and thousands of Welshmen are engaged in this business
in America. Slatington, Bangor, Low Gap and West Bangor,
Pennsylvania, Arvon, Castleton, West Pawlet. Granville, Middle
Granville, in the states of New York and Vermont, a few places in
Maine, together with Jarvis Inlet, British Colombia, which has
over a mile of slate, and where Mr. Hugh T. Williams of Seattle,
and others are interested, and some of the important slate
localities in this country. Like their fellow-countrymen in
North Wales, the Welsh are prosperous and successful in the slate
business in America.
Source: The Cambrian, 1908.
Wales and the North American Slate