In my near 10-year search to find the story of my great grandfather, I have "placed" him near Wallace, Idaho. Because I know he was likely unskilled, I think he may have been a miner in Wallace. What mines were there, and did they allow Canadians to work in the mines? One thing that frustrates me is I have had no success on finding any immigration records!
I'm searching for Michael James Lahey, born 5 Dec 1872 in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. In 1898-1899 he travelled to Tacoma, WA where he married and had two sons, LeRoy and Wally. Shortly after Wally was born, Michael abandoned the family and disappeared. In his dad's 1909 obit, his son was in Idaho. The 1910 Wallace, Idaho directory lists Mrs. Mike Lahey working as a cook at the Wallace Hospital. The 1910 Federal Census lists Kate Lahey as well. There is no mention of Michael. Michael's mom's 1917 obit does not mention him as a surviving son.
Any help would be MUCH appreciated, even if you can point me to a good book about Idaho mining in that period!