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This year, the 30th anniversary of the closing of U.S. Steel's National Works, I'm continuing to look through items that we collected in 1997 at the McKeesport Daily News on the 10th anniversary --- but for, whatever reason, were never published.
William J. Copper was born in 1914 in McKeesport and was a third-generation National Tube employee --- both his grandfather and father came to McKeesport from West Bromwich, England, to work in the mill.
His father retired as superintendent of the blooming mill at National Works and was tragically killed, along with his wife, in a car accident near St. Matthews, S.C.
Mr. Copper died in 2001 and is buried in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.
According to my notes, I conducted this interview by phone at 10 a.m. Oct. 30, 1997. I don't know why we didn't publish it, but I'm glad I can, now.
Yesterday, we published a poem about National Works written by Ed Brush.
On Wednesday, we published a timeline of the history of National Works from 1865 to 1987.
Originally published November 03, 2017.