“ASARCO’s life insurance plan has registered a record of which any corporation may well be proud. Not only was the Company one of the first large industrial organizations to appreciate the value of Group Life Insurance as an incentive to improved employee relations, but it has consistently over the years extended the program to meet ever-changing economic conditions.”
“Safety, pensions, and life insurance comprise only part of a completely rounded welfare program. Workers and their families require adequate housing, medical attention, and recreational diversions. ASARCO provides these opportunities wherever the Company flag flies, whether over mine, mill, smelter, or refinery. In the United States, where welfare is such a long-established feature of industrial corporation activity, softball and bowing teams, clubs, dances, holiday celebrations and lunchrooms, together with hospitals and the necessary bathing and changing facilities, provide a happier and more healthful existence.”
From Metal Magic: The Story of the American Smelting and Refining Company by Isaac F. Marcosson, 1949, p. 278.
And so it was at the Avalos smelter as well. Below is a letter from ASARCO to my grandmother, Catherine Wilson, which she received after my grandfather, Renie Wilson, passed away in quinta no. 21 at La Colonia de Avalos.