The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905, September 13, 1899, Image 1

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r JUL 1 8 isxe
VOL. i.
NO. 1.
About 700 Acres and 100 Lots Purchased
By Northwestern Capitalists W. C.
Calder, Secretary and Treasurer General
Charles S. Warren, General Manager
Will Make Sumpter a Great Camp.
l-or sn.i.esK or seven months past
shrewd observers, men who read aright
the commercial and Industrial signs of the
umes, nave seeu.uie aimosi iimmess pos -
nihilities of building a nourishing city here
marvelously rich mines in the surround
ing territory, the present transportation
facilities, which make this the distributing
center for a vast area of mineral producing
ummry, me lopograpny oi me innuiary
mountainous regions, virtually an edict of
nature that this camp shall continue to be
the distributing point, combine to promote
the recently Inaugurated era of prosperity
and progress and to insure its continuance,
intensilied In degree and increased In
Among those with the ability to compre
hend local conditions, grasp the situation,
draw correct deductions and see the possi
bilities was W. C. Calder. He recognized
(lie fact that the time In his affairs had ar
rived, which, If taken at the Hood, would
lead on to fortune. He took advantage ,
of the oportunlty, resigned a lucrative po- j
dtlou, settled here and began to sell mer-
chaudise and negotiate for the purchase of
mines and real estate a fortunate move '
for Sumpter and this entire district, as
well as for himsclt.
Regarding his private business, MlNI-R
readers are not concerned, but he has, In '
Kiiijiiuuiuii iui u-iicwi. v.. o. tviumi,
ot Spokane, engineered and consummated
a transaction In which all are interested,
About three weeks ago It was announced
that a syndicate of Butte, Spokane and
Rosslaml capitalists had bought up most
of the uno;cipled townslte and all of the
adjacent acreage available for additions to
the town. This purchase consists of
about 700 acres and 100 lots in the origi
nal townslte plat. The deeds run from j
Thomas McHwen and Clark Tabor, W.
A. Bills and J. T. Parkinson to W. C.
Calder. The desds to this property hive
not yet been filed, so the consideration Is
not known, those Interested preferring
not to make this detail public. The re
ported and generally accepted figure Is
placed at $100,000.
The deeds are now and for some time
in the future will remain in escrow.
Translers will for the present be made
by warranty deeds from the former
u tiers direct t the purchasers, that the
abstract of title may te complete and
Up to the present ti.r.e this landed inter
est has not been incorporated into a stock
company, but Is designated as the Sump
ter Townslte syndicate, of which General
Warren Is general manager and W. C.
Calder secretiry and treasurer. These
are the only names publicly and officially
connected with the deal, though It is gen
erally supposed that some well-known
capitalists of several northwestern cities
are largely Interested.
General Warren Is expected to arrive
I In Sumpter any day now, when he will
' doubtless make known the plans of him
self and associates 'in detail, so far as
they are of Interest to the public. Speak
1 lug generally on this point, Ar. Calder
1 says that the first thing the syndicate in-
tends doing is to survey its lands, select
I certain tracts for Immediate platting and
I begin to sell lots and work for the Interest
I of the town and country, sparing neither
money nor labor to hasten the growth of
Sumpter and the development of the
I country from which It derives its support;
incidentally not neglecting to inform a
waiting world that we are ready for bus -
Mr. Calder assures THE MINOR that
itlie men who are back of this enterprise,
j iave an)ple c .,,,,,.,, t0 push It to a success-
, fu, ssie. that ,hey have niaJe their
m011ey very ,arRc , just such deas anJ
the men who are back of this enterprise
1 ..... filer,.fnr., ,N,lv em.lnne.l with evnerl.
enCCi whid, squUesw valuable as money
iisen in Mien an unueruiKing. une plan
decided on proves this to be a fact. It Is
the Intention of the syndicate to permit
others to share In the nrnl'ils frnm the ml.
vance va)ues realty by pacjnR ()ts
on the market at areasonable price. Furth-
I ermore. to men who have the reputation of
being enterprising, successful real estate
operators, acreage will be sold, thus enlist-
Iiir the aid of botli capital and Interested
experience in the great work of advancing
me interests oi the town. Already two or -apt. u. Hley, a wealthy resident of
threesuch deals are pending with men in . Liverpool, where he Is interested in many
Spokane, on Puget Sound, In Butte and of the great shipping companies, came
British Columbia. To anyone who has over to the United States last spring, with
watched the progress of western towns; the Intention of making some mining In
have seen a liberal spirit in their man- vestments, and was here early in March,
agement build them up, and on the other and with Dr. Selwyn visited many mlii
hand, a selfish attempt to hog-lt-all policy, lug properties, though snow was deep all
at first retard the growth and finally kill over the country. So favorably was the
the most promising proposition, will recog- Captain impressed that lie returned home
nlze at a glance the wisdom of this plan, 'and arranged to come over again this fall
The name of General Warren Is, In It- and with the genial Dr. Selwyn arrived
self, a guarantee that all business will be In Sumpter Sunday. Having seen most
ttniisacltd on strictly honorable lines, as of the producing mines before, the gen
well as with broad gunge Intelligence, tlemen are now bent on acquiring some
He is a man whose name Is synonymous properties and visited the Magnolia and
with success; his title of general was won the Little Giant Monday. While Cap-
,, tiie battlefield, and he has served his
country with equal honor to himself and
benefit to its people. His private business
fe ias beet, In harmony with his public
'career, and Sumpter is fortunate, Indeed,
In having General Warren's Interests so
losely identified with Its own.
Here and
t!or.s at
Will Begin Opera
Once. J. W. Salter, of the Farmers and
Traders National bank of La Grande, and
his associate, J. H. Robbins, accompanied
k.. (I...I- I .- CI. . 1
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for the purpose of .u.isl.lng a I de all mat- preSiIon the m,n,nK outool ,,as ,ade
ers and ettlng the contract for the erec- the Ke,leman, he was very free to express
ton 0 the new bank, to be known as ,, and on approaching him the first words
the Hrst Bank of Sumpter, the plans for he uWereJ weres have a great fu
which call for a handsome one story brick I tlire here, both as to mines and the nrnm.
5.6o feet, of modern design, that would
be a credit to any city In the Northwest.
The new institution will begin business
with a paid up capital of $20,000, to be In
creased as soon as the occasion will jus-
mi' ft 1 V. fceIS,uree t0 ,ref,ct
will not be Jong Mr. Scrlber states that
agoodpor Ion of the stock will be taken'
uPU, .u.a,,a,u, u , a,so ,orm
Pau ofctheldifctor'- , , I
Mr. S. R. Hayworth, a prominent con-,
tractor of LaGrande, Is u ith the party to j
ass st In closing the contract. Work will '
begin at once and be prosecuted to a
speedy Before many weeks the
bank will te open for business.
Captain Bley and Dr. Selwyn Inspect
Properties in the Sumpter District Second
Visit of these Gentlemen to this Camp
Through W. L. Vincent's Efforts They
are Interested.
1 Among the many mining experts re-
fently visiting the Sumpter district was
the eminent civil and mining engineer Dr.
, Alfred R. C. Selwyn, C. M. G., F. It. S
rtiirejK. u. seiwyn,u. M. o., I-.K. a.,
of British Columbia, a gentleman ripe In
ageand experience, having begun his
professional career at an early age In
bngland under the government. Thir
teen years spent there in his profession
quaiiuej mm tor promotion auu lie was
appointed to an Important position In the
geological department of Australia, where
he Served for seventeen ve.-ir. m1ih
i the Canadian authorities importuned him
to accept a still higher position with the
government there, that of director of the
Canadian geological survey, which posl- j
tion he held until the age limit caused, his j
' retirement. The doctor Is now a resident i
of Vancouver.
tain Bley neither denied nor affirmed It,
rumor says he has acquired a large Inter-
est In the latter and maybe other proper-
ties. However, he expects to return
here from a contemplated visit to the Yel-
lowstone park early in October, make his
final plans and sail for the old country
the last of October. In the meantime
Dr. Selwyn has gone to visit a son at
' Weiser, whom he lias not seen for four
teen years. Young Mr. Selwyn Is en
gaged In banking In the little Idaho town.
While Dr. Selwyn is very approach
able and courteous, It was not easy to
secure any Information regarding his
visit to this section in the interest of Cap-
..-.. ....
Islng town, of Sumpter.'' The doctor
then went on to say that he verily be-
I lieved the placer ground hereabouts had
not been thoroughly developed, that they
had not been worked deep enough and that
the proposition of the dredging company
Roinf? t0 the bottom of saIJ ds
in his opinion the very thing to do; that
the history of other gold bearing countries
has proved that deep placer mining will
payf as we! as ,,uartz
t ,s gratifving t0 know that the e.
men are we p,eased wth the natura ad.
Vantages of this section as a great mining
cellter and the town of s ter as a
enera , and distrlbuting point ald
both are bound to be great In the near
Through the efforts of V. L. Vinson
one of Sumptcr's most enterprising citi
zens, these gentlemen were originally In
duced to visit tills district and Invest some
money. He brought them In from Raker
City on a special train Sunday evening
and entertained them while here. Wheth
er or not they have yet, thev will event-
j ually invest largely in and around Suirfp
(ter, and to Mr. Vinson Is due the credit.
I The proudest boast of an ancient Roman
i was that he "had brought many prisoners
j home to Rome." Well, times and stand
ards have changed a trille since then, and
I Hll.luV tllA ......& ... lilt .. .1. 1
iiuuvi me 1'iesciH Liniuiiions ne, who can
truthfullv dechre th
may do lai-s home to
! pretty ne.r lelnc "
i ,wlm '
that he "has enticed
to Sumpter" will come
trlctly in the local
Captain Thompson Developing the Bun
ker Hill. Keystone and Belle.
Captain C. II. Thompson, now closely
Identified with the Sumpter mining dis
trict, and more particularly the Hunker
Hill mine, has returned here after a trip
to the coast cities and Spokane. In an
Interview with Till: MlNUR representa
tive the Captain says the crosscut In the
Bunker Hill is now sliowlng up splen
didly and the ore Is beginning to show
satisfactory values as the result of de
velopment, which Is In full accord with
this great vein, as Is exemplified In the
wonderful sliowlng on the North Pole,
Columbia, Golconda and Ibex mines.
In fact, not a failure has ever been made
on this vein and every property on which
development work has been done is today
a paying mine.
A new road Is being built from the Ibex
road to the lower tunnel of the mine and
a full set of buildings will be erected at
once, as It is the Intention of the mange
ment to concentrate all the work on the
Lilac claim. The buildings now owned by
the company are on the other side of the
ridge and will be used to accommodate the
men working on that side, as this prop
erty Is so favored by nature as to be able
to drive tunnels directly on the vein from
cither side of Bunker hill.
The tunnel on. the Lilac Is about 400
feet vertically lower than the one on the
Bunker Hill, and it is for tills reason all
work will be centered there.
Other properties being actjvely devel
oped by Thompson & McQueen Is the
Keystone and Belle. These are the di
rect easterly extensions of the- famous
Bonanza; in fact the east end line of the
Bonanza and west end line of the Key
stone are Identical. A crosscut tunnel U
being driven to cut the Bonanza ledge
and Is now In over 300 feet, and is being
pushed night and day. It was estimated
that the vein would be reached at 360 feet,
but Captain Thompson says he visited
the property on the 13th Instant and so
much water was coming out of the face
In fact almost boiling out of the drill
holes that he expects to encounter the
ledge In a day or two. As the Bonanza
working tunnel is only 500 feet from the
one they are now driving on the Keystone,
and as the vein In the Bonanza at that
point Is over 60 feet wide and almost di
rectly under their center stake, it Is rea
sonable to expect that the Keystone tun
nel will not only cut the vein, but will
addonemoreto the list of mines which are
the pride of the Sumpter district.
The Idaho Statesman can now be
found on sale at Folsom's cigar store.