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THE SUMPTER MINER.
SUMPTER, OREGON, SEPTEMBER 20, 1899.
TALKS ENCOURAGINGLY OF THE
FUTURE OF SUMPTER.
Backed by Monty, Influence and Experi-
ence Syndicate has Other Huge Projects
in Hand Resilt of Its Operations
Already Raises Realty Values Here
Survey Will Begin at Once.
General C. S. Warren, accompanied by
Mrs. Warren, reached Sumpter Tuesday.
They will remain here until snow lllesand
then take an e.stedned trip south audeast,
combining business and pleasure.
Of course, everv one was anxious to
hear what General Warren had to say
relative to the intentions ol liimir niiil ,
issociates regarding me promotion oi me
progress and ii-r uming ot this town, in
which they have recently acquired much
the larger InteiesUand since Ills arrival he
lias been surrom.ued i y eager inquirers.
There is nothing secietive a, out the man:
lie lias an open, a.'ovc i oard characterand
talks Ireely to all comers, "-thcrhe
be overaltal laborers who wish to secure a
lot on which to build an humble home, or
capitalists seeking heavy Investments.
To a comprehensive question, as to Ills in
tentions, plans and expectations for the
present and future, from a MlNIIK repre
sentative, the gentleman replied about as
"As to all of our plans, some of which
have not yet matured, I can, of course,
say nothing at present. I will state, how
ever, that though only the names of Mr.
calder and myself have been mentioned
. connection with this deal, we are
l ached by men of ample means and large
experience, and we have all the money
that w ill be required to carry out any en
terprise that will beneht Sumpter directly,
or looks like a money maker In itself.
I ne selling of town lots alone Is by no
means the principal object of the syndi
cate which we represent. This could al
most be called merely a side issue, coin-
most be called merely a side issue, 1 win-1
pared with our other projects, all 0. which,
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i. 1 trr. will tend to enhance the value
.u our large real estate holdings here. Asd""''- NwthttW .ir, mrn who
a matter of fact, unlimited money, intlu-1 A I over the .orthwst .in men who
V,W and experience are enlisted in thlsen-1 UwM" '" "m iataM '"a"1'"
ternrise. and we are going. to make Sump-' ,rt W '" " h ;,nJ ''V "I'l'-rhinity
ter one of, if not the best mining camps in
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selves whether or not the fact that we
nave started to operate here has benefitted
them and the town. More than thirty
days ago we acquired nearly seven hun
dred acres adjoining and over 100 lots
within the original townsite. We have
as yet not sold one toot ol tnis land.
What Is the result r Why, property has
doubled in value in mat oriel period ol
lime. Then there are many rcsiJent lots
111 the plat that coiila have Deeii bought
lor fifty dollars each. Today I offered to
ouy every lot In town that would be sold
uir J100. Thus far the otter has not re
ulted in tlie purchase o. a single piece of
property t don't believe there is a J100
lot In the town. You were right .vhen
vou stated In THE MlNHR last week, on
the authority of Mr. Calder, that we
don't want to make all the money. We
nave already doubled the market value of
the property owned here by the pioneers,
and given them an oportunity to realize
before offering our property for sale in
competition with them. It will still be
several weeks maybe thirty days longer
before we begin to sell, and everyday
of delay enhances the price of lots
"I today telegraphed for Mr. Worth-
ington, a civil engineer living In Spokane,
and lie ought to arrive here Ihursday
evening. As soon as he does we will put
two or three surveying crews in the field
and rush that portion of the work to an
early completion. The land platted first
will be those tracts immediately adjacent
to additions already platted; in order to
even up the quarter sections. There aie
already several twenty and forty acre
tracts divided Into lots which are sur-i
rounded on three sides by our land. We
will have lots for sale right alongside ol
all these old plats.
"We have not yet used theprlceof any
lots, but have decided to sell for the same
figure that property held by others in the
same vicinity nrings in me open mar.u-i.
Therc Is to l-e no arbitrary methods pur
, , .....,,, f (Ulr business; nor
any effort to take a dollar away Iroin any
one else by lealing down the price of
And when one listens to General War-
re.) give utterance to these clear cut ideas, ,
positive assertions and conlident predic-1
tlons, he Is Inspired with comidfiict- InOnr i
man, feels that lie hears the truth spoken
by one who lias both the ability and in
clinatlon to make good his words of hope
ENQUIRIES ABOUT SUMPTER.
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LCIICIK AJCKllilllllK III UU, III Ull
Miner" from All Quarters.
Last week 1,000 copies of Till: MlNKH
were distributed. The names on the list
to whom papers were mailed were care-
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i valuers wcic ii.uno in nirii nun mr
always looking for a "good thing" and
have money to invest whenever such a
proposition presents Itself.
Already this work lias begun to bear
fruit: letters of enoulrv about the town.
iliemtiiinirilkiri.-i..-inJ .'nr- of other
subjects, congratulating the publishers on
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"Oi one or iwo .u .1 nine, 11111 n 111c
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, . fai,.r.s 1,, vr.is,. ol the word.
but men who cannot endure the business
stagnation of a dull town, because they
have lived in lively ones. They are gen
erally enterprising rustlers, rolling stones
in a measure, perhaps; but excellent ma
terial with which to build a town, never
theless. All that Is necessary for Sump
ter to do to secure many such, is to ad
vertise to the world just exactly the situ
ation here, without any rose tint coloring
Built a House Here in 1861.
D. S. I.lttlelield, who resides at Au-
burn, was In Sumpter Monday. There is
no better known person in all this part
of the country than Mr. I.lttlelield, he
having first come here with a party of
twenty-three prospectors In 1861 packing
their supplies from Walla Walla, and lo-
eating near where he and the others built
the first log house, the remains of which
( are now known to many as Fort Sump-
ter, about one and a half miles from
LARGE QUANTITIES OF MINING '
Twenty-seven Carloads In Three Months
Grand Total of 279 Carloads, or 3,660,-
000 Pounds-Accurate Statistics ol Vast
Quantities ol All Varieties of Freight
J. i. Smuithwaite, agent of the Sump
ter Vally railway, lias kindly furnished
Till! MlNHU. with some interesting sta
tistics regarding freight receipts at tills sta
tion during the mouths of June. Julv and
August. The amount in pounds during
these ninety days Is j,06o,ooo; June
oSo.ooo, Julv t.jfto, August 1,220,000.
The most slgnllicent Item, that which
tells the story of our wonderful progress
in the mining industry, is found In the
large amount of mining machinery which
lias been unloaded at Sumpter during the
past three months and hauled by wagon
i,P tiiinos in the adjoining mountalnr
twenty-seven cm loads in all. Perhaps a
dozen car loads have already been re
celved during the present month, and
"there are others."
Of this machinery, ten cars were con
signed tn livans, lloleft l.arklns, owners
of the Couger mine; four to W. I.. Vin
son, for the Maiden's Dream; four for the
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Rouaua, Standard Oil people owner; two
for the ( ireat Northern, Isaac! inker et al.
owners, and three car loads for various
Hy lar the largest quantity ol Irelght
received is classed under ttie head of gen
eral merchandise, 151 iar loads being the
record for three months to September 1;
grain 32. flour u, rock 6, powder 1, hogs
11, lumber and shingles 12, brick 4. ice $,
hay 13, salt 3, wagons 1, nails 2, lime 1,
making a total of 271;
And this is a record which no town that
four months since had a population of not
exCcejK 500 inhabitants can break r ;"
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sixty per cent annually.
Wholesale House lor Sumpter.
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known "' taster., Oregon, has been in
Sumpter for several days past looking for
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a business location. Not being able to se
cure a bidding for himself, he finally suc
ceeded hi buying the Interest of Walter
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erly owned Looney & Sloan. He will at ; 'ord'J1 I l'"ias Downey, with J. M.
once remodel the Interior of the place, and Stoddard as complaining wlt.iess.came up
engage in the wholesale and jobl,K lor hearing before Judge Stott Monday,
trade, putting hi a large and complete line I '"I'renilses Involved Is held by Mr.
of liquors and oilier goods usually carried ' Stoddard and wife as a pacer location and
by such houses. The variety theater, in ' h;,s '" " ed "" I'V Mrlim Heam
the rear, will be closedatoi.ee and in its " as n l'""iestead. 1 he defendants are
place bottling works will be Installed, for ' SMPPo" '" '" '' ""ploy ' Hw latter.
the manufacture of soda and mineral
waters. Mr. Gagen is a welcome and val-
liable addition to the Sumpter business
A. P. Gou Will be Here Friday.
Attorney McColloch has received a let-
ter from A. P. (joss, St. Paul, instructing
him to let the contract for his brick bank
block on Mill street, to be two stories
high. About the same time the letter was
received a telegram came announcing his
departure for the west, stating that he
will arrive in Sumpter Friday evening.
Mr. McCulloch has therefore deferred the
letting of the contract until Mr. Goss ar
rival. Vorl will then be hastened, the
building completed and the hank opened
for business just as soon as possible.
INFORMATION FOR OUTSIDERS.
Regarding General Conditions Prevailing
n anc" Around Sumpter.
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!'" "! ril1f.',,''!' io,,,s '''', "ipter.
i in: miioi.h iMimsiiiiiueu in give a gen-
eral reply through these columns, It being
impossible to answer all letters.
Hereon the ground it looks as if the
townsite were situated hi a low valley,
being surrounded on all sides by high
mountains. There is no question about
being In :i valley, but its elevation above
the sea level Is .1,420, feel. Some garden
vegetables ate raised here by Chinamen,
but frosts come al such uncertain times
that there Is no assurance that the vege
tables will ever reach maturity. At the
homes of the pioneers there are vines cov
ering many of the houses, and some
hardy Mowers are found In the yards,
though little attention has been paid to
these matters as yet.
As to climate, the word of old settlers
must be taken. The winters, measured
hy the time snow remains on the ground,
are long, I mm live to six mouths. Snow
begins to fall usually the latter part ol
October, but rarely "comes to stay" un
til thirty days later. It Is rarely ever ex
tremely cold, compared with Dakota or
, eastern Hrltlsh Columbia weather, the
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zero mark. In summer the weather is
quite warm during the day time, but
as in most mountainous regions, the
nights are cool.
The chief industries of this section, min
ing and logging, are not Interfered with
by winter weather; though prospecting
Is, of course, suspended entirely. Snow
does not come In terrlllic storms, ami as
there Is little wind to drift it, the moun
tain roads remain open all whiter, and hi
fact, hauling over them Is much easier
than In the spring, when the mud Is deep,
and summer, when the dust is deep and
annoying. Trains on the Sumpter Valley
never stop running on account of
. T,w C0"M,r' ,,m ' !"' """j'
jeKrfe Regarding business opportuni-
ties here at Sumpter, Till: MlNliR will
( )0, say a word( mrre MIKKcMhlK ,,,,
, ,. . . .
j omy sii Mtjctory w:iy to acquire such
! nfonnatlon Is to vis It the camp and each
Individual judge for himself.
Contest Goes to Higher Court.
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Boarding House to be Opened October I.
The boarding house which Mrs. K. W
Stanley Is having built on North street
will be finished he October 1. Mrs. R. D;
Schreiber, who has leased the building, is
now hi Raker City buying the furniture
and having the carpets cut and sewed,
and will have all the stuff here ready for
moving In as soon as the building Is
ready for its reception.