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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 4, 1899)
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, October 4. 1899
Camp Surrounded by Rich
WHAT MINER MAN SAW
History of the Splendid Magnolia Far
Famed Red Boy, the Model Mine
Work Now Being Done On the May
Queen Will Resume Work On La
Bellevue Silver Abo Found In the
A representative of Till: SUMI'TEK
MINER made a trip to Granite last week,
and found everybody In that live camp
astir and nil activity at the adjacent mines.
A hurried visit to the Magnolia mine
situated (our miles north of (iranite, be
tween the Cougar mid Buffalo mines, on
l.ucas gulch, found a busy lot of thirty
men employed In various capacities, a
part of whom were grading for the mill
site, on which will be established a com
plete to-stamp mill at the earliest possible
date. The timbers for frame work, under
the direction of Superintendent Stlusou,
are being gotten out and shaped and will 1
s,,on be put In place. A new, large and
roomy bunk house has just been finished
to comfortably accommodate a large force ,
of men, likewise anew hoarding house, I
uhrrrtlie writer enioved the most pa at-.
able "feed" ever partaken of in a camp.
A new barn, to house ten or twelve head
of horses, Is also ready for use, all of
which has a good substantial air of com
pleteness about It that bespeaks comfort
and content for all employed at this mine.
The development at this date consists
tbout 2,000 feet of tunnel work on the
vein and they have between 8,000 and
9,000 tons of ore on the dump awaiting
trratmrnt when the new mill Iscomplcted.
Prospect work Is continually going on
and at present a force of men under Fore
man Mat Welter are driving a tunnel on
the Aj.ix claim, which at seventy-live!
feet has encountered a tine ore body. A
handful of dirt taken from a hole farther
up on this vein, and panned by Mr. Wel
ter, showed a remarkable string of colors,
even surprising to himself and much
more to Till': MINER man.
This now valuable property Is being
operated by W. I.. Vinson for an Eng
lish company and bids fair to take rank
with the "big 'tins" of the Sumpter dls
diet. Its earlier history dated back to the
d.iys when the Cable Brothers, while
packing for the placer mines of (iranite
creek, discovered very rich tloat and be
gan prospecting for the lode, which they
discovered; but It remained for John
Coyle In the summer of 180$ to locate
the Magnolia claim, having discovered
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discovery. In those davs it would have ,
been Impossible, even had one owned the t
Momestake, to get tifty dollars on it In
tills district, and Coyle, with the proper 1
Uea, which should be followed out by j
more of the prospect ow nets of this day, '
In order to open up the property, gave a '
one-quarter each to Port Conde, Al and ,
John Jones, retaining the other quarter
for himself. In 180i thev went to work '
and drove 300 feet of tunnel on the vein. '
John l.ongmaM bonded the mine that
summer and after working it one week,,
tan on to ore that sampled twenty-two
dollars, which was about sl dollars
above the value when he started the work.
Me at once made a cash offer of one-third
the amount asked Mr. Vinson In behalf
of Seattle parties, obtained a bond in 1808
and a second one later, but that having
expired without being taken up, Mr. Vin
son acquired the property for Ills English
associates, and has virtually made itwhat
it now Is.
So much has been written and so thor
oughly has the public been Informed con
cerning that model mine, the Red Boy,
that THE MINER will not Inflict a repe
tition of what Is to be seen at that per
fectly managed property, but a representa
tive of this paper desires to acknowledge
the courtesy which Mr. Taber, one of the
owners, extended him while visiting
there, In allowing a tour of the place.
Mention may be made, however, of the
cyanide plant to treat the concentrates
that come from the vanners of the stamp
mill, of which they have over 000 tons on
hand, of various values. The building,
70x150 feet, Is now completed, for the In
stallment of this new process, a part of
which consists of three large tanks,
eighteen feet In diameter and five feet In
height, with a capacity for treating
twenty-five tons of concentrates per day
to each tank.
With all the knowledge that the local
public has of this mine, it Is doubtful If
many know of Its wonderful ore bodies,
and when It can be said that they have
one ore chute 800 feet long and thirty
feet between walls, and every pound of
that ore can be milled, perhaps the out
side world Interested In mining will have
some conception of what Is In this Sump
Manager John Thompson and Secre-
tary ieorge J. Harrctt, are two misy men
these days at the May Queen, near the
'ed Hoy, where besides the regular work
f everyday developing the mine, they
arc erecting the buildings for a new to-
"P '" ' ,,e '"st.iucu witniu .new
weeks. Plenty of room and power will
be arranged for Increasing the plant to
twenty or thirty stamps later. The build
ings will be under cover In thirty days.
The l.a Hellevue mine will probably be
gin work again at an early date, according
to John Rhodin, the manager, who was
'ei "' "' way nunc iu iuhuiicikc
snipping me concentrates, 01 which nicy
have on hand about too tons. The last
year's production of the property was over
600 tons of concentrates shipped. The
average output per day when operating Is
about live tons, with an average of
seventy dollars per ton.
I (iranite Creek mining district has prom
Ising silver as well as gold mines, notlc
able among which is the Monumental
proposition. While on a visit to the town
of Granite some remarkably rich speci
mens of ore from this mine were seen,
carrying ruby and autimonlal silver, simi
lar in character to the ore from the cele
brated Granite Mountain mine In Mon
tana. Reliable Information was given that
these specimens of ore would run from
1,000 to 4,000 ounces in sliver per ton,
besides carrying gold values from five
dollars to ten dollars per ton. These
mines have been explored by tunnel to a
depth of 500 feet and the ore, like all the
mines of eastern Oregon, has Improved
in values as greater depth is reached.
This property is well equipped with ma
cuinery twin inr milling anu mining. 11
" wen tying uie tor several years, out
rumor says It will be started up again
"" 'l Hellevue, which Is situated
"' '"" ort of ' Monumental, also
carries, gooJ values In sliver, as well as
RIJ- So also do the Buffalo and Phil
Sheridan mines. The ore In the two lat
"'" ls ' copper-sliver and carries
high Kr;,Jc K'J ore as well. Twelve
""lies west f Granite, In the Greenhorn
WRe, Is a large silver belt also; the
larRf;, '"hies there "'"R the Schnarr,
Intrinsic, Ornament and Morris. The
'fS all high grade gray copper-silver
aiw carry some goia values also
Fine job printing only at THE MINER.
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