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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 4, 1899)
Wednesday, October 4, 1899.
THE SUMPTER MINER.
First Log Cabin Erected in the
District in 1862.
A mile from the business portion of
town , the ruin of a log cabin, said to
be the first ever built In the Sumpter min
ing district, in 1862. Around It cluster
many memories and traditions of the
Eastern Oregon gold fields, and its name
suggests one of the world's great trag
edies. Hugh Ashbury, Fletcher Anderson,
John Reed and James Flanigan are the
names of the men who built It. They
were all Confederate soldiers and are said
to have come from Price's army, but the
local historian dosn't relate how they hap
pened to leave the confederate service at
that date; when, though the fates, or the
God of battles, or heavy artillery, or
whatever tribunal is the the arbiter of
armed conflicts, probably had decided that
contest, the judgment had not then been
recorded, and the world was watching the
contending armies, in that mighty struggle
to settle a governmental problem by the
sacratlce of human lives, with all absorb
But all this Is neither here or at John
Day postoftice, so far as this log cabin
was concerned, nor Its ruin Is. However
it happened, Its builders, named above,
got away from Price and, better still, the
Federal forces, which afterwards whaled
the whey out of them, came to Califor
nia and drifted north. It will be noted
what excellent judgment they displayed
all through this narative. Well, it never
deserted them when they reached this
land of golden promise fulfilled, for they
stopped right here, built the much men
tioned log house, called it Fort Sumpter
and for many years worked with crude
device only the richest bars of all
the surrounding limitless gold-glittering
sands. And many ounces of the yellow
dust have they panned out hereabouts in
days agone; and many, too, have they
right royally blown in, like the thorough
breds they were and are to this present
For they are all still alive and vigorous;
Hugh Ashbury still lives at Granite, An
derson is In Montana, Flanigan at Raker
City and Reed is luxuriating in Califor
nia's balmy clime.
Mineral Exhibit at Spokane Fair.
Mining men who attend the Spokane
Industrial exposition, which opens Octo
l'er 3, will at least see in Spokane such an
exhibit of the mineral resources of this
part of the country as Spokane should
Have made long ago. The people down
there went at it right this year and as a
result about every camp and district in
the Pacific Northwest will be represented
there and all with good exhibits. The
contests for the prizes and premiums in
this department will be animated. The
medals which will be won will be of
much value to the camps and the mines
which may be fortunate enough to win
them. The judges who will award these
medals and honors are: Professor Henry
Landes, M. A., state geologist, depart
ment of mining and geology, state uni
versity, Seattle, Wash.; Dr. Alfred A.
Miller, M. A Ph. jD., department of
mining, metallurgy nnd geology, state
university, Moscow, Idaho; Professor S.
Shcdd, M. E),j department of mining and
geology, ' 'school of science, Pullman,
Wash. At the close of the exposition
the Spokane chamber of commerce will
take charge of this mineral display, at
least as much of it as is not returned, and
will make a permanent exhibit of ores in
Spokane. Press Bulletin.
Important Mining DccuJoo.
An Important mining decision was re
cently rendered by the secretary of
the Interior, which settled a point that
has long been a question among min
ing men. It was held by many that a
patent could not issue for both placer and
lode claims, where the lode was not within
the exterior limits of the placer location,
but the secretary of the Interior rules dif
ferent. He holds that both placer and
lode claims may be Included in one appli
cation. When an abandoned claim is to
be relocated a new discovery must be
made and a new shaft or a new tunnel
started, as the work formerly done cannot
be counted as a part of the assessment
work. It is as important to define the
boundaries the same as though no loca
tion had ever been made upon the land.
It Is not necessary that the new location
should conform to the lines of the pre
vious location, as If desired, only part of
the location may be Included in the new.
It Is always well to state what portion of
an abandoned claim is Included In the new
location. Mining and Scientific Press.
F. O. Baker was In town the latter
part of last week delivering the Spokesman-Review
Quarterly,"A Million Dollar
Check and Other True Treasure Tales,"
large numbers of which were subscribed
for by citizens of Sumpter. It is unques
tionably the handsomest piece of printed
matter which has been distributed through
the Northwest, the work being done In
Chicago. On the back cover Is a fac
simile of the famous check drawn by Lieu
tenant Governor Macintosh forfi, 042,054,
in part payment for the LeRoi mine. And
Baker is the boy who knows how to sell
this work of art.
Another Railroad Rumor.
A proposition is being considered In
Baker City involving the connection of
that town with Pendleton by means of a
railroad line running from the present
terminus of the Wnshlngtou.& Columbia
river railway. The proposition is.'to run
the line up to the head of; some creek
emptying Into the North Fork of the
John Day'rlver, thence Jq Sumpter. The
...Finest Line of...
-"Wa to h s
In Eastern Oregon.
... JEWELRY FACTORY ...
Mitchell Smith, Mgr.
General Brass and Iron Founders
. Iron Works .,
GEO. F. MCLYNN, Proprietor
Special attention given) td
repairing and 'rebuilding' all
kinds of machinery.
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Baker Citv. Telephone Red 161
THE RED FRONT
fco fcL &. 'AuMtM M M
T a4fc We have J"st rece,veJ a fmt new Hue of Dress Goods, Ex
LrdUlCb; elusive Patterns, Dress Skirts and Trimmings, Outing Flan
nels, Ties, Ribbons, Laces, Underwear, Etc.
"Mn'c X7a Tne ,atcst snap" Fall and Winter Hats. We
1V1CI1 b W COIf carry tne Ge0i G, Snow shoes. All the weights
In Seasonable Underwear.
LOOK AT THIS-A FEW ITEMS IN TABLE DELICACIES
Gordon & Dillworths Port, Cognac J (
and Sherry Jellies, English Plum Pud- (
dings, Orange Marmalade, Peach, Straw
berry and Raspberry Jams, and many l
other good things for the stomach's sake. (
W. C. CALDER, Prop.
THE RED FRONT. Sumpter, Oregon.
General Hardware, Stoves
and Ranges. Mill and Mining
Supplies. All kinds of build-
fers and Plumbers supplies.
Agents For I