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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 8, 1899)
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SUMPTER, OREGON, NOVEMBER 8, 1899.
WHAT OTHERS SAY. I
SUMPTER'S BRIGHT PROSPECTS
AS VIEWED BY OUTSIDERS.
Yesterday a Sleepy Village, Today a
Hustling Camp, Tomorrow a Busy
City. Predictions at to Increase in Pop
ulnlon. Can't Get Too Much of a Good
Thing. This District Adds $8000 in
Gold to the World's Supply Every Day.
VV. H. Lancaster, Spokane mining man,
who has been operating at Sumpter and
vicinity, lias returned to Spokane and his
opinion Is thus reported by the Spokes
VV. H. t Lancaster has returned from
Sumpter. He adds his testimony, to,the
many statements that have' been made
concerning the rapid growth of the town
and the woalth of its mines. " I was
away from Sumpter thirty days," he said,
"and when I returned I found a whole
street full of business houses had gone
up in my absence, and so thorough had
been the transformation that I could
scarcely recognize an old landmark. If
the influx continues during the winter the
town will have io,ooopeoplein the spring.
It must grow to accommodate them. A'
few weeks ago Sumpter was a sleepy vil
lage. Today it is a bustling camp. To
morrow it will blossom Into a lively little
city, with all the conveniences and luxur
ies of city life. It is a rapid movement,
and it is exhllirating to the spectator. In
deed, one does not long remain a specta
tor. He gets into the center of the stir
and becomes part of it."
" There are seventeen stamp mills
either running or about to run on mines
around Sumpter, and I can count thirty
two or more properties that are generally
conceded to be developed to a point where
stamp mills are needed. There are open
ings in the district for all classes of min
ing men. The investor can find places
for his dollars. The miner can find work'
for his sturdy arm.
"And the prospector can find great
tracts of country where ledges are.known
to exist, but where no stakes have ever
been driven. I have traveled over the
country a little and I have seen great
ledges cropping many feet out of the
ground and traceable for many miles
through the country, and yet no stakes
were vlsable. The country has been
asleep. Spokane will share In the profits
which are following the awakening of the
district to a realization of its wealth pro
Capt. C H. Thompson in Spokane.
Captain C. H. Thompson, of the firm
of Thompson & Bell, has just returned
from Sumpter, and says that things are
more lively than ever In that flourishing
burg. The Captain, who already has
large interests in that section, evidently
thinks there is no danger of getting too
much of a good thing, and has lately
taken up another property there, the Don
Juan, near Robinsonville, and not far
from the famous Bonanza mine. He has
started work on the property, on which a
shaft is already down for a depth of 200
feet. They are sinking at that point and
are now down 48 feet farther, at the same
time sinking a winze in the ore chute at a
point some distance; away. The ' ore Is
high grade, about 70 per cent of the gold
being free. The property is wellequipped
with a io-stamp mill and all necessary
buildings, and when U.yasbehjgjworjced,
ore to the value of nearly $100,000 was
taken out. The group consists of four
claims. Spokane Stock Report.
Eight Thousand Dollars a Day.
Every twenty-four hours the twenty
live mining camps In Baker county add
$8000 to the world's store of gold. The
output is 800 tons of ore ot an average
value of $10 a ton. About 400 stamps
are dropping day and night In the camps.
Between 2500 and 3500 men are employed
in the mines or In prospecting and placer
mining. American Mining News.
Foui Carloads of Machinery.
Four carloads of mining machinery
have been received In Sumpter during the
past week, two for the mill being in
stalled at the May Queen, and two for
W. L. Vinson's mill at the Magnolia. All
is being transferred from the cars to wag
ons and hauled to the mines.
GOLCONDA AND RED BOY GOLD.
One Hundred and Sixty Pounds Shipped
From Sumpter Monday.
There reached this city on the arrival of
Monday afternoon's Sumpter Valley rail
way train about too pounds of gold, the
ye1 low good stuff being from the Red Boy
and Golconda mines. The sunny metal
amounted to J 32,000 or more, and was de
posited in the bank in this city.
The approximate amount of gold from
the Red Boy, comprising the output for
October, weighs close to 100 pounds, and
Is worth $20,000.
The Golconda sent in $12,000 In free
gold. This was obtained in a 3o-hours
run with the Golconda's No. 4 Bryan mill
and Is entirely free gold, the amount of
treasure from the concentrates not being
learned. Baker City Democrat.
Ball for Benefit of Episcopal Church.
The lad'es of the Protestant Episcopal
church of Sumpter are making extensive
arrangements to give a grand charity ball
Friday evening, November 17, at Ellis
opera house, for the benefit of their
church. Special effort to make this a
memorable event. Is assured, and for a
cause so worthy, the patronesses cer
tainly deserve the success that is sure to
be theirs. The floor of the hall will be
especially prepared for this occasion, good
music provided and undoubtedly no pret
tier dancing scene will have ever been
held in Sumpter. Dainty refreshments,
including lemonade punch, will be served
from the stage and a general good time is
guaranteed. The tickets have been placed
at the modest price of two dollars, which
includes gentlemen and their ladies. Usu
ally at such entertainments In larger cities
the price of tickets vary from live to ten
Sumpter Grocery Company Sold.
J. F. Aldcii, formerly associated with
Mayor Gleason In the meatbusiuess, has,
with N. W. Wheeler, purchased and will
hereafter conduct the grocery business in
the Opera house block, known as
the Sumpter Grocery company. The
new proprietors will continue the use of
the old company name and will bid for a
share, of the heavy'trade being done by
the Sumpter merchants.
Hoscason & Co. Sell Out.
F. E. O'Rourke, of Portland, has
boueht the xrocerv buislness formerly
conducted by Hoseasoii & Co., '911 Center
street, anu win enlarge me stock anu
store as soon as the express office, now
occupying a part of the room, can find
Branch Line May be Built to
Clifford as Timber Feeder.
All sorts of rumors have been in circu
lation this week regarding the intentions
of the Sumpter Valley railroad No one
knows just what the truth regarding the
The central idea of all those rumors is
that a branch line will be built to Clifford.
This Is In line with the public announce
ment made by officials of the road at Pen
dleton some weeks zlnce.
The line will be operated merely as a
logging road. Some parties here who
seemed to believe that a boom is booked
for the terminus of this branch, alter hav
ing received what they conslccred a
straight tip a few days since, hastened to
that vicinity to take up government laud,
preparatory io platting townsites, addi
The road, it is said, will branch off from
the main line a couple of miles from
Sumpter, but this is a guess. There have
been some transfers of laud Jn that vicin
ity during the past week or ten days, and
If the rumor pans out, anyone with the
price can soon buy lots there in additions
to Sumpter. G. VV. Jett Is negotiating
the sale of his farm In that neighborhood.
Curb stone quotations place the value at
$20,000, but $j,$oo would be nearer the
If moved nt all, the Sumpter depot will
not he changed more than three blocks
from its present location. All roads and
railroads hereabouts lead to Sumpter, and
here is the throbbing heart of all indus
trial, commercial and speculative activity
In the district.
Affairs of Midway Gold Mining Company.
The Midway Gold Mining company at
a meeting held Monday evening at Stott
& Shelton's law offices elected a board of
directors for the year as follews: E. E.
Hauser, Sam I. Jones, Sam R. Stott, N.
C. Richards and A. P. Jones. The latter
was elected president of the company and
J. F. Shelton secretary. There wasa prop
osition submitted by E. E. Hauser, Sam
I. Jones and John T. Jones to sell the
company the Midway, Red Fir, Otto and
Condor mineral claims, taking In pay
ment one million shares, less four shares,
of the capital stock of the Midway Gold
Mining company, for the above mentioned
claims, which proposition was accepted
and stock will be Issued at an early date.
Work Is being prosecuted on the Midway
company's property now and will he con
tinued all winter.
John Cradkbaugh a Whole Host Himself.
We notice among the Sumpter club re
ception committee appointed, the name of
John Cradkbaugh, who Is a whole host
in hlmaelf, and which shows that the in
fluence of the club is to extend clear up
into the Greenhorn district, where John
will no doubt hold his receptions. The
Interesting Suit for Commission.
R. R. Erwlnand C. H. McCullochhave
brought suit against Mrs. H. A. Duck
worth "for services rendered," says, the
abstract of county records published In
another column. The complaint alleges
that some months 'since the defendant
gave a written authority to plaintiffs to
sell her property on the corner of Granite
and Center streets, being the store build
ing occupied by W. C. Calder, for $2500,
and as their commission they could havr
all over that sum which the property
would bring; that they secured a pur
chaser for 53100. Some teshnlcal defect
was found in the abstract of title and
considerable time was wasted In straight
ening this out. Before the time expired,
as stated in the written authority, when
plaintiffs should have the handling of the
property, however, they found another
purchaser and tendered defendant $2500,
when she refused to give a deed, 011 the
ground that one deed was already In es
Lull in Real Estate Sales.
Real estate has been a trifle quiet this
week, compared with what it was last.
No large sales of Sumpter property have
been reported, for the principal reason
that every one who owns desirable lots re
fuse to give any price. Recent sharp ad
vances In values has caused holders to
hesitate to sell at any reasonable figure.
The town Is full of buyers, who snap up
every bargain that Is offered. Real estate
agents report that the demand for resi
dence lots, especially in the Townslte
Syndicate's additions, remains strong and
that a number of sales are being made
every day, mostly to people who Intend to
build homes. The lot next to the Syndi
cate's engineering office was sold a few
days since to Portland parties for $1000.
This Is now included in the business dis
trict and the buyer gut mixed with a silt
snap when he secured it nt that figure.
To the Ladies of Sumpter.
You are respectfully Invited to Inspect a
beautiful line of modem hand-made Point
and Rattenburg lace work. I also have
or will design patterns for any lace pieces
desired, furnish materials, give lessons, or
make work to order. The largest line
and variety of genuine Mexican drawn
work ever shown In eastern Oregon, and
at such prices as will permit you to make
handsome Christmas presents at moder
ate amounts. Call at the home of Mrs.
Dr. Tape, adjoining the office, where I
am temporarily located. MRS. MARSH.
Badger a Shipper for Over a Year.
Editor MlNI-k: In one of your recent
Issues you stated that the Badger mine
has taken its place as another shipper, as
If It were a thing of yesterday. Now the
fact is, the Badger mine has been a steady
shipper for over a year. Two carloads
were shipped to Selbys this month. The
average value Is often close to $200 per
ton. Recent tests gave as high as 600
ounces in silver per ton, outside of the
gold values. J. F. I..
Progressive Whist and Hearts.
A few friends of J. R. (.evens, of Ma
ker City, spent the evening at the home
of George Jett Tuesday. Among those
present were Freda Parsons, Carrie Spald
ing, Lulu Jett, Harry Shepherd, J. R.
I.eveus, Dr. Brooks and Mr. Gove, ol
Spokane. A pleasant evening at progres
sive whist and hearts was enjoyed by all.
Steam Wood -aw Here.
I have a first-class steam wood saw and
am In the field to saw cord or slab wood
In any lengths desired, on short notice
My office is anywhere you hear or see
the saw. P. A. Correll, Proprietor.
Mrs. E. R. Harchus, of Portland, is in
Sumpter to organize a class In oil paint
ing. She will receive pupils at tile resi
dence of W. S. Chlpp, on North street,
next door to new bowling alley. Paint
lugs are now on exhibition nt Hllllcr's
If he hasn't it in stock, Carl Adler, Ba
ker City, will order for you any book
published in the world, hi any language.