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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 10, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER.
SUMPTER, OREGON, JANUARY 10, 1900.
Mines, Real Estate; Water and
ALL ARE ON THE MOVE
His Associate, Thomas K. Mulr, in Sump
ter to Remain. Magnolia Mill in Oper
ation. Lett Machinery for Little Giant
Found. West Side Addition Will Soon
Be Placed on the Market. Progress on
Electric Light and Water Plants.
W. L. Vinson, with his associate, T. K.
Mulr, who will hereafter be better known
In this vicinity, has returned to Sumpter.
They will put in the greater portion of
their time here in future. The many en
terprises projected and virtually com
pleted by Mr. Vinson now requires close
personal attention. Their first trip from
Sumpter was to the Magnolia mine, of
which little lias been said of late, though
there Is no other mine or mining company
In eastern Oregon that has made more
rapid strides toward that much desired
stage of development from which the
operators can expect great things in the
way of production, dividends, etc.
Last Saturday the machinery in the
new Magnolia mill was set in operation
for the first time, causing the ten stamps
therein to begin their work of pounding
out the values from the ore, of which that
mine contains large bodies, the entire ex
tent of which is yet unknown, though
that which Is In sight is sufficient to make
any man or company rich for life. The
mill put In motion Is said to work like a
watch simply perfect and as a little
souvenir of the first run, Mr. Vinson
scraped off the plates a ball of dry amal
gam, which when rolled Into a small ball
about the size of a walnut, weighed seven
and one-half ounces, and when retorted
produced a twenty-seven dollar button.
They are now turning out bullion and
concentrates beyond all expectation of the
The Magnolia has some 3000 feet of
tunnel work, all driven 011 the vein, giv
ing about 350 feet of depth on the one
property, with values running from f 15
On the adjoining claim, the Ajax No. 1,
which is part of the Magnolia group, and
on which the mill is situated, work was
begun last September, and has been
pushed with great rapidity, everything
warranting extensive prosecution with a
large force of miners. At this time 500
feet of work has been accomplished, In
cluding several cross cuts, which have
shown up true veins, with values as high,
or even better than In the Magnolia.
About thirty men are yet employed,
though this force can be soon reduced and
the same results reached.
For over a month the Little Giant mine
has been kept back on account of the non
arrival of a carload of machinery to com
plete the twenty-stamp mill thereon.
Within the past week, however, It was
traced, found and will be delivered here in
a few days and then rushed to Its place of
installment. The Little Giant Is well
known as a fine mining property and good
reports can confidently be expected from j
It when the mill Is running, everything
pointing to a steady production from Its
ores. This propertv is owned by an
English company, of which Mr. Vinson
has had direct charge, and Mr. Mulr Is Its
local representative in this country. Both
were out to the mine within the past week
and were much gratified with what Is
going on there.
Water has been turned In the water
works mains to test them, and as soon as
some minor repairs are made, consumers
will be supplied. The work of installing
the new machinery In the electric light
power house Is progressing rapidly and
soon the city and other customers will re
ceive an excellent and adequate service.
W. L. Vinson's new offices on Mill
street, above THE MINER building, have
been completed and made ready for occu
pancy, and will be moved Into by the first
of next week, or sooner. Various private
rooms for the engineers,, bookeepers,
clerks and Mr. Vinson himself, are pro
vided, making the largest and most com
plete office building in eastern Oregon.
As soon as Mr. Vinson Is Installed in the
new place, his West Side addition to
Sumpter will pe thrown on the market,
the plats having all been completed and
placed on file.
The new bridge at the foot of Granite
street, detailed description of which has
before been given in this paper, will be
commenced within a week or ten days.
A portion of the timbers have already
been sawed and all would have been fin
ished but for the demand on the mill for
lumber to complete the electric light plant,
water works and new office bulldliii!.
Mr. Vinson gives the assurance that the
bridge will be pushed to speedy completion
when once they get at it, as lias all other
of his enterprises up to date.
Thomas K. Mulr is recently from Lon
don, England. He is the business asso
ciate of Mr. Vinson in uearlv all of his ex
tensive enterprises about Sumpter, and
has come expecting to locate permanently,
taking an active interest In the many
projects which Mr. Vinson has under way
and contemplates for the future. Socially,
financially and every way Mr. Mulr is the
kind of people wanted here.
W. O. W. Public Installation.
Tuesday night In Ellis' opera house
Nugget Camp No. 408, Woodmen of the
World, held public installation ceremonies.
E. C. Steffen, P. C, acted as installing
officer. These neighbors will serve the
camp during the ensuing term: S. Dur
gan, C. C; C. Ferry, A. L.; J. B. Stod
dard, banker; W. J. Fleegle, escort; L.
Knapp, watchman; W. A. Green, sentry;
F. Rreon and G. Tallafero, managers.
Neighbors D. B. Flsk and J. B. Messlck,
of Raker City, made interesting and ap
propriate addresses. In the ladles' saw
ing contest, Miss J. Steadman won the
prize, a beautiful gold emblem of the
mystic circle. These exercises were fol
lowed by a ball, pronounced by partici
pants to be an unqualified success.
Fire Meeting This Evening.
A meeting will be held in Ellis' opera
house this evening to perfect the organi
zation of the Sumpter Fire department.
At the meeting held last week Otto Her
locker, N. C. Richards, Frank Jewett,
Tom Gray and J. F. Shelton were ap
pointed to prepare a report on what Is re
quired and the best method of securing
the same. This committee will report
this evening and the work of organization
probably completed. The fire apparatus
Is dally expected to arrive.
Watch next week's issueof THE MINER
for announcement of Vinson's West Side
addition to Sumpter.
I Hcalv Succeeds Austin Other
At the annual meeting of the council
last evening, all ot tne newly elected of-
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!.iS wnc u... in, ...iu cmcrcu upon
licers were sworn in, and entered upon
the discharge of their duties.
P. D. Healy was chosen to fill the un
expired term of John Austin, now city
Dr. Hrock was chosen city physician.
The proper committee was Instructed to
draft ordinances defining the duties of city
physician and health officer.
At the request of Treasurer Hawley,
who has been sick for some time past, all
books and documents of his office were
turned over to A. P. Goss, whom he has
appointed as Ills assistant.
Suturday evening the regular weekly
session of the council was held, when a
lot of routine work was accomplished.
An ordinance was passed amending the
1 ordinance fixing the duties of recorder.
I Tills amendment provides that this officer
; shall In future receive all moneys paid to
I the city and turn same over to the treas-
urer within a week after their receipt.
Monday evening a special meeting was
held, when George Baker was appointed
health officer, special policeman and build
ing Inspector, at a salary ol Jfo a mouth,
until an ordinance covering the case can
be drafted and passed.
An ordinance was passed amending an
ordinance prescribing the duties of treas
Road to Granite Incorporated.
Articles of Incorporation of the Hllgard,
Granite V Southwestern Railway com
pany were filed at La Grande last week.
At a meeting of the stock holders the fol
lowing officers were elected: President,
Robert Smith; vice president, I-'. S. Stan
ley; treasurer, J. M. Church; secretary,
E. W. Bartlett, all of this city. The
road will start from Hllgard, a point on
the O. R. & N., seven miles west of La
Grande, and run up the Grande Roude
river sixty miles to Granite, the center of
a very rich mining district. It Is an
nounced that work will begin next Mon
day and that the raid will be pushed to
com plet Ion .Press dispatch .
Prominent Railroad Men In Sumpter.
A party of prominent railroad men
reached Sumpter Friday, returning that
night to Baker City on a special train fur
nished by W. L. Vinson. They had
boarded the noon train, but Mr. Vinson
wouldn't stand their work, and hauled the
whole outfit off. They were Joe McCahe,
vice president and general manager of the
Columbia River road, A. D. Charlton,
assistant general passenger agent of the
Northern Pacific; W. H. Mead, general
western agent of the Northwestern; J. C.
Clock, occupying the same position with
the Wisconsin Central, and H. C. Bow
ers, manager of the Hotel Portland.
Saw Mill Shut Down for Repairs.
The Sumpter Lumber company's mill is
closed down for a few days for repairs to
the engine. A few valves In the cylinder
were badly worn and were taken to the
Baker City Iron works to be planed and
readjusted. The plant will resume opera
Smelter Machinery Shipped to Sumpter.
A. W. Ellis r;celved yesterday the bill
of lading for the smelter machinery which
Is to lie erected In Sumpter by the Union
smelter Manufacturing company, of St.
Louis. It was shipped from that city
Jniltiarv .1. :illil U'ihrllfc. (I Kn i.iiiitnlw
w''1'. Mr. Hills temarWed, doesn't
look much like a "toy." The comnanv's
t expert, Charles l.aughlln, lett the follow
! Ing day and Is expected to arrive In Sump
ter any day, now. The work of erecting
' the Mlieltrr ami nl:ulni It In iinrr.illmi villi
! be rushed as last as mouev and men can
Jt, ,. . ,einhard, the gentleman who
was representing the company here last
fall, will he the manager.
W. C. Older Has a Broken Rib.
W. C. Calder returned the latter part
of last week iroin a trip up north, to Spo
kane and Rossi nnl, Fur some d.ivs he
had been sulterlug with a severe pain In
his chest. Dr. I'e.ircejnadenn examina
tion and found that one of his rihs had
been partially fractured. Tills was done
Christmas morning, while returning from
a lire up on the hill east of the school
house. He coasted down the hill with a
small bov sitting on his Kick. There
were some rough places oil the track and
he received some severe jolts.
Friday Night Dancing Club.
The Friday Night Dancing club has
been organized and will give Its first hi
weekly hop this week, at Ellis Opera
house, to which invitations have been Is
J sued. I'lie patronesses on tills occasion
1 are .Mrs. Richards, .Mrs. Murphev, Mrs.
Wheelei and Mrs. Vinson; reception com
mittee, Tom C (irny, Dr. Anderson and
C. II. Marsh; Hoot committee, C I:, Rob
lln, L. V.SwIggelt and Claude Itasche.
A. A. Kellle Is secretarv and A. P. ios
treasurer ol the organization.
Known in Every Mining Region.
"Coolgardie" Smith, known in every
mining region from the north to the south
pole, has ionic to Sumpter, accompanied
by .1 younger brother, who is also an en
thusiast on mines and minerals. These
gentlemen will remain here, make this
their headquarters, visiting the vnrinu.s
districts surrounding until they areas
thoroughly tamlllar with the condition
and opportunities as they are wherever
else they have been.
O. C. McLeod Sc Co., Brokers.
O. C. McLeod, who has been success
fully operating in Sumpter mines and
realty tor several weeks past, has, with
R. C. I'eutland, of Spokane, formed a
partnership and will continue the business
under the firm name of O. C. Mel. end &
Co., with offices opposite the Itasche
Sumpter Club House.
Carpets have been laid on the Sumpter
club room floors; the furniture and "chem
icals," as General Warren calls an Im
portant part of the outfit, have arrived,
and In a few days a meeting will be held
to decide when the club house will he for
mally opened. More than half of the
members have paid their fees and dues.
Col. Ray Returns lo Sumpter.
Colonel S. W. Ray, the recent purchaser
of the Ibex mine, has returned here from
a three weeks pleasure trip to southern
California, looking and feeling the better
for his trip. The Colonel says, however,
that he is glad to get back to Sumpter,
and will remain here for some time, at
For Sale at a Bargain.
One high grade Kimball piano, good as
ne A'. Only In use six months. Apply to
P. D. Healy, the shoe man.
The Mint saloon, corner Center and
Sumpter streets, serves the best brands
only of wines, liquors and cigars.