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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (April 4, 1900)
Wednesday, April 4, 1900
THE SUMPTER MINER.
IN THE GOLD.
Wonderfully Rich Strike
The latest and richest strike since the
Golconda mine people startled the country
last summer with a find of Rold quartz
that would Rive Uo to the pound, being
In some Instances more Rold than quart,
was made durhiR the past week In the
same Cracker Creek district, two miles
north of Hourne, or nine miles distant from
Sumpter. The fortunate, and It must be
said, faithful owner.ls W. T. Kinsey, who
located the property foutteen years ago
and has never lost his faith In it for a day,
until now he is in a fair way to realle his
dream of fortune so Ioiir looked forward
to. At the time mentioned, Kinsey lo
cated twelve or fourteen claims, known as
the Esmeralda uroup, on which lie has e.v
pended some $22,000, mostly in prospect
and development work, Including al one
time a small cyanide plant and later a 5
stamp mill, which, owIiir principally to
the fact that Its operators were inconipe
tent, was declared a failure, was taken
down and is now housed on the property,
in fairly Reed order.
Within the last few years Kinsey, be
hiR unable to keep up his assessment
work 011 so many claims, has remembered
three or four of his friends by allowhiR
them to relocate a part of his holdings,
thus making them today like himself, pos
sible millionaires. The claim upon which
the rich strike lias been made Is the Amer
ican, one of nine which he yet holds and
upon which only a 24-foot tunnel had
been driven last summer.
At the time of the find, it seems, nego
tiations were behiR opened with some
parties to take a bond 011 the property,
and Kinsey had sent our of the men inter
ested with him to bring down samples
from this particular claim, which necessi
tated breaking down some fresli rock, and
that Is where the occasion of this article
comes In; for, of course, when the sam
ples were brought out and the first glance
taken at them the matter of a bond was
off the same not having reached that
staRe of completion where the owners were
obliged to carry out their p.itt.
About twenty-live pounds of ore was
brought down and some of the samples
seen by a MlNliK representative were e.
actly like the rock from the (iolcond.i last
summer, a unload of which was sent to
San Francisco by Mr. English, creating
much wonder and comment, there being
nearly or quite half gold. It is claimed
now the face of a 6-foot tunnel on the
American claim ol Klnsey's property has
the same ore as the iolcouda, and that a
1 i-liich streak on one side of the face Is
all like the samples shown.
Just what further plan of development
will be adopted on the property has not
yet been determined, but will be decided
on at oiue and the readers ot Till- MlNliR
will I kept Informed.
The Cracker Creek district will be the
scene of lively times this summer, and
strikes of great Importance are likely to
startle the mining world nt any time.
Gold Cur for Pneumonia.
W. T. Kinsey was sick at the hospital
In Baker City, sulferlng with a severe at
tack of pneumonia, when he heard of the
rich strike that had been made In his
American mine. That was about an hour
before the train left for Sumpter. He had
been waiting (or that event fourteen long
years, and working for It. He was never
so Impatient In his life before; he wanted
to be convinced bv seeing with his own
eyes that his long labors had finally been
rewarded. He arose from that bed of '
sickness and came to Sumpter. He saw!
the rich rock here, but that didn't satlsy
him entirely; he wanted to see that it
came from the tunnel which he had driven.
Next day It was raining, and though he
had been sick abed eighteen hours previous,
he started on the nine mile trip, 9000 feet
up the Blue mountain. He reached the
property, saw where the quartz came from,
that there was a lot more there and then
he was a well man. He declares that he
hasn't felt a moment of sickness or weak
ness since. Men often risk their llvee for
gold, and every day they sell their souls
for it; but not often do they risk so much
for mere occular demonstration that they
are the possessors of the stuff. The re
turns from an average sample sent to
Portland for assay were received yester
day. The rock carries $40,285 in free gold
to the ton.
Death of Mrs. H. B. Griffin.
The Bast Oregonlan of Monday says
of the funeral nt Pendleton of Mrs. II. H.
Grlliin who died here Saturday of pneu-1
lunula, a lady highly esteemed by all who '
knew her: "At 2 o'clock this afternoon, J
the funeral services over the remains of
' the late Mrs. II. H. Grlftin were conducted
at the Church of the Redeemer by the 1
rector, Rev. W. li. Potwine. The usual
services of the Protestant Episcopal
church was read by the clergyman.
Numerous friends of the family attended. '
The body of Mrs. Grlliin was brought to I
Pendleton from Sumpter, where Mrs. I
Grllfiu died Saturday night. Accompany-!
Ing the remains, Mr. and Mrs. Prank B. I
Clopton and Mr. II. B. Griffin, husband
of the deceased, arrived this morning on
the Overland. The body was laid to
rest in the Olney cemetery."
Miss Kein, adjoining the Columbia j
meat market, announces her liaster mil-1
liuery opening, beginning the week of I
Monday, April ;. All the latest spring
Notice to Creditor.
All accounts and notes due me, not
satisfactorily settled by May 1, 1000, will
be placed hi the hands of an attorney and
Dated at Sumpter, Oregon, April 4,
Superior job printing at this office.
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