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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (April 11, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER.
SUMPTER, OREGON, APRIL n, 1900.
ENTIRE RECEIPTS FOR TWO YEARS
AMOUNT TO $10,634.
Of this Amount One-third was Collected
last Month, Indicating the Town's
Growth Present Net Indebtedness $256
Heavy Expenses Will Soon Be In
curred Which Will Reach the Debt
Limit-Municipal Bonds for $10,000
Will Probably Be Issued.
At1 the expense of -much labor and re
search, Recorder Manning has completed
a statement of the receipts and expendi
tures of the town of Sumpter since its
Incorporation In April, 1898, two years
ago. Mayor Gleason has checked up the
statement and endorsed it with his sig
nature. The Interesting 'fact deducted therefrom
is this: The entire receipts for the two
years, lacking a few days, the account
being brought up to April i,werefio,
6)4. Of this amount, $3385.07 was
collected in March, last month, or nearly
one-third of the whole. This is not the
income of the town far a year, collected
In one month, but consists of fines and
otlw revenues W one month only, and
liquor licences for one quarter.
During this time the expenditures have
amounted to $10,890, divided among the
several departments as follews: Town
buildings and furnishings, $1370; police,
$21 10; salaries for clerk, attorney etc,
$950; health officer, physician and hospital
expense, $1130; street improvements and
engineering, $840; supplies, blankets etc,
$115; fire department, $2370, sewers, $450;
bonus for water works, f 1125; miscellane
ous expense, $430. This leaves a net
shortage thus far of $256.
Within a short while, however, there
will be some heavy "expenses Incurred,
and the debt limit will be reached. They
will aggregate $2000, $1300 of which will
be for improving Granite and Mill streets.
The state law under which the town was
incorporated fixes the debt limit, but is
said by attorneys to be somewhat vague.
After a town has acquired a population of
2000, which number Sumpter now more
than doubles, an increase of indebtedness
is allowed. These figures speak well for
the economical management of the town's
affairs by its councilmen.
An ordinance Is now being carefully
drafted, to conform to the requirements of
state laws, providing for Issuing munici
pal bonds to the extent, of f 10,000, for in
ternal Improvements, Interest and prin
cipal to be paid by a property tax, which
has so far never been Imposed.
Republic Banker Buying Mines.
A. VV. Strong, formerly a banker at Re
public, Washington, has been in Sumpter
and vicinity for a week past. He had a
representative here for several weeks be
fore he camef To a MINER representative
he states that he has found a property
that suits him and is negotiating for its
purchase. It Is understood that the price
has been agreed on and only unimportant
details now remain to be arranged. Those
Interested in the deal have not yet made
public the property Involved.
Waste to Dredge for Gold Here.
L. E. Moses, a mining man from Den
ver, Colorado, has been In Sumpter for
some days past, Investigating the possi
bilities of profitable Investment here. He
Is largely interested in a successful dredg
ing proposition across the line in Idaho
and Is here looking for a similar one.
Dredging is the modern method of work
ing placer ground and large fortunes are
being made in sections where claims that
had been worked by old primitive meth
ods, have been abandoned. There is an
excellent opportunity In the Sumpter dis
trict for this'branch of mining. Dr. Sel
wynn called attention 'to the fact when
here last fall. Sam Stott is lowing the
gentleman from Colorado around and will
doubtless place him In a few days.
Looking for a Bonanza.
Major W. T. Manning and Will Rrodie
shouldered their blankets early Monday
morning and left for the hills, In "search
of the .Lost Rocker mine, the Mother lode,
the Blue Bucket diggings and other bo
nanzas of song, story and reality. They
will begin active search over Prairie City
way and work in the direction that the
good spirit and experience leads. Mr.
Manning put in eight years In Alaska and
several in the Black Hills and is thorough
ly familiar with the work in hand; while
Mr. Rrodie knows this region well. Their
friends here hope that they will uncover
twenty thousand dollar rock with the first
stroke oMhe pick.
BRIDGE ACROSS RIVER.
Work at Foot of Granite Street Will be
A. W. Ellis has taken the matter In
hand and will build the bridge across
Powder river," at "the foot of Granite
street. Yesterday he bought the lumber
for the structure from the Sumpter Lum
ber company, a portion of which will be
Contractor McLaln, who has done
much similar work in this district, built
several of the large stamp mills, including
that on the Bonanza, has been engaged
to superintend construction. The work
will begin tomorrow.
The lumber company has agreed to
furnish timbers at the rate of is.ooo feeta
day. A sufficient number of carpenters
will be put to work to use up this quantity
lumber, and at this rate the bridge will be
completed In one month.
The structure will be 240 feet in length
and 80 feet wide. The roadway will be
56 feet in width, with 12 feet on either
side for foot passengers. The planking
on Granite street will be continued from
Cracker to the bridge approach, making a
good road across the entire distance of
the low land in that vicinity. On the
other side of the river a road will be con
structed to connect with the one leading
to Granite and other mining camps out
that way, which will undoubtedly divert
that travel from the present Cracker
As soon as these improvements are
completed, there will be no more desirable
property in town than that known as the
Vinson addition and an effort will bt
made to build up that part of the town.
Roy H. Miller now has charge of the
property and that means that it will "go."
"The Portland," conducted 'jy Wood
ward 8c Hammond on Mill street, is a
representation-of Its name. A visit will1
convince any skeptics.
The celebrated Jed Clayton brand of
whiskey at the Mint saloon, corner of
Center and Sumpter streets.
Quartz and placer location blanks of
the most approved .form for sale at THE
Go to Fenner & Worthlngton for alt
kinds of engineering.
Takes Charge of the
Frank Jewett took charge of the post
office this morning. He and ex-Postmaster
Kahler were engaged yesterday
checking up accounts, and otherwise pre
paring for the change. No Inspector was
here to make the transfer. The two
gentlemen arranged every thing between
The office will remain where it is for
some time. Mr. Jewett says he has r.ol
yet decided where it will be located per
manently. No arrangements have been
made for the present quarters for any
definite period of time. One report Is that
the new location will be in one of the
rooms of the remodeled barn on Center
street, but It may be no more reliable than
any of a dozen other such rumors that
have gained circulation.
Miss Minnie Moeiler, of Baker City,
has been engaged as assistant and has
been in the office a couple of days familiar
izing herself with the routine work. She
Is said to be a wonder in the way of accu
rate and rapid distribution of mail matter,
having had long experience. Indeed even
yesterday, when she was assisting, it was
noticed that the time required for distribu
tion was much less than formerly.
Mr. Kahler looks cheerful and happy,
today. He said to a MINER man that he
feels as if he had just escaped from a
long confinement In jail for an offense he
had never committed. He has had a
difficult post to fill and has done better
under the circumstances than ninty-uine
men out of one hundred would have done.
And "The Miner" Did the Printing.
The Diadem Gold Mining company, of
Sumpter, Oregon, has Issued fur private
distribution an elegant souvenler prospec
tus. It is typographically as dainty a
piece of work as the most recherche ball
program, is very complete, and in ad
dition to presenting the claims of the Dia
dem Gold Mining company to public fa
vor, contains many items of Interest,
descriptive of Sumpter and vicinity. The
group is in the Greenhorn mountains, and
consists of the Diadem and Brlndle Horse
claims. Seattle Mining and Industry.
Funeral of Mrs. E. C Gove.
The Spokane Spokesman-Review of
Monday, says: The funeral of Mrs. E.
C. Gove, who died at Los Angeles,
Wednesday, will take place at 1:30 p. m.
today from 1517 Sixth avenue. Mrs.
Gove's remains will arrive over the O. R.
& N. this morning. Dean ferine will
conduct the funeral services at the house
and at Falrmount cemetery, where inter
ment will take place. The pall bearers
will be George T Crane, A. G. Kellam,
r. Heine and J. G. Slayden.
Developing the Colorado Group.
The Grizzly Gold Mining company, re
cently Incorporated here to work the
Colorado group, and whose treasury
shares are offered for developing purposes,
has placed several large blocks of stock
within the week. This company is also
having a handsome prospectus printed at
THE MINER office, which will be ready
for distribution in a few days.
Gold Bug -Gristly Group.
J.J. Hennessy .known as the discoverer
of the Noble Five mines In British
Columbia, but who has changed his base
of operations to the Sumpter district and
become the possessor of several good
preperties hereabouts, has with others
Incorporated the Gold Bug-Giirly Gold
Mining company, to work the claims
Gold Bug, Grizzly Numbers 1 and 2,
which it Is claimed with all reason are the
direct southwest extension of the Ibex
mine. Knough work has been done on
the lead to determine this to almost a cer
tainty. This fact la Itself, and the repu-
1 tatlou of Promoter Hennessy among his
I friends where he has successfully operated
j for years, has been the means of placing
I several thousand dollars worth of the
1 treasury shares of the new company,
I from the proceeds of theMile of which ex
pensive development work' will be prose
cuted. Sumpter Republican Club.
The Sumpter Republican club was or
ganized last evening. 'Ue meeting for
the purpose was held in Blls opera house,
and although only a sort notice was
given, through the medium pf hand bills,
a large crowd was In attendance. Con
stitution and by-laws, furnished by the
national organization, were adopted. The
following officers were elected: N. C.
Richards, president; J. W. McVlcker,
vice-president; Charles Miller1, secretary,
G. II. Tetrowe, treasurer. The next
meeting will be held Wednesday evening,
one week from today, vyheii good music
and speakers will be provided. The pub
lic is Invited and an effort ,wjll be made to
fire up the political pot to the boiling
Granite Boulder's Novel Business Methods.
J. Nat Hudson, editor of the Granite
Boulder, the only paper in the world that
will not accept an advertisement from a
resident of the town in Which it is pub
lished, arrived hi Sumpter yesterday and
left for home today. He had come from
Baker and reports that his patronage
from these two places Is growing so rap
Idly that his time is occupied almost
wholly here and there. His idea in not
taking any Granite advertising Is that he
is an attorney, real estate and mining
broker, general promoter and money
loaner himself, and desires to use all the
space in his paper, that Is not urgently
demanded by Baker and Sumpter business
men, for himself.
Only Five Cases of Eruptive Disease.
The health officer's report, submitted to
the city council at Its last meeting, stated
that there are but three cases of erup
tive disease hi the pest house nt the pres
ent time, and that two of these will be re
leased this week. There are two other
cases in town, quarantined, both of which
are convalescent. No new cases have
been reported for two weeks or more.
And this Is not a bad bill of health for a
town of 4500 people.
Death of J. H. Gallagher.
J. I:. Gallagher, aged 61 years, died at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. W.
Looney, in this city April 5. The funeral
services were held at the residence on the
sixth and the body littered at the Sump
ter cemetery. Mr. Gallagher was an old,
respected citizen of this community and
leaves many friends here who sincerely
regret his demise.
The Mint saloon, corner Center nad
Sumpter streets, serves the best brands
on y of wines, liquors and cigars.
The Columbia beer, brewed in Sumpter,
Is today as good as any made.
Columbia beer, brewed In Sumpter, is
second to none.
Superior job printing at this office.