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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (April 18, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER
SUMPTER, OREGON, APRIL 18, 1900.
ELECTRIC PLANT SOLD.
TACONA CAPITALISTS THE FOR
Attorney Richardcs and Seymour BII Ne
gotiate the Deal New Owner Expected
to Arrive Here Tomorrow Ample Capi
tal With Which to Make all Needed Im
mprovemenU Week or Ten Days Be
fore Light can Again be Furnithcd.
A. C. Little, state fish commissioner of
Washington, is expected to arrive in
Sumpter tomorrow, with one or more cap
italists from Tacoma, who came here look
ing for investments.
Arrangements have about been com
pleted for the sale to these gentlemen of
the electric light plant. Those who are
negotiating the deal say it will undoubted
ly be closed In a few days.
Attorney Richards, to whom the prop
erty was deeded some days since, to se
cure him against loss of money loaned,
has been engaged since that time In
perfecting the reorganization of the com
pany. He has finally made arrangements
with Seymour Bell, representing these
Tacoma moneyed men, whereby they pur
chase all the property of the company,
plant and franchises.
He says that they have ample capital
with which to make this one of the best
electric light systems In the West and that
their intention is to do so. With tills
idea in view, it has been decided not to
repair the old machinery, but to put in
new dynamos; two of them,'one for the in
candescent circuit and one for arc lamps.
This will enable the company to furnish
, street lights, something very much needed
here at certain times, especially In the
spring and fall months.
The price paid is not made public, but
it is understood that the valuation is a
reasonable one, with little or no consider
ation being given to future possibilities.
Until the new owners take charge, noth
ing will be done towards running the
plant. It will probably be a week or ten
days before impatient customers can again
be furnished with lights.
Awakened After Sleeping Fourteen Days.
Mrs. D. Nichols, of Bridgeport, Baker
county, who was brought to Portland Fri
day In a heavy (lumber, in which condi
tion she has been fourteen days, was
awakened last evening and took a
little nourishment. The woman is at Dr.
Coe's Sanitarium at Mount Tabor, and
her condition is greatly Improved. Last
night she was conscious and remained
awake for some time. She then sank In
to a deep slumber and is sleeping again
today. Mrs. Nichols Is 55 years of age,
and is the mother of several children. She
went to sleep the afternoon of April 1,
and was never conscious until last night.
On several occasions an electric battery
was used on her and she was aroused
sufficiently to take some food. Yester
day Mrs. Nichols was In a dangerous con
dition, and little hopes were entertained
for her recovery. Today her condition is
greatly Improved and she is no doubt on
the high road to recovery. Portland
Death of Mr. May Leduc.
' Mrs. May Leduc died Sunday evening
at her residence on North Cracker street.
Deceased was born In Iowa in 186 and
came west with her husband and other
members of the family in 1883, settling
in Prairie City. They moved about a
good deal and made friends in a number
of the western towns, who will be sorry
to hear of her death. She was respected
by all who were acquainted with her, on
account of her pleasant though somewhat
rare faculty of making every one welcome
and feeling- at home in her home. She
leaves a husband, three sons and five
daughters, two of which are married,
Mrs. Eliza Daughtry, of this place, and
Mrs. Minnie Lewis, of Drewsey, to
mourn the loss of a good wife and devoted
mother. She had been ailing for some
time, and a few days ago caught the pre
valent eruptive disease, and later on an
attack of pneumonia, from which she suf
fered intensely. Rut death ended her
suffering at 8:30 p. m. on the fourteenth
Inst, and she was buried the following
day at 4 p. m., the funeral being quite
largely attended. The services were con
conducted by Rev. Mr. Shannon, of the
M. B. church of this city. Baker City
and Boise papers are requested by friends
Rate Fixed for Water Hydrant at Six Dol
lar per Month.
A. W. Ellis was in the chair at the
council meeting Saturday evening, hi the
absence of Mayor Gleason.
W. L. Vinson appeared before the coun
cil and asked that he be allowed a rate of
eight dollars each for thirteen hydrants.
The matter was postponed until Tuesday
evening, when an adjournment meeting
would be held.
The attorney was requested to submit
the tax ordinance at the next meeting.
A. P. Goss and A. E. Dagany. of the
property owners committee in charge of
the improvement of Mill street, appeared
and protested against the manner in
which the city engineer was handling that
work; in so far as he wouldn't permit the
committee to boss the job. Considerable
feeling was displayed over the matter, re
sulting in Engineer Wheeler handing in
Ills resignation, which was accepted.
W. H. Britts, of the Western Clay
Manufacturing company, made a talk on
sewer pipe. The council Informed him
that he was ahead of the improvement
schedule, but requested that he give
prices, for future references.
At the Tuesday evening session the
matter of water rates was again taken up.
It was decided to pay the company six
dollars a month per hydrant for one year,
from January 1, 1000. The rate sub
mitted by the company for private con
sumers was objected to and laid over for
The committees on alleys and streets
was requested to confer with -Cracker
street property owners relative to its im
provement, and Engineer Fenner was em
ployed to make the estimate of cost.
Healy Sell HI Cigar Store.
The cigar and fruit store of P. D.
Healy, on Granite street, has been pur
chased by J. Schwartz and will .be man
aged hereafter by Louis Moses, formerly
with J. H. Folsom. Mr. Moses is well and
favorably known here and will make tills
a popular smokers' resort.
H. K. Wheeler having resigned his po
sition as city engineer, in order that his
exclusive time can be given to civil engin
eering and surveying, hereby solicits a
portion of the public patronage in this
Go or send to the, City Green house,
Baker City, for choice pansey and daisey
BONDS ON TWO
Captain Wood Goes East to
Consult His Backers.
Captain Wood left Monday for Ills
home in Chicago. He will return, to
Sumpter before the first of May.
Though he did not announce the object
of his trip, it is learned from those with
whom he has been doing business in this
district that he has finally secured short
bonds on two properties near Granite, and
that he has gone east to Mibinlt the prop
ositions to his people in Chocago. It Is
stated that the price agreed upon for one
of these mines Is 6o,ooo and for the other
1 25,000. In both instances, the bonds
specify an early date at which work shall
begin and the first payment be made.
Captain Wood has been In the district
over two months-thJs time and has been
busy examining the country, prospects
and mines. He Is convinced that this is
a great gold mining region and has shown
his faith by securing more than twenty
claims, which he is already prospecting.
Those that look favorable will be de
veloped. His original plan was to buy a devel
oped producing mine, but not finding just
what he wanted, started in to make one.
The properties referred to above, on which
he has secured bonds, were tied up only
within the past week or ten days and
come nearer being what lie wants than
anything found in the district. It is
thought to be very probable that he will
take both; nor will he abandon the pros
pects now being opened up.
It is known that the gentleman has un
limited financial backing and can handle
anything in the shape of a mine, from a
claim located yesterday, to a million dol
FOUNDRY AND BRICK YARD.
Men Here to Start There Much Needed
A number of strangers have been in
town this week looking for business loca
tionsand they didn't want to open more
One, C. L. Freer, whom THIS MINER
man has thus far been unable to comer,
wants to put in a foundry and machine
shop. He is in the market to purchase a
site for such a plant. No industrial insti
tution is more needed in the district, as at
piesent all repairs of machinery must be
sent to Raker City or Cortland.
Three or four parties have been looking
into the brick yard proposition, two from
Walla Walla. One of these proposes to
put In a primitive plant and sell brick at
nine dollars a thousand. The other will
install a modern machine and sell at
eight dollars. Either would be 11 great
relief from present irritating conditions.
Both want land for the purpose and are
looking for favorable sites.
Great Field For Pratptctlng.
E. C. Gove of Spokane, one of the old
timers In mining in the northwest, has
just returned from a visit to Sumpter dis
trict. He says that he saw nearly every
thing that was to be seen, spending
several weeks among the mines of the
district and he is delighted with every
thing he saw, with the showing being
made by the camp. Mr. Gove mentions
especially the American, the Alamo, Con
cord group and Mastiff near Granite, Red
Chief and others. The ground in the
Sumpter and the neighboring camps is
hardly more than scratched," said Mr.
Gove. "The amount of ground that
still yields a field for the prospector was
the most surprising thing about the camp.
The mineral belt of eastern Oregon Is
I undoubtedly immense and the character
of the ground Is as favorable as any I
ever saw for prospecting. While In
Sumpter I heard that Chicago parties
wete about to close a deal for the entire
Imperial group near the Red Chief. This
will be an Important thing for that part of
the camp, though the mine is already an
established producer." Spokesman-Re-view.
OUTPUT FROM THE COUGER.
Flrtt Twelve Day Run of the Cyanide
Plant About $3,000.
J. W. l.arkin, the managing owner of
the great Cougar mine, came to town
yesterday with the product of the first
twelve days run from the new cyanide
plant. Of course Mr. Lnrklu wasn't
going around town telling people what
the exact result of this trial run amounted
to. All he could be induced to say was
that he thought he would be making
wages when running at full capacity.
From those who handled the stuff, Till:
MINER learns that it weighed not less
than 350 pounds mid not more than 400.
Its value Is reliably stated to be not far
from Mo a pound. It will therefore not
require much figuring to ascertain that
about f 3,000 in gold was taken from the
rock In twelve days; or $250 n'dny.
Anyway, it Is safe to assert that Mr.
l.arkin is making fair wages, enough to
keep the voracious wolf tromthe door.
Joe Barton and Hi Tramit.
General Manager Joe Marlon, of the
Sumpter Valley road, has been in town
today with his transit, riinnlug lines and
driving stakes around the depot and
yards of that company. What he is driving
at is not known; but there are various
surmises advanced. One theory, that
looks reasonable, Is that the depot build
ing is to be sufficiently enlarged to half
way accommodate the business, and that
he was laying out the ground to be
covered. Another Is that some change is
to be made In the tracks.
Return of a Pioneer Settler.
Charles Rlmbol, one of the early set
tlers In Sumpter, returned today from
California, where he has spent the winter.
It was from him that A. W. Ellis bought
most of his original holdings herr, includ
ing the townsite and placer ground. Last
fall Mr. Rlmbol paid more for one lot on
Mill street than he received a few years
ago for the whole townsite, and says he
got a better bargain then than Mr. Ellis
did at the time he acquired the original
Sumpter souvenir spoons. F. C. Bro
die, watchmaker and jeweler, Opera
Fenuer & Worthlugton have special
instruments for underground surveys.
The Columbia beer, brewed in Sumpter,
is today as good as any made.
The City Green house, at Baker City,
furnishes choice cut flowers.
Go to Fenner & Worthlugton for all
kinds of engineering.
Ask for the Columbia beer, brewed in
Columbia beer, brewed in Sumpter, is
second to none.