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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (May 23, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER
SUMPTER, OREGON, MAY 2, 1900.
SUMPTER TO GRANITE.
ROAD TO BE PUT IN PERMANENT
About $5000 Already Raised For the Pur
pose E. J. Godfrey, the Leading Spirit In
the Enterprise Old Route to Be Followed
Except For About Four Miles Beyond the
Summit Profitable Investment For
established mining joiim.il to clip from,
and give a "technical" aspect to the pro
duction, and In a few weeks announces
th.it he has "the largest circulation of any
mining paper In the world." When the
mine Is unloaded, the p.iper ce.ises to
e.xlst, and the game goes on. The w hole
thing has the same relation to legitimate
mining and legitimate mining journalism
that the wrecker's lire along the bench
has to the government lighthouse.
BUYING MINING STOCKS.
FOURTH OF JULY
Mass Meeting at Opera House
E. J. Godfrey, of the Ked Rov mine, has
for some time past been working on the
proposition to kiprove the Sumpter
Granite road, so tint the heavy hauling
and great volume of freighting tli.tt goes
over tli.it thoroughfare can be continued at
all seasons of the year, and with greater
facility than at ptesent. It now looks as
If his efforts will be crowned with suc
cess. At his request, Alessrs. J. II. bobbins,
C. J. Johns, '1 0111 AlcEwen and Claude
Hasche went around town yesterday
atternoon with a subscription paper, and
In an hour raised $550. '1 his amount w III
be increased to $1000, which the commit
tee says can be raised without difficult v.
All moneys will be pild to Air. Godfrev,
w ho will del ote his time and labor to its
intelligent expenditure. '
Granite will give $1000, Law ton 5500,
Alamo 5350, Baker and Grant counties
each J1000, and Ar. ( Godfrey will make a I
liberal donation, so about 55000 is already
assured. 'I his amount of money will
make wonderful Improvements on the
The route to be followed will conform
very nearly to the present one as far as
tlie summit, only diverging where bad
places, that are Impossible to keep con
stantly in good condition, can be avoided.
Beyond the summit the road will be
changed entirely for a distance of about
tour miles, where it now passes through
the low lauds. Engineers will lay out
this new route around the foothills.
It is hoped that this is merely the in
auguration of an extensive system of ro-id
building, that will result In this district '
having the best and most complete sys
tem of wagon roads In the west, hverv
dollar that Sumpter business men expend
in this way will be wisely and directly ad
vantageously invested will bring in im
mediate and rich return. It will also be
a permanently prolitable investment, for
they will ti for all time where the mining
and distributing center of these rich gold
fields will be.
The thanks of the district is due to Air.
Godfrey for Ills public spirited enterprise
in this direction.
Public Rarely Invests in the Good Things
When They Arc Cheap.
'I lie Spokane Spokesman-Review says:
"The best phase of the renewed demand
for mining stocks is the fact that It comes
from men who base made a success of
I mining and investing In mining proper
ties. They are buying shares in good
1 mines at prices below those paid here
eighteen months ago lor w lldcnts. If the
general public were shrewd, which It sel-
I Join is in mining matters, It would step in
'and take some of the good tilings when
they are i.he.ip."
'I he Miner heartilv endorses the above,
because In a few words it most pointedly
shows the mining stock situation. In a
time when there is a general slump, like
the existing one, w hicli has readied bed
rock, the good, the bad and the Indifferent
shares reach what might he called a com-,
mon level, as the investing public lose
1 confidence for the time being In all, and
they go to begging for a purchaser till
shares of merit in strong companies, whose
properties are certain to become dividend
payers, are sold for a mere tithe of their
These shares, like water, are certain lo
find their proper level. There are scores
ot such shares on the market today w hlch
are selling for only a very small part of
their Intrinsic value. What better or
surer form of investment could there be
than to purchase these and hold for a
rise? It would be wisdom to do what is
being done in Spokane. All the signs
point to a rising market before long, and
then those who do not wait too long and
thus let the golden opportunity get by,
will secure a large proht. Rosslaud
Probable Sale of Water Works.
A deal for the sale of the Sumpter Wa
ter company's plant is being negotiated,
which, THE AllNliR Is reliably and au
thoritatively informed, will probably be
consummated at no distant day. It is be
ing worked on lines that will prove ad
vantageous to both the present owner and
the prospective buyer. In case the deal
goes through, all of the company's obli
gations will be liquidated and W. L. Vin
son will be firmly placed on his financial
One Way to Sell a Mine.
When the astute mine boomer now
wants to sell a worthless mining prop
erty, he "starts" a "mining paper" In
Iowa or Illinois, buys a tile of some old
Diadem Vein on Brndle Horse Claim.
Superintendent Grimes, of the Diadem,
came to tow 11 Aloiuhv and reported an
other important discoverv 011 that prop
erty. President Pardee accompanied him
back to the mine and returned home last
evening. He reports that the Diadem
ledge has been uncovered on the Hrlndle
Horse claim, 350 feet from the line be
tween the two claims; at a depth of 400
feet below the ore body on the Diadem,
as taken by a barometer. I he Hrindle
Horse Is lower down the mountain than
the Diadem. Where the vein was last
exposed it is three feet wide. A 5oo-foot
tunnel will be run at this point.
Several public spirited business men
j have canvassed the tow 11 to a more of less
extent on the subject of holding a Fourth
of July celebration here. I hev lepoil
that the feeling Is almost universally la
vor.ible to the proposition, but as Is al
wavs the case hi such matters, everybody
seems to be wailing for some one else to
take (lie lead.
'I liese gentlemen, Alessrs. Neall, Hell
inger, llarley Wood, Ellis, Stinson and
other prominent cltieus who have dis
cussed the matter, request 'I III: AllNIK
to state that there will be a mass meeting
in Hills Opera house Ihuisdavevenini' for
the purpose of arranging for this celebra
tion, and to urge upon all who are inter
ested in the matter the Importune of at
tending. It Is the intention at that lime to ap
point the various committees to take
tharge of the celebration, and formulate
some phin for making this more th 10 the
ordinary lirecr.-uker event. Sped.il at
tention will be given (0 including hi the
program numbers that w III Intel est miners,
such as rock drilling contests, and liberal
purses will be offered for these trials of
'I he scale on which the diywlllbej
celebrated will, of course, depent 011 the!
e.xtent of the Interest manifested hv
cltiensat tlie start, followed by liberal
subrcriptlons. It all take a hand, there1
will be 110 trouble in getting up the crowd 1
attracting lelebrttlon of eastern Oregon.'
'I here is no question hut what many
people throughout tlie Inland Empire!
would take advantage of an opportunity
to visit this new wonder and record break-1
ing mining camp. No better way to ad
vertise tlie town at this particular time
could be devised.
Favorably Impressed With this District.
K. P. Casper, traveling correspondent
I of the Mining and Engineering Review,
an experienced miner as well as an ex
cellent correspondent, lias visited all of
the camps surrounding Sumpter and ex
presses his favorable opinion of the dis
trict unreservedly. He has been accom
panied by a photographer and in the next
Issue of his paper will appear an illus
trated article of much Interest and import
ance to this region. Printers' Ink credits
the Review with being one of three
engineering journals in tills country that
has tlie most rapidly Increasing circulation.
Another Bridge Across Powder River.
A. W. hills has finished tlie bridge
amiss Powder river, on Hourne avenue,
whkh runs thiougli the Vinson addition,
In which lie is largely interested. I lib
i lurnishes the Hourne traffic a good road
into the city, by following the avenue
named In its honor and trussing the river
again over (lie bridge on (jr.iuileslri.et.
Roy Aliller, who is Interested in and is
handling the Vinson addition, has made a
number of important sales of that desir
able property, the two most Important be
ing to tlie Sumpter Transportation com
pany, for its barns, warehouses and offi
ces, and to the Foundry company. Under
Mr. Miller's skillful and energetic man
agement, this addition will soon be built
Lime Rock Quarry Right In Town.
The smelter people are develonlni; the
deposit of lime rock recently discovered
on Warren Heights addition, within the
corporate limits. Two men are at work
in the quarry and considerable progress '
lias already been made. Charles Laugh
lin says he has never seen rock that
carries a higher per cent of lime, and It is
of a good quality, too.
Special Meeting of the Fire Department.
At a special called meetlue of the fire
department last evening, tiftyeight old
ana seven new members signed the con
stitution and by-laws. 'I lie mayor and
illy cctinii.il were Invited to become hon
orary members ol the department. I he
committee appointed to solMt subscrip
tions tor the puichase ol a lire bell re
ported encouraging progress, nearly $joo
having been collected. It is thought thai
the $.!oo in the hospital mud will be
turned over to tlie department. 'I he lire
alarm was sounded to call the members
togethei, which li id Ihe desired elled;
though it startled the town somewhat.
Hobson Mercantile Company.
Ihe Hobson Alercautile company has
rented and is iioa- occiipilng both the
Wilson and the Jones ( iagen brick
blocks, south of the i.iilroad Hacks. Else
where In I'lll- AllNIK today this enter
prising house announces Us leopeulng to
morrow evening. Jesse Hobson, the
manager, sass that nothwithsiandliig Ills
present comparatively out of tlie way lo
cation, he prelers It to the o'd stand in
tlie heart ot the business district, lie
saves enough on insurance alone to em
ploy a solicitor and Increase his advertis
ing to such an extent that he Is conlident
there will be no perceptible deueise in
business. Hesldes, he Is not now kept
aw.iKenlglits with the ever present feat
of lire. In luture suhst.iuli.il btkk and
stone structures will de luilll In the ms
uess section, because It will pay to build
such. Aleiihanls i.irrving latge stocks
can't altord to pay both high rents ami ex
orbitant Insurance rales. I be recent lire
liasdoneth.it miiih good.
Chance Meeting of Pioneers
Air. ami Airs. Robblns were in town
.Monday visiting tlic-ir son. J. II. Rnhhlns.
president of Ihe First Hank ol Sumpter.
Air. Robblns, the elder, was a pioneer in
eastern Oregon, arriving here in the early
'sixties, residing at Canvun City during
tlie lirst placer gold rush to that camp.
Ileafteiwardsllved.it Gianile and Rob
Insonville. He and his wile were on theii
way to Law ton, where another sou re
sides, and where they will remain during
the summer, at least. While here they
met Air. I viich, lormer owner of the
Sumpter Grocery uiiiipany's store, an
other e.uly pioneer and an old time Iriend
whom tliev had not met for a number ol
Work Progressing at Electric Power House.
I All of the old machinery has deen taken
out of the electric power house. It Is be
ling replaced by the best modern makes,
and President Cannon knows what the
best Is. Aboiita doen men are at work
( installing tills new machinery. It is
hoped that it can be si tried up some time
j next week. Wires li ive been strung ami
j street lamps hung and Ihe town will now
, not be much longer in darkness.
J ThU Town Is Distressingly Healthy.
, Local physicians say tli.it Similiter Is
distressingly healthy at the present time.
I here is not only not a case of contagious
disease in town, but pneumonia seems to
have run its course, and there are but few
cases of fever. Out in Ihe hills there Is
some sickness, pneumonia being mostly
'I he Columbia beer, brewed in Sumpter,
Is today as good as any made.
'I he City Green house, al Haker City,
furnishes choice cut Mowers.
Ask for the Columbia beer, brewed in
Go to Fenner cV Wurthhigton for all
kinds of engineering.
Columbia beer, brew ed in Sumpter, Is
1 second to none.