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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (July 18, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, July 18. 1900
COLORADO MAN HERE.
Many Operating Successfully
in the Sumpter District.
Under a Sumpter date of July 4, K. R.
Casper wrote to the Denver Post iin in
teresting Irtler, of the personnel of
former Colorado mining men who are
now operating liere. Willi the oft re
peated storv of the paying mines elimi
nated, the article is as follews:
It th gold lields of rastrrn Oregon
urrr situ.ited right or nine hundred miles
north of thr boundary in the Northwest
Irrritotv. or two or three hundred miles
1 rout a r.ulro.id in tin- lie.irt of the Sierra
M.idrr, ill Mrxi.n, .uiessihlr only hy the
roughest Ulnil of roids, or hreak-nrck
trails, there would he .1 stampede to net
Stu.irt, who was with Geo. B. Robinson
John I'. I. eland, who landed in Lead
vllie in J.inu.iry, 1879, and had charge of
the Fryer Hill Mining company's prop
erty, is another. He was also foreman,
at one time, for Gov. Robinson. In 1882
he went to Aspen, where he remained for
several years. He returned to l.eadvllle
in 18K7, and took charge of the Hilltop
mine. Afterwards, and for a year before
Senator George Hearst's death, he ex
amined properties for him. Few men
have had a wider range of experience than
he. He has been here three years and
has been over the country thoroughly,
and says it has no superior outside of
Colonel I. T. Grayson, the mining en
gineer, formerly of Denver, and who had
iharge of the I.. MiGregor and Phoenix,
on Gold hill, which was Ivmght by H.
McK. Iwomblev, son-in-law of the late
Win. H. Vauderbilt, has his headquarters
in Maker City, and is developing the
"Mabv McKee," in the Cable Cove dis-
trit, ten miles from here. He tells me he
I here N no romaiur mnnntrd witli thr , ht.lrvrN thls s an tension, or contina
name of Oregon. It Is not a name to mil-1 ,,.... (l( .1.- ma,ueT lode of California.
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I:r.inl S. Chesney, who went to
jure w llh. I hrre is no room tor anv plav
ul the imagination. It savors ol "web
fret" and "inosshacks," as its inhabi
tants have been called lor srver.il genera
lions, and will continue to be tailed lor a
long time to mine, because the ihmate is
exceptionally healthv. In spite 0! its
Georgetown in iHfiu, and to Silver flume
in 187), and who lauded in l.eadvllle in
1878, is also iiere. He was afterwards at
Red Cliff. He has been here three years,
and success has attended him. He owns
the Chel in, which adjoins the Red Boy,
name, or its people, Oregon is a great ; ,)lr , .,.. .,,., ......,., ... .1.. auuc.
state, and it is a .i.estiou whether anv ' . ). Bellinger, who was superintend
other si. lie II. is greurr tuuirvrinpru
"" 1 cut and grnrr.il manager of the tnmoiis
"Slide" mine, in Moulder county, in 18061
ind 1807, is another. I believe this prop
I here Is pieritv of room, Ihougli. for the ( fMy it ow ,,. ttis s(lM u j750i000(
Intelligent, well-equipped pinspnlot, es
penally the Colorado prospntnr, who uu
doubtedlv stands at tlir head ol this pern
liar calling. I heir .are in.inv ol them
here, too. Some of them have succeeded,
while others. ire tfiggiug awav quietly in
the hills. All ol them, without a single
exception, 'villi those who ll i e "slrilik
it," and Ihnsr who haven't, agiee that it
Is a good muntrv. It reminds them ol
Colorado and that is a pretlv good sign,
I lir oldest Coloradoan I have met is
Grn. Charlrs S. Warren, who was in
larryall, Park munly, in 1, with hi-,
lather, ot the linn of Mowers Watren,
who unr the principal pl.u'rr miners'
there at that time. As I iiudristaud it,
that was soincw here .uross the range
Since then he has mined extrnslvelv in
Montana and Mritlsh Columbia. He his
invested largely here, and has come to
stay. He sav-s it Is a pitv these gold
tields are not in iolorado. Next in line
is HarrvS. McCallnm, who takes pleas
ure in telllnj. how he' drove a team into
l.eadvllle in 1877, where he remained un
til iSS). He was a drputv, uutler Sherllt
and was ome owned hv Wllliard leller.
He t.imi- here two years ago, and was
tmploed at the Bouaua, one of the best
mines, situated id miles from here.
Old I i in Kennedy, whom everybody
knows, and who made lots of money at
l.eadvllle, and spent lots of it mining at
Mietkrnridge, has an extension of the Ho
nana, v hlv.li piomises well.
I here are quite a number here from
Cripple Creek. M. (J. Strock, who is
here for himself and some Colorado asso
ciates, has located a line copper property
seven miles from Maker City. Now, the
natives have located the whole surround
ing country. Frlsble & Savage, tw o very
old-timers in Cripple Creek, are running
a live-stamp mill near Maker City, on
custom ores, and are doing well. J. W.
Carr and voting Mr. Ferris, son of "Tim
berline" Ferris, formerly of Cripple
Creek, are developing a property at
Alamo, about io miles from here. '
John W. Holaud, who was in l.eadvllle
from 1870 to 1801, and in Aspen until
i8oj, has been in this vicinity for the past
six years. He Is connected with Pitts
burg people, who are developing the
I mkrr, and was .me of the guards who , Am,lt,ll( Bl.ickhlrti, Gold Boy and others
held the Chrxsollle mine at th lime of
the strike in iK8o. I remember him well
as one of the number w ho protected Muj.
A. I. M0I111 Irom a threatened attack hv
the siri. kers in Harrison avenue, in trout
ot the Clarendon hotel,. -is thr Pitkin light
F. I. Couroy, who was associated with
Darby, Page and Nichols, in l.eadvllle,
and w ho made the first map of that famous
town, is representing a large syndicate of
liastern i.ipaitallsts which has done near
ly 2,500 feet of development work during
cavalry were a, ting as an escort in bring- l)lr ,, v,Car, and said nothing about it.
lug over tlie Rrd Hill the stand of arms These are a few of the old time Colnra
whiili had been sent there by t iovernor I doans I have met. Miners aiid-prospec;
., ,. , 1 tors I meet every day so much so that I
1 "" ' , , ,',,,,., . ... I vannot realize I am In Oregon, but really
After th it he mined in Utah and Idaho, srcm , , Colorado.
mining here less than two years ago. At Major Cooperand his corps of able as-
present he is general manager and treas-' sistants, of the Denver A Rio Grande
.r-r .,1 11.- M-Hiimnth -nut H ai.t Mmint iin railway, did much In the way of advertls
urerot the Mammoth and Maid. Mountain , hj m,Mcrj teMUKCi o( Colorado.
lompanles, two, scperate and distinct cor-1 -j ,c Oregon Railroad and Navigation
porations, owned bv New York, Boston company Is doing similiar work for east-
and Lowell capitalists. em uregon, mrougn w. n. nuriDun.
Moth mines are well equipped with ma
chinery. Ihirtvlive thousand dollars
has been expended 011 the Mammoth, and
they sank through a "horse" 180 feet
thick betore reaching the ore body, which
had given out at thirty five feet. This
property had produced over Moo.ooo in
side of thirty-live feet, and was thrown
up as being worked. It is situated seven
miles from here. Assochled with him as
foreman ol the Bald Mountain is h'd. K.
. of Portland
What this country needs, now that it
has the Colorado miner and prospector, is
the Colorado capitalists and linancicr.
The town of Sumpter is reached from
Baker City by the Sumpter Valley rail
road, thirty-one miles in length. It has
an altitude ot j.soo feet, a good water
system, electric light plant, two banks,
half a dozen brick buildings, many stores,
too many saloons, and although less than
a veir old, Is larger than l.eadvllle was In
1881, although it contains fewer people
and scarcely any floating population.
MRS. G. B. TfcDROAVE, Proprietress
Centrally Located Electric Lights
Newly Refurnished Free Bus and Baggage
Headquarters for Commercial and Mining Men.
Passengers Wayhlllcd To all Points on Stages.
Sumpter 2 Oregon sp
On draught or
H. FINGER, Proprietor.
High Grade Wines.
Liquors and Cigars.
During the next jo davs every
new subscriber to The Miner, who
pays $2.00 for one year's subscrip
tion in advance will be given one
assay for gold of anv rock he mav
bring in, Kree of Charge