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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 8, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER
SUMPTER, OREGON, AUGUST 8, 1900.
Will be Built on the Comer of
Granite and Mill.
STINSON'S JOOxlOO FEET
Deed for This Properly Now in Escrow
Stock Subscriptions of $25,000 Asked
for Nearly all Raised David Wilton,
the Builder, Says This is a Good Town
to do Business in Work Will be Com
, rncnced at Once and Finished De
The site for the big brick hotel, to be
built by David Wilson, has been changed
from south Mill street to the William
Stinson lots on the corner of Mill and
Jranite streets. This property is too
feet square and is an ideal location for a
hotel, being at the intersection of the two
business streets of the town, and therefore
in the very heart of the camp.
Last winter, when the real estate
market was at fever heat, Mr. Stinson
refused all kinds of money for this prop
erty, persistently refusing to sell; but now
it is.wanted for a purpose that will be a
benefit to the entire community, he has
consented to part with it. The deed was
placed in escrow yesterday. The exact
price and terms are not made known.
The figures are said to be about io,ooo,
which is considered a fair valuation; as
prices rule at the present time.
Mr. Wilson says he never found
pleasanter people to deal with, in a busi
ness way, than those of Sumpter; that
Mr. Stinson, particularly, has displayed
a public spirit in this matter that en
tourages him to do business here and In
vest in Sumpter to the limit. Having
decided to buy this site for the hotel, he
lias Increased the amount of bonds which
he asks the citizens of Sumpter to take,
from ft 5,000 to f2c,ooo, and he feels sure
ihat this sum will be subscribed for.
Nearly 20,000 had been taken this fore
noon, and there was every prospect of
disposing f the remainder. As soon as
the sum reaches 22,ooo work on the
hotel will be commenced.
Regarding the time for beginning and
finishing the undertaking, Mr. Wilson
"1 expect to begin immediately; that is
in a week or ten days, undoubtedly before
ihe first of September. I will have no
Trouble in getting all the material needed,
as soon as it is required. The time neces
sary to finish the building will depend on
the labor supply and the weather. With
cood luck the block will be finished by
IJecember t. In thiscase, It ought to te
opened for business by January i, 1901.
"There is now at the brick yard a kiln,
uhich Is not yet cool, containing ijo.ooo
trick, some of which have been sold, but
over 100,000 of which I have contracted
for. Others can and will be burned before
these are exhausted. The first work to
be done will be to excavate for the bass
ment, and that will be commenced before
'ihtstown begin to realize ihaMt Is to
have the finest hotel In eastern Oregon."
The plans of the hotel have been des
cribed In these columns in detail before.
The building will be one hundred feet
square, three stories high. The ground
floor will contain lobby, kitchen, dining
room, barbershop, bath rooms, and a few
office suits. The lobby will be two stories
high, with a galery around the four sides.
Every known modern convenience is
Was Here Over Thirty Years Ago.
Dr. Holmes, of Butte, was in town
Sunday. For two months past lie and
Mrs. Holmes have been visiting at the
home of the latter's brother, Mr. Hall,
near Prairie City. The Doctor was on
his way east, expecting to go as far as
Maine before he returns, in a month or
six weeks. He was a surgeon in the
regular army, stationed at the now aband
oned and demolished fort over near
Strawberry butte, more than thirty years
ago. He Is, of course, astonished at the
wonderful progress made, the great trans
formation scene which has taken place
during that time. He is also enthusiastic
over the future possibilities of tills entire
region, and may possibly come to Sump
ter to remain permanently.
FOR A RACE MEETING.
This Enterprise is Now Taking Definite
The Sumpter Racing association held a
meeting Saturday, at which time it was
decided to try to raise fijooby subscrip
tion, for a five days race meeting, to take
place early next month. Pre.-ldent A. P.
Jones appointed three committees to
handle the work of raising this money.
To solicit from business men Thomas
McEwen. F. H. Neill and A. P. Goss.
From mining men W. H. Jackson,
Joe Mikel, J. P. Fox and W. H. Spencer.
From saloon men E. S. Abbott, S.
Cleln, Harley Wood.
Another meeting will be held tomorrow
evening, when these committeemen will
report progress, and it will be definitely
decided whether or not this meeting will
be held. Everything is said to look
favorable for the success of the enterpiise.
Scenic Line of the World.
For an enjoyable trip east, take the
Denver & Rio Grande railroad, Scenic
Line of the world. Three daily trains be
tween Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo
and all eastern points, and all points on
the Pacific coast. Most magnificent scen
ery on this continent. The leading fea
ture In connection with the trip is that the
through trains pass through the scenic
attractions of the Rocky mountains in
Colorado by daylight, thus affording pas
sengers a cool, t pleasant and enjoyable
ride, free from dust and the annoyances
experienced via other lines. Superb din
ing car service on all through trains.
Service a la carte, pay for what you order.
Through standard and tourist sleepers.
Stopovers allowed on all classes of tickets
anywhere between Ogden and Denver.
Call on your nearest ticket agent for
tickets, rates and all information, or ad
dress, B. C. NICHOL,
General Agent, Portland, Ore.
McDevitt & White have removed their
stock of goods from the Goss building, on
Mill street, to the Potter building on
Granite street, where they will be pleased
to meet all their old, and as many new
customers as can crowd Into their store.
Shack For Sale.
It Is conveniently located, well built and
comfortably furnished. Terms reasonable.
Enquire at this office.
NOW OWNS 2000 ACRES.
Sumpter Development Go's
Holdings Near Town.
The Sumpter Development company
has taken up its bonds on all the acreage
adjacent to this camp, and now controls
about 2000 acres of laud.
This is one of the strongest companies
operating in eastern Oregon. It is not a
premeditated concern, organized primarily
to sell stock and, secondly, to sell lots.
Its development has been the natural
result of conditions existing here. When
this camp was booming to the sky limit
last fall, Seymour Hell saw an opportunity
to turn an honest dollar by buying up
adjacent acreage. He Is n natural born
plunger and took In every tract in sight;
saw that things were coming his way and
played the game high.
He had more than he could handle, so let
In a few friends, who in turn, saw that their
friends also got In on this good thing.
Most of the stockholders are Tacoma and
Portland capitalists. One of the first to
become Interested was Henry Hewitt, Jr.,
of the St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber com
pany, one of the heaviest operators in
timber lands ami largest manufacturer
and dealer in lumber on the Pacific coast.
He commands practically unlimited capi
tal. During the past ten years he has
Invested fully ten million dollars of eastern
money on Puget Sound, most of which came
from the coffers of J. D. Rockefeller and
the Colbys. With him In the Sumpter
Development company are United States
Senator Foster and George Brown, both
Tacoma capitalists and associates in the
lumber business with Mr. Hewitt. The
last named Is expected to arrive here in a
few days, to look over the ground and
decide upon the future plans of the com
pany. Other stockholders in this company are
A. C. Little, C. F. Owen, J. B. Stod
dard, S. H. Bell, G. P. Wright, A. W.
Ellis, W. S. Pond, J. D. Wilcox, D. C.
Lewis, R. McClay and E. F. Warner; all
good men for such a concern.
The general plan of the company is to
advertise and help build up the town, to
create a bona fide demand for what it has
to sell, lumber, houses, town lots and
acreage. It has some vast projects under
consideration, plans for their consumma
tion having not yet matured.
Largest Business in Its History.
The Sumpter Transportation company
Is doing the heaviest business In its his
tory, at the present time, both in hauling
passengers and freight. Every stage
goes out loaded with passengers, baggage,
express and mall. It has also found it
necessary, in keeping up with the policy
to promptly handle heavy freight, mer
chandise, machinery, etc., to add thirty
new teams of draught horses to its outfit.
The stage service this summer is all that
has been promised and little, if any,
complaint is due, or heard from the public.
Arrangements for running a daylight
service to Prairie City, Canyon and
John Day have not yet been consum
mated, but will probably be in a short
Old Folks' Excursion to Sumpter.
August i6th the Sumpter Valley rail
road will run an "old folks" excursion
from .Baker Gity to Sumpter, charging
no fares. In order to get In on this free
ride, one must show by the records that
' he or !,he is J M sixty-two years old.
A meeting of Sumpter citieus was held
one evening last week to arrange for en
tertaining these worthy visitors, when
Dr. Fisher, Tom McEwen and Cato
Johns were appointed a committee to
look after the matter. Another meeting
will be held tomorrow evening, to appoint
sub-committees, enlist the aid of the
ladles, and take other necessary steps to
make the occasion entirely enjoyable.
False Statements About the Smelter.
In the Portland Mining Review of
August a, Is a communication from Sump
ter, In which the inference Is drawn that
the smeller here Is a failure, that the
recent run was not successful. There I
absolutely no foundation for any such con
clusion; the test run was entirely satis
factory. Suserintendent Laughlin in
forms Till: MlNI-K that he has inter
viewed the writer thereof, convinced him
of his error and received the promise that
this false statement will be corrected. In
disconnection, Mr. Laughlin says there
is no truth in the reports circulated nt
Haker City that the smelter will be moved
away from Sumpter; that this town was
selected as the best place to locate the
plant, after careful investigation and ma
ture deliberation and it will be operated
Rich Ore From Eagle Mountain.
The mining man, P. L. Mallory, of Big
Buffalo fame, is in the city from a pros
pecting tour on Eagle mountain, eastern
Oregon. He brought nut rich samples of
free gold ore, which are as good as the
famous Thunder mountain samples that
excited mining men all over the North
west last fall. These specimens com
pare with the Marshal Lake and Lam
oreaux ores. Thl free gold lead, Mr.
Mallory says, is not large, but there was
a 2o-foot lead that carries half a dozen
minerals, which aggregate very good
average values. This new find Is about
ninety miles from Lewlston. Mr. Mar
lory has visited this discovery the second1
time this summer, and there is no longer it
doubt of its importance, as he Is a mining
man of experience. Lewlston, Idaho
Second Shipment of Diadem On.
The Diadem Gold Mining company
will send another to-ton consignment of
ore to the sampling works this week.
The last load is on the way from the
mine today. It is expected this second
shipment will net the owners even better
than the first, as the general appearance
would indicate greater values.
For Sale. A ten light arc dynamo, In
first class condition. Very cheap. Apply
to Seymuir H. Bell at office Sumpter
Light and Power Co.
Go or send to the City Green house,
Baker City, for choice carnations; thirty
live cents per dnen. Roses fifty cents
Only the best of Wines, Liquors, Ice
Cold Beer and temperance drinks at
Barnard's Halfway House.
All kind of cake, pies bread etc., at
Brechtel's bakery, opposite the depot.
All orders tilled promptly.
Handsome lot of Dlcken's vest chains
for men at F. C. Brodle's jewelry store,
Opera House block.
Five quart bottles of Olympla beer' for
f i.oo at Henry Finger's.
Ask faf the Columbia beer, brewed In