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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 29, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER
SUMPTER, OREGON, AUGUST 29, 1900.
SUMPTER LUMBER COMPANY'S
Local Demand Good For Building Pur
posts While the Wholesale Trade and
Mine Orders is Keeping the Mills
A more than noticeable revival in all
lines of legitimate business among the
Sumpter houses is now ev ideut, and par
ticularly in the lumber trade. The Sump
ter Lumber company Is today doing the
largest business in its history, and while
there lias been a lull In their business in
...cCim.cr .summer momns, me nun nas
never been closed down for a day unless I
for repaiis and tiie replacing of new and I
heavier boilers and machinery. Mr.'
Stoddard has had his men in the woods I
logging and others engaged In haul'
iK- -11- ... . . i in
ing logs to me mill wiuie oiners were en-
gaged in saw ing and piling up the product,
until the yard now looks like one of a
large city. During the summer he has
aiso maue improvements in the way ot
new warehouses for storing sash, doors,
blinds, glass, etc., of which he carries a
large stock-, new barns for the thirty-two
head of horses which he Is working,
blacksmith and repair shops, an extension
on the store and oflice building are among
the new improvements, while the stump
land north of and adjoining the planing
mill lias been cleared and leveled tip for
the reception of other lumber piles. East
of the plant and for nearly a quarter of a
mile lie has dry cord wood and slab wood
piled up which will prevent any
of a wood famine tills winter, even if none
else has wood to sell.
While at the yard this morning, where
the men were loading several cars with
lumber for shipment, Mr. Stoddard said
the last week's orders were the largest lie
had ever had on his books, and while
most of it was for outside points; the local
Jemand was very good, David Wilson
being the heaviest patron; though several
others had placed orders for smaller houses
to be built here.
The Columbia mine has an order in for
20,000 feet of heavy timbers of the 14x14
and 16x16 dimensions, several of the
smaller mines between 2oo and $300
worth, the towns of Granite and Bourne
over 5ooo wortli, for Ogdeu, Utah, four
cars, Notus, Idaho, one car, Palmer,
Idaho, two cars, Haines one car, Baker
City parties 1 10,000 feet, and the county
3000 feet of bridge pi ink.
All this within one week certainly gives
an evidence that the lumber business is
undergoing a healthy revival,
mr. stouuard nas nttv men on his pay
roll at the present time who are engaged
in logging, saw ing, planing, teaming, etc.,
all of whom are residents of Sumpter.
Race' Track Interest.
The halfmile race track being graded
and put in shape by the Sumpter Racing
Association is well under way and will
soon be completed. The secretary re
ports a heavy correspondence in regard, to
the coming meet next month and says
there will be a fine lot of horses to com
pete for the premiums. The large full
sheet bills have been mailed promiscuously
all over the northwest and are doing their
work of advertising the race meeting. '
Some evidence of the interest taken in
this class of sport was shown Monday
evening when Wm. Swlck of Hamilton
ran a sorrel horse from their place against
the favorite bay horse of VV. A. Jones of
Sumpter. The race was a hastily ar
ranged affair for 540 a side in which the
Hamilton horse beat the Sumpter racer
about half a length on the quarter mile
track west of the river. It is Mated that
on iMonday afternoon V. A. Cushman
will ride the Bourne horse of John Fox
against the W. A. Jones horse on a good
If the Interest shown in these impromp
tu races Is any Indication the September
meeting should be a successful one when
a good string of horses are entered.
The Spokane Exposition.
Tiie Red Men of the Pacific Northwest
are anticipating a big time on October 5,
which is the first Frldiy of the Spokane
Industrial reposition. There will be a
great many members of the order present
n that occasion. Many lodges will be
i attendance and all the chief men
thereof In the northwest will be there,
and In addition a large number nt the
natve Indians are expected to help in the
big pow wow.
One week later the Klks
, w j entertain their friend
s at tiie lav ng
of the comer stone of their new temple In
that city. It is not necessary to say that
this will bean event which every Elk
i this part of the country will attend
there is any way for him to reach Spo
kane on that date. Klks of Spokane
have a reputation as entertainers.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. McCulloch enter
tained a party of young folks Saturday
afternoon at their rooms in the Palace,
the occasion being the eighth birthday
.imiivcis.iiy 01 meir son, r-raiiK. 1 lie
flariiArtit tt n. hI . .! . . t.. .
I'lcwinuy sjiciu 111 games,
cic, auu rcircsiimems were served tiie
I little folks by Mrs. Fisher at the Rimbol.
Those prespnt were Helen O'Rourke,
Jean Spangler, l-'loyd Hurst, Anna l-'isher,
Victor O'Rourke, Fred Spangler, Clair
Fisher, Alex Hurst, Roscoe O'Rourke,
Fraud'-. Tousey, Ralph O'Rourke and
A Crazy Scare.
The residents of the southern portion of
tiie oily have made numerous reports
during the past few days of seeing a man,
unadorned with clothing, parading
around. 'I lie officers have been unable
to locate the alleged cray, but are work
ing 011 a theory that will likely bring the
culprit to captivity before long.
Sumpter Valley Extension.
The grading of the extension of the
Sumpter Valley railroad has so far pro
gressed that the laying of tics and iron
lias been commenced and will be pushed
until the line is completed. Additional
gradeis have also been added to push the
Lecture on China.
On Sunday evening Rev. Dr. W. S.
Holt, who has been a missionary in China
for twelve years, will deliver a lecture in
the Presbyterian church on "Present
Conditions in China." Rev. James
Ryers will preach in the morning on "The
Divinity of Christ," All are welcome.
Front bar, back bar and large
for sale. For further information
SMELTER TO START
Up Monday For a Weeks Run
Ore Coming In.
The smelter will start up the first of the
week for a several davs run, a sufficient
quantity of ore having been secured.
1 here are three four horse teams enciPfil
in hauling ore from the Temnest mine In
the Greenhorns, each trip requiring four
days and the charge for hauling is 515
per ton. When the railroad is completed
to Clifford it will materially reduce the
distance tube hauled and the cost. Other
Greenhorn mines are arranging to ship in
ore. 1 lie Greenhorn ore Is a neutral
ore and very desirable fur smelting pur
poses, carrying silica, iron, sulpher, etc.,
with a trace of copper and indications
that the per ceutage of copper w ill Increase
The Standard, of Quartzburg, Is also
shipping ore regularly now , an air con
nection having been made between
tunnel and shaft.
Arrangements have also been made to
have several old dumps sorted over and
the proceeds will be worked. This is an
excellent opportunity for persons owning
dumps to dispose of them to advantage.
'Hie smelter management has trouble
in securing lead ores and has offered to test
lead and carbonate ores carrying 30 per
cent or more, free in order to secure them.
This would enable them to run a lead
charge and tre.it the Cove ores, provided
nicy couiu get mem to auvamage as
full values would be allowed, whilu with
copper matte the lead in the Cove ores
is valueless and the other spices injuri
ous. It Is evident tli.it the bulk of the
ore for the smelter must be drawn from
the Quartburg and Greenhorn districts,
unless something desirable is found In
the new district over the divide from the
Cove. 'I he other ores being largely free
milling and concentrating propositions.
The copper ores of the Baker City sec
tion are desirable and will he drawn 011
to a considerable extent.
The tirst run of the smelter demon
strated it was just what the base ores of
this section require, and all that is
needed now for Its success is for the mine
owners to co-operate and furnish suffi
cient ore to keep it running.
A Mineral Exhibit.
Captain C. H. Thompson, who l the
appointed commissioner to secure an
exhibit of ores from eastern Oregon for
the Spokane Industrial Exposition, is in
the city 011 mining business this week.
While not devoting his entire attention
to the mineral exhibit proposition he
never looses an opportunity to put In a
word for it. 1 he exhibit which Paul b.
Poiudexter collected from this district last
year secured the gold medal from nearly
200 other districts, attracted the attention
of mining men from the entire northwest
and resulted hi many investments in our
The district is In better shape than last
year, many new properties having been
added to the list of producers, and there
are hundreds of prospects awaiting capital
to open them up. In addition to the
Spokane Exposition, Pendleton Is ar
ranging for a street fair, and Is very de
sirous of securing an exhibit of our ores.
Pendleton capital is already interested in
our camp some, and an exhibit there
would undoubtedly attract other investors,
especially as Umatilla will have over two
million dollars wortli ot wheat. The
dates of the two fairs do not conllict and
the same exhibit would serve for both
points. There is no time to loose and
some definite action should be taken at
once to get the ores together.
Developing the Golden Gate Group.
H. S.ivllle Sherard who has been oper
ating in the various districts of Eastern
Oregon lor sevei.il months his obtained
control of the Golden Gate group of mines
at the head of Quart giikh. lour miles
from Geiser and is now working two
I ,,,,ifl,, l,f "liners with the Intention U
S,I,1I,,K ' feet on the property,
1 Mr. Sherard was seen last evening and
' Sl,yN """V are l,mv" 37 feet and are In a
"ne bnJy of solid ore running 8 lofi In
v,,lllt's wl" Kwd free gold showings
1 ue property is said to ne a valuable 0110
and this will probably be lully demonstra
ted In a short time under the present man
agement. Reservoir Improvements.
Robert I:. Strahoru, the new owner ot
the waterworks, is expected here 011 the
6th of next mouth with a catloid ol
cement nun a practical man to Pe em
ployed on the work ot leinentiiig the
eservoir to tiie top. When this work Is
"""pleted It Is thought the big water
receptacle can ne filled to its capacity ol
one-million gallons with perfect s.ifety,
thus giving Sumpter mote water than
could be run out it all the hydrants in
town were opened for hours. Perhaps
some of the "sure tiling" insurance com
panies can then be prevailed upon to re
duce their unjust and e.xliorbitant rates
which is sipping the life out of every
huJuess man in Summer who lias oc
casion to patronize them.
Methodist Services List Night.
Rev. W. VV. Van Uiisen, presiding
elder of the Boise district, Id 1I10 confer
ence of the M. I:. Church, preached to a
very attentive congregation hi the
Methodist place 01 worship (Ellis hall)
last evening. It was tiie incision of the
fourth quarterly conference 011 Brother
Shannon's charge. He found the year
closing In a gratifying in-inner on the
Sumpter charge. Rev. Mr. Van Dusen
and Rev. Shannon leave today for the
seat of the annual conference at Baker
City, which convenes tomorrow morning
at o o'clock, witli Bishop Andrews pre
siding. Nome Boom Busted.
'I he Nome boom has busted and with it
went many a man's all, and to add to the
horrors an epidemic of disease has broken
out among the stranded rainbow chasers.
Government relief is bring afforded as
much as possible, but much suffering can
not lie avoided, and, as the cold weather
approaches, will be greatly Increased. It
seems strange that people will rush to
such nut of tiie way places for business
opportunities when the local held ever .if
fords a chincc for the progressive and
Red Men's First Dance.
Egan Trine No. 20, I. O. R. M., gave
their first dance of the season at Ellis hall
last Friday night, at which the attendance
was large, the music good and apparently
all had an enjoyable time. Financially,
the event was a success, as are all the
dances and entertainments given by the
Red men, which Is the largest in mem
bership of any order hi Sumpter.
Five quart bottles of Olympia beer for
f 1.00 at Henry Fingers'.