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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 9, 1901)
Wednesday, January 9, 1901
THE SUMPTER MINER
CENTER OF ACTIVITY.
iEastern Oregon Mines Will
Occupy That Position.
Secretary F. J. Hard, of the Oregon
(Mining Stock exchange, who returned re
icently from un inspection trip through
(eastern Oregon, as a result of his obser
vations, is more strongly than ever con
vinced that the gold fields of eastern Ore
jgon will some day be the center of mining
.activity of the civilized world. Being a
imlnlng man of experience, and having
.seen about every mining camp of any con
tsequence between Mexico and the Klon
dike, Mr. Hard's observations carry
In speaking of his recent trip through
eastern Oregon, Mr. Hard this morning
"Very few are aware how rapidly Inter
est Is increasing in Oregon's great min
ing district. A lieht winter and little
.snow has enabled prospectors to remain
iln the hills; also much open work that or
dinarily would have closed down, has
iteen kept going. Otherwise, reports of
new finds would have ben In.
"Baker City and Sumpter, but for the
.open winter, would be in a whirl of ex
citement as Is common In mining towns,
iwhere men gather to tell of their hopes
and expectations, how "wide the vein is
and how much it is going to run the next
ten feet, etc. Many of eastern Oregon's
miners are too Interested and too busy
these times to come to town, and their
stories will not be told until severe winter
drives them in.
"Baker City and Sumpter are certainly
solid towns, and only to watch the mer
chants moving their wares, to see the ma
hlnery and carloads of freight in the
'Warehouses, convinces one that something
is going on. The presence of well known
mining men In great numbers, from Colo
rado, Montana and Utah is a guarantee of
substantial mining for the districts.
Strikes, bonds and actual sales seem to be
the topic of the day, and one looking on
would surely forget that he was In a min
ing camp away out in Oregon. In fact,
one acquainted in these older mining
camps feels quite at home, nnd is fre
quently saluted by old time friends and
"I was glad to notice a spirit of kind
words, and the Idea appears to be preva
lent that there is room for all, which in
sures progress on all sides and a mighty
opening up of the earth's riches extending
throughout this Immense mineral belt,
comprising both Raker nnd Grant coun
ties, and extending from Qunrtzburg, the
home of the Copperopolis, throughout the
Caole Cove and Cracker Creek districts,
eastward through the Cornucopia and
Snake river sections, which connect with
the Seven Devils district of Idaho.
"Among those we heard mentioned was
H. S. AicCallum, manager of the Mam
moth nnd Bald Mountain companies, who
is today proving by the large amount of
work on this promising property, that he
is a hustler and a good man for the camp.
Tom Bessler, the well known champion
driller, has a contract on the Huronlan
Mining company's property, which is lo
cated close to the Bald Mountain group,
and Is pushing work with his usual vim,
and promises to make a big mine for the
:ompauy. The Gem mine of Sparta, go
ng Into the hands of Denver people will,
without doubt, he another move towards
bringing the great rush that the coming
spring is bound to see In that section.
The mines of eastern Oregon are rapidly
forging to the front. They cannot help
doing this, as their merits command .at
P. Bascka'a Fjcfcfcl to 1900 Vaa 430,000.
To give an idea of the amount of freight
received in Baker City and, the anauntif
business done during the short space of
twelve months, a Democrat reporter called
at the hardware store of P. Rasche, our of
the leading business houses of the city,
and requested that a few figures be furn
ished from the past year's work. That is,
from January I, 1000, to January i, tool.
On turning to the books the rrpnrter was
informed that the house had, during the
dates mentioned, received 74 full carloads
of freight, amounting to 2,447,021 pounds;
by local freight, 713.756 pounds, making
the total number of pounds received,
3,180,777. Allowing jo.ooo pounds to the
car, it would makeztcars by local freight,
or 98 full cars of freight during the year,
or an average of over eight cars per
month. The amount of money paid out
on freight bills alone by this buiuess
house during the year, was 929,035.41.
These figures are for the Raker City
house and not taking into account the
Sumpter branch house, to which thou
sands of pounds were shipped direct dur
ing the year. When a person stops to
contemplate these figures it gives one an
idea of the enormous business done not
alone by this house, but by the city.
Free Reading Room Statement.
The committee having the Sumpter free
reading room In charge wish to submit to
the public the following report up to Jan
uary 1, 1901, and also to return their
thanks to the people of Sumpter for the
many favors extended them in their work.
Especially do we thank the following
named persons for their help in getting
the hall ready for eccupancy: Messrs.
Cowden and Hillier for carpenter work,
Shaver, Crandell and Houseworth for pa
pering, and D. Copping for palling. And
we thank all those who have donated pa
pers and magazines. It is requested that
nil persons hereafter donating reading
matter of any kind will register their name
and article contributed, In a book kept for
that purpose, so that the management
may be able to keep track of the society's
Oct. , from White Cross society J32.no
Sep 10, sale of prize cake 11.30
Nov. 17, proceeds of ball and supper 50.50
Nov., McFadden for stove, etc f 6.9s
Dec, rent and draperies 15.00
Case Furniture Co 33.30
W. R. Hawley, mdse 2.70
R. Riley, wood j.oo
Window shades, etc 1.00
Sawing wood 1.50
Mrs. Hlckok, sundries 4-3
F. G. Shaver, labor 2.00
Sumpter Lumber Co 3.85
Subscription for magazines 10.20
Balance on hand January 1. $10.90.
Those who know the comforts of a good
hotel, always patronize The Capital; Mis.
G. B. Tedrowe, proprietor.
O O D
Short Stove Wood
DELIVERY TO ANY PART
OF THE CITY
Lumber For Sale
Mining Timbers to Order
CLOSING OUT STOCK OF
SHOES AT COST
J. B. STODDARD, Mgr.
Well Dressed Men.
Mint nrcriMilly liave llirlr clothri
maJe ly un rxprrlttueJ
Such it M. STEFFF.N
Urcentlv from I'orll.inJ. hrrr lie hai attoclatrd
wllli the Ir.iJIni; tailoring limitr. lor ovrr Iwtlve
vrar.. Now carr)lni .1 line lint- ol fall an J
winter Suiting. Overcoat I'jttrrni and Panto
Baker City, Ore.
Clothes Cleaned and Pressed on Short Notice
Coir.tr Sicond and
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Writs tor Catalegue: au J Prices. PORTLAND, OREGON,,
B. L. McLAIN
ERECTION OF QUARTZ
MILLS A SPECIALTY
....The Elite Cigar Store....
L. HARRIS, Proprietor
Newly remodeled and refitted. Smokers'
resort". We are daily receiving fresh cigars
of the leading brands. No stale goods in
Cor. Granite and Center Sts.
Are You Seeking Substantial Investment?
If you prefer legitimate investment to speculation and gambling, I atn offer
you a few tirst class mining propositions, from a prospect to a well developed
paying mine. I can advise the purchase of a first class mining stock that you
can buy without risk and with a certainty of early and substantial returns. The
Sumpter Mining District is rapidly opening the eyes of the mining workl. A
long identification with the district enables me to give reliable information jnd
advice as to investments. Expert examinations of and advisory reports on any
mining proposition. Correspondence solicited.
W. H. W. HAMILTON, Mining Engineer. Sumpter, Oregon.