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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (March 20, 1901)
Wednesday, March 20, 101
THE SUMPTER MINER
BURNT RIVER PLACERS.
Good Work Being Done by
Pomeroy Dredging Co.
EDITOR MINER: The Burnt River
mining district covers a good deal of ter
ritory; that is, the mines and prospects
are widely scattered. There are indica
tions of its becoming of considerable Im
portance in the future. As yet there are
few producing mines, but there are in
numerable prospects that with capital may
As yet the district relies upon the Gold
Hill and Gold Ridge mines to bring it out
as they are in a better developed state than
any others, and promise well.
The placer mines are numorous along
the line of the river and on small tribu
taries emptying Into it. I visited the
Weatherby section the other day and
hastily inspected the plant of the Pomeroy
company which Is dredging the river at
that point. It is thirty-five miles east of
The enterprise was started in 1899 by a
company of capitalists from Portland, J.
H. Pomeroy, formerly for fifteen years
with the Oregon Iron and Steel company,
being the promotor and general manager,
and his son, T. H. Pomeroy, acts as su
perintendent. I he company has 200
acres of land on the river, and has claims
bonded for several miles up and down the
The width of the channel, or ground
worked, varies from one-fourth to one
half mile in width. The depth to bed
rock varies from twenty-four to thirty
feet. The material washed is fine ordin
ary placer gravel, containing some bould
ers, but all are dug up and sluiced by
means of the dredger.
The dredger was manufactured by the
Bucyrus company, of Milwaukee, Wis
consin, and cost $60,000. It has two 75
horse power boilers, supplied wi'h a cen
trifugal pump, having an i8-lnch dis
charge and a capacity of 7,000 gallons per
minute, used for sluicing. It requires 1 1
men to run the machine and it costs from
5 to 6 cents per yard to handle the ma
terial. The dredger has a capacity of
from 1800 to 2000 yards per day.
There have been fifteen acres dredged
thus far, most of It having been worked
the past year. The output, though un
known, is declared to be eminently satis
factory to the owners.
The gold in the claim is supposed to be
largely from Chicken creek, a small trib
utary which empties into Burnt river just
at Weatherby, and on which in the moun
tains above, there have been rich placers
mined for years; though there Is gold in
the gravel of Burnt river from there to its
There is another company preparing to
start a dredger down the river towards
Huntington, and it Is believed more com
panies will be organized to work unoc
cupied ground on Burnt river above, as
the bottom the whole distance up will
It is thought there will be considerable
development work done in both quartz
and gravel in this district this season.
B. J. Watson.
Express, Or., March 12.
HARNEY COUNTY MINES.
Vast Mineral Wealth Recently Discovered
Far to the South.
The Harney County News of March 7,
the last Issue of the paper to reach this
office, publishes an exhaustive story on
the dormant mineral wealth of that
county. Of the new copper find, in
which a number of Sumpter mining men
have become Interested, It says:
There is in the unorganized Pueblo dis
trict, in the extreme southern portion of
Harney county, a field that Is of late com
ing rapidly into prominence as a probable
future producer of gold, silver, copper and
nickel ore, rich in mineral properties and
of equal magnitude with the other bless
ings with which nature has favored tills
The existence of rich mineral bodies in
that section has been known for years,
but the first venturesome prospectors
there shared the consequences that befell
so many of the first white men to brave
the resistence of the native Indian, and
the Pueblo mines have been left for many
' years to (hi speculations of fancy and to
a little desultory prospecting that has not,
I until recently, resulted In anything like
permanent venture In the way of de
veloping their resources.
Of the present holders of claims in
that region, ex County Judge C. P.
Rutherford and Maurice Fitzgerald, of
Burns, are the pioneer active workers.
Their interests lie in two distinct portions
of the district, and are separated by a dis
tance of some ten miles. The former
owns as the nucleus of his possessions
there, the Rattler, a claim which has pros
pected In a manner satisfactory to the
owner. Mr. Fitzgerald's first location
was given the name Daniel O'Connell,
and its owner modestly hopes that it may
prove a worthy and enduring namesake of
the Illustrious Irish orator and patriot.
There has been nothing done to attract
the attention of capital to tills region.
It Is not regularly defined as a mining dis
trict, and for the present claims there may
be divided in Rutherford and Fitzgerald
Ten 7So-lb Stamps
One Wilfley Concentrator
One Blake Rock Breaker
One 70 h. p. Boiler
One 70 h. p. Engine
Two Hendy Ore Feeders
Two Silvered Copper Plates
Pulleys, Belts, Shafting,
Water Pipe, Tools, Etc.
F. O. B. Cars
Chapel Hill, N. C.
Guaranteed in Good Order.
Offer subject to previous sale.
680 DIVISION ST.
& Bottling Works &
Gagen & Sloan, Proprietors.
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Manufacturers of all kinds of car
bonated drinks and ciders. Or
ders filled and shipped on short
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UMPTER, - - OREGON
M. M. FLYNN
- -- -MEN'S TAILOR-
A Line of Woolens and Spring Suitings
such as would be found in a large city.
Look for vourself. Work guaranteed
and prices rlnht.
DON'T BE A JAY
atUur.ir itotr (loltirt
('unite Snort, Next lo
I IrM Hank of Sumpifr
Golden Eagle Hotel
American and European Plan
T. T. DANILSON, PROPRIETOR
Sample Rooms for Commercial Men. SUMI'TI-K, OHEGON
A. P. GOSS, President
A. J. GOSS, Cashier
& Bank of Sumpter 5
Tnniicti t Cintril linklnf liiilntii
Interest Allowed on Time Deposits
Drafts drawn on all parts of the world. Special attention to collections.
Safety Deposit boxes for rent.
....The Elite Cigar Store....
L. HARRIS, Phophiitor
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.
Eureka Feed & Livery Company
H. K. HROWN, Proprietor
Horses Boarded by the day or Month. First
class turn-outs and saddle horses. Our spec
ialty is the quick and safe delivery of freight
and passengers to any and all points.
3 HAY AND GRAIN FOR SALEHS
W. S. BOWERS
Real Estate, Loans and Insurance. Mining Patents Obtained
Years of experience in linker County Records.
No. 2104 Court Street, Maker City; Oregon.
SUMPTER BOTTLING WORKS
Manufacturer! or ml klnjj of CarhonateJ Drinks nj CIJr.
Operate J In connection with the
Kentucky Liquor House
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL.
GAGEN 4. SLOAN, PROPS.,