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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (May 22, 1901)
Wednesday, May 22, 1901
THE SUMPTER MINER
SUNRISE BUYS A CLAIM
Secures the Excelsior, Adjoin
ing; the Great Ibex.
The Sunrise Mining company has
bought the Excelsior claim, which adjoins
the Great Ibex mine, on Bald mountain.
Its boundary line Is within a few feet of
the Ibex shaft house. On the Excelsior
there Is a four foot vein of free-milling
gold ore, that assays sufficiently high
even on the surface to pay for mining
As Is known to readers of THE MINER,
the Sunset company's other properties,
consisting of the Sunrise and Sunset
claims, are In the Greenhorn mountains,
adjoining the Intermountaln. These
claims were located in 1891 by E. J.
Hahn, one of the pioneer miners of that
district. He has done the assessment
work for nine years, which has revealed
a ledge of very rich ore, characteristic of
that district, being almost identical with
that found In the Cayuse claim, of the
Intermountaln group. Where it Is exposed
in the open cut, being practically on the sur
face, there Is eighteen inches of ore that
averages $60 to the ton, the values being
In silver and gold.
The Sunrise company is being financed
and managed by Seymour Bell and W.
C. Calder, and so successful have they
been that the treasury has an ample fund
for development purposes, which work
will be commenced as soon as the snow
goes off the high Greenhorns, the latter
part of June, and will be continued unin
terruptedly until a mine is made of the
splendid prospects. The trail which now
runs to the property from the Intrinsic
mine, distant one mile, can be converted
Into a wagon road at a cost of about $250,
which will be done this summer. Mr.
Bell says his hobby in mining Is to take the
gold out of the ground Instead of from the
pockets of eastern stockholders a mere
whim, some will say and with this idea
In view, he will put In a matting smelter
as soon as enough ore is blocked out to
Insure a continuous run.
Half of the capital stock of the Sunrise
Mining company, 500,000 shares, has
been placed in the treasury, Insuring
plenty of money to put up the plant.
Camp Creek Placers.
Al Hlllter and Doctor Fisher came In
from their Camp creek placers, twelve
miles south of Sumpter, between the
Gimlet and Wlntervllle diggings. Sup
plies for this camp was the object of their
visit to town and they returned loaded
yesterday. Dave Copping, who Is Doc
tor Fishet's partner In the placers, is also
working there and all expect to keep busy
until the middle of July, though ground
sluicing can be carried on the entire year
If desired, having sufficient water for that
purpose. Placer miners are all jubilant
this season over the large flow of water
and some heavy clean-ups will be reported
at the end of the season.
Development of the Dredge In Mining.
The development of the dredge Is one
of the most interesting Incidents of placer
mining. The present elaborate machines,
each of which costs from 925,000 to Hi,'
000, had their origin In New Zealand, and
the first dredge was nothing more than a
stout Iron ring, know as a "spoon" to
which was attached an oxhide bag and a
long pole. A rope was attached to the
ring and secured to a winch on the bank
of the river. The ring and pole were
then taken out In the river with a boat
and dropped In the stream. The bucket
was pressed by the pole as deep as possi
ble Into the wash in the bed of the river,
and then hauled ashore with the winch
and the contents of the bucket washed In
a California rocker. The most marked
success of the dredge in this country is in
California, where a dredge operator re
ports that last year he handled 320,000
cubic yards of material which yielded 15
cents per yard at a cost of 5 cents per
yard. This In round numbers means the
handling of 1,000 cubic yards at a profit of
$ 1000 Mining and Engineering Review.
Will Work the Old Sanger Again.
The old Sanger mine, in the eastern
part of Union county, that has a record
for producing over $1,000,000 worth of
bullion, but which has not been operated
for a number of years until recently, is
again In the foreground. It recently
passed Into the hands of a new, company
which Is developing the property under
the superlntendency of J. K. Romig, and
the ledges are said to be showing up as
well as In former years, and it is quite
evident that the mine, which already has
20 men on its payroll, will soon have a
large force at work and the camp of San
ger again becomes the scene of the great
activity that prevailed there years ago.
It Is reported that during the past few
days a new ledge has been struck that Is
very rich and shows evidence of being a
large deposit of ore. Only development
work is now being done, but it is not im
probable the ten stamp mill will be put In
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