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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 7, 1903)
THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday. January 7. 190)
LEAD TO UPBUILDING A CITY AND
Comprchtniive Description of "Th
Pride of the Blue Mountains," In
Mlou, Smeller and Other Resources
and Industries There is no Boom, but
a Steady, Healthy Growth.
aro the substantially lit ted offices of
the principal firms Interested in Suntp
ter's mining affairs, among tlium being
Null .1. Sorensen & Co., mine managers
anil promote ; V. C. Calder, broker;
Browne & Smith, consulting engineers;
(Seiner A Hondryx, promoter mid
tnnnujfcrH ; John T. English, llrown,
Hoc it Mobr, brokers; Oregon Smelting
and Refining Company ; Van Vleet &
publishers and to eastern Oregon.
On tbo south side of Powder river
about 11 mile below the city, tbo Oregon
Smelting and Iteflning Company I"
erecting a Hinelter of a starting capacity
of 'MO toiiH daily. The location Is excel
lent and all the necessary requirements
first class. The selection of this par
ticular locality was only agreed upon
after mature deliberation, and it is be-
Wrlghr, brekers: and the offices of the lioved after it gets into complete opera-
Assertions tire rife and indiciitioiiH are
along Ihn lino that eiiHteru Oregon and
,csM'cinlty the Sumpter wet ion is ex
ipcriouciug renewed and substantial ac
tivity in milling in all its pluiHCH. The
expression!, "It is u boom," and
"Sumpter Mining District is going to
have a boom," are common. Every
body knows that "Imhuiis" in general
aro not lasting and that oftentimes the
reaction is detrimental to the progress
of a district. The minim: activity in
eastern Oregon at present, it is safe to
assert, is not a Ihmiiii, but a substantial
revival of business. Not many years
ago it had a Imioiii, or rather an un
natural, uucxcctfd ruih of Nople to
become interested in something which
was not to he had merely for tint grasp
ing. The renewed iutcrcM at tint pres
ent lime is the result of the demonstra
tion of a rich mineral section, and the
success attained hv the hold-fast oper
ators, by those who "never give up' the
ship," together with those who with
tongue and pen have proclaimed to the
world the wealth that is in these moun
tains of Oregon, which can be had (or
the delving (or it.
The writer well rcmcmlicrs his trip
to the district in the spring time of four
or live years ago and the visit made at
the lime to the North Pole, K. ami E.,
Columbia, (iolcomla, Itcd lloy and Ho
luiiir.a and one or two pioHiccts in
Cable (Jove district. Outside of a vcrj
few other claims partially prospected,
these weie the only mine' at that time.
Men who claimed to he experts hail
declared that no other mines could be
found, and that these would play out
with depth A visit to the Itcd lloy at
that time ami a thounuh inspection
was cnoiiith to convince the most
skeptical, and the writer was not one
of them, lliat such could not lie the
case and people possesed of common
sense, even if unversed tit nature's min
ing laws, would soon 1 en line that the
vast area su-roiimlitiK the Sumpter lo
cality was one of Natuie's uieatest store
houses for hidden wealth.
At the lime mentioned the Ellis
Opeia lioiiM, the Capital hotel, and 01 e
ortwootliei two storv buildings were
the piiucipal ones in Sumpter and the
Kllis sliuctiiie was crilicixcd as anion
strosilv aiinost. Now take a general
and t;issl look at Sumpter with its well
plauin-d olivet, comiiioilioti brick and
frame htixinen blocks, lintels and hand
some dwelling each huildcd with an
eye Icmhut: toward aichittvtural de
sign .tud el.ilsirate llui-di. It is a (ait
(01 MiiHpl.-i to lie proud of that thoie
who visit the town, uofug to and com
ing from the -evenil miullii; districts
have only words of pi.ie for the "Pride
of the (line Mountains," the Motel
Sumpter It is a imslel in every res
s'Ct. lis. environments aie pleasant,
the piiivii'Ui for its guct comforts are
complete, tlie rooms elegant and the
edibles unsurpassed in style, quality
and serving. Messrs. Win. Miuson and
Jack ll.ir.elwiMtd, two old-timers, are
Wjtliip the walls and fronting on the
large and spacious otlicc of the hotel
telephone and telegraph companies.
Many of the leading mining men, brok
ers, malingers and companies have
elaborately fitted up others with 're
ception and consultation rooms, notably
those of . I. II. Itobhins, Itohhius Bros.,
Kllleu, Warner, Stewart Co., and others.
The many Hue cuts seen in the Review
and the Oregon newspapers of the var
ious minus and mills are from original
views taken by Sumpter's photographer,
Mr. .1. W. Cowdcn.
Sumpter, though a cosuicMilitnu city
in many ways, as to population is more
or less migratory like that of all mining
camps, hut the iermaiieut (Kirtiou of
the population keeps up with the march
of progress and under municipal rule
have adopted water rights, electric
lights and other modern Improvements,
thereby acquiring metropolitan con
veniences. It is Istliuvcd that electric
power will furnish transMrtntlon in
another year on some of the streets and
between the city and the North Polo
mine on Cracker creek. Should an
electric line be constructed from llaker
City to the (irceuhoru district direct,
Sumpter will be an important factor in
The city is provided with electric,
lights supplied by the Sumpter Light
and Power company, and with water
by the Sumpter Water company. Mr.
Hubert E. Strahorn is president and
manager ol Isitb companies, and E. E.
McCammon, secretary and treasurer,
with olllees in Wilson's new- brick block.
The electrical sicr plant is of '.'IT) II.
P. dynamo with capacity for L'.OOtl lights.
The Water company has laid 110,000
pounds of piping within the city limits
during the past season and Il!j miles of
piping outside, connecting two creeks
There are two banking Institutions in
Sumpter, the First Hank of Sumpter,
which by rapid accumulation of busi
ness Is now the First National Hank, It.
II. Miller, cashier, and the Hank of
Sumpter, (Sen. II. Tracy, Jr., cashier.
The Sumpter TransMirtation com
pany carries mail and passengers to
the various camps, as does the Cali
fornia Stage line to Cableville, and I).
It. 1'isk and Sons from Whitney to
(Solser, (Sreenhorii City and other
All of this mining region is fortunate
in liclng extensively advertli-ed. Liber
ality with printer's ink has been the
watchword with quite a number of the
active and energetic mining men of
Sumpter and immediate camps, who
have advertised the mineral resources
of eastern Oregon from one end of tho
continent to the other, and while their
names are not legion they are easily
distinguishable whenever any public
interest Is to he promoted.
The newspapers of 'Sumpter are pro
gressive, much more so than usual in a
mining camp unless it Ik) when a "rat
tling boom" is on and then all things are
considered progressive. Latent energy
behind a newspaper would, in Sumpter,
be forced to get on a progressive burst of
speed lu'causeof its class of supporters,
the leading men of the district, and it is
this class of men who have caused so
much reliable matter to be spread
broadcast over the land, which is now
rebounding lo the credit of every mining
and business man in eastern Oregon.
The newspapers are live, energetic
journals brimful of good mining uewsall
the time and are creditable to the
tlon there will be no reason for regret.
The smelter is rapidly approaching com
pletion and in the early months of 1003
will bo in full blast. The laboratory
and nlllce building, about 200 feet away
from the smelter building proper, con
tains seven large rooms, being used for
wet and dry assays, general office,
suH!riutendeiit's office, draughting,
weighing and sample rooms. The
building is .'t.'Ix.'l" in area and 70 feet
high. The interior arrangements of
the sampler are completed in all
details; the ore from the bins passes
through a 20x10 Illuko crusher
and Into a 54-foot elevator which
takes it to the top of tho building where
it begins going through tho various sixes
of HumplerH of the Snyder pattern. The
machinery of the sampler is driven by a
belt from the engine room of the main
lower plant. The works proper are
located on four terraces no that ore,
fluxes and all fuel can be bandied by
the gravity system. On the upper ter
races are the wagon road and eighteen
ore bins. On the fourth are the engine
mid Istilers, the engine having a
maximum capacity of 1(H) horscowcr.
The furnace is of the copper matting
type witli water jacket. IISxloO inches,
with a capacity of 150 tons gross daily.
Ample room is provided for three more
furnaces. At an elevation of 150 feet
above the works a tank of 40,000 gallons
capacity Is kept from which water is
drawn for all purines. Hundreds of
thousands of brick and hundreds of
thousands of feet of timbers and lumber
and numberless erches of stone were
used in the building of this plant.
Hardly to lie estimated is the licucflt in
many ways which will accrue to the
Sumpter district by the Installing of this
plant. It will create a home market for
base and relielliuus ores and it will be
unnecessary to ship high-grade concen
trates or many classes of ores. To
I). L. Killcn, Prof. W. S. P.bormau and
Dr. E. W. Mueller ladongs the credit for
the successful launching and completing
of this, the greatest of all desideratums
in the development of the big mines of
eastern Oregon. Tho officers are Dr.
K. W. Mueller, manager; Prof. W. S.
Ebcrmau, metallurgist, and C. It. Neel,
The (.treat Kastern Power and Light
Co., is represented here by Itaudall II.
Kemp, who is in charge of the branch
office. It is ti San Francisco enterprise,
organized for the purpose of supplying
power to the many mills, hoists and
other concerns in the Sumpter district
requiring power, besides lights to cities
and towns. This company upears to
have been the llrst to see the iniMrtaucc
of utilizing the water in this section for
the purpose of generating and transmitt
ing electrical energy and illumination.
It has secured control of nearly all the
valuable sites, obtained all necessary
franchises and is ready to proceed witli
the installment of the plant. The com
pany is iucoriMirated under the laws of
Arizona with a capitalization ol f 1,000,- '
(XX). The directors are: W. A. Me
Naughten, tl'.'S Sansome Street, San
Francisco, President anil (iciieral
Manager; W. It. Thomas, ex-Mayor of
Oakland, Vice-President; F.dwin It. j
Cushmau, Cashier Coodycar Hubber
company;!). C. Mitchell, of Thomas and .
Mitchell Heal Estate, San Francisco, I
and Julian Pinto, Attorney and
Seeretarj . Special eorresiondenee, The
Mining and Engineering Iteview.
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Wholesale office, - S. V. Ry Tracks
84 and 86 La Salle St.
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