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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (June 10, 1903)
THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday, June 10, 1903
Old Timer Tells Interesting
History Of Oregon's De
There limy Jm a titriiiiKH fntiillty in
tlio iiaiiiii Auburn, for Auburn,
Oregon, hIIiiiiIihI between hero anil
Maker City, unci) n prortporoim placer
:aiiip with 11 population approaching
10,00(1, him, like "Sweet Auburn,
lovoliitrtt villiiKo of tho plain,'
milierod iilmoMt total extinction.
It may be, however, that Aiiliiirn
Ih jiirit nnliirliiK a period of roniiiH
hiiiii'o for tlio Auburn Deep .Mining
!()tiipiiiiy inily a rilinrt timit iik turned
nil hIiiiiiii ami tdnrted up tn machinery
to Hink to bedrock in tlio Iioid of
lllllilnu Dm pay kiiivoI which iniiili)
I ho town faiuoiiH In tin) early HO'h
during Iliti palmy plueor iIiivh.
In lliomi tiniKH of modern ipiarlz
mliiiiiK iiiiiehiuory when tlm drop of
tlio Hlaiiip ihiIiimm from (ho IiIIIhIiIc,
mill tlm hIii'III wIiIhIIo of Htoiiin power
11I011K tlm viilleyH, It Ih hoiui'IIiim'h
foruolton thai llioie wax oui'o a camp
niiar tint pioKout priiHporniiri city of
Humplnr mnn nxroediiiK it in popula
tion, Unit iii'oho, HourlHhi'il anil punned
from tlm map. Huch wan Aiiliiirn,
ntlll mni'ii in tlio mitinory of tlm few
0I1I tiiiini'H ynt living who upended
(horn ami laid tlm foundation of
Hiilmtmitial IIvIiikh to later Itecoine
pronilneiit idtlonx of linker county.
Hon la a lirmf liUtory of Auburn
an told liy 01111 of tlm HUrvlvorn. He
"Aiiliiirn HprmiK Into prominence
iim a mliiiiiK camp In 18(12. (Inld
whh iliacovitnl there In 'til, ami by
tho next HprliiK thoiiHituilH of mliiiiiK
men from California ami other
camp in Oregon had Hocked in.
Throuxli the olfortn of W. J I. Pack
wood, om of tho early locatorn, a
tluflnitn uiovemeiit wan undertaken to
organizo and lay out u town, and on
limit U.-tftirllrRT'tttroot wan run from
FrttiiMioul Uuleli to llliiu Canyon.
ChIiIiih apriiiiK up, people ciimo from
all point of tlm coiupiiHM to tlm rich
placur iIIkkIukh anil Auburn noon
hooaiim olio of tlm moot populoiiH
centum in eiiHlern Oregon.
"It noon becmiie apparent, however,
that tlm mipply of water wan not
Miiftlcicut to carry on oxtouxlvc placer
opnralioiiH, ami a company wan
formed known iim the Auburn Water
company with a capital of over -0,-
000 to ilk' a dilcli from Powder
lilver. 'flit h wax later absorbed by
(he Auburn Canal compmiy through
the otrortM of a man named Crane,
mill the woik completed. It wax
then Unit milling nperatioux took on
renewed activity and the yearn 'till,
'114 mid '05 were tlmmoxt proxperoux,
tlio population Hearing tlm 10,000
mark. The ilivldeudx of thlx corn,
puny amounted to over J'J'jri.OOO.
"While thoxe were proxperoux
luyM, ami tlm majority of tho cltlenx
were law ahldiiiK, they wero at tlmex
turbulent. There wax no reKiilarly
irnanl7.eil muuicipiil government
reoognltyl by tlio xlate until lutr In
18(111, ami JihIkh Lynch couxtitutisl
tlio inaiii judicial authority, though
1 inuxt way that hlx rule in tho main
wax xtrlotlly in koopliiK with all other
trlbunalx of juxtlco in the laud. In
lHti'ia man by the imino of Oriltln wax
idiot ami killed by hix mining partner.
Tlio olfender wax urrentod ami two
men deputized ami given 50 to tako
him to Tho Dallex, a dixtance of 'J 75
in' lex, then t!ie county neat of the
region for trial. Tho trio were later
won mining on .Salmon river. Tho1
people xaw that thlx xort of thing i
wouldn't work, and they wore'
prepared to treat tlm next euro differ-J
cntly. It happened a few mouths later. .
Two inlnorH recently iirlvod from
Colorado wore poixonud ono morn
iug while eating their brcakfaxt. I
One of thorn died mid tho other'
xiirvived. A dog wax given Home of j
the bread they had boon eating and
wax thrown into coiiviiIxIoiih mid died
a few mluutex lator. Dr. Itiickerhy,
tlm only pIivhIcIiiii in the town, ex
amined tho Hour from which tho bread
wiih made mid found it to contain
chryxtalx of Htrychuliio. .Suspicion
pointed to a Frenchman who had
formerly boon in partiiorxhip with
tho miuorx and had journeyed with
thorn from Colorado. It wax xtatod
that ho had ipiarroled with them and
had Hworu to kill them. Ho wax
arroxted. A court wax organized
with judgo, jury mid iittoruoyH.
Ho wax tried, convicted of murder In
tlm llrxt degree, ami duly executed.
While tho court wax not regular,
mid tho sentence could not bo
regarded ax anything othor than
lynch law, from a xtatutory ntand
point, yet ax a matter of expedience
It extablixhed u wholexonio precedent
that xtood tho community woll In
"Ono other lynching occurred
xhortly after tho municipal charter
wax granted, which wax not cliurac-
terl.ed by xuch ordorliuexH. A
(ircaxor known ax Spaulxh Tom
fatally xtabliod two men during a row-
over a gaum of cmux. Tho (Jroaxor
tied but wax apprehended in Mormon
llaxln and duly delivered ovor to
Juxlfco of tho Peace Aboil for trial.
Public Hontlmont wax xtrongly
agaiuxt him, howovor, and during
tho progroxa of tho trial, u mob
wax organized. Tho (Iroaxor wax
taken away from tho xhorilf'x mon
while court wax xtlll in xoxhIoii, and
hanged to tho noarext troo.
"Ill 18(10 and 1807 tho digglugx
began to glvo out, and lu a fow
yearx tho onco proxporouiia and
populoux mining town of Auburn wax
alnioxt " completely' dopopulatod.
Today xcarcoly a trace remalnx of
J. H. ROBBINS,
J. W. SCRIBER, -R.
H.S. DURGAN'- .
Safety Deposit Vaults Gold Dust Bought
Does a General Banking and Exchange Business
TO EXPLORE COAL BEDS
Association Formed To Oper
ate In John Day Country.
Anthony Mohr left for tho
enxt today for the purpoxo of
xecuriug lliiiincinl axxixtanco to
exploit) tlm .loliu Day coal bedx of
which he mid xlx axxociatex com-poi-ctl
of well known Siimptur mining
men have control. Tho copartnership
coutaiux tho following perxenx:
Anthony Mohr, W. K. Sanderx,
Captain C. S. Miller, I.ewlx Walker,
Tom Duuphy, J. M. McPheo and
C. K. Peternon. No corporation hax
lieen formed and, it Ix xtattnl,
probably will, not bo. The axxooia
tlon hax 1 108 ac rex of laud situated
in tho John Day country, on the
John Day river, xeventy-llve miles
Utlnw Canyon City,einbracliig a large
portion of tho coal bodu lu this
There are three bedx ranging in
thlcknexx from eight to forty feet
and containing what Ih thought to lie
a good quality of coal, recent
axxaya made by ltobbiux & Kobbinx
xhow llxed carbon from thirty to
tlfty-llvo per cent in tho several
Books and Stationery
I bnve added to my xtock of Cigars and Tobuccoes a large number of
popular iiovoIh, the leading MriodicalBand a complete line of stationery
....The Elite Cigar Store...
L. HARRIS, Proprietor
A. P. GOSS, President
GEO. H. TRACY, Cashier
& Bank of Sumpter 3
TrtniMti Btmril anklMg lain
Interest Allowed on Time Deposits
Drafts diawu on al puiU uf the oili Special attention to ;oilecllons.
Safety Deposit boxes for rent.
ffirr vr i r
RIGHT p EVERYTHING FRESH
PRICES 1 IN GROCERIES
j Granite St. & Sumpter, Ore.
American Brewing and Crystal Ice Co.
E. SIBER, General Manager.
First Class Draught and Bottled
Also Ioe Made of
The most modern equipped plant in the state.
All orders promptly attended to.
Telephone, Main ij. BAKER CITY, OREGON.