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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (April 5, 1905)
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Wednesday, April $, 190$
THfc SUMPTER MINER
BIk thousand, iix hundred and
eighty-five dollars subscribed In less
than twenty minutes.
That's the Sumpter spirit.
The Sumpter-Bourue railway la a
The maaa meeting of citizens in the
lobby of Hotel Sumpter last night
"cinched" the proposition.
Every representative business and
professional tnan in the city wai
present. They came forward and
subscribed liberally to the 820,000
worth of railroad bonds to be offered
by Killen, Warner and Stewart. The
amount subaurlhtul far exceed tho ex
pectations of the soliciting com
mittee. The subscriptions were as follews:
Sumpter Lumber company, by Soy
niour H. Bell, 81260.
R. K Strahoru, 81000.
N. O. Richards, 8500.
Cato J. Johns, 8G00.
Geiier-Hendryx company, 81000.
Sumpter Meat aompauy, 82G0.
w. R. Hawley, 8200.
Charles Starr, 8100.
Clark Snyde; 82G0.
Joseph SohwBrtz, 8250.
Charles Gee, 850.
O. P. Holly, 8100.
J. R. Vau Winkle; 82G.
Dudley Newton, 825.
1). L. MoLaln, 825.
S. H. Burners, 825.
H. J. Lyon, 850.
F. P. Baupaob, 825.
J. F. Lane, 8100.
Fred Fuutaloe, 825.
Byron Weatberford, 825.
P. D. Eaten, 810.
Case Furniture company, 8250.
W. M. Sullivan and brother, 8100.
F. P. MoDevitt, 825.
George E. Allen, 8100.
C 11. Chance, 850.
J. B. Fryer, 850.
W. E. Hurd, 8100.
W. H. Gleason, 8100.
J. W. Duokworth, 825.
Herbert L. Davie, 825.
J. E. Wessberg, 8100.
The meeting was called to order by
Mayor W. H. Uleaaou, chairman of
the soliciting aommittee, appointed
by a recent citizens' meeting. Cato
J. Johus, a member of that com
mittee, briefly outllued the purpose
of the mass meeting, which be said
waa to ask the people of Sumpter to
subscribe ten thousand dollars worth
of bonds In the Sutnpter-Bourue
railway enterprise. He explained
that the miue operators of the
Cracker Creek district bad virtually
agreed to subscribe 810,000, tud
that the balance of the 820,000 de
mandd by the Killen, Warner, Stew
art company must be secured from
the city. With the aid of a wall map
of the proposed line be explained the
route of the road, pointing out It-
close oonueotlous, by meaus of
switches and spurs, with all the big
mines of the Bourne camp. He read
a letter from D. L. Killen, presi
dent of the K., W S. company, in
wblsb the cheerful information was
contalued that the wholw proposition
waa up to the citizens of the Sump
ter distriot; that the eastern end of
tbe line waa ready to go ahead, as
soon as looal men subscribe for 820,
000 worth of tbe bond issue. Mr.
Johns eloquently described the ad
vantages and benefits to be derived
from such a rellroad and said that
personally he would do everything
in his powet to help tho project
along, both with work aud money.
He invited everybody presout to
step up and sign the subscription
Soymour H. Bell followed
a struigbt rrutn-the-aboulder
tie said that while he had
objections to the routo of tho
aud was not entirely satisfied
the promoters' plans for building It,
still tbe enterprise was so important
that he wnn willing to forego hh
persoual feelings aud join in tho pro
joot. He thought the road too highly
bonded aud somewhat over-capitalized,
"but," said he, "wo want tho
road, and wo want it so bad that 1
am willing, on behalf of. my business
assoolutes iu tho Sumpter Lumbor
company, to sigu the list for twelvo
hundred and Of ty dollars."
Commlttooman Johns agaiu took
the floor and pointed out tho utter
falaoy of the arguments bolng advan
ced by opponents of the railway en
terprise, who ate saylug that tbe line
will do harm to Sumpter, In tnatjlt
will throw four or five hundred
teamsters out of employment. Mr.
Johns said tnat he helped survey the
Sumpter Valley railway from Baaer
City to MoEweu; that he drove the
first stake ou that line; that the
people uf Baker City kicked agaluat
tbe project, on the ground that it
would deprived that town of union
reveuue derived from teaming aud
freighting by wagon. Mr. Juhus dep
recated tnia uarrow-miuded viow or
tbe matter, aud concluded by sayiug
that iu Baker City, two years after
tbe Sumpter Valley road was in on-
eratlun, there were teu teams work
ing where there had beeu one befon.
"The wbuie country was opened up
by tbe railway." said Mr. Johus.
"and in tbe case of the Sumpter
Bourne road history will repeat
"I overheard Manager Fuller, of
tbe smulter, say the other day, that
with a freight rate from Bourne to
Sumpter of 81 per ton, aud with a
treatment onarge of 85 pr tou, the
Cracker Creek diatrlec would produce
200 tons per day at a profit Think
what that would mean hundreds of
additional workmen working at good
wages, more men working at the
smelter, more children t school,
mote buisues in Sumpter, more
wealth in the whole district."
J. W. Ball, manager of the electric
light and water company, said that
the bead of his Arm bad already vol
untarily offered to subscribe 81000
toward tbe railway enterprise. He
thought that waa pretty good. The
applause which followed his speech
showed that the meet lug thought so,
N. C. Richards thought that the
estimated cost of tho road was reason
able, and that tbe bonds were a good
Investment aside from any considera
tion of public-spiriteduess. He be
lieved that the spending here of
8200,000 in coustruotiou aud equip
ment of such a "road would mean
more profit to Io"hI uierouautn thau
the amounts they were called upon to
Harry T. Hendryx said tho road
would be a big thingthe best thing
for the camp that ever happened. "I
am willing to help tbe project along
to tbe utmost extent of my ability.
I will subscribe as much, perhaps, as
auy other individual Craoker Creek
mine operator," he said.
Committeeman Johns explained
that Mr. Hendryx bad been classed
by tbe committee as a oltlzin of
Sumpter, aud that he would like to
have the gentleman's uame down ou
the city list. Mr. Hondryx came
forward and signed for 81000, amid
lond apt lause.
Joe Stenu (f, manager of the Sump
ter Meat company, said that his com
pauy would undoubtedly subsarlbo
liberally, and that porsotially ho
would put his uamo dowu for 8250.
He did, and tbero was mora applaud
Clark Suydo said tho road would
bo tho salvation of Sumpter, and
ordered the ohairmau to sigu his
uamo for 8250.
Joe Schwartz, W. R. llawloy,
Charles Starr, tho Cato Furnlturo
company, and all the rest whoso
names appear ou tho aliovo list,
flocked to tho tablo aud signed for
amounts ranging from 810 to 8250.
Committeeman Johns told of tho
liberality of Frod R. Mollis, of
Uhkor City, who had voluntarily
offorod to subsorlbo for 8100.
During a lull in tho' proceedings,
W. E, Hurd, tho Groouhoru mouutain
initio operator, heaved bis huge bulk
from a chair, and said: "This road
won't aid me very much, beuauso 1
am on tho other side of tbe hill. But
just to show you that my hoart la in
the right place, 1 will sign for 8100."
The best applause of the evuuiug
greeted Hurd 'a off or.
J. P. Holland refusod to sign un
til he had considered the matter.
Captain Davis, tho article sign
painter, said that while he was not
particularly interested in the mad,
further thau as a citizen of Sumpter,
still be thought tho projuot a good
thing for tho town aud for the whole
camp. "1 will suhanrihu for one
fifth as many bunds aH Holland.
Now, It's up to him." Capt. Davis
later went dowu for 825.
Ou motiou of Hell, a committee of
three, aousisting of Cato Johns.
Charles II. Chance aud himself, was
appointed to taid Wesshorg'a cigar
store aud drag iu every mail found
playing poker or squaw hearts aud
make them aigu tbe list. The com
mittee returned presently aud re
ported that the birds had flown, but
that Ed. Wessberg bad put hid name
dowu for 8100.
On motiou of Kiuharda tbe chair
named two spacial committeemen to
as list tbe old soliciting committee
among tbe mines, and to aid in
tbe city subscriptions. Thn new
committees uow stand:
Mine Cato J. Johns, Clark Suydo
and James A. Howard.
City R. L. Nelll, G. M. Love and
E. P. Bergmau.
A motiou to adjourn prevailed.
Committeeman Johns said this
momiug that tho balance of tbe 820,
000 will be subscribed by tomorrow
night. "1 think tbe smelter will go
down for 82000 and the BascboSagR
Hardware company for at least 8500.
Ibis will leave but 8815 to be raised
among the smaller merchants of the
city and amuug saloon men. 1 an
ticipate no difficulty in raising tbe
810,000 ailotwd to tbe milling meu of
tbe upper camp. Iu (act, 1 have
promises of that amount, which
promises were contingent upon
Killen'e acceptance of the demands
'or more fuvitchoi and sinus. As the
demands have beeu wuoeded to, the
way in clear sailing."
CONTINUE TO POUR IN
Subscriptions to 820,000 worth of
SumpterBourne railway bonds con
tinue to pour In.
The city soliciting coaamittee, ap
pointed at Thursday night's maaa
meeting, oouttlatltig of Messrs. Diok
Nelll, G. M. Love and E. , 1 Berg
man, made tho rounds yesterday and
brought the total city Nubaurlptlone
up tu 882UO. The sum required of
tho city is 810,000. Tho. committor
rem mod its work agaiu this morning,
Tho following Higuod today;.
E. L. Manning, 825.
Mrs. J. J. Sturgill, 825.
Morcor Drug company, 825.
Mnrg A- Bunker, 825.
Molviu Clark, 825.
Sumpter Steam Laundry, 825.
H. 11. Dufurt, 850.
F. O. Brodio, 85(1.
James Myers, 8100.
Guv L. Lindsay, 8100.
B. II. Griftln, 850.
John Arthur, 8200.
Pearco Jk Anderson, 8100.
Bergmau & Mo Watty, 8100.
E. E. llausor, 8100.
C. K. Do Noffo, 8100.
J. F. Melton, 850.
F. McDonald, 850.
Giigou & Riley, 850.
Goorgn Love, 8100.
Nelll Mercantile company, 8100.
The Sumpter smelter's subscrip
tion waa left to the last, as manager
Fuller la expected to sign for auoh
a figure as will bring the total to
the required sum.
Tbe saloon men surprised the com
uiltteo with tnelr liberality. It wai
expected that the smelter would have
to be asked for ai least 82000. The
looal dispensers of wet goods, wbo
see in tho construction of the road a
big thing for thin town, algued for
linger figures in many instances thau
tho committee had boon led to sus
pect. The "Sumpter spir'.t" is working
One handsome contribution waa
that of Johu Arthur, Huperliiteiideut
uf tho Imperial mine. The Imperial
Mlniug company appears ou the
soliciting committee' list aa classi
fied with the upper camp mine op
erators, who are expected to subscribe
810,000. Mr. Arthur's sabscrln-
tlou.of 820,0 was Mullvldpal.
My tonight the committee expects,
to be able to wire Mr. Killen. nresi-
deut of the Killen, Warner, Stewart
company, fiscal agenttf for aud pro
moters of the road, who is now in.
Denver, tu the effect that the requir
ed amount has been eutxtflrlhcd.
Graud total Iu the city up to noon
Waters Defeated al Grants Pass.
Wattora, the well known Sumpter
rock driller, waa defeated one day
last week at Grunts I'nhs in t
siiigld-handed rock drilling content
with Savage, the champion of that
region. The wi niter went down MO
Indian aud Wattera uiMite 20, They
were drilling for 8100 a side. Sev
eral days previous, ft a contest was
declared off, because .Savage broke
The fluest Hues, the ueatest pat
terns of wash good ever shown ln
the county, at Johns' store.