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WEATHER TODAY CJEXEKALLY FAIR NINETEENTH YEAR. 14 PAGES PIIOENIY. ATJTZflN A KIIMhAV MHPWivn nni:i;T o iimo 7 uvi'iin mviuulIU) JIUVH Ot id J0 HH"frH44--W"M-l H-H t I1 ; ! Wickenhurg, Its Surroundings, Its History, Its Future o rr rji cum t-t SECTION TWO PAGES 9 TO 14 ICAW V In the summer of 1SC3 the late Henry Wiikenhurg discovered the Vulture mine, and in the autumn of the same year located on the lt:is sayampa, on the farm, that still hears his name, one-half mile below town. This was the nearest point of living watT to the mine and here he built an arastra in June, 1SC4, to reduce the rich surface gold ores of the Vulture. He was assisted at the time by Chas. 15. Gerrung, now a resident of Quartsite, Ariz., to whom the writer is indebted for the little data here related in reference to the town of Wiikenburgr. The success attained by Mr. AVik enburg through his arastra process soon attracted the attention of others and he. lein: of a most ljlwral dis - position, sold the ore at the mine for 1 15. Oft t ton. the purchaser lie- ing privileged to mine at any poii. he desired to select on the" Vulture vein. As a result of this, forty or Wickcnburff during J the past forty more arastras were operated here on ifive years. While "Wickenhurff is the the river in the spring of lSi; but the thriving Industry was of short , ife, for Wickenhurg disposed of his intere in tltntr"year und mills were erected and there was no more ore for sa e to the arastra. Still it is clainnMl that many were maintained and operated upon illicit ore up into the TO's. Thus it will be seen that ISG.T was the beginning of the town of Wick enhurg. In 3Sf.fi she had the dis tinction of being one of the largest cities in the territory, and was a con ttstant for the capital, losing by only two votes. In the summer of 1SSG7, Wickenhurg was attacked with nat was chium. i 1 1 feer, whiel 'hat was called at that time Pana- ch was very fatal, de- non people within Uhree irionths. In the wake of this catastrophe the milling of the Vul ture ore shifted to a place farther down the river and the people grad ually ((isperscd to other claims, and the town for many years was steadi ly losing; and when the Vulture put in her piie lino and SO-stnmp mill at the mine In 1S79 or 'SO, her depopu lation was almost complete, for Wickenburgers simply moved over to Vulture. The substantial era of Wicken buig's progress dates from the ar rival of the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix railroad. For the first year or two after that event tents and shacks were scattered promiscuously over the town site, but their owners were not "floaters," and by thrift and industry they have acquired until today many neat cottages and comfortable homes mark the spots when penury was want to stalk. The second epoch in her history was the beginning of the Arizona X: California railroad some two years ago. It injr-eted new blood into the ol residents and attracted new capital, the truth of which is amply demonstrated by a glance on. cither side of the track as you pass through the town. There Is not a week that the hotel 1 registers of , AVickenburg do not show the names ' of strangers 'from all parts of the country, who have been investigat ing business opportunities between this place and Parker. Without an exception all that I have interviewed 'declare that it is the greatest gold and copper section that they have ever seen. This Is only stated to show its importance to Wickcnburg. The back country, north and east of Wickenhurg, can never be detract ed. It is worthy and capable under RESIDENCE OF - v' ""' ia WICKENBURG'S HOUSE, 1864. development to support a To name all the properties likely within the - next few 1'ecome producers would he hie at this time, but such mines as the Interior, Hale, Eaijle, Yavapai Silver Mines, llite. Monarch,' Ora Grande, Grijalva, Minerva, Rlackrot-k. lllackrock Ltd.. White, Vneida, 'Silver Har. Goddard and many others, (Will always be supplied from this point. The importance of this dis trict, which in a broad sense is term ed I '.lack I;xk, will be fully realized when the Uradsliaw Mountain rail road connects with the main line at or near Wickenhurg. Today one of the best paying investments in the i i-ouniry would Le me pstaimsiiment lof sampling works at or Itown. This statement will Itrnthftil if any one will time to investigate. The .briefly relates the lips and near this be found take the foregoing downs of hub of a rich mineral country, her name is most generally associated wilh the Vidturc. and that has been somewhat tcj her detriment in the eyes of those not acquainted with I her general resources. Wickenhurg iretains frreat faith in the Vulture, I !elieveing that she will yet bo a producer of great merit, but is In nowise dependent uon " her future successes. ISesides the Vulture, in the years past.' the Monte Chrlsto, now the property of the Yavapai Sil ver Mines Co.. addert Its wealth, as also the Grijalva, to the support of the town. In my next letter an il lustration will show the reader what Wickcnburg expects to be her great est agent In population-making, though her agricultural features will never be lost sight of. The importance of the Roosevelt dam to the Salt River valley Is too well known to le discussed here. but in this relation just as its great-J ness is realized, it has a twin In the Walnut Grove storage system. The harnessing of the Hassayampa is only second in importance to the staying of the Salt. The Walnut Grove storage certainly has Vtn ad vantage over its more portentious sister, for. the reasons that she Is located in the heart of a great pow er consuming territory, is contiguous to the great placer fields In the southwest and last, more land than there ever will be sufficient water to Irrigate. With these conditions existing, who could be otherwise than most optimistic of the future great ness of Wickcnburg. The accompanying show the advancement illustrations of Wiclten- burg. The old adorie, late Henry Wickcnburg built by the in 1SC4, Is a marked contrast to the brick hotel erected by followed by Harry Cowell in lSiiC-7, a good number of sub stantial cottages, of which the three given on tiiis page are specimens of later architecture Harry. Cowell came to AVicken burg in lSiS", since which time he has lteen engaged In merchandizing. hotel business and mining. He is well known over the territory and enjoys the confidence of every one with whom he comes In contact. He is entitled to agreat deal more of this world's goods than he now possesses, yet the statement is not proclaiming him a subject for chari ty. He has built up a lucrative trade to which he is justly entitled. F. X. O'Rrien is one of Wicken- burg"s most enterprising citizens. CHARLES DAVIS. the place has a that are future anyone can observe by tak years to j ing stock of his Investments in impossi- J city property and the improvements thereon. That will prove a monu ment to his enterprising spirit Is the development of his It Testa farm, comprising some half section, short i distance below town. It is laid out and planted to the best advantage, thereby giving a most pleasing "ef fect to the eye and at the same time giving handsome returns as an, In vestment. I). C. Curry has Teen a resident of Wickcnburg for the past eight years, and has not the slightest idea of quitting for other fields. Real estate and insurance has been his forte, and if you ask him he will tell you that he came here from Alaska and was in debt. He is now many thousands of dollars to the good in realty, which includes a comfortable home and office building. With his brother, he owns a tract of 354 lots close in on the southwest portion of the town site. This tract has leen platted and further improved by having laid throughout a system of wateF mains embraeing over 3.000 feet. This portion of the town will always be desirable as residence property. The Vernetta . hotel Is futty abreast of the town. It is a two-story brick, comprising sixteen bedrooms with kitchen, dining room, lobby and bar room. All modern conveniences are installed, and it is the general concensus that for its size it equals any hostelry in the territory. W. 11. Smith and wife (colored) came to Wickcnburg ten years ago and leas ed the old liaxter house, near tin river. Three years ago, in order to give better accommodations to the traveling public (by having the hotel more convenient to the depot) neces sitated its erection where it now stands. The Ellis House, owned and con ducted by Johnny Ellis and wife. Is well appointed for taking care of the traveling public, lieing located just opposite the depot. To handle their increasing trade it was necessary for them to add an addition, which was completed a few weeks since. R. W. Raxter Is entitled to much credit for his staying qualities. He came here In the early MO's and has been one of the foremost in the town's development ever built the first hotel of since. He. importance in the place and of Tier substantial buildings, one of which was a store which he - conducted for several . . : . - . .. :v - . '. ', , ; - - - - - - V ,7 (, ... - ; je- 4 f . , t rJi-t - TKira. when lie sod anil eniereo ine.ineu process ai u lnmlicr business. He is just now putting the finishing touches to the new 0era house, 32xS0 feet In ill-j mensions. which cost in the neigh-1 borhood of $4,000. This building was a necessity and Mr. Raxter is warmly commended by all for its speedy cohiDletion. The Tlrayton Commercial company is the largest wholesale firm In town. It also has a store at Salomie, another nt Viekshnrg and still an other at Rouse. This string of stores is under the management of Mr. K. S. Jon, whose, success In managing large commercial interests Is well known. The WlAenburg store is 50x03 feet with basement the same size. The foundation to the top of the basement Is of hewn stone, while the remainder is of brick. The front is plate glass and both floor and basement are stocked with dry goods, groceries and light hardware sufficient for all needs of a growing town and the mining trade that sur rounds it. While talking of merchandising, there is another of whom the writer gladly J. C. Reed bacco burg. takes notice, and that one is Reed. Seven years ago Mr. opened a small gorcery, to and notion store in Wicken- So well has he catered to of the customers in the today he is enjoying a and steadily increasing the wishes past that prosperous business. While closely attending to his commercial affairs, he has ever been alert to Ihe chief industry of this section, mining. As a result he has made several profitable deals all of which have been for the benefit of the town. He owns one of the nicest residences in the town and takes keen interest In local affairs. For quite a period he has taken the time from his labors to serve the readers of The Republican weekly with the news of Wickenhurg, and this clear ly proves that he has more than . a passing interest in the place. Re sides his home and store, Mr. Reed owns other valuable real estate in the city as well af mining proper ty in the country adjacent. May his future never grow , less. . One of the greatest blessings In the -town is the plant of the Wick enhurg cold air storage market own ed by Charley C. Davis. The plant has a freezing capacity of one ton of ice per day and safely of any required amount takes care of meats, fruits, vegetables, etc. much to the HARRY COWELL'S FIRST BRICK HOUSE IN WICKENBURG. pleasure -and satisfaction of an ap preciative public Fully an equal to the cold storage is the Wickenhurg ice plant, owned by Messrs. Widmeyer and Saunders of Wickenhurg and J. G. Hates of Kelvin. The plant was constructed at a cost of $10,000 and has a capaci ty of five tons daily. The excellent water mkes a decidedly superior quality of ice, thereby creating a de mand above the supply. So often has shortage occurred this summer, necessitating the securing of ice from Phoenix to complete orders, that it is intended to increase the size of the pant to meet next seas on's trade. Eating Is a very important thing in every town, esecially short ord er. In this line Mrs. R. A. Roberts and Jack McQtiaid serve a substan tial constituency. Mrs. Sohlers pl.o provides a good table for her guests at the Cowell dining rooms. In shewing probable purchasers the mines, or those who are not pur chasers, for that matter, Chas. Hyder has maintained a livery stable in Wickenhurg for the past seven years. The rigs he turns out can not oe beat in the county and the number of them demonstrates that he N do ing a pretty good business. Rlacksmithing. horse-shoeing- and wagon repairing is attended to by A. J. Kellis and John Wisdom. Angel Cbntraras is the tinner and plumlier i of the town for several vears' standing. No order is too large for him to give immediate at-! tention. Mr. Contraras, with the assistance of Mr. H. Farsworth, hava recently invented a gas lamp which they have named the Angel acetyllne 'gas generator. It is any number of lamps ( power light can be claimed that of 20 candle furnished by- cost of one-half cent per light per hour. They believe they have ii cincn as a cneap ngic. producer. The health of the, town is nr"- sided over lit present by lr. ive.i.i, who is also the proprietor of the on!" drug store in town. Dr. Keith and wife came to WickenDurg last Ian, since which time by their genial dis positions they have won the friend ship of all good people in Wi 'ken burg. The doctor Is a graduate cf the College of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. J. J. Fleming has been practic ling medicine in Wickcnburg for sev eral years. He Is energetic In re gard to the health of the peop'u cf the tovn and to him Is largely credit due for the recent eloanliiK-np of the town received, He Is spending this summer on a visit east. There is one profession not rep resented in Wickenhurg, and that is the law. Mrs. Mary T. l?yd and D. C. Carry i-ttei:d to the dr.iwi.'ig of legal documents as well as at -tachin. when necessary with their notarial seals, but that spoiled m:d pettAl deciple of RluV!me whose voice will le hird in the lanl for the next three months, r.cra !s nit. So poaeeahl is cur town that its Justice of ttvi peace, Jie.lgs Riggs, depends upon his train for ?i liveli hood, ancl not in asscssii? fines. Likewise it :.s the s:i.iu with the Judge's legal right ar.n, the con stable, who :n this instance is Jqe Wood. Mr. Wool ar.vav does hi:! duty as a pen.; of. ee-, but i;i this line there is little to do. As a con sequence he gives strict attention to Ills transfer business. Mr. Genung a Is also engaged in the transfer busi ness. Our public school building, built of brick, will probably accommodate 100 pupils. I-ite census show nearly twenty children of school age in the town. The school will be graded at the coming term and two teachers will le employed. ' Churches are represented by the Catholic and Presbyterian denomina tions. The former has a very credit able edifice, while the latter holds services temporarily in the dining room of the Baxter hotel. It is pro posed to erect a church bulidnig this fall. A lodge of the Maccabees recently ! organized has a membership of 23 and an elegant lodge room in the ' Raxter building. The Wickenhurg Miner, published every Saturday, Mrs. A. H. Ham mer, editor,- has done much to ad vance the interests' of the town and surrounding country. As stated in the beginning of this article, the agricultural opportunities are as good here as could lie de sired. F. X. O'Rrien and W. S. Hol land by pumps are demonstrating that a large acreage could be ob tained. There are hundreds of acres of ranch lands along the banks of the Hassayampa which would make comfortable homes, as the ranches of R. A. Roberts, Alliert Smith, Messrs. Daniels and Smith and others amply testifies. The altitude of over 2000 feet at this point is another advantage. The air thereby is cooler and fresher, and more con ducive to the development of fruits and vegetables than lower altitudes. Even the hills bordering the river are productive when once water is applied, and In reference to the statement one only has to visit the Oro Grande" mine, five miles above Wickenhurg, to be fully convinced. At Oro Grande, situated aliout one mile from the river on rocky peaks, at an elevation of 2500 feet above sea level, ice has never formed In the past three winters. Leaves re- ' main on the trees and vines per- '...itiinll,. ami riou'ra niA In hlitnm every month in the year. Such a place . as this should be the ideal spot for sanitariums and a realiza tion of the dreams of the grower of the grape and other kindred fruits. In conclusion the writer will add, that if anyone should become inter ested upon reading this article 'and desire further information pertain ing to this section, he or she is cor dially invited to address the Wick eiiburk Tri-County ISoard of Trade, Wickcnburg, Arizona. R. P. Mc-Culloch, manager of the Kentucky-Arizona Copper Co., op erating on Cave creek, is visitiing for a week with his frjend Harry E. Jones, sujierintendent of the Arizona Copper Relt Mining Co., in Black Rock mining district. RESIDENCE WICKCNBURG 10EAI PLACE FOR REDUCIION WORKS Representative of Rich Colorado Com panies Now Making An Exhausted Examination of the General Re sources Surrounding Wickcnburg. After returning from a four days' trip inspecting the Ptimn, Elack Dia mond and Alliance mines out west from Wickenhurg, "Mr. Emil Hidden said to The Republican's representa tive upon his inquiry for news: "It is true that for the past ten days Mr. Chas. A. Wolcott, vice president of the Roulder Milling and Smelting company has been with me to examine all kinds of mining propositions around Wickenhurg. No less than eight very good propositions have been so far inspected and another week wili be required to ' inspect Rlack Rock Mining District. Attention is to le given especially to the Rurrage group of patented mines now owned by F. X. O'Rrien: also the properties of Coch ran and Murphy and others. "After this we will take a two weeks' trip into the Rill Williams country, ami I sincerely hope and believe that Wickenhurg will be the point where the above Colorado Mining and Smelt ing company will start their opera tions. "Mr. T. G. Waltemeyer is the pres ident of the Monarch Consolidated Gold and Copper Mining and Smelting company, of Roulder. Colo., and Is also president of the Rocky Mountain Rail way company and the company has miles of rails and sufficient rolling stock, so slated to me by Mr. Wolcott yesterday, that it would be 'an easy matter for the company to lay the track twenty or thirty miles in any direction where there is sufficient ore to warrant." In conclusion Mr.' Holden added "Let us all stop with Wickenhurg "for it is the Ideal place for reduction works of every description. I am fully convinced that" there is not a better field In the west than that of Mari copa and southern Yavapai counties for investments of every kind whatso ever." One item more said Mr. Holden: "Mr. Sam Newhouse a millionaire of Salt Lake City, Utah, has also in formed me through his manager. Mr. Alta E. Johnson, of the Boston Consol idated Mining company, that their en gineer will be with me in a short time to look over the mineral resources of this section with a view of investing if he finds anything that suits him." WICKENBURG NEWS. AVickenburg, July 31. (Special Cor respondence of The Republican.) News was brought in from the front Friday that the body of a young man was taken from the river at Parker the day before. With the exception of a bandage around the calf of one limb the corpse was entirely nude. Identi fication of the remains had not been determined up to the time the train left Friday but as no one is missing on the river above Parker it is supposed that the body came from the neigh borhood of Needles. The first mineral exhibit to the call of Wickenhurg Tri-County Roard of Trade was brought in from the Mon arch mine Friday and placed on the porch of the Brayton Commercial com pany. It is a good specimen of chol copyrites of which there are hundreds of tons In sight on the property. Who will be the next? R S. Jones returned Friday from a few days' inspection of his company's interests along the A. & C. hi 1. fi; K IT' 3- -V' . RESIDENCE OF 1 I OFCW. PLATT. A number or Nevada capitalists who are in Phoenix are billed to pass through Wickenhurg today enroute to the Cunningham Pass country. Wheth er the party is already interested or are going to be the writer did not learn. Ryron Smith of Wickenhurg took the early train Saturday to meet a party of mining men at Congress Junction who have come for the pur pose of examining his gold property out west of Congress a few miles. From reports Mr. Smith has an excel lent showing in his group of claims. Jason L. Clark, dealer in mines, with headquarters at Los Angeles was a passenger on tile A. & C. Friday for Parker where he goes to inspect a property on the California side of the river for Los Angeles capitalists. While the people of some sections of Arizona are running to the coast to escape what they call hot weather, capitalists are coming daily to Wick enhurg and surrounding country look- ing fur mines, and more, they are finding them. Mrs. Childress, assisted by Mr. Stardard and Mr. Miltuii, entertained at the larding cars last Sunday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Saver and daughters, Maud and Marie; Mr. and Mrs. Cy Wilkerson and son, Iturnell; Mrs. Richmond. Misses Leila Holt, Irene and Jessie O'Rrien, Nellie and Anabel Roberts. Annie Wisdom. Mannela and Lola Salx'rlra; Messrs. Iester Benbow, Linn Thomas and Elmer Clem. Harry Cowell, Emil Holden and Mr. Holcott of Denver left Wednes day morning on a tour of Investi gation of the mining country west of town. The Consolidated Telephone, Tele graph and Electric company are en gaged this week in overhauling their lines in Wickenhurg. Robert Meek and Otto Sleeper are in charge of the work. These gentlemen are also i putting in a 100-droD kevboard In place of the 30-drop now in use ; Central I Reed's office Is located in J. C. store and this increase in (the keyboard is another index that the town Is growing. The Tri-County Roard of Trade at its last meeting instructed the com mittee on mines and mining to at once begin the work of securing from the many mines within its jurisdic tion representative ores tion purposes. for exhlbi- Cy Wilkinson was up to Congress considerable this week and reports damage by water to the Alaska shaft, the property of the United Gold Mines company there last Monday night. The dump is built across , a ravine and was thought that it would wash out if any great head of water should come. In this instance it failed to oK-rate as planned and the vater backed over and entered the haft. The temporary reservoir soon followed and cutting Its way through the soft embankment, drain ed itself largely, though every ef fort was made to prevent it. A good portion of the shaft and some of the lower levels were filled. A numlwr of men were at work at the time in the mine, two of whom bare ly escaiied. The damage will amount to several hundred dollars. Julius Morro and Mr. Fleming, owners of mining property near the Clara, on the Rill Williams, passed through Wickcnburg Tuesday, en route to Los Angeles, where they . - ..... . e.ptcx iu close up a ueut on uieir proiH-rties. Mrs. W. H. Smith, wife of mine host of the Vernetta hotel. Is en joying a few weeks on the coast. Mrs. F. A. Mueller is visiting friends in Trescott this week. (Continued on page 10.) -'. C. REED.