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Fergus County
of Interest to Our Readers
Clipped From Our Contemporaries.
(Inland Empire.)
S. H. Powell returned Saturday
evening from Livingston where In
spent the holidyas as the guest of his
Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson and
daughter, Miss Gladys, of Wolf creek,
were visitors at the home of W. P.
Powell, just south of this city, on
Wednesday and Thursday of last
week. The Robinson family came
from Corning, Iowa, are are more
than pleased -with the Judith Basin
County surveyor-elect H. C. Tilzey,
arrived in Moore last Thursday after
an absence of two months spent at
Geneva, Nebraska, where he took his
family, who sought a change of
climate. Mrs. Tilzey has been much
benefitted during the stay and ex
pects to return here in a few weeks.
Since returning Mr. Tilzey has been
busy attending to the formalities in
cident to assuming his office. The
county surveyor has been assigned an
elegant suite of three rooms on the
first floor of the new court house for
his offices, where Mr. Tilzey will be
pleased to meet his friends from
Moore as well as from all parts of
the county.
(Manager George M. Stone, of the
Mutual Telephone Co., was in town
yesterday arranging for the repair of
damage done to their poles and lines
by the fire. The Mutual have inaug
urated free toll service over farmers'
Contractor W. T. Sharp has com
pleted an elegant new residence for
A. W. Osborne on his farm located
about five miles southeast of this city.
It is a two-story frame house with
eight rooms and full basement and
will have hot water heat. When
finished it will be as neat a farm
house as we have in the country.
The regular meeting of the stock
holders of the State Rank of Moore
was held Monday afternoon. The af
fairs of the bank were found to be in
excellent shape, the past year's busi
ness being very satisfactory. The
following nine directors were elected
to serve the ensuing year: J. C
Hauck, Jos. Gallagher, L. 11. Hamil
ton, S. H. Powell, Theo. A. Gray, C.
R. McClave, C. P. Tooley, H. D. Ark
wright and E. O. Hedrick. After the
adjourning of the stockholders meet
ing, the board re-elected J. C. Hauck,
president; Hon. C. P. Tooley, vice
president; E. O. Hedrick, cashier and
H. C. Redman, teller. A ten per cent,
dividend was declared and a nice
amount carried to undivided profits
(Musselshell News.)
Th bowling contest held at the
Blue Ribbon Bowling Alley last Sun
day resulted in a victory for the vis
itors. The Harlowton team won the
second game, but Moore succeeded in
running away with the other two,
trereby winning the match by 127
pins. The following rolling the big
balls for Harlowton: Gravctte, Rad
er, Holloway and Robertson. Moore
was represented by David, Linquist.
Barney, Raisley and Culbertson.
Fred Kreith, the deputy sheriff from
Martinsdale, has become envolved in
a manner that has proved most un
fortunate. It appears that the young
man was in the habit of issuing
checks upon Sheriff Williams, when
he had no funds in the possession of
the sheriff. This practice became an
noying to Sheriff Williams who finally
swore out a complaint and had Kreith
taken into custody at Martinsdale and
brought to Harlowton on Monday
where he was compelled to face the
serious charge of obtaining property
under false pretensions. Kreith pled
guilty and Justice S. L. Hodges im
posed a fine of 60 days at labor in
the county jail.
Mrs. Lewellin left Thursay with
her little son, Mortimer, to spend a
mid-winter vacation with her parents
at Kendall. Mrs. Lewellin will take
a sleigh from Lewistown and give the
cold bus a wide berth.
S. L. Hodges has received notice
from the county clerk that at the
meeting of the county commissioners
held at White Sulphur Springs Jan.
2 he was appointed justice of the
peace for Musselshell township. This
gives Harlowton two justices, S. L.
Hodges, just appointed, and George
Gannon who was elected at the fall
election. Harlowton with two jus
tices and two lawyers ought to be a
center for litigation.
The Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget
Sound Railroad has been busy the
last week in erecting a large shed
shed which will be the covering for
a large amount of building material.
The building is now nearing comple
tion and already a dozen cars of lum
ber is on the ground close to the shed.
The shed occupies a plot of ground
northeast of the freight depot, which
will be used as the material yards in
the future. All the material now on
the ground between the tracks and
the round house -will be moved to the
new yard. Tfie yard will then as
sume the dignity of a yard fit for :
big railroad center. The reason for
this change is a precaution in case of
lire, building material is inflamabli
and its proximity to the round house
was a cause of more or less danger
from fire.
(Roundup Record.)
A petition was in circulation in
town this week asking the governor
to appoint E. W. Ray as game
■warden for this section. As a true
sportsman and president of the local
gun club, and being interested in the
preservation of game and the enforce
ment of the game laws, Mr. Ray
would make an ideal game warden.
The Musselshell country is ex
periencing a cold wave—the first of
the season, having reached here
Monday morning. Sunday was a
balmy spring day and many of the
resirjKmts of Roundup took advantage
of the mild weather by going horse
back riding or by taking a stroll out
in the country. Monday morning,
however, brought a change of tem
perature of about 36 degrees and a
coating of the "beautiful." The cold
spell has continued all week and there
are no signs of letting up. About
three inches of snow fell.
The Roundup Coal Mining Co. has
commenced work on the installation
of an electric lighting plant to furnish
Roundup iwith power and light. Poles
have been erected front the proposed
site of the plant to the railroad right
of way, the intention being to come
up parallel to the track as far as Main
street, providing permission can be
secured from the railroad company.
Part of the plant has already been
purchased and is now in transit.
Work will be pushed as rapidly as
possible and it is expected that the
plant will be running within sixty
Dr. Baxter was called to New York
last week by the serious illness of
his father. Dr. Welsh is looking after
his practice here during his absence.
E. E. Van Camp, George Ryan and
Perry Moore, Jr., of Two Dot, were
visitors in Roundup Tuesday. They
were very favorably impressed with
the "Miracle of the Musselshell."
The Roundup Gun club is making
arrangements for a shoot to be held
on Sunday afternoon, January 24.
Eight purses, amounting in all to $17,
have been hung up. M. H. Fletcher
is captain and E. W. Ray president
of the club.
The Citizens' Rank, of Roundup,
will be ready to open for business in
a week or ten days, the building
being practically finished. C. F.
Richardson, of North Dakota, pro
moter of the new bank, who will be
cashier, was here several days last
week looking after the work on the
building, leaving again Wednesday
for the east to close up some busi
ness deals. He is expected back in a
few days.
The Republic Coal Co. is building
foundations for store and saloon
buildings at the head of the gulch
leading up to Mine No. 2. The ques
tion of sending a remonstrance to
the coal company against their actions
in this regard was discussed at the
meeting of the commercial club Tues
day evening and the matter was re
ferred to the judiciary committee
which is now taking the matter up.
As the business man of Roundup were
given to understand when investing
in lots here that there would be no
such thing as a company store, the
action of the coal company in putting
up these buildings is not being look
ed upon very kindly.
The Pioneer Club, an organization
formed several months ago along
social lines, held its annual election
at a meeting Tuesday- evening to dis
place the temporary officers chosen
to serve until January 1st. The new
set of officers is as follows: W. K.
Quarles, president; J. C. Lohman,
vice-president; L. R. Carroll, secre
tary; C. R. Cheney, treasurer. House
committee, L. R. Carroll, Fred A.
Appleman, H. R. Thompson. Enter
tainment committee—F. M. Wall, C.
R. Burke, Alfred Shaw.
(Judith Gap Jaurnal.)
J. M. Sampson, manager of the Ju
dith Mercantile company, the big
store at Moore that was totally de
stroyed by fire Tuesday night, was in
the city last night. Mr. Sampson says
he does not know whether the com
pany will start up again or not; that
in a few days lie intends to go to the
coast for a couple of months' rest,
after which he is undecided as to his
future plans.
Tuesday, through the courtesy of
Clarence R. Stone, an entertainment
and dance took place in his nearly
completed and commodious brick
store building. It was a get-togeth
er meeting, or an old settler's re
union, being the first opportunity
given the people of the Judith Gap
country to meet and get acquainted,
anl it was a veritable feast of reason
and flow of soul.
Mrs. Angus McKay, of Bercail, was
in the city last Friday on her way to
Lewistown to appear before the U. S.
land office in a contest case, of which
she is the conteslee.
Monday morning the thermometer
register d 8 degrees below zero at
Harlowton; 10 below at Judith Gap;
20 below at Garmill and 11 below at
Lewistown. This is the first cold
weather that the Judith Gap country
lias experienced this winter. (Later.
—Well, never mind.)
Mrs. Samuel Lutz, of Game-ill, was
chaperoning Mrs. J. E. Mann, of
Minneapolis, through Judith Gap Sat
urday, and both ladies made the
Journal office a pleasant call. They
were delighted with the bustling lit
tle city, and may possibly make some
investments in the residence district
here in the near future.
Attorney G. S. Bills returned Mon
day from Helena, where he was ad
mitted, on motion of Attorney Met
tlcr, to practive before the courts in
this state by the supreme court in
session there last Saturday. It was
unnecessary for Mr. Bills to pass an
examination as he had practiced in
North Dakota for a number of years.
(Judith Basin Star.)
A. O. Anderson, of Hillsboro,
North Dakota, arrived in town yes
terday on a general tour of inspec
tion of the western country. Mr.
Anderson represents the North
western Farm Mortgage Co., of
Minneapolis, and he is out in the in
terest of his firm. Like everybody
else, lie likes the Judith Basin.
Ed Jackson and J. C. Hauck went
back to Helena the first of the week
to resume their duties as members
of the federal grand jury.
Services were held last night in the
school house, Rev. W. W. Van Orsdel
preaching. After the services a busi
ness meeting was held and stewarts
and trustees were elected. Mrs. J.
S, Mateer, Mrs. Will Dixon and Mrs.
Agnes Tuve were elected stewarts,
and Mrs. A. K. David, W. W. Van
Orsdel, A. W. Hammer, J. C. Hauck
and M. L. Tuve were elected trustees.
Died, Sunday morning, January 3,
Stella, the ten-year-old daughter of
A. J. and Fannie Nickerson, at the
home ( on Wolf Creek, 14 miles above
Stanford. The cause of death is sup
posed to be scarlet fever. The doctor
was called but death came before he
reached the home. The body was
buried at the burying ground on
Steamboat Butte near Stanford. Rev.
Hammer, of Utica, performed the
That the people south of here want
a road pretty bad is quite certain.
John Daniels, who has a claim west
of Straw and is a single man, is will
ing to donate a week's work if the
road is put through. There are, no
doubt, others that will do the same.
The office staff of the Judith Basin
Mercantile Co. has been pretty busy
the past few days trying to keep stuff
from freezing. The big store is not
yet completed, there being some de
lay on the steel for the front. They
are consuming some coal all right in
their efforts to protect canned goods,
fruits, etc., in the new cellar. Thus
far everying is O. K. under the sup
ervision of Frank Barker, one ot
Philbrook's pioneers, and if anything
goes undone it won't be Frank's
fault. He is just as faithful and handy
with the coal shovel as with the
Miss Doris Shaw has returned from
a visit avith friends at Forest Grove.
Mrs. Waite Gooch entetained the
following the holiday week: Mr. and
Mrs. l-isher, Mrs. Hall and son, Mr.
Hooker and Miss Greely, Mr. Steward
and Mr. Singles. The week was a
social event..
Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher attended
the dance at the Finkbeiner school.
James Charters and Mr. Me Lane
are the guests at the hotel.
Master Ralph Shepard has returned
after a ten days' visit at Rogers.
Tom Ayers is on the sick lsit.
Mrs. Frost is the guest of her
sister, Mrs. Tom Shaw.
Miss Essie Shaw is staying at the
Vinger home while attending school
Miss Mjartha Shaw was the guest
at the James Shaw ranch for the past
Mr. and Mrs. Madox entertained
at dinenr Now Year.
Ait. Hooker has retured home
after a weeks' visit off his homestead.
Airs. Tiegen and son spent a few
days visiting Air .and Airs. Vinger.
Airs. Hall and son have returned
from a visit to Lewistown.
Ahr. Degner was in town a few
Aliss Hazel Green, who has spent
the past three months with her sister
Mrs. C. Tyler, expects to leave soot,
for her home in Gilt Edge.
Airs. James Shaw was a caller here
The dance given at the Finkbeiner
school was a great success. An ex
cellent supper was served at the Fink
beiner home.
(Too late for last week.)
Mir. and Mrs. Perry Baker came up
from Flatwillow to spend a few days
Mr. and Airs. Frank Lyons and
family, of Forest Grove, are guests
at the hotel.
James Charters left for his home
in Lewsitown after several clays bus
iness visit here.
Airs. C. Tyler is reported ill.
-Aliss Doris Shaw is visiting friends
and relatives at Forest Grove.
Aliss Essie Shaw i- home from
school and is visiting at the Janu-s
Shaw ranch.
Air. and Airs, Aladdox were the
guests of Airs. James Shaw Xmas.
Aliss Greely and Airs. R. Fisher
were the guests at the Gooch home
for a few days.
Mrs. Hall and son are visiting in
Mr. and Airs, William Lindstrand
are the guests of the Vinger family.
Miss Lucy Moulton, accompanied
by her guest, Aliss B. Finn, has re
turned home at Lewistown after a
few days' visit with friends in the
Mr. Smith spent Sunday in town.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ayers spent
Sunday at the hotel.
Mrs. Foster, of Stanford, is visit
ing relatives and friends at Forest
Grove and Grass Range.
Air. and Mrs. John Mabry were
visiting here this week.
Mrs. R. Fisher is visiting at the
home of her parents, Air. and Mrs.
Ralph Shepard is spending his
vacation at his parent's home at
Elmer Lane is visiting with his
mother at Lewistown.
James Sullenger has returned from
a business trip to Lewistown.
The dance on Christmas night was
a grand success, people from Cotton
wood, Gilt Edge, Lewistown, Round
up, Flatwillow and surrounding
country being present. The exercise
was greatly enjoyed by all. An ex
cellent supper was served at the hotel.
Air. Lynch, who is at the Sisters'
hospital, is reported slowly improv
Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher have re
turned home after a few days visit
with friends here.
Mrs. Frye and family spent Christ
mas at the Range.
Mrs. J. Bohn, who was ill, is re
ported better.
(Continued from page 1.)
the net earnings were reported as
follows: Alarch, $1,803.21; April, $4,
613.97; May, $210.66; June, $9,965.02;
July $6,591.84; August, $9,752.63; Sep
tember, $4,947.28; October, $2,208.08.
The operating expenses have been
running from $5,000 to $25,000 a
month, and the net bullion receipts
have been from $10,982. in December,
1907, to $30,345 in September, 1908.
General Manager McGee's report
deals largely with details of the work
at the mine, geology, ore bodies and
operations under the present man
agement. The poor condition of the
property may be gathered front the
following portions of Air. McGee's
report of conditions existing Sept. 1,
1907, when the present management
took possession:
Mr. McGee's Report.
"When the present management
took hold of your property in Sep
tember, 1907, it was with the belief
that a large tonnage of ore, assaying
more than $5 per ton, was blocked
out ready for mining and milling.
"An examination showed that aside
from a few small pillars, the only ore
body in the mine which could be de
pended on to gvie more than $3 per
ton as stoped, was the Santiago ore
body, and the richest portions of that,
so far as opened, had been robbed to
keep up the mill heads.
"In the statement, under date of
Oct. 1, 1907, issued to the stockhold
ers by the president and board of
directors of the Barnes-King De
velopment company, the estimate ot
25,000 tons of ore reserves, having a
value of $2 per ton net, was a gen
erous one, considering the conditions,
when made.
"The main vertical, one-compart
ment shaft, originally sunk as a pros
pect shaft, was being operated with
a depth of 266 feet at the 300-foot
level, the motive power being steam.
"Two other vertical shafts .were be
ing sunk. One, the Alule Shoe shaft,
operated electrically, was stopped the
latter part of September at a depth o
75 feet, because the prospecting
sought for could be more advantage
ously done by means of an incline
winze on the ore body itself.
Work Is Stopped.
"The other, a vertical three-com
partment shaft, also operated elec
trically, started over the Santiago ore
body, near the end line, was stopped
in September also, there being no
good reason for its completion, as
noted in the above-mentioned state
"Electric power to the amount of
225 norse power for the mill, air com
pressor, shop and lighting was being
obtained from the Kendall Gold Min
ing company, but not under a writ
ten contract—which they did not cart
to enter into.
"The 200-ton cyanide mill was being
operated, but was in poor repair
"Considerable expensive material
■was found to be on order, such as 50
tons of 20 and 30 pound steel rails,
three heavy skips, sheave wheels,
transformers, electric hoists, two
pound air compressors, with motors,
shaft timber, an extraordinary num
her of drills and spare parts, etc.,
which had to be paid for as received,
during the months of October, No
vember and December.
Could Not Be Used.
".Much of this material could not be
used under existing conditions, and,
" here possible, was sold or returned
to the manufacturers.
"Stocks of coal, stulls and lagging,
of which the mine was in immediate
need, were lacking, and steps were
taken to provide them them in quan
tity to last over the period of im
passable roads in the spring.
"In the mine, the south end work
ings were supplying the mill, the ore
coming from the old open cuts, which
were badly caved, the 200-foot level,
and the Santiago ore body, the latter
the richest ore body on the property,
the extent of which was unknown.
This ore body, due to a local change
in the dip of the strata, dips out of
Barnes-King ground, under the end
line at the 400-foot level, and was
being mined by means of a 600-foot,
crooked incline drift, an air engine
on the 300-foot level furnishing the
power to hoist to that level."
In concluding his report, Manager
'McGee says: "While, in a sense, no
new ore bodies have been discovered,
yet the slopes and open cuts have
been extended, and there were as
many producing faces, with a better
grade of ore, at the end of the period
under review as at the beginning. It
is practically impossible to figure ore
in sight with any approach to ac
curacy, because of the peculiar nature
of the ore deposit, and it is out of tin
question to attempt to outline the
limits of an ore body in the usual
manner. The appended - table and
financial statement show the results
for the period ending Oct. 31, 1908,
and the future looks a little brighter
in the light of the past 14 months."
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