OCR Interpretation

The Elk Mountain pilot. [volume] (Irwin, (Ruby Camp), Gunnison County, Colo.) 1880-19??, July 15, 1880, Image 3

Image and text provided by History Colorado

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86063397/1880-07-15/ed-1/seq-3/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

Irwiit, Gunnison Co., Colorado.
Jno. L. Lacey. Jno. E. Phillips. '
XjßrOey d> Flilllipa.
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1880.
The Bank of Irwin, Coppinger &|
Metzler, will be open for business on j
Monday next.
The Pilot is on sale ar Preston .
Very’s, Gunnison City; also at Sam
Purdy’s ne*'s depot, Crested Butte.
Ice, one-eighth oi_ an inch thick,
made its appearance in the creeks on
the morning of the nth in.it. How is
that for high ?
Dick Irwin’s new real estate office
on the northwest corner of Ninth St.
andjAvenue C, looms up quite promi
nently before the stranger as he enters ;
Geo. Mellen, a photographer, is in
the camp for the purpose of taking
stereoscopic views of the canip and
. surrounding country. Pictures for
sale at the wagon, corner of Tenth and’
Avenue E.
Frank Allen, the man who >va.s so
brutally assaulted and wounded by a
club, in the hands of Chas. Torry, on ,
the 4th of July, we are glad to see out
oh the streets again, owing to the skill
ful treatment of Dr. O’Femd!.
* 4- -v
Mr. Lee Thompson is having a road
built from the corner of Avenue C
and Tenth street to the- Forest Queen
mine, in order that teams may haul
ore direct from the mine instead of
having to pack it to the bottom of the
mountain with burros.

’l’wo beautiful bouquets,composed of,
sixteen different varieties of wild flow
ers, found their way to our sanctum,
last Monday, through tiie kindness of
A. M. Ditto, one for each of the edi
tors. The.junior says “ thacL>,” and
ye senior says “ Ditto.”
Mr. A. C. Terry, our enterprising
saw mill man, has donated to the
Methodist church feet cf lumber
for the purpose of erecting a house of
worship in Irwin. Mr. Terry is a
very enterprising and liberal gentle
man, and is ever ready to aid a good
♦ -♦
Mr. A. C. Terry now has his saw
mill in full blast, and is turning out
12,000 feet of lumber per day. The .
mill is situated near the lake, one of.
the most desirable locations for a saw :
mill in the county, and in access to .
fine timber. Mr. Terry is an experi
enced saw mill man and a thorough 1
and reliable business man, whom we :
can commend to the public.
Messrs. J. W. Smith, j. W. Grant
and Chas. C. Thorne honored our
office with a serenade, Monday night. ■
Although we were not at the office at
the time, yet we were awakened from
our slumbers at a distance, and heard
the “concord of sweet sounds.”
The gentlemanly serenaders had evi
dently been on such expeditions be
fore and understood how to manage
such pleasant affairs. Come again,
gentlemen, when we are in better
Mr. J. M. Resoner resigned his po
sition as city marshal, last Monday,
and tve understand he has accepted
the marshalship of Haverlv. The
pfoper authorities of Irwin have ap
pointed Mr. J. F. Kyle to fill the po
sition made vacant by Resoner’s res
ignation. Mr. Kyle is a sober, steady
’and reliable young man, .who has the
nerve and courage to perform his
duties in such a manner as to reflect
credit upon himself and do honor to
our town. Mr. Kyle is a native of
Illinois, but has been in Irwin since
last fall and is well known to our citi
Workman are engaged in finishing
up our “ cooler,” which has four large
*cells and two rooms in front for office
use. It is a mystery to us for whit
use they have for cells when com
pleted, for as yet we have had no ar
rests to speak of, and it is a remarkable
fact that Irwin, so far, has been the
most peaceable and orderly town for
its size that -we ever knew. Boys,
look a leetle out, and see that you do
not jtt too much fire water on board,
fer tile officials may not indulge you
« muck as htKtofofc, and another
pmqtusitm come in very slow at
Commodore Amy left here Mon-j
day for New York.
■ Geo. R. Cornwall, City Recorder, |
i returned from an extended trip to Den
ver, last week. I
Maj. Chester,of the Gunnison News, ■
came up from Gunnison last Saturday
|to see the fun at the election, which
j occurred in Haverlv, Monday.
! W. H. Beale, of Twin Lakes, a
I brother-in-law cf the murdered Edge
: leys, arrived in town the latter part of
last week to attend to the burial of
the remains.
I „ 1
C. S. Brann left yesterday for Den
ver and Chicago to replenish his stozk
0 1 |
of dry goods and groceries. It keeps
I some of our merchants on the jump
all the time to keep goods enough on
: hand to supply the trade.
Walter Very of the firm of Preston
& Very, Gunnison, was in camp last
Monday, soliciting orders for the
trade, as they have the largest and
best selected stock west of the divide,
and are prepared to do a first class
jobbing trade.
Sam. A. Gill, cashier of the Bank
of Gunnison, and E. P. Jacobson, i
vice-president, came up from Gunni
son last Saturday and remained in
camp until Monday. Col. Jacobson
will letfve for Denver in a few days, to
purchase pumps and hoisting machine
ry fur the Lead Chief mine.
• « I
Last Saturday Ave had a call from
the Rev. R. T. .Cross, pastor of the
Congregational Church at Colorado
Springs, and editor of the Congrega- j
lional News, a very neat little month
ly journal, devoted to the cause of
Christ.. Mr. Cross was here looking .
after the interests of his church.
The parties who have bonded the
Fairview are doing some good work
on the same. The mine is looking
better than ever as depth is gained, and 1
bids fair to bring its owners fortunes.
In another column is the card of
Messrs. Spratt A Place, real estate and
mining agents. Any persons wishing j
to purchase city or mining property, 1
lease or bond, would do well to call j*
. . i
on or communicate w.th them. Mr.
Place is well posted concerning all the i
mines in this camp, being one of the
oldest citizens in the camp. Mr.]
Spratt has had considerable experience :
in Leadville in the real estate business,!
! and is also a notary public.
The mail v> ill hereafter reach Irwin j
late in the evening and depart at 6 j
: o’clock the next morning, and in all
I probability will come and go direct to
Gijnnison, instead of Crested Butte as j
heretofore. ’Tis well.
1 'Phe firm of Woods & Highwarden, 1
j tonsorial artists, are having erected ■
on Ninth street, next door to the post j
office, a building suitable for their ]
; business. When completed it will be \
; the finest west of the divide, being
fitted up with hot and cold baths.
While it is thought best to defer the
church buildings for a short time, on
account of hurry of work and rush for
lumber, yet. the preaching. Sabbath j
school and social religious meetings
are intended to be held regularly ev
ery Sunday. A committee has been,
arranged to look afrer and prepare ]
the necessary places for meeting. Rev. j
A. Warren is expected to preach here
next Sabbath morning.
: We learn from Howard J. Smith,■
Esq., of Crested Butte smelter, that
he intends to remodel his long rever
bratory furnaces and will have every
thing in good running order in a cou
ple of weeks. He has made arrange
ments to purchase a large proportion
1 of the rich ores of the district, and ex-.
pects soon to be sure of a sufficient
u pply of heavy galena and carbonate ,
ores to start up his extensive reduction
works, which are capablfe of treating
.twelve ions per day.
Last Monday City Marshal Kyle
planted himself in front of our office j
door, and for a moment we trembled
in our boots, but we became somewhat
pacified upon the aforesaid marshal
handing in a box of cigars, on the lid
of which was the following inscription:;
“ Compliments of John McElroy and
Mrs. Eddy.” They were of the
La Matilda brand and a Maduro flavor,
•; and if that is the quality of cigars they
sell over the bar they will evidently
1 have a large share of patronage. Jack,
’ old boy, many thanks, and always
t beat in mind that the Lord loves a
Tbe Mci Wt>9 art to Coninct the Same.
Who They are and Where They
fame Fros—The Buiidins.
Irwin’s first bank will open its doors :
to business the early part of next week. '
; It will be known as the Bank of Irwin,
and will transact a general banking
business, under the firm name of ' ‘op
pinger 8: Metzler.
Mr. M. Coppinger, who is the presi
■ dent of the bank, comes from Holden,
! Mo., where he has held the position :
of cashier of the Bank of Hoi-'
! den for many years. He is a man of
large banking experience, and com- :
mauds the confidence and respect of
. all who know him. He has the com
mand of an unlimited amount of capi
tal and intends giving Irwin a bank-;
ing privilege equal to that of any town
in the state. Mr. Coppinger is a social, |
genial and preposessinggentleman,and
we predict for him a prosperous busi
ness in our midst.
The other member of the firm and
cashier of the institution, is our young
; iriend S. S. Metzler, a capitalist from ;
• Silver Cliff, Colo. For the past two j
years Mr. Metzler has been speculat
ing in real estate and mining property
in Custer county and has been very
successful in his operations. He is a
i young man of fine business qualifica-;
tions and capable of taking charge of
I the financial business of any institu
-1 tion or corporation. Mr. Metzler is;
, a fair dealint; and reliable man, as our
. acquaintance with him during the past
two years has proven, and we heartily'
commend him and his house to our
! citizens He has controi of an im
! mense amount of capital in Colorado
; as well as in the east, and will give our
! citizens a bank that we need not be
ashamed cf.
Mr. F. W. Fuller, our well-known
fellow-citizen, who was “ raised in a
bank, ’ ’ and understands the entire busi
ness from messenger to president, has;
j kindly volunteered to assist Mr. Metz- j
j ler in the business until the arrival of
Coppinger, who is now in the east. j
It is unnecessary for us to say more of;
; Mr. Fuller, as he is well known to all.
The bank building is situated on the,
southwest corner of Ninth street and
. Avenue E, diagonally from the post
i office. The building is made of
i strong and heavy lumber, and is so
erected as to be proof against burglars.
] The counting room is large and com
! modious, affording room and comfort
to the patrons of the bank. A large!
; fire and burglar proof safe is already !
; on hand for the security of money and
: valuables.
For references they cite the First
I National Bank, Denver; First Na
tional Bank, Boulder; Metropolitan
; National Bank, New York; Bank of.
| Kansas City, Mo.; Bank of Holden,
1 Mo.
The first of this week the demo
crats of the Ruby mining district met
at the oftice of Dunn & Maloney for
the pu.ipose_of organizing a Hancock
: club.
The meeting was called to order by
1. j. Maloney. L. Kingsbury was
appointed temporary chairman and
j Edward Sargent temporary secre
After some preliminary matters were
arranged a permanent organization
was formed with J. C. Brown presi
dent, John McCormick and J. M.
Blakey, vice presidents, and T. 1.
Maloney, secretary.
A goodly number of names were
enrolled as members of the Club, and
the prospects are they will make the
campaign red-hot. Their regular
meetings will Ire held Saturday even
ings of each week.
O. P. Abricpmbrie, who has prac
ticed law in the city of Chicago for
the past fifteen years, has arrived at
, Gunnison City and associated himself
with Mr. Hawleyjdate of the firm of
Baxter & Hawley. They have their
office on the corner of Tumichi avenue
and Main street, over Bryant &
j WolfTe’s store.
Judge Soule is concerned about the
detention of freights coming to our
camp. He has been anxiously await
ing the arrival of a case of champagne,
! for the week past, consigned to Com
modore Amy, and as he atfakes in the
night with dry throat and parched
i lipMfter dreaming of that champagne,
• he thfel* these has been a game of
i !
James A. a Tooth of Nineteen Tears, •
is Precipitated 700 Feet Over the Si tie j
of a Mountain anil Killel
! _ |
[Ci.nimcnicatcd.j * (
Last Sabbath was a day that fur- j
nishes the first chapter in the burial ofi
a miner in this camp, and will long be i
remembered bv those who participated 1
in the sad rites, as a day of profound :
; It was my privilege to attend, and I
; was exceedingly gratified to observe’
the large collection of miners, who |
manitested the profoundest sympathy .
for the bereaved members of the fami- j
ly. The Rev. Mr. Warren, of Rosita, :
'officiated with great satisfaction. The
Exercises took place at the camp ofi
i the parents of the deceased, in the;
lower part of Irv, in.
Albert Riggs, a bright, promising !
youth, of nineteen years, was the vic
tiyi of a tragic casualty, by which he
was summoned Over There in an in
tstant’s time. He had been repeated
ly warned by his father, in their pros-■
pecting tours, of the imminent dang- j
ers he encountered in his daring j
: movements on the sides of these!
■ scarcely less than perpendicular walls]
of the mountains; but prompted bv j
chivalry and daring, knowing no sense ■
■oi fear and governed by a loi'tv ambi
tion, poor Albert would go where the i
eagle would seek safety for its young, I
and hang like one suspended between !
earth and heaven upon the brittle j
rock beneath his feet.
It was in Peeler Basin, about two]
miles from town. Saturday last, the!
fearful casualty occurred, by which he ;
lost his life. He was accompanied by ;
his brother-in-law, who stood in the!
rear and at no remote distance from '
1 him, on the side of a cliff, with a de- ]
scent of six or seven hundred feet, j
when the rock gave way beneath his ;
feet and he was precipitated to the j
bottom. At distance aof about thirty ■
feet there were other slightly project-;
ing surface rocks he encountered in '
the descent, and these in like manner,
from the concussion, gave way, and
huge tons of rock were precipitated i
with the daring boy in the gulf be- j
neath. No pencil can suitably por- ]
, tray the tragedy of this death. There
stood the brother-in-law so intensely
: horrified at the spectacle as to render ]
, his own foot hold insecure. The,
mangled hands of the deceased show
'ed the fierce effort he made to save
himself at the first shelve of the de-;
'scent. It was io o’clock at night be- i
fore his remains could be brought to j
the camp of his parents. There was
the agonized father and mother whose <
brightest hopes had been riven as by a 1
swift thunderbolt of heaven.
Two married sisters and their hus J |
bands, a bright brother of ten years!
and sister of twelve, all racked in the]
i hitter agony of indescribable suffer- !
ing. But let the curtain be drawn, ,
I such grief can only be assuaged by j
Him who tempers the “ wind to the:
shorn lamb and doeth all things well.” ,
Albert has gone, as we may hope, to a'
better land —been transplanted to j
those beautiful heights from which
1 there is no fall. He precedes all of us j
but bv a brief interval of time, and;
adds to that pale procession outnum- (
Bering earth’s teeming millions as is
the sands of the ocean the decaying j
monuments of men.
No provisions having bee® made by
our camp for a cemetery, a spot was
selected about a mile and a half south
of here, on an elevation overlooking j
the valley through which the highway
passes to Gunnison, for his burial.
And there Albert was casketed in a
rock bound grave to await the morn
ina’s buffle of the resurrection. Beau
c o
tiful wild flowers as fragrant as tne ,
jessamine and as lovely as the orange;
blossom, furnish a porterre about
his grave that no human art can excel.
And loving carrol birds will carrol on
his sod as having lost their dearest
The deceased was the son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. A. Riggs, originally from
Salliapolis, Ohio, ’nut for some years
previous to their removal to Colorado,
citizens of Danville, 111. They have
resided for the last three years at
Colorado Springs, this state, and re
moved to Irwin in May last. The
family are all distinguished for nigh
moral worth, and their affliction will
be felt in their former as well as
their present home.
It is to be hoped that this death
: will be a warning to the reckless, dar
' ing miners in this and other camps, in
• their prospecting rounds. As a class
| they carry their lives as in their own
: hands, and the wonder is there are so
few deaths of this character. The
heroism of the prospector is not un
like the one who ean smiie at the
drown dagger and delve its point; or
him who challenges death in storming
the battlements of a well fortified cita
i del, and they are more poorly com
pensated for their daring exposures
than any other class of men in the
i known world..
I desire it due, in conclusion, to add
that the city marshal and Mr. James
Lewis deserve great credit for Jiotify
, ing the public of the time and place of
* tjefawefll pad SOv-tting a general at-
Os TlrMtfe D. II jMtEwtn for SIOS Star
Parlius Ranch, on ihe Tumichi. j,
M e learn from the Gunnison News
that D. H. McEwen, of the lumber
firm ot Haverlv, Eoucher & Co.,
while on his way to that city last
Tuesday week, was stopped by a parrv
I of five men, at the rocky point in the
[willows, two miles', east of Parlin’s 1
ranch, on the Tumichi. The rob
• bers were concealed by the brush and
the night, and Mr. McEwen’s first in-.
• timation of their presence was when a'
dark lantern and the muzzle of a shot,
gun were suddenly thrust into his
face, with the usual salutation :
“ Hold up your hands !” Mr. Mc-
Ewen hesitated a moment, but their
wordless demonstrations became so
j threatening that he obeyed the order
j and submitted to a search, which was
■ rapidly conducted. From his pocket
book £lO5 in bills were taken, but
silver money and his watch were not 1
| disturbed. The thieves! failed to !
. . '
; search one pocket, which contained a :
[number of bills, of large denomina- j
, tions, folded flat. One of the search- !
i ers detected the presence, as he ap- i
; patently supposed, 0/ a large money
I pouch, worn next to Mr. McEwen’s
body, and his clothes were eagerly;
opened only. to reveal one of Hol
man’s liver pads. After this down-.
fall to their expectations, they_allow
; ed him to go.
The first appearance of road agents j
in our neighborhood will serve as a j
I warning here, we trust. The recent!
; exodus of such characters’from Buena |
| Vista may account for their presence, j
| and it is by no means unlikely that;
! the stages running here may be stop
j ped.
To trade a good mining claim for an
’ a No. 1 team and wagon. Address,
5-21* P. O. Box 152, Irwin, Colo.
All assay work is guaranteed correct
at W. H. Underwood’s assay office,
1 Ninth street, above postofnee. 5— tf
1 The Occidental, by Charley Jessup,
is the place to get the best liquors and
cigars in town. * 5— tf
A full line of boots and shoes, hats
and caps at A. FI. Bartlett & Co.’s on
Ninth street below postoffice. 3—tf.
Go to A.. Rirtlet t & Co., for vour
! Crockery ware. Special inducements
given to restaurant keepers. 3—tf
Hurrah for our side ! The first bil
liard table in town at the Occidental.
Charley Jessup, formerly of Gunnison,
! will be pleased to meet all of his old
! friends. s—tf
.. 1
To persons visiting Gunnison City
will do well by stopping at the Cuenin ;
; House, which has recently been
: opened in West Gunnison, all newly
1 furnished and everything first class.
j John R. Morgan is building a shopi
.on 9th street, next door to the Pio
neer saloon, for the purpose of carry
• ing on tiie wagon repairing, general
blacksmithing and the manufacture of
: all kinds of miner’s tools. All work
entrusted to his charge will be care- [
; fully attended to.
| A full line of canned goods always
on hand at A. . B artlett & Co.'s, on
Ninth street. 3—tf
For accurate returns take your assays
to W. H. Underwood’s assay office.
Bob Glascott and Jim Cutler, at the i
Ruby Sample Room have the finest
! stock of liquors and cigars in Irwin,
and will be glad to meet their old
.friends at the “Ruby,” two doors,
above the postoffice, on Ninth st. 3—tf
“ Glenn Springs ” 5 year old Sour
Ma?h. at the “ Ruby,” on Ninth
street. Try it. 3—tf
Stop! and think for a moment, gen
tlemen. Before you buy your supplies j
go in and see A. E. Bartlett & Co.
They have the largest stock of groce
ries in the city. Ninth street below
the postoffice. 3-tt ,
Drop in to the Ruluy Sample Room
on Ninth street, if you want good
liquors or cigars. Give Bob and Jim
a call, and you will be happy. 3— tf
Money to loan on personal collatter
als, by J. J. Smith.
Hardware, at bed-rock prices, at
Harding Bro's, on Ninth St.
Picks, shovels, drills, hammers and
all kinds of miners’ implements for
sale at Harding Bros., Ninth street.
Harding Bro’s are new prepared to
furnish our citizens with ail kinds of
hardware, tinware, miners’ tec!-, guns,
pistols, amunition, Ac. Store on 9th
street, below the j>ostoffi< e.
Steel, iron, sheet-iron and tinware, j
at Harding Bro’s Ninth St. Hardware |
Store, a few doors below the postoffice.
Mines bought, sold and bonded by
J. J. Smith, real estate md mine ag’t, j
Harding Bros, have their immens#
stock of hardware now on sale at his |
store on Ninth street. j
> _
S. Seligsberg
Wholesale and Retail
• «
• #
- ♦♦♦ — :
II e beg to announce to
the public tlmt we now
have open an elegant
•and full assortment of
| MEN’S *
• . •
! California Eastern
! C omforters,
Hats and Caps
Boots, Shoes
]ST otions,
Our Stock
o r
and of the best
Our Great
of baying direct from
the manufacturer
will enable us to sell
;•* goods at the lowest
j Aa Bxaminatlon
t An extend a cordial mutation to nit.
1 ju»a«f >

xml | txt