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(Ow tinned from flmt Pa^c OUR LITERATURE is furnished by two news stands, a reading room, a circulating library, and lastly, but in our estimation not by any means the least, the Elk Mountain Pilot, to whose untiring, but unappreciated and ill paid efforts the prosperity of our camp is largely due. And now kind reader, that we have finished a general description of our camp, internally and externally we come to the PERSONAL HISTORY, our mercantile and professional com munity, of whom let’us first introduce the firm of Harding Bro’s, dealers in hardware, queensware and tinware. As this firm carries the largest stock of goods in Gunnison county, and in connection with its Canon City branch, the largest outside of Denver, we may be pardoned for giving it a more than passing attention. L. L. Harding, who manages this branch, started to Irwin on the first of May .ast with fourteen teams. After incred lble hardships, these .teams, which were the first to go through Marshall pass, at length deposited their loads within three miles of Irwin, where tents were erected which covered part of the goods only, the balance having to lie out in the open air. Six weeks after they spread their big tent on Ninth street, near avenue D, filling it with hardware and putting their Stoves,and smiths’ iron on the outside. They have done a large business. We estimate their stock on hand at £15,- 000 to £20,000. They now occupy the largest store building in town, which is still unfinished. When com pleted this building will have three iarge stores with rooms overhead for offices, etc. The firm will also have a room in the rear of the building for warehouse and tin shop. A corps of tinners and workmen to fit up smelt ing work,will be employed and a large supply of material will be added in the spring, which will be enlarged to any amount adequate to the demands of trade. Bank of Irwin, M. Coppinger, Pres ident; S. S. Metzler, Cashier. This institution began business, in Irwin, on the 19th of July last, with a capi tal amply sufficient to meet all the de mands made upon it by this camp; in fact it has not been able to use but a small portion of its capital, since much of it is invested in banks else where. Mr Coppinger, the President, is now in Missouri but we understand will be here in the spring and remain permanently. Our banking facility is a feature of which’ we may feei proud and Irwin need have no fears of run ning out of “soap.” Mr. Metzler, the cashier, is a prompt and courteous man with wfiom it is a pleasure to transact [fhe bank deals in domestic exchange and has its correspondents at every point of the compass, to which the foreign exchange will be added in the spring. The bank building is a handsome one on the corner of 9th St and avenue E. It has a beautiful glass front and window shades painted with the name of the bank and its officers, in elegant design. A. E. Bartlett & Co., grocery mer chants, opened their stock of goods early in the spring in a small cabin, with a dirt roof, on 9 th street between avenues D& E. Since that time they have extended their building toward the street, making their store 18x50. Mr. Bartlett, now in Denver, in ventoried his stock, before leaving, which amounted to £IO,OOO, and this will be largly increased in the spring. Dr. Reid was the first physician who came to this camp. As an M. D. he stands at the top of his professional ladder. In May last he employed some men to assist him and built a log house, where he now resides, cov ering it with clap-boards riven from spruce blocks. This was the first board or shingle roof in Irwin, all the houses erected previously, having been covered with dirt, no shingle mill having been in operation here at that time. The Dr. has since built a pick et fence, weather boarded his house, set out shade trees and improved his place generally. He is also interested in several valuable mining claims be sides owning a number of town lots. And we may add that he takes a lib eral interest in any and everything tnat appertains to the prosperity of the camp, going down into his cash depositary and producing with a lib eral hand the sinews, not only of war but the press and every other enter prize. May success ever attend him and his accomplished and estimable wife who is also interested in mining property independent of the Doctor.- Colorado News Co., G. J. Hanley, This concern which deals in newspapers periodicals and fancy goods, was estab lished early in the season in a large; tent on avenue E, near 10th street. It shared the tent with A. M. Mcll henny, grocer. These two firms have prospered well and now occupy a large store on 9th street, built from the profits made here in a few months business. Both carry a large and well selected stock in their respective lines of trade. A. J. Miller, Attorney at Law. This gentleman opened his office in our camp July 3d. He came directly from El Dorado, Kansas, in which state he practiced law for twenty-six years. The Judge has shown our ci tizens that his high reputation in Kan nh ww well merited. Admitted to practice in the supreme court twenty three years ago and to the federal court twelve years ago, his ripe experience entitles him to great respect in this community as a high authority in all matters appertaining to his profession. The Judge has erected a handsome building on 9th St., between avenues E &F, two stories high; the ground floor of which is 22x70 feet, divided into five apartments and the upper floor is divided into seven apartments. Little by little his household goods are arriving here, but ere long the Judge will rest from has daily la bors in one of the most completly furnished homes in Irwin. S. Cullom & Co., Dealers in Gener al Merchandise. This firm started trade here in May last in a tent on io th St., between avenues E & F, where they transacted a very satisfact ory business all summer. Early in the fall they purchased the building occupied by J. E. Black & Co., and moved their stock into it without de lay. Messrs Cullom & Co. immedi ately set about improving their build ing by extending its rear and put ing up a handsome front, besides fin ishing up the inside generally. Early in the spring they will add a fifty foot extension to the rear of the present store room, making it 22x100 feet. The firm have on hand an ample and well selected stock for the present trade and are making arrangements to fill up that big room in the spring, when they will add to the present assortment a large stock of well select ed dry goods and clothing. O’Mahoney & Trainor, Black smiths, Horse Shoers, Wagon Makers and General Iron Workers. Dennis J. O’ Mahoney is the pioneer black smith of this camp. Early in the spring when the snow was yet so deep upon the ground that nought but a snow shoe trail existed, he came hith er and building a log cabin sixteen feet square on tenth St., opened shop. Close attention to business and good workmanship brought its reward, for prosperity rapidly followed. About the first of November he associated himself with John P. Trainor, the well known blacksmith of the Forest Queen mine. Quite recently they have erected a large and well appointed shop, 22x80, two stories high, situ ated on 9th St., between avenues D and E. The lower floor is devoted to a blacksmith and wagon shop, the upper to painting and storage. Two cleverer men are seldom associated to gether and their work speaks for itself. Walter H. Graves, A. 8., A. M., B. S., A. 8., of Belles Lettres , and C. E. As many of our readers may not understand the abreviating letters attached to the name of our esteemed fellow citizen and accomplished engi neer, we hasten to explain that the quiet, unassuming man who saws his own wood, and wallows around through snow, and over rocks and cliffs with a sextant or compass on his shoulder, can go down into the old box under his desk and haul out more diplomas than any other man in Gun nison county. But as merit is modest and virtue unassuming, Walter prefers to keep his diplomas in a box, to hanging them on the walls of his office, He naturally takes a pi ide in them, as the ceitficates of victories that he has gained while in the pursuit of knowl edge at the universities that he has attended. And sometime in the far future, when gathered with his family around the glowing fireside, he may draw forth these dusty, time-worn and moth eaten documents and show them as evidences of his hard scholastic labor. As an engineer, Mr Graves, although a young man, has already won an en viable reputation, while in the employ of our government. For twelve years he served Uncle Sam, and during that time has marched over mountains and through valleys, from the Elk mount ains in the Gunnison, to the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. In closing this sketch we must add that whatever work is entrusted to Walter H. Graves, will be done promptly, thoroughly and honestly. Thomas & McDougal, Lawyers and Notaries Public. These gentlemen have offices both in Gunnison and Ir win; J. M. McDougal Esq., repre in Irwin and T. H. Thomas Esq., attends to business at the county seat. Mr. McDougal came to the camp last spring and has a nicely fitted up office with Cornwall Craven and Cornwall, and is highly appreciated both socially and profes sionally. Cornwall Craven & Cornwall, U S. Deputy Mineral Surveyors & As sayers. These gentlemen have their office in same building as Thomas & McDougal; the building a neat two story, belonging to them. They are very proficient in their business. At present the gentlemen are all in New York but will return in the spring. A. Heiligers, Miners’ Furnishing Goods, Groceries, Boots, Shoes, &c. The above named gentleman who hoists on high his banner bearing the strange design of “ Reasonable Abe,” made his appearance in camp last i May. “Hard! hard indeed, was said • to be the struggle for freedom,” but it j wasn’t a circumstance to the almost j insurmountable difficulties which en-l compassed the pioneer merchants of j this camp. He opened the first i stock of fumishinggoods ever offered to! this camp, in a lithe 12x20 teat on 9th street between avenues E A F. Since that time, by hard work, (and he’s a whole team,) and steadfastly keeping to his motto of “one price only and that the lowest, Mr. Heiligers has prospered apace. To-day he oc cupies a nobby store on 9th St., half a square below his old stand. This store is filled with a select stock of goods and all of it, ground, store and stock and also the adjoining building, belong to one of the nicest and most accomodating little men in camp, call ed “Reasonable Abe,” otherwise Mr. Abram Heiligers. Fitzgerald & Foley, Liquor Saloon. This firm own and occupy a handsome two story building, 22x65 feet, on 9th St. between avenues D & E. They opened late in Sept. City Laundry, Carrie Roberts pro prieteress. This laundry was started last sumfher and is one of the best in our town. The proprietress attends strictly to business, and when you see those stiff white collars parading around town you may be certain that some of them were done up at the City Laun dry. A. J. Allison & Bro’s Meat Mar ket. This firm opened a shop on July 15th, in a small log cabin on 9th St. between avenues D &E. Their business like all others here, has prov en very prosperous, and now Allison Bro’s hold forth in a handsome two story house, erected in Sept., on the site of their log cabin. They keep constantly on hand a large stock of the choicest meat, which they wholesale and retail. Will J. Mallory, Candy Maker. Mr. Mallory has been supplying our town with candy but has discontinued until spring. The Mint, Andrews & Reynolds, proprietors,occupies a fine frame build ing, 22x80 feet, on 9th street between avenues E and F. It is fitted up in the most* superb style, with a glass front and rear. The saloon has two of the most elegant tables ever turned out of the Balke-Brunswick billiard table maufacturing company’s shop, which are mounted with the latest im proved Monarch cushions. This house keeps a fine line of the most superior wines? liquors and cigars, and we feel safe in saying that its equal cannot be found in Gunnison county. Brown & Slosson, dealers in gen eral merchandise, opened their stock of goods on the Ist of July last, on 9th street, between avenues E and F, with the largest assortment of the kind ever brought to this market. The in voice amounted to £13,000. Of the single article of sugar alone they brought 10,000 lbs. Their stock em braces every variety of goods suitable for a mining camp. Besides this they are county agents of Laflin and Rand, the most extensive powdeit company in the United States. All the particu lars above mentioned can doubtless be found duly advertised and elabo rated upon in the Gunnison Democrat. The senior member of the firm is the present Mayor of Irwin. W. P. Rose, saloon keeper, has en joyed a very liberal share of the public patronage, as his place of business seems to have been, by common con sent, chosen as headquarters for the transaction of a good deal of business in mining and real estate. If there is any one particular thing in which we take an especial delight, it is to grasp the hand of a hardy pioneer. W. P. Yan Osten is one of these. When all these rugged moun tain tops, whose treeless heights pro jecting far above timber line had never felt the impress of a white man’s foot, and elk, bear, deer and mountain lions held high carnival amidst the tall spruce forests which surrounds our town, Van Osten came and saw and helped develop the mineral which makes this camp one of the wonders of the State. Chicago Hotel and Restaurant, L. C. Cull, proprietor, opened on Oct. 29th, in a handsome, two story i building on 10th street,' between ave nues D and E. Finding that his lo cation was somewhat off the main line of travel he removed to the large house he now occupies on 9th sreet. This place has the reputation of keep ing a good table and nice clean beds. The proprietor puts plenty of blankets and comforts where they can do the ‘lnosf good, and consequently those nocturnal, somnambulistic voyages made by the lodgers in some hotels are not seen here. Ben D. Metz, telegraph operator. This young gentleman deals somewhat in lightning, but owing to the lateness ‘ of the season he hasn’t done much in his line, but next spring he expects to keep a large stock on hand and fire it off lively. Ben is a nice young fel low and we hope that next season the company will pay him a good salary. H. T. Panter, druggist, began bus iness in a large building of his own on upper 9th street. In September he removed his stock to his present loca tion. His stock is large and well as sorted and consists of a full line of drugs and liquors to which will be added a full line of painters’ supplies, in the spring. J. R. Morgan, Blacksmith has his shop next door to McQuaid & Berry’s. McQuaid & Berry started trade the first of last June in a tent. They now occupy a fine two story frame building, 22x55, haring a beautiful plate glass front to the lower story, which is used as their store room, while the upper floor is divided into oftoes. They have an ample stock, which they will increase in the spring. Toennegis & Pencil,Restaurauteurs, began business in a tent near present stand, last spring. Now they occupy a handsome two story frame building, 22x44, on 9th street between avenues D& E. Wm. Rucker &Co. are making pre parations to erect an elegant two story lodging house next to Toennegis & Pencils’. Sturtevent & De La Vergne, drug ists, began business on the first ot September last, on avenue E between 9th and 10 th streets. Since the time of opening their first stock of drugs, they have been principally engaged in substituting, for the tent they former ly occupied, the present handsome store, and getting ready for the spring trade. The reading club meets here. It has a membership of seventeen and subscribes to fourteen papers and peri odicals. • Thaddeus May came here on the 1st of last June and bought two lots, ele vated a small tent and started therein a retail grocery business. As Mr. May is, and has been, engaged in both freighting and mining, he has not given to his grocery that attention which it deserves and requires; but in the spring will open out with a large and complete stock. John Slattery, boot and shoe mak er. This camp can boast of as good a boot and shoe maker as any in the land although he does not give his en tire time and attention to the business- The mineral that crops out so freely from our mountain sides has many charms for John, and he believes that “those who seek shall find,” and con sequently. John hunts it up. He is interested in some of the finest claims in the district. King & Co. corral and feed store. In August last this firm erected a large corral and feed stable, on 10th street, between avenues D and E, where they have the best ot stable room; they al so keep on hand a large quantity of hay and grain for sale as well as for feeding purposes. This firm has been exceeingly prosperous during the past season. They own the establishment on the Ohio Creek road, known as King’s Ranch. The members of this firm are King, Drake and Markley. Dave Markley, who stays at the ranch, is one of the most genial gentlemen in this section; the other members of the firm are too well known here to require special mention. Last spring they began business at the ranch in a tent, since which time they have erected a comn.odius hou>e, and have built stables sufficient to ac comodate a large amount of stock. Frarikenberger and Eaton, civil and mining engineers, and U. S. deputy -mineral aqyveyors, have their office in Rose’s building, on 9th street. Frank enberger, now absent in Boulder, be ing an extra good draughtsman, does the office work, while Eaton does the field work. Eaton is on a visit to his friends in Michigan. Both are expe rienced gentlemen and deserve the liberal patronage they receive. Woods and Highwarden have as stylish a barber shop as can be found on this side of the range, next door to the post office, where you can get hot and cold baths at any hour, day or night. As tor.sorial artists they have few equals and no superiors. . (Continued on Second l’age) RUBY DRUG STORE IRWIN, COIiO. E T. Panter, - Prpriet’r. Has a full supply of DPMJGrS, Patent Medicines, Toilet Goods, Paints, Oils, WINES AND LIQUORS For Medicinal Purposes. Domestic and Imported CIGARS $ TOBACCO. Prescriptions irefullj Compounded. M. COPPIXGER, 8. 8. METZLER, President. Cmdiier BANKofIRWa COPPINGER & METZLER, Irwin, Colo. Transact a General Banking Business. REFERENCES. Pint National Bank, Deliver. Pint National Rank, Boulder. Metropolitan National Bank, K. T. Back of Kama* <'ity, Kansu City, Mo. Rank of Holden, Holdan. Miawari T. H. Taosaa. J. M. MrDo nil '■'HOMAS k IcIIOCGIk, lawyer* aad Kotariea J PmkMc. Ofci at fluiiaw and Irwia (Ratty •Ssp) InM, L. R. THOMPSON. F. W. FULLER. THOMPSON & FULLER, Red Estate Ag'ts& Mine Brokers HAVE FOR SALE SOME OF THE BEST BTJSIHSTESS LOTS MST TOWN - HX© MINES NEGOTIATED. CORRESPONDENCE SOLICITED. F. W. FULLER, NOTARY PUBLIC. A. E. BARTLETT & CO., PTiATjuna in GROCERIES, CLOTHING, BOOTS & SHOES, Furnishing Goods, QUEENSWARE, CUTLERY, ETC. Ninth. St., Set. S »nd B Avea., 18/WIIST, - - COXjOR/ADO COLORADO NEWS COM’Y NINTH ST., ABOVE BANK, DEALERS IN ALL THE Daily and Weekly Newspapers Blank Books, Stationery, WALL PAPER, WIjXDO W SHADES, CORD, CIGARS & TOBACCO Pipes ami Smokers’ Sundries in Every Variey. The Beat Bo Oi in the Steto. Tlie Gruimison CRUSHING-^SAMPLING WOB ICS, On Ninth and Tenth Sis., Bet. Arcs C $ I), Irwin, - Colorado, ROSE, REED & COMPANY Will be ready to Receive and Sample Ores Oct. Ist HIGHEST CASH PRICE PAID FOR Gold, Silver and Lead Ores. TVrni Runs and Assays Made. A. M. McElHinney, DEALERS IN FRESH GROCERIES Canned Goods, Dried Fruit, Coal Oil, Salt Meat, Hams, Provisions of all Kinds! MBTBBS’ SUPPLIES. 9TH ST., ABOVE BANK, IRWIN. Gro as YOll Please But don't forget that the only exclusive WINE, LIQUOR & CIGAR HOUSE IX IRWIN, IS THAT IF JdE SELIG, ON NINTH STREET; BELOW POSTOITICI. Our goods having been bought direct from the Vineyards, Distilleries and Manufacfuries, enables us to sell very close. Our Motto: “In God we trust-All others are expected to pay cash.” JOE SELIG.