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The Oroville weekly gazette. [volume] (Oroville, Wash.) 1905-19??, June 04, 1909, Image 1

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The Oroville Weekly Gazette
iHher Test Shipment From
||i Property in Touch
|r| With Oroville.
■olden chariot shipping
■■ Returns Justifies the Mine
IfHill Probably be a Reg
pjv' ular Shipper.
|H evidence derived through pros
pHk it has been demonstrated that
»B|Duntains surrounding Oroville
■■h in mineral deposits. The busy
||Hkrs after hidden treasures have
veins carrying gold, silver,
|||S and other precious metals.
these deposits are extensive
■I to make paying mines remains
by development, but
been exposed by prospecting
Mbharacter and extent to warrant
that in the course of
will be one of the im-
AHE industries of this locality. The
mineral are not confined to
locality, as ledges have been
in the mountains on both
valley. What factor these
be in the upbuilding of Oro-
HHkains for time to tell, although
3199b expected that the future in-
I Hnm that source will materially
this place a flourishing
IH is certain that ores of a high
extensive deposit near the
least, have been found, and
II Bibs for deeper and more exten-
Q to decide as to the real
9 SB such discoveries. So far these
9 H have hardly reached beyond
I ■pteclive stages, but men with
I Bbxperience feel confident that
9 Bfcystom of mining in vogue in
9 where mining is carried
n is introduced here a
9 Hof these prospects will turn
9 He valuable properties.
9 9Best known and most extensive-
D Bpd groups of claims in imme
Ich of Oroville are those situ-
Cruger moantain, a short dis
tlh of town, on the west side
)s lake. This eminence is di
n the international boundary
mineral has been discovered,
edges in which it is deposited,
in opened up on both sides of
There are several of these
)w being worked on a small
cl in every instance a tine qual
»ld and copper ore has been
d. The holders of these claims
en handicapped for lack of
carry on the work as it should
In order to secure the best re
t when the true merit of the
!s becomes generally known it
I certain that funds wilt be
ling to carry on development
pMff the several groups on Kruger
Win none have made a better
mg than the Golden Chariot,
h !■ being worked under the super
•Of Silas Fritz. The workings
Ip Chariot have reached a verticle
200 feet, and at the present
I workmen are running a drift
y strong ledge. There is a
quartz and gangue six feet
well mineralized, with a pay
irough the ledge varying from
eighteen inches. Some time
• load of ore from the Golden
was shipped to the smelter,
■eturns were very encourag-
Is week another car load was
kit. The ore in this last ship
all appearances was much
rade than the former eonsign
nd better returns are looked
>se shipments are in the na
icsts to ascertain the values
S the ore. Mr. Fritz intends
to a greater depth upon the
1 among those familiar with
Srty it is believed that sink
3pen up even a better quality
d more of it.
UMUt was bis mission ?
M. Anderson, of Spokane,
agent for the Great North-
came in last Friday even
|l he drove down to Uiv
■B company with K. Fitzgerald,
Sunday left for his home
H# morning. What the object of
nißtras no one knows positively,
prevails that he was
around in the interests of the
(■IIIH 'alley branch. The major is
most pleasant gentlemen
connected with the railroad official
force, and on general topics he will
converse fluently, but when it comes
to railroad news he shuts up like an
oyster, and it is impossible to pry any
thing out of him. No fault can be
found with him on this score, for he
draws a salary for keeping quiet, as
well as fur the work he does, and he
surely earns all he gets. Even if he
was dumb on information his appear
ance up here at this time is encourag
ing, and leaves the impression that
something will soon develop relative
to the construction of the southern
Frank H. Goldthwait, Esq..of Spring
field, Mass., president of the Palmer
Mountain Tunnel company, spent a
couple of days in camp the latter part
of last week, looking over the property.
Harry Bassett has closed down his
bakery and restaurant, and will re
move to Riverside. Mr. Bassett has
conducted restaurants in this county for
years, and on several occasions has
been in business in Loomis. He is a
restless mortal, and is never satisfied
to remain any length of time in one
place. He is not pulling out now be
cause business is slack, for recently he
has had about all he could do, but the
old roving fever was on and he just
had to make a change.
Loomis is now without a restaurant
and a man who understands the busi
ness would find a good opening here.
A hearing was held here last week
before FT. S. Commissioner Grahlraan
over the town site, and considerable
testimony was taken. The object was
to straighten out the town site muddle
that has been a drawback to the growth
of the place since it was first settled,
although there is a decided difference
of opinion as to how it should be
straightened out.
R. J. Hall, of Republic, Indian farm
er, spent Saturday and Sunday in town
on business connected with his office.
Senator Moultray, of Bellingham,
was in town Saturday, looking over the
country. He is one of the prospective
school land buyers, and was looking
into the chances of an irrigation sys
tem from Toats coula creek.
Herbert Gregg, who has been en
gaged in businness here for a number
of years, has sold the residue of his
stock to E. C. Willard & Co. and J. M.
Richmond. He will finish up what
photograph work he has on hand and
then take his departure for southern
California, where he expects to make
his future home.
Several thousand sheep belonging to
Geo. W. Loudon were driven through
town Sunday on the way to the sum
mer range in the mountains.
During the past few days the forma
tion in the face of the Palmer moun
tain tunnel has decidedly changed, the
rock becoming softer and much water
flowing in, A small stringer was cut
and the quartz showed strong indica
tions of copper. The manager is push
ing exploitation, and the force em
ployed has been increased.
No order has as yet been issued by
the Interior department providing for
the sale of such of the Indian allot
ments in this vicinity not selected by
the Indian claimants. It. was stated by
this paper that Geo. ,1. Hurley had the
authority to make the sale, but this
was an error. It is not known when
the sale will he ordered, although
such a disposal of the land is expected
at an early date.
J. P. Forde expects to go extensive
ly into the fruit growing business on
the land he has taken up in this im
mediate vicinty.
E. VV. Pember, one of the old timers
of Loomis, spent a couple of days in
Oroville the latter part of last week.
Mr. Pember was the victim of a sin
gular circumstance that was causing
him much trouble and considerable ex
pense. He was under the espoinage of
a special land agent, who was sent in
by the land department to collect from
him something over SIOO for stove wood
cut on the public domain. Mr. Pem
ber did not cut the wood, and hence
was guilty of no wrong doing. The
laws governing the protection of tim
ber are peculiar, as well as strict. Not
only is the man who actually cuts lum
ber, or wood, on the public domain
held accountable, but the damage as
sessed can be collected trorn any one
who innocently buys that lumber, or
wood. Mr. Pember bought the wood
from parlies who afterwards left the
country, and sold it to consumers in
Loomis. As the government officials
could not jump on the real tresspassers
they did the next thing within their
power, nailed Mr. Pember- This is
tough on the innocent purchaser, but
he had to dig up just the same.
Attorney Fitzgerald was in Chesaw
several days this week, called there on
legal business.
Rushing Men and Material
to Kemereos to Com
mence Work.
After a Long Wait and Conflicting
Reports the Iron is to be
Extended West.
There is a constent movement of
men and material to the front that
would indicate the early commence
ment of the extension of the railroad
coastward from Kererneos, where the
railroad has been hung up for many,
many months. There is no uncertain
ty as to the intentions of what the
powers that bo have in contemplation.
Ft surely means track laying, and that
very soon, as men are not accumulated
at the present terminous to remain idle.
The road bed is graded through to
Hedley, and little remains to be done
in the way of grading from that point
to Princeton. The present display of
activity means business, and will be
hailed with joy by the people beyond
Kererneos, who have long suffered from
hone deferred. The coast has always
been the objective point, although the
system of procrastination in vogue left
the impression that the objective point
would not be reached within the life
time of the present generation. It
looks different at this writing. Actual
hostilities in the way of bridging the
gap between Kererneos and Princeton
with steel may not commence in real
earnest until the waters of the Simil
kameen subside, for bridge building
cannot be advantageously carried out
during the spring freshet, but if the
wait is only until the stream shrinks
to its normal stage that will not be
many weeks, and once track laying is
inaugurated it is certain to be followed
up at a lively rale until the graded
road is ironed.
Besides the men, iron ami bridge
material sent forward 20 flat cars have
been side tracked at Kererneos for a
special purpose. These cars are to be
built upon, roofed in and arranged as
bunk houses for the construction crew,
the temporary quarters to be pushed
along as the steel is laid. This infor
mation was given out this week, and
arrangements of this kind would not
be contemplated unless it had been de
cided to extend the line. Moreover it
is repoi-led with a good show of auth
ority that trains will be running into
Princeton by the 15th sf October. A
crowd of the skilled workmen who
were employed on the track laying
machine during the days of conseruc
lion into Oroville and beyond, arrived
Monday night and continued on to the
front. Thie is another favorable indi
cation that points to the speedy exten
sion of the line.
And there will not be another pro
tracted and tantilizing suspension of
canstruction after Princeton is reached.
From there the road will be pushed
over the mountains to tide water. As
it is at present this is not a profitable
feeder to the main line, and its reach
ing the coast is about the only thing
that will insure its paying. It will
open up a large and new country, and
the trafic will grow as the resources
along the route are developed. It will
be a good thing for Oroville, as well
as the other towns along' the road, as
it will give a through connection east
and west. The time will come when
this branch of the Great Northern will
be one of the most important of the
entire system.
The branch store of the Glenwood
Mercantile company, at this place has
gone out of business. It was not a case
of failure, simply a consolidation of
stock. F. J. Cummings, who has been
engaged in the store business in this
upper country since the landing of the
Pilgrim Fathers, there or thereabouts,
of late years has been conducting a
large merchandising establishment at
Riverside. A couple of years ago he
concluded to reach out into other fields,
and selected Oroville as a promising
point to put in a branch. He built a
large building, stocked it with a com
plete line of merchandise, and his en
joyed a fair share of business. But this
thing of a single individual having two
separate stores, quite a distance apart,
to look after is a heavy tax upon his
physical and mental powers, and while
Mr. Cummings is long on both, he
found the experience very wearing.
Besides, during the years he has been
in business, he has accumulated a large
amount of outside property that also
demands personal attention. The com
bination of interests he found 100 burd
ensome to continue, and in self-defense
he was compelled to consolidate his
stores at one point, and he elected to
retain the parent establishment. By
this movement Mr. Cummings secures
for himself more freedom of action.
He will escape much of the house con
finement, and be able to spend more
timeout doors looking- after his land
holdings, which will be more to his
taste, and far better for his physical
well being, for large as he Is and
strong as he looks recent ailments have
demonstrated that appearances are
sometimes deceitful. Mr. Cummings
has lost no faith in the future of Oro
ville, and is as confident now as here
tofore that it it a place of coming im
portance. He still retains much prop
erty in town, of considerable value
now, and which is sure to Increase in
value as the years rolls around. Ashe
has those interests here he will con
tinue to be a frequent visitor.
E. P. Wheeler, of Conconully, was
an arrival in town last Thursday on his
way to Princeton, B. C. Mr. Wheeler
is probably the oldest active mine ope
rator in Okanogan county. Possibly
not in years, but in the period that he
has been engaged in mining. Away
back to a time known only by tradition
Mr. Wheeler located claims on Miner
al Hill, near Conconully, which have
since been incorporated into the Min
eral Hill Miningcompany, and to those
claims and to that company he has
stuck ever since. He was comparative
ly a young man when he left Spokane
and cast his lot with Okanogan county.
He has never faultered in his faith.
He has put in long days and hard licks
in his efforts to make a mine. He has
uncovered and exposed much ore of a
superior quality, but laboring under
the disadvantage of remoteness from
transportation so far he has realized
little or nothing for his years of appli
cation. Ho hr, grey handling
hammer and drill, yet his confidence is
unshaken, and he feels just as well
satisfied today as he was a score of
years ago that some time, if he can
only hold out long enough, he will
make a winning out of Mineral Hill.
But that is not the only anchor with
which his hope is riding the storms of
disappointment. He is largely inter
ested in some excellent copper proper
ties near Princeton. Every summer
for Ifi years he has made a pilgrimage
to those claims, paying the Canadian
government the annual tax that is ex
acted from every miner, and putting in
a month doing the regular representa
tion work. He is oft on that mission
now. He looks forward to the comple
tion of the railroad to Princeton as
the time when he may hope at last to
realize some return for the money and
time he has expended. All who know
Mr. Wheeler trust that the reward
may be ample, and that he may live
long to enjoy the fruits of his tenacity.
Last fall the county press and peo
ple. were a unit in freely and frankly
agreeing that the Okanogan County
Fair, held at Riverside, bad assembled
the largest concourse of people ever
brought together in the county. The
fair was a success in all respects, not
the least beneficial factors being the
creation of an opportunity for the peo
ple of the various sections becoming
better acquainted, and finally and fully
convinced a county fair really worth
while and producing valuable results
could be, and had been, held in a coun
ty as young and undeveloped as ours.
The first fair premium list to reach
this office is that of the Spokane Inter
state Fair for 1909, well filled with ad
vertisements of the enterprising busi
ness men of that city who know that
fairs arc valuable investments for the
communities which encourage them.
This premium list reminds us that the
Okanogan County Fair and Racing As
sociation has just notified us that the
various committees necessary to the
success of our own fair are now en
gaged in active preparations for the
regular county event. We take pleas
ure in reminding our readers that they
will be engaged in a work that will be
of personal, as well as of public, bene
fit if they will at once take serious
thought as to how they may contribute
to the successor a home enterprise that
is good and growing better.
The current in the Okanogan river
was running up stream into Osoyoos
lake, and as muddy as the Missouri,
Thursday, evidence that the Similka
meen is far above the normal and
crowding into the Okanogan.
The Company Arranging; to
Treat Ore on the
If the Mill is a Success this County
Will at Last Have a
Paying; Mine.
Parties from Montana who have in
vented and introduced a new chlorina
tion and electro metal saving system
for the recovery of values in ores, were
up to the Ruby mine, a few mile* west
of Oroville, this week, for the purpose
of making arrangements for putting in
one of the plants at that mine. We
are not in a position at this time to an
nounce the result of the conference,
but those interested in tne mine five
out the impression that one of these
plants will be in active operation at
the Ruby at an early date. If the pro
cess proves that it will aave the values,,
as it has extracted the values where
thoroughly tested, the Ruby will be
come a mine to be listed under the
paying head. This is no careless and
unreasonable claim, for the material
carrying the metal is the to yield the
income. It is claimed for this new pro
cess that it will save 05 per cent of the
values in the ores treated, and the ex
pense of operation is so cheap that the
very low grade ores can be worked at
a margin. It possesses another strong
recommendation, as it saves all the
minerals the ores treated contain.
There is hardly any limit to the quan
tity of low, and medium, grade ore the
Ruby can produce and a plant that can
do the work and insure the saving of
values to the extent claimed will leave
a large measure of profit to the Ruby
In past years the Ruby has produced
some very high grade ore, the princip
al value being in silver, and consider
able of this ore has been shipped to the
outside for smelter treatment. The
cost of production, transportation and
treatment was so great that the com
pany decided to suspend shipments and
await the time that some kind of treat
ment plant could be placed upon the
ground where all there is in the ore
could be turned into receipts. Ne
gotiations have been pending for some
time for this newly invented plant,
the attention of Monroe Harman, man
ager of the mine, having been called
to it when the first working model was
being tested. He has very carefully
examined into the process, and seen it
work, and is satisfied in his own mind
that is just what is needed to make the
Ruby a success as a mining proposi
tion. He has hundreds of tons of ore
on the dump that can be treated, and
an almost endless quantity blocked out
in the ramification of underground
workings that have been in process of
excavation for several years. There
is much high grade ore that can be
taken out, which will average up the
cheaper ores.
Mr. Harman has been sustained by
an unfaltering faith in the property to
which he he has devoted the beat years
of his life to make a dividend payer.
He is not a man that can be misled aa
to the merits of a mining proposition,
because he has both the theoretical
knowledge and practical experience.
His management has been marked by
care, conservatism and good judgment,
and he has followed a method of un
dergroud development that has brought
the very best results in the way of
tonnage exposure. If he succeeds in
securing the plant he is after, and it
does the work claimed for it, there is
every reason to believe that the Ruby
will become one of the most important
mining properties in the northwest.
Ed Gorraley met with an accident
Wednesday that came in an ace of
winding up his earthly career. Mr.
Gormley has a contract on the Favor
ite mine, near Nighthawk, and is get
ting out ore on the upper workings.
Wednesday Mr. Gormley started to
the magazine after powder, goingdown
over the dump. At that time the sort
ers were at work, and the discarded
quartz was being cast out of the way.
As Mr. Gormley reached the base of
the dump, and out of sight, a large
piece of quartz thrown out struck him
on the left side of the neck. The sharp
edge of the rock cut a deed gash from
$1.50 PER YEAR.
the butt of the ear aroond under'’the
chin. Several small arteries were Sev
ered and the would bled profusely. So
great was the hemorrage that at first
it was feared that the juglar vein had
been cut. Mr. Gormley 'was assisted
down the mountain, and was iathledi
ately brought to Oroville on a hand
ear by his brother and friends.>~Dr.
Webb put several stitches *in the rag
ged wound, and the young man is able
to be around, although -pretty Sore
where he got it in the neck. As'bad
as it is it might have- been worse*’ for
had the rock struck him fairly on the
head he would undoubtedly have sup
plied the chief drawing card for a
funeral. i
The latter part of last week Frank
Henry OoldthWait, Esq., an old, sub
stantial and influential resident of
Springfield, Mass., passed through Oro
ville on his way to Loomis, leaving
here Saturday morning for Hood river,
Oregon, where he has a son engaged
In fruit growing. Mr. Ooldtbwait is of
the old school, a graduate of tbat con
■ervatlve eastern business world in
which honor is held higher than mere
paltry gain, suave and courteous in his
intercourse with men and a gentleman
whom it is a pleasure to know and
meet. He was out here a number of
years ago under the guidance of Charlie
May, the Davenport banker, whose
present whereabouts is a mystery, and
who is still believed in by many, not
withstanding the cloud banging over
him. Mr. Goldthwait and his imme
diate relatives became largely inter
ested in the Palmer mountain tunnel,
and the object of his present trip to
this locality was to visit the ground
and look over the workings on that
property. He was not prepared to say
what the company may do in the fu
ture, as an expert has been on the
ground lately and much depends upon
the report he would submit. Mr. Gold
thwait is at present one of the direct
ors of the company, and has decided
hopes that the work of further devel
opment will be continued.
Mr. Mid Mrs. Geo. W. Loudon, among
the oldeet resident* of the Loomis
neighborhood, spent two or three days
in Orovllle this week. Mr. Loudon
in early day* was engaged in the stock
business, and switched a few years ago
from cattle to sheep, meeting with re
markable success In that industry.
This has been a good year for sheep
men, and for Mr. Loudon in particular.
His flock has increased 110 per cent,
and-his wool clip was unusually heavy.
Mr. and Mrs. Loudon are widely known
throughout the county. Their hospit
able and beautifully located home Is
always open to the visitor, who is as
sured of a hearty welcome. They were
in Oroville for the purpose of figuring
with buyers on the wool clip.
Henry D. James and J. F. Baldridge,
of the Nighthawk and Favorite mines,
left for their eastern homes Tuesday
morning, the former going to Mil
waukee and the latter Columbus, Ohio.
They spent a couple of weeks at Night
bawk. Arrangements were completed
to make a test run on 100 tons of ore
from the Favorite mine through the
Nighthawk mill. When the run is
completed a car load of Nighthawk and
Favorite concentrates will be shipped
to the Tacoma smelter for treatment.
For the first time this year the Oro
ville ball club went down to defeat last
Sunday. The Chesaw club broke up
the steady string of victories, and the
score was shocking" one-sided, Chesaw
winning by a score of 17 to 5. How
ever it is hardly to be wondered at that
the game was lost, as the local club
was short several of the best players.
This excuse is not run in to rob Che
saw of any of the honors, for our boys
might not have won full handed, but
they would at least have given a bet
ter account of themselves.
W. H. Winder, who has charge of
the Q. S. mine, between Conconully
and Loomis, tor several years, came in
from Spokane Wednesday evening.
He came out at this time to be present
at the Whitestone Flat school land sale
that is billed to come off at the county
seat tomorrow, and get hold of a few
chunks of real estate, providing crazy
bidders do not push the price out of
reach. He has located some water
right* in the county, which can be used
either for power or irrigation purposes,
and has interested capital to develop
them. He will be doing things in this
upper country this summer if hi* plans
R. Grieger and Burt Hawthorne re
turned Sunday from their overland trip
to Hedley and other point* along the

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