The following East Mojave Desert news items were copied from the Barstow Printer by Ted R. Weasma. Spelling errors and grammar were copied as printed.
Barstow Printer News Items: 1914
January 2, 1914
- A. D. Nescus, mining engineer, who is interested in the Hidden Hill Mining Co., and is also in charge of the development work, came to camp the 23 rd inst. accompanied by Mrs. Nescus. They spent Christmas at the mine, and catered not only to the help of H. H. M. Co., but to others from adjoining properties, with an elaborate Christmas dinner. It is the intention of Mrs. Nescus to make a home at the mine and that in the near future. They left on the 28 th for Needles and Los Angeles. The company has several cars of Jasper Quartz which they will ship to the smelter after the new year.
- Mr. Steele, the mining engineer who has been examining the properties on the north end of the range, has completed his work and gone to San Francisco. He took away with him about two tons of samples. He has options covering all the properties on the north end.
- A gentleman, who claims to hold a mortgage on the Bonanza King mine and mill, arrived in camp a few days ago, and states he is going to dismantle the mill and ship same to Los Angeles.
- Chas. Campbell is still busy getting his mill in place and has Tim Lyons doing the work.
- Hill & Izell are doing some prospecting on some of the property they have bonded to Mr. Steele.
- The Pilot mine is working three men, and has struck some bad ground while drifting on the 50-ft. level. They have some fine looking ore on the dump.
- Boylan and Hopkins are still sinking in the Leonard shaft and are down about 40 ft. They say they have some very good ore.
- The Mabel mine will commence getting out ore for shipment after the new year as will the Contention.
- Elmore and De Haven, who have been prospecting around the Van Schoen properties, have gone to Los Angeles.
- The Hidden Hill people are now organized into a company. They are building camp and have four men.
- John Domingo is hauling lumber and other material from the station to the mine.
- Ed Minaham, formerly of Clipper Mountain has gone to work for Hidden Hill Mining Co.
- Larson Bros., in Clipper Mountain, are getting ready for several months development work.
- Everybody is getting ready for the new year.
- Joseph Nelson recently arrived from Los Angeles en route to the Copper Queen group, to begin his annual work.
- J. F. Marrs was a Cima visitor recently.
- John Lampert has gone to work at 17-mile Point.
- Shorty Sutton and wife left for Los Angeles, and then to Cripple Creek, Colorado.
- L. L. Draper is at Mare Springs doing assessment work.
- Joe Spencer left Sunday morning for Fenner. Everyone misses uncle Joe here.
- There is real life at the New Era mine now, mill is running O. K. and Superintendent A. Hansen sure knows how to run it.
- W. W. Fee and Party arrived in town en route to Standard No. 2.
- Ed Freeburn, who has been spending his vacation in our town, leaves soon for his home in Caliente, near Bakersfield.
January 9, 1914
Forest Service and Mining Industry
That the government in its administration of the 19 California forest reserves has had more trouble during the past year with individuals and interests seeking control of public land under the guise of mining claims than with any other single class of claimants is the statement of district forester Coert DuBois of the Forest Service's San Francisco office.
“We have contested a number of alleged mining claims on California national forests,” said Mr. DuBois, Athe majority of which were obviously for the purpose of obtaining national forest land for some purpose other than that authorized by the mining laws. Some of these claims were instituted in order to get title to the land for townsite purposes, sites for summer cottages, land around watering places which give control of sheep or cattle range, to land which contains mineral or medicinal springs, to valuable power sites, to rights-of-way for power transmission lines, to land valuable for its timber, and for sites for saloons and other enterprises not permitted upon national forests. “The effect of these contests on persons unacquainted with the facts has been to give them an idea that the Forest Service was rubbing it in on miners and the mining business, whereas nothing is further from the truth. Bonafide mining claims on national forests go to patent under the same laws that exist outside the forests. Anyone is free to prospect for mineral deposits without fee or permit, provided he observes the ordinary regulations for campers in the way of care against fires, etc. The policy of the Forest Service has been and will be to put the land within the forests to its highest economic use. The discovery and development of mines is encouraged and provided for as comprehensively as the other natural resources on the forests.” “I mention this subject now because forester H. S. Graves in his annual report to the Secretary of Agriculture, just published defines the situation as it exists in California with absolute accuracy. Mr. Graves says in his report: “Attempted frauds under mining laws are usually reported to by interests in no way associated with mining, but the appeal to popular prejudice has been made in the name of the mining industry. While the relations of the Forest Service with the people who desire to develop the mineral resources of the country are increasingly cordial, at the same time the mining laws afford the greatest cloak for land frauds in the national forests and have been more commonly misused than the other laws because all land in the national forests is open to mineral exploration and entry.”
“As a rule, insistence upon compliance with the law works not hardship but benefit to miners. The mining laws were passed to promote their interests, and the special requirements of their business were kept clearly in mind. It is only in unusual cases that the best interests of either the mine or the miner would be served by going contrary to the law or beyond the limits which the law has set. Even when the law works against single individuals its impartial enforcement is in the interests of the industry as a whole and of the public.”
“One of the objects of the national forests is provisions for mining, on which so largely depends the prosperity of the west. That the forests are, in point of fact, fulfilling this objects is attested by the miners themselves. Contributions to mining journals have pointed out during the past few months that had not the national forest lands been reserved from private acquisition the field open to prospectors would even now be greatly diminished; that “wildcatting”-generally recognized by miners as one of the severest handicaps under which the legitimate industry struggles-is curtailed by the refusal of patent to would-be venders of worthless property; and that the forests protect miners against extortionate prices for local timber.”
“In a word, it grows steadily more apparent that the national forests are not an incubus on the mining industry, but, on the contrary, an aid to it,-just as it has proved an aid to the best development of the stock industry on the forests, both in the interest of the industry itself and in the interest of the people who consume the product.”
- Joe Spencer, who has been very sick for the past three weeks, is convalescing. He hopes to be able to take a position with the Hidden Hill mine soon.
- John Domingo has several loads of material at the station yet to haul to the Hidden Hill.
- The Hidden Hills Mines Co. is expecting a motor truck any day, and when it arrives team hauling for the company will be a thing of the past.
- Mr. Elmore, who has been prospecting around here for the past two months, has gone back to Los Angeles and school.
- Edward DeHaven, who was with Elmore, has taken up about 1,000 acres of mineral land and is negotiating the sale of same. His holdings adjoin the Hidden Hill group and on a low grade proposition. He also has some property in Mexico, which he bonded while in Los Angeles recently. Mr. DeHaven has represented U. S. Senator Guggenheim, of Colorado, so he states, in various parts of the world, and is a field correspondent of Thos. W. Lawson, of frenzied-finance fame. He is also a mining engineer, and sees in the property he has located in the past three or four weeks, a great and valuable mining business in the near future.
- The Hidden Hills Mines Co. is still building. Men are now working on the manager's office and apartment building.
- A. E. Nescus, who is in Los Angeles, expected to be back by the 5 th inst. or shortly thereafter, to be shipping ore.
- Pete Larson is at work on the Larson Holdings in Clipper Mountain.
- C. J. Eaton is still getting out ore on the Pilot. This is one of the best prospects in the hill. From the day T. A. Gannon found it until this time all work done has been in ore, and ore that would ship and pay profitably.
- Boylan and Hopkins are still sinking in the Leonard shaft and report progress and better values as they go down. The ore is partly free and the shaft is now down about 43 ft.
- The Los Angeles parties who were here to investigate the Mabel group have, so far, failed to show up. The owner is not going to wait for them, but will commence to stope out ore for the smelter at ounce.
- This is a good and prospective beginning for the new year, as the Hidden Hill, the Pilot, the Mabel and possibly the Minnie Hill will be in the list of producers within the next sixty days.
- Mr. Steele is back again and an auto left today for the Bonanza King.
January 16, 1914
- Mr. Steele, who has returned to the Bonanza Hill mine on the northwest end of Providence range, has been followed by Mr. Holbrooke, of Cowan & Holbrooke. They are making a close examination of the old workings. They have an auto-car with them.
- Hill & Izell have located the country around the Bonanza King and the Ewing property.
- It is reported that Joe Spencer has closed a deal on the Perseverance mine by giving a working bond on same to Cowan & Holbrooke. He has received a payment, so the sale is as good as consummated. The Perseverance adjoins the Bonanza King on the northwest.
- The Big Show people, who had several locations near Colton's ranch years ago, are back again. They have re-located the old holdings and propose to do some intelligent prospecting.
- R. Barriclow, who has the only vanadium in this vicinity, is still digging away. He is an old war veteran and draws a pension from Uncle Sam.
- The Pilot mine is still getting out ore and have now about five or six tons of fine looking ore on the dump.
- Hopkins and Boylan are still working on the holdings adjoining the Pilot mine.
- The Mabel mine is getting out some fair ore, that will run from 3 to 4 oz. in gold, a ton.
- Larson bros. have everything moving at the camp in Clipper Mountain, and you can hear the shots across the valley at “shooting time.”
- The Hidden Hills Mine Co. has camp built at last and are working three men.
- Mr. Nescus has returned with his wife and is located at the mine.
- It is rumored that John Izell has bonded his interest to Cowan & Holbrooke. These gentlemen are doing systematic work. Their auto-car makes daily trips from the mine to the station. They have three men working for them and are on the job themselves. This is one of the old time producers, and was as its name indicates, a Bonanza indeed, as well as in name. It has a record of $1,800, 000 of bullion and has great possibilities yet. Success attend her.
January 23, 1914
- School is again in session after a vacation of three weeks.
- Julian Douglas arrived from New York City enroute to Shadow Mountain.
- The Gibson brothers have just completed the work on the Jack Rabbit mine for Walter Greening of Los Angeles.
- C. M. Davis, superintendent of the Death Valley mine, made a flying trip to Los Angeles recently.
- L. L. Draper and John Gibson are doing some surveying at the Minden mine.
- Miss Bertha Gibson, H. C. Blanchett and Jack Synder spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J. Landis and Miss Perry, of Leastalk.
- Mrs. C. W. Paul has been at Ontario for the past week.
- Fine rains last week, everybody is smiling.
- Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Ridge, of Brant, are visiting their son and daughter-in-law in Los Angeles.
- Mr. Synder, of Los Angeles, has just recently taken over Mr. Johnson's place as watchman at the Paris mine.
- Mr. Johnson expects to do some work on his property at Marl Springs.
- Charles Reat was a Cima visitor recently.
- W. L. Ames, justice of the peace and notary public of Kelso, was in our town recently.
- Mr. Raymond, of Los Angeles, spent Sunday in Cima.
February 6, 1914
- Bert Gibbs motored out from the Needles recently with a party of friends to the Hidden Hill and adjacent properties.
- Walter Pinkett, of Danby, was also a visitor at the Hidden Hill recently.
- C. J. Eaton is still getting out ore at the Pilot and expects soon to have his carload ready for hauling.
- Boylan and Hopkins have started developing by cross-cutting. They report finding good ore in the cross-cut.
- The Hidden Hill people are running a tunnel on the gulch side of the Golden Queen.
- Frank Crawford, of Omaha, Neb., of the Hidden Hills Mine Co. arrived in camp a few days ago. He came in on the initial trip of the company's auto car. He will in the future make daily trips between the station and the mine.
- The Bonanza King people are still working on the lower levels.
- Scott Taber and Levi Burkett were Cima visitors recently.
- Kennie Rock and father expect to commute on their homesteads soon.
- J. R. Wilder and parties made a two days visit at the New Era mine. Reports things looking prosperous, and mill still in operation. J. E. Ginn, while working on this property, had a cave-in of half a ton of earth which fell on him. After several hours he got to his cabin, but is unable to get around as yet.
- E. A. Moore made a business trip to Muddy Valley, Nev.
- John Lampert arrived home again from Silver Lake. John is a very busy man.
February 13, 1914
- Heath brothers are doing some work on their copper claims in the New York mountains. A.E. Moore recently went to Los Angeles on business.
- Mrs. J. R. Ridge and Mrs. John Landis spent the day at “Gibson's”.
- S. E. Yates and family are in Los Angeles. Mr. Yates expects to return overland with team and wagon.
- Dan Henrie's son, Kenneth, recently came from Salt Lake City, en route to Shadow Mt., where he expects to work on their gold property.
- Jack Synder made a flying trip to Leastalk.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred Clemett are now at their place near Black Canyon.
- B. L. Gibson is doing some work on the Dutch Silver mine, for Messers Draper and Gibson.
- A. Marvis, foreman of the Rock Springs Cattle Co., is at Kessler Springs. He says cattle are looking fine.
- T. S. Johnson has gone on a vacation to Los Angeles, San Berdo and beaches.
- Uncle Joe Spencer has came in from the Providence. Reports everything booming in the district.
- A. Hansen, Supt. of the New Era mines went in Tuesday night with their first gold brick.
February 20, 1914
- At the bond election held at the school house, Tuesday, only 16 votes were cast, 10 for and 6 against.
- Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Ridge were visitors to Cima recently.
- H. C. Blanchett, second trick operator, made a business trip to San Bernardino.
- Jack Fuller recently came from Los Angeles en route to the Black Beauty mine.
- Miss Marie Perry, of Leastalk, has been visiting the “Gibson girls.”
February 27, 1914
- C. J. Eaton sold his property, the Pilot mine, to some Needles businessmen. The amount of the purchase price is not made public. This little prospect has been producing since it was first discovered and it is not scratched as far as the ore values are concerned. All parties to the transaction are to be congratulated.
- The Larson brothers, operating in Clipper Mountain, have shut down for awhile. Pete Larson has gone to work for the Hidden Hill Co.
- Joe Spencer has also found work at the Hidden Hill for himself and team.
- The company is hauling ore from the Queen dump to the railroad, and will soon have a carload for shipment.
- Mr. Ed DeHaven is in Los Angeles and has, it is reported, a business engagement of importance that will take him to Alaska, in the near future.
- The Hidden Hill Co. is working about eight men. Frank Crawford, who is a co-owner in the company and who was here for a short time, left for Los Angeles, where he has some legal matter of importance to investigate. Mr. Crawford is distinguished in law, and a resident of Omaha, Neb.
- The Hidden Hill Co. has started a spineless cactus culture, and have about two acres planted, of both the Burbank and Meyers varieties. They seem to be doing nicely, and Mr. and Mrs. Nescus are sure they will have a fairly good crop.
- The Bonanza King is still increasing its forces. Their car takes daily trips to the station and has improved the road by doing so. The mill will be running soon it is said, and Mr. Hill, who is a practical mill man, has been adjusting it to the conditions required.
- The Hidden Hill Co. has a daily auto-car service to the railroad, and intend within the next 30 days to have a 5-ton truck running also.
- This represents the two extremes and center of the Providence range-the Bonanza King on the north, the Hidden Hill on the south and the Pilot near the center.
March 13, 1914
- The weather is grand; farmers all busy planting trees and grain.
- S. E. Yates is hauling pipe to Valley Wells.
- There are several homesteaders in and around Brant, plowing and planting fruit trees.
- Ralph French and wife recently came from Los Angeles.
- Mrs. C. W. Paul is visiting in Ontario.
- H. C. Blanchett, second trick operator, leaves for Los Angeles for a few days.
- County School Supt. A. S. McPherron visited our school for a few hours Thursday of last week.
- John Gibson has been visiting his friend, Billy Blodgett, at Jean and Good Springs.
- John Lampert has returned from the Bonanza King, after a week's absence.
- A view of the mill at the New Era mine will appear in the Printer next week.
- Frank Tilton, of Kelso, was a visitor to Barstow and Daggett this week. He is an old-time desert rat, and was in Daggett 23 years ago, when the borax mining was going on there.
- The 5-stamp mill at Chas. Campbell's Clementis mine is in operation. Mr. Campbell will also start cyaniding. Mr. Penberthy, an expert, is on the ground with the plant and tanks.
- The road to the Bonanza king has been completed. Five carloads of mill machinery is at Fenner for this company. This is in addition to the 10-stamp mill now running.
- Campbell and McDonald have four men working on their two claims in the recently discovered cinnabar district, adjoining the Clementis mine. The Kelso district is highly mineralized and the discovery bears the ear-marks of a genuine one.
- Mr. Kossuth will install a 5-stamp mill to work his ore which is a silver proposition-4 foot ledge.
March 20, 1914: Paper missing
April 10, 1914
- Big turn-out April 3 rd at the school house, with J. L. Strawn running in opposition to C. H. Kreidler as school trustee. Mr. Kreidler was re-elected, and is the right man, in the right place.
- Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Ridges and sister, were up from Brant to attend the school election.
- Bertha Gibson has been visiting Miss Marie Perry, of Leastalk, past week.
- Leo Parker leaves for his home in Gallup, New Mexico.
- Mr. Crane and party from Cronese Valley, near Crucero, are at Black Canyon, looking over the land for homesteads.
- Billy Wymore recently went to Goodsprings, Nevada.
- C. S. Gibson, A. Hansen, and C. W. Groner were in from New Era mine recently, and report everything looking good.
- S. E. Yates and family were in from Valley Wells this week.
- Mr. Warfield was in from Gold Valley for supplies.
- Frank Crawford, who has been visiting at the Hidden Hill mine, went to Los Angeles a few days ago. Mr. and Mrs. Nescus have just returned from a trip to Needles.
- Mr. Nescus is increasing his force so as to work two shifts.
- The company is still hauling ore to the station.
- John Domingo is still hauling for the Hidden Hill mine.
- The Bonanza King is working 10 men and in another week hopes to start up the mill.
- Mr. Holbrooke and his mother, who has been visiting him, accompanied by Mr. Cowan, his partner, left for Los Angeles a few days ago.
- The company has a considerable ore dump for milling, and are sure of writing the name of the Bonanza King well up on the list of producing mines, to the credit of California.
- The Bonanza King has a deputy sheriff, as well as the Hidden Hill.
- Boylan, Hopkins and O'Brien have gone to the Watkins property, six miles east of Fenner.
April 17, 1914
Articles of incorporation of the Hidden Hills Mining Co. were filed at San Bernardino April 9 th , with a capitol stock of $100,000, S40, 000 of which has been subscribed. The headquarters will be at Needles, and the mines are located in Providence Mountains. The incorporators are: A. D. Nescus and T. J. Murphy, of Needles, Dan Murphy, of Los Angeles, Frank Crawford, of Omaha, and Fred Eagans, of Sasgaton. The Hidden Hills Mine Co. has taken the men off the road and started two shafts in the Queen tunnel. Myles Lund, the foreman, and Pete Larson went to Needles a few days, Lund to have a piece of rock taken from his eye, and Larson on account of a sprained back. Sid Dennis is hauling to the mine as John Domingo was compelled to quit. Monday the company shipped its first car of ore to El Paso. This ore is from the Golden Queen dump and is said to run well in gold values. The company will also ship ore from the other claims in the near future. Buildings are still going up according to Architect Ed Minahan, and the camp is assuming the appearance of a village. Tom Johnson, who went to Flagstaff, Ariz. On business some time ago, has returned. The garage is nearly finished and is a distinctive feature in the building of the camp. Mr. Steele, engineer in charge of the Bonanza King mine, has the mill in commission. Mr. Steele represents the operators of the mine, Messers. Holbrook, McGuire and Cohn. Tim Lyons, who put up the Campbell mill, has taken a position with the Bonanza King. The force of men at the Bonanza King mine has been steadily increased and has reached the standard the company hopes to maintain. The company has opened a store for the accommodation of their employees. John Domingo has his garden and orchard in splendid condition.
- Mrs. Sara A. Riggs, the pioneer of this part of the desert, passed away Saturday, April 11, at 8:25 a. m. at their camp at Riggs, 10 miles north of here. The body was brought to Silver Lake, and shipped from here to her old home in Michigan. Mr. Riggs accompanied the body home.
- Shelly & Gillen are figuring on putting a hoist on their property five miles east of here. They are done 80 ft. and have a very good showing of ore.
- R. E. Huntington, from 17-Mile Point, arrived in town last night, after a week's absence in Los Angeles.
- J. S. Hyten was down today, and reported everything looking well.
- Silver Lake is full of water. We have a sailboat now, and the name of it is the Oh Hell. There is good fishing here as lots of catfish came down in the last flood.
May 8, 1914
- Messrs. Holbrook and Cohn, who went to San Francisco a short time ago, have returned to camp.
- Mr. Steele has a large force of men at work at the Bonanza King mine and everything is running smoothly. The mill is grinding away and doing good work, being under Mr. Steele's personal supervision.
- Genial Tom Lyons is putting in a pipe line.
- John Domingo is happy for the reason that his vineyard, orchard and garden look so well. Mr. Domingo's ranch is about 2 2 miles east of the Bonanza King mine, and though not large, it is cultivated with care and shows the results.
- A.E. Nescus has purchased the interests of Messrs. Dan and T. J. Murphy in the Hidden Hill, thus reducing the ownership to three persons, and Mr. Nescus' interest growing apace.
- Joe Spencer, deputy sheriff at the Hidden Hill mine, was compelled to go to the hospital at San Bernardino for expert medical treatment.
- Ed. Minahan paid a visit to Needles recently and on his return has erected a home for himself on the Golden Queen Hill, which he has named the “Buena Vista”.
- The teams are still working on the road to the station and when it is finished it will be second to none in San Bernardino County for a desert road.
- Mr. and Mrs. Nescus have gone to San Francisco and expect to return by the 10 th inst.
- Ore is still being sacked and hauled to the railroad daily from the mine.
- Mr. Nescus has received his returns from the car recently shipped to Hayden, Ariz. And is very much pleased bath with the results and his treatment at the smelter.
- Hopkins and Boylan, who have been working on the Hopkins property, have finished the work there and are back on their Providence group, continuing to develop on the Hill mine.
- The Hidden Hill mine is making business for the town as well as the men at camp, preparatory to opening up on a large scale in the near future.
- Had a fine rain last week-crops and grass are looking good.
- R. C. Said and party, from Bakersfield, are at Gold Valley looking over some gold property.
- S. E. Yates and family are in for supplies. Also Gus Moore and wife were in from Black Canyon.
- Will and Sam Heath are at their property in the New York mountains.
- Arthur Henrie recently returned from Los Angeles, where he has been under the Doctor's treatment for past month.
- A number of Cima ladies have formed an embroidery club. Mrs. D. Wymore is president of the Priscilla club, which meets every Friday. Mrs. D. M. Davis entertained last Friday, when cake, sandwiches and coffee were served. All had a very pleasant afternoon.
- Mrs. O. W. Paul is visiting at her home in Ontario.
May 15, 1914
- L. L. Draper and H. G. Gibson have been cultivating their orchards. The trees are looking fine.
- Billy Wymore, who has been at Goodsprings, Nev., recently came home on a visit.
- Miss E. Luke, cousin of Mrs. D. Wymore, just from the east, leaves for Los Angeles on a visit.
- We had a baseball game Sunday.
- A. Hansen expressed another gold brick to Los Angeles Sunday night. His property and properties are looking better than ever.
- The Gibson brothers' property adjoining the New Era mine, is looking good.
June 12, 1914
- Our school was out June 4 th . Miss Ruth Tyson, teacher, left Wednesday night for her home in San Diego.
- H. G. Gibson was out with parties near the Providence mountains looking over some copper properties.
- Jerome Booth, of Needles, spent the night in Cima recently, on his way to Valley wells.
- Charles E. Moore, third trick operator, is the champion kite flyer in our town.
- Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Moore were in from Black Canyon this week.
- Had a very fine rain.
- The farmers have just finished harvesting their hay crop.
- Ball game every Sunday afternoon in our town, and some exciting times are experienced.
- A. Hansen and J. E. Ginn were in from the New Era mine, and report everything looking good.
- Billy Wymore has gone to Goodsprings to work.
- Considering everything, Don Juan Domingo has his orchard, vineyard and garden in fine condition. His greatest source of trouble just now is the birds.
- Mr. Eaton is back at the Pilot and doing some development work. He has a car of ore ready for shipment.
- Boylan and Hopkins are striking some rich ore on Providence No. 3. They are down 25 feet and expect to sink to 50 feet. The ore is similar to that of the Pilot, and increases in value and width as depth is obtained. They have an abundance of water for domestic use, and a good auto or wagon road from their door to Fenner, 22 miles distant.
- Sunday, May 31, was the hottest day so far this year, registering 102 0 F.
- It is rumored that there will soon be leases on the Mabel mine, as parties are arriving daily to examine the property. The claim has a ledge averaging nine feet in width for 300 feet and has good values, principally gold. Water was struck at a distance of 65 feet, which represents the depth of the free-milling or oxide zone.
- The Bonanza king is still hauling concentrates to the station.
- The water supply on the north end of the range, not withstanding the rains we have had this spring, is not all that was expected. The Bonanza King is feeling the existing conditions as a handicap to the successful operation of the mill. Another well may be required or water may be piped from Beecher Canyon.
- If conditions at the mill are far from normal, the same can not be said of the mine. The 300 and 500 ft. levels are being worked, and on June 6, on the 500 ft. level, a body of high grade silver ore was struck, proving the often asserted statement that “the best values are below.” This has been the opinion of old-timers in the hill for 25 years, and Messers Holbrook, Maguire and Cohn have done their share to qualify this opinion.
- The assay office and laboratory are completely equipped for assaying and analyzing are at the mine.
- The new hoist works splendidly, and under Mr. Hill's expert management does all that is required of it.
- Mr. Keys is mine foeman, and Mr. Schenk is in charge of the office work.
- The company is working about 22 men.
- Chris Anderson, who handles the auto truck, is now making two trips per day.
- Charles Holbrook, who went to San Francisco recently, has returned to camp.
- Mr. Steele expects to leave for San Francisco in a few days on business.
At the Hidden Hill
- Mrs. Nescus has returned to the mine after a protracted stay in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
- Joe Spencer, who was in the hospital in Los Angeles and was operated on, has returned to camp. As yet Joe is only a convalescent.
- The Hidden Hill has another car of ore ready to ship.
- The Hidden Hill is somewhat under a cloud these days. It is reported that its buildings are attached by the contractor, who, it is alleged, has not complied with his contract. Sid Dennis has attached the contractor's teams and wagons for debts incurred during the road building. Lack of confidence and interference by the directors are the causes named. The local management appears competent, were it allowed a free hand.
- Mr. Nescus, on the Hidden Hill, is cutting a station at the point of contact of the tunnel and Golden Queen drift. He has struck a body in the Golden Queen that is heavy with free gold, the kind that always was high grade for the camp. The mine is in excellent condition and contains the mineral values.
October 9, 1914
- Charles Reat was over from Silver Lake last week to shake hands with his many friends here.
- Tim Lyons has returned from his eastern trip, and is glad to get back to sunny California.
- Engineer Kraft, one of the old-timers on the hill run, arrived yesterday to succeed Mr. Knox who recently moved to Los Angeles.
- Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ames spent Monday at the Death Valley mine, near Cima, where they were most cordially entertained by Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Strawn.
- Fireman Jones has returned to his run here after a short absence in Las Vegas, where he went to welcome an eight-pound girl, which arrived October 3. Both mother and daughter are doing well.
- The Globe Mining Co. has started to haul ore from their dump for shipment to the smelter, and when that is cleaned up it is expected that active work of developing the property further will commence.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wilber West gave a card party on Saturday last, having as their guests Mrs. S. S. Clark, Miss Hulah Clark, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ames and daughter, Henrietta, and Mr. Carrington. A delightful evening was enjoyed by all, and the refreshments of ice cream and cake were fully appreciated.
- L. F. Floorman is expected back in a few days to start up his mine at Red Pass.
- After eight years of waiting we finally received our sign posts that were appropriated by the state, and are busy putting them up.
- Silver Lake is getting to be quite a town for automobiles, we have five here now. Mr. Williams having returned from his vacation with a new Ford.
- Wm. Pollard and associates, who are leasing on the Alta mine at Riggs, shipped seven sacks of ore by express and seven tons by freight, and the returns were very good.
- The famous Alta Silver mine owned by Frank Riggs has changed hands, and the parties that bought it are expecting to start work soon. This mine has produced over $100,000 and there never has been a ton of ore shipped that went less than $500 a ton.
- The people of Clark County, Nevada, have agreed to build a road as far as Francis Springs, San Bernardino County, Cal., if the Supervisors of this county will finish it to Daggett. This will also be used as a highway from Salt Lake City. The citizens of Silver Lake and vicinity have circulated a petition to submit to them to have an appropriation made to build it with.
December 4, 1914
- A very pleasant and interesting entertainment was given at the school house by the Pupils on Wednesday to commemorate Thanksgiving day, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, and that was nearly the entire population of Kelso. The playlette, Charley's Pop Corn, was well produced and received much applause, while the recitations and other features of the entertainment rendered by the pupils were a credit to them as well as to our teacher. Miss Hulal Clark, who is tireless in her efforts for the advancement of her scholars, as well as making possible these occasional pleasant gatherings. The splendid decorations of the school room were enhanced by the blackboard drawings, in colors, of subjects typical of the season, and the large number present enjoyed it all.
- An unusually happy affair on Thanksgiving night, was that of the surprise party given by Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur West in honor of W. J. Carrington, to celebrate his 26 th birthday. Decorations of ferns and autumn leaves made a very pleasing effect and when refreshments were announced no one took time to find out who won the prices at cards, but were in haste to enjoy the splendid supper which the well known hospitality of the hostess had provided. To enumerate the guests who were fortunate to be present would take too much space, but they all expressed regret when the time arrived to say good night, and someone was heard to say that he wished there would be another birthday soon if they were all celebrated in the pleasant way.
- Voe Newcomb is in Los Angeles, enjoying the sights of the big town, and no doubt doing his Christmas shopping.
- Quite a number of our people are planning a visit to Los Angeles before the holidays, and the Christmas season bids fair to being properly observed here.