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Collection: Baker County Oregon Gold Mining History

A Brief History of the Panhandle of Oregon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now One of the richest sections of Oregon is what is known as the Panhandle. Extending from the Blue Mountains west of North Powder to the Wallows county line, beyond Cornucopia. And whilst this fertile and productive area belongs to Union county, it should be a part of Baker County, as Baker City is its natural outlet as well as its market point. Situated almost on the top of the granites in the extreme Eastern part of Union county, about seventy miles from Baker City, is the bustling mining camp of Cornucopia. As regards development the mines of the Cornucopia Mining district are only in their infancy. But one mine, the “Cornucopia Mines of Oregon” have been tested. The ore in this mine, as in the other mines of the district, is base, but pays well for working, as the ore goes on an average of more than twenty dollars a ton. This mine furnishes employment to something like 125 men in and around the mines, and in addition to this, a number of men and teams are engaged all the year in hauling concentrates to Baker City. But this mine is only one of a number of good mines in the district. In fact, the hills and mountains around Cornucopia are a veritable mass of gold,...

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Baker County Oregon Gold Mining History

The Baker County Oregon Gold Mining History collection provides the reader an overlook of gold mining, principally in Baker County, Oregon, but also extending to the counties of Grant, Harney, Malheur and Union. Along with the history of gold mining in Baker County, Oregon, this manuscript also provides detailed articles on the specific mercantile interests tied into the gold trade in Eastern Oregon, as well as biographies of the miners and principal players of the era.

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Biographical Sketch of Frank L. Moore

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now No attorney in Eastern Oregon stands higher in the ranks of the profession than does he whose name heads this sketch. Born in Lane county in 1861, he remained there until his 13th year, when he moved with his parents to this county near Malheur City, where he spent the next four years of his life. He then entered the State University at Eugene, graduating in 1887. Returning home, he was county school superintendent of Malheur county from June 1888 to July, 1890, during which time he studied law in the office of Hon. L. L. McArthur, and also took the course at the law School of the University of Oregon, graduating in 1890. Returning to Baker City, he began the practice of his profession here, and now enjoys a most lucrative practice. He is an active member of the Mason’s and Workmen. In 1890 he married Miss A. C. Chrisman of Lakeview, Oregon, and has one child, a girl, five years...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. Carleton W. Faull

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Among the young men of this state who have within the past few years, entered the ranks of the medical profession, none have brighter indication of success than does he whose name heads this sketch. He is energetic, industrious and ambitious. These qualities, combined with the advantages derived from an excellent education, unusual capacities and a high sense of honor will soon place him among the foremost ranks of his profession. He was born in Walla Walla, August 26, 1872. Accompanying his parents here, he received his preliminary education in the public school and in the Brothers’ college. In 1887, he entered the Biscop Scott Academy at Portland. There he remained four years. Returning to Baker City, an accepted a position in the hardware club establishment of P. Basche, where be remained until the fall of 1893. He then entered the Medical Department of the Oregon State University and graduated with the class of 1896. Going to San Francisco he took a post graduate course in time polyclinic, and since his return here has practiced his profession. He is on the stuff of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Fraternally he is a Scottish Rite Mason, Elk, Knight and Red...

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Bonanza Mine

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now About four miles southeasterly of Robinsonville is situated the famous Bonanza mine, the largest and probably most valuable free gold mine of the northwest. Discovered and located in the seventies. It was worked by the original locators for ten years, they reducing the ores by the arrastra process. In 1885 Portland capital purchased it, and erected a ten stamp mill. They continued operations for two years, but failed to make a success of it, and finally closed down. In 1891 the Geiser Estate purchased it, reopened the old works and have had the mine and mill in continuous operation since, and it is today the heaviest producer in the state. They have made a number of substantial improvements, consisting of a twenty stamp mill, saw mill, boarding houses, store buildings, offices, wire tramway connecting mine and mill, &c. At the present writing they have enough ore in sight to run their plant for 20 years, yielding from $8 to $20 a ton, the total mining and milling cost of it being but $2 per ton. Its regular monthly clean-up runs from $20,000 to $22,000, or $250,000 a year. The Bonanza, as well as a number of other valuable properties, including the Greenhorn, Hidden Treasure, and others, are the property of the Geiser Company, composed of Miss...

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Biography of P. Basche

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now What Wendell Phillips said of great Political institutions is also true of great business enterprises: “They are not made, they grow,” This saying finds ample and fitting illustration in the large hardware establishment owned by P. Basche. Established in 1865 by J. H. Parker, two years later P. Basche and S. Ottenheimer bought him out, the later selling out a year later to S. H. Parker again, the firm continuing as Parker & Basche until 1888, when .J. P. Faull became interested, buying out Mr. Parker’s interest two years after Mr. Faull’s death Mr. Basche bought his interest and has since conducted the business alone. The main salesroom is 25×100, two stories, and their warehouse on First street 50×100. three stories. Powder, caps, fuse. &r., being carried on the outskirts of the city is a specially constructed warehouse. As this institution virtually supplies the trade of four counties, the stock carried is one of unusual magnitude. It consists of hardware in all its branches, stoves and house furnishings, agricultural implements, mining machinery, paints, oils, and building material. In sporting goads be has such well-known. agencies as the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., Martin Arms Co., and also Smith’s, Parker and Ithica shot guns. In the house furnishing department he has the absolute agency of the “Majestic” steel...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. Robert R. Meyers

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Among the dentists of this city the subject of this sketch although young In years, stands very prominent. He has energy and ambition, and will succeed where other men fail. He was born in Summerville, Oregon, in 1873, and retrained there until 1894, receiving his preliminary education there. Having a natural taste for dentistry, he entered tine Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. Whch is the oldest dental college in the world, and graduated with honors in 1897. He then located at Charlotte, N. C., for a short time, but later moved here, where, using all the modern appliances in dentistry, he has built up au enviable reputation for faithful and acceptable work. He is married to Miss Lulu E. Rinehart. of Summerville daughter of one of Union County’s prominent citizens. Dr. Meyers is a member of the Masonic...

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Biographical Sketch of Davis Wilcox

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Among the lending merchants of the county. Davis Wilcox, of Haines, occupies a well deserved position. He has been established there since 1887, being associated with his brother, L. T. Wilcox, until 1893, since which time he has conducted the business alone. He is at present carrying a complete line of general merchandise, farming instruments, lumber, cord wood and grain being a very heavy handler of the last named commodity. His store, which is 42×70, two stories, is well filled with any article the farmer may want, it being Mr. Wilcox’s aim to cater to their needs, and in this we believe he has been successful. He is a native of Wisconsin, and in 1872, at the age of 13, with his parents, settled in the Willamette Valley, receiving his education at the public schools and in Pacific University, at Forest Grove. He is an apt illustration of the progressive clement of young manhood which has brought Baker County to the...

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Baker City Iron Works

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Perhaps there is no concern in Baker City that more thoroughly deserves the unanimous support of the surrounding country than does the one above. They occupy a half block of ground on Auburn Avenue, near the railroad track, and do general foundry and machine work, employing nineteen men, and turning out mining, saw mill and planing still machinery, and architectural iron work. The machine shop, which is two stories, is 40×40, the foundry 40×00, both having a complete equipment, including the most modern machinery, tools and appliances known to the industry. They have done a large amount of the beat work in this section, turning out lately three new Dodge rock crushers, two of which each weigh two and one-quarter tons, one for the B. C. Sampling works, of this city, and one for the Kaolin works at Huntington. Also four tons of mining machinery for the La Bellevue mine, and six tons of lintels or iron beams for the Ison building on Washington street. French & McLynn, the proprietors, are both able and experienced men, giving their personal supervision to the different departments. Mr. French, who has lately entered the firm, is a man of means, and has supervision of the office and outside business, while Mr. McLynn, who learned his trade in the U....

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Biography of S. A. Heilner

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now ¬†When we see a gentleman who is successful in his business, we know that his prosperity is not the result of chance, but rather that he has worked hard and long, and that he possesses a spirit which does not succumb to trifling discouragements. When one attains this proud distinction of being known as a solid man, his word is considered its good as his bond, and his reputation must necessarily be unblemished. Mr. Heilner is one of our citizens who, without aid or guidance, has followed the true instincts of his own progressive nature and today takes his place in the ranks of the very foremost. Born in Germany in 1837, he came to the United States in 1852, and to the southern part of this state in 1854, where he followed quartz mining and merchandising. While residing there he went through the Rogue River Indian war of ’55 and ’56 and was a member of Oregon’s sanitary commission in the civil war. In 1872 he moved to Eastern Oregon, locating at Sparta, where he operated a merchandise establishment until 1874, whet he moved to Baker City, and has since been engaged in the the merchandise or warehouse business. In the manner of improving his property he has proven his faith in the future of...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel White

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now It is perfectly natural to admire pluck and ambition in a young man, aid this no doubt is one reason why lie whose name heads this sketch has won so many friends during his residence here. Mr. White is a native of Georgia, and was educated at the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. He was admitted to the bar in 1881, at the age of 21, and practiced his profession at Atlanta, Georgia, for three years in partnership with J. C. Reid, a prominent attorney. Moving to Grant’s Pass, Oregon, in the spring of 1985. he remained there two years. Since that time he has resided in Eastern Oregon, and is at present associated with Bartlett Shipp in the practice of his profession. Mr. White, or “Sam” White, as he is known to his friends, and they are legion, is a man of strict integrity and unsullied reputation, and has lately been nominated on the Union ticket for district attorney. He is a Democrat, the principles of that party being instilled into his veins in early manhood, beneath the blue skies of his native...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. E. Gagen

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Is one of the most successful physicians in Baker County, and an honored citizen of Haines. He is one of those happy, good-natured men that we occasionally find in the professional ranks, and who, when we meet them, infuse new vim and vigor into one’s self by some mysterious magnetic power, not visible, but none the less effective. Born in Dublin. Ireland. June 1, 1858, he received his professional education in the Royal College of Surgeons and King and Queen College of Physicians, graduating in 1880. He then entered the service of the Royal Mall Steamship Co., remaining a year. Moving to the United States, he located at Sabetha, Kansas, practicing there with signal success for five years. During this time he served as a member of the board of pension examiners, having been appointed under both President Arthur’s and Cleveland’s administrations. In 1887 he moved to Oregon, locating at Heppner, remaining there nearly eight years. Moving then to Baker County, he has since practiced at Haines. He is married to Miss Geraldine Clark, of Heppner, and his home. which Is the model of refinement, is the center of it large and warm circle of...

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Herefords, Chandler

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Prominent among the self-made men of this county is lie whose name heads this sketch, and who has been a prominent character in business and political circles for many years past. He was born in Missouri, September 1, 1845 and came here in 1862, and has resided here ever since, and has made a host of friends who have every confidence in his honesty, efficiency and integrity, and that they have not mistaken their man is evidenced by the fact that he has never betrayed them, and by his obliging and accommodating disposition has ever shown it willingness to do anything In his power to show his appreciation of their regard. He began ranching at Wingville in 1874, and soon became engaged in raising cattle, and in 1888 began raising thoroughbred stock, Herefords and Shorthorns, and is today the largest dealer in the state. He is especially favored in location for this business, owning as he does 960 acres on the Powder River, the finest hay land in the state. Besides he has his home place of 160 acres at Wingville, and a ranch of 480 acres on Wolf Creek, in Union County. He has lately added 89 head of Herefords from the Inter Ocean and Lord Dunraven herds, of Wyoming. Among his Shorthorns he has...

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Palmer Grocery Company

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The above named house, one of the most representative in its line, was incorporated in May, 1894, by J. W. Daly and Joseph and C. L. Palmer. Their salesroom is tastefully furnished, and contains a choice and carefully collected stock of everything in the line of staple and fancy groceries, queensware, glassware, crockery, &c. They carry a very fine line of fancy groceries, and the scale of operations of this firm are such that they are enabled to offer very special inducements which the public has been quick to recognize, for the trade comes from all parts of the city, and from nine mines, and is constantly improving. Besides the members of the firm two assistants are generally employed. They run a free delivery wagon. Succeeding Place & Co. in 1894, the business has steadily grown, compelling them to enlarge their quarters forty feet. In queensware, glassware, &c., they carry the latest designs and patterns, their stock being probably the largest in the city. The members of the firm are enterprising, progressive business men, and fully merit their good...

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Biographical Sketch of A. C. McClelland

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now A man of sterling worth and a well-known citizen of Baker City, was born in Indiana, June 18th, 1842. Moving to Wisconsin with his parents at an early age, he remained there till the spring of 1863, receiving his education in Berlin, Wisconsin. Moving to Montana he followed mining until the fall of ’64, when he cane across the mountains and located in the western part of the state till 1867, when he came to Baker County, where he followed mining and stockraising until the last day of December, 1889, when he was appointed Receiver of the Laud Office by President Harrison. After the expiration of his term he returned to Baker City and bought the “Oregon Blade.” a republican paper, and ran the same until October 8, 1896, since which the he has been looking afer mining interests, and is now interested in a large Eastern syndicate, who are taking options on mining property in this section. As an evidence of the esteem in which he is held by his fellow citizens, we cite his nomination on the Union ticket for County Treasurer, he being a silver republican, and an earnest exponent of the cause of the white metal. June 2, 1874, he married Miss Mary Chambers, of Olympia,...

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