Mining: 0050.0316



            One does not need to have his ear glued to the ground in Cranbrook these days, to know, and feel in his bones, that the current of all thought is in the direction of mining.  We have found, at long last, that “we need it in our business” and consequently we are, all of us, going ahunting for minerals, talking mines, and thinking mines.  Every man considers that he has a right (and he has) to a share of the wealth in the ground around us.

            Outsiders are determined that we shall not have the whole of it.  Amongst the mining men who have the power to move capital who were with us within the past week may be mentioned James Cronin, who made a mine of the St. Eugene; H.J. Williams of Spokane; Charles Theiss of the same city; J.L. Parker, who has taken over the Burton copper mine at Elko and H.I. Ellis of Kellog, Idaho, who has gone over to the Lardeau country to examine claims in which Cranbrook people are largely interested.  Where those men lead others will follow.  We cannot get away from it.  The Sullivan is proving our biggest draw card.  It is becoming a tremendous advertisement for East Kootenay generally and for Cranbrook in a more particular sense.


            The surface of St. Mary’s Prairie is an agricultural treasure house.  Its depths seem to be a treasure house of mineral wealth.  When one thinks of mines we lift our mental eyes to the hills, but there appears to be more mineral ores along the western border of this prairie, close by Marysville, than on any equal extent of surface in this country.  It appears to be entirely underlaid by a mineral bearing formation mostly diorites and quartzites.  To illustrate the point, it may be said that W.A. Chisholm of Fort Steele has bonded the Park Group of three claims to the Selkirk Mining Company of Spokane.  There has been quite a considerable amount of work done on these excellent silver-lead claims during the last spring and during the present summer, some machinery having been already installed to facilitate the sinking of the shaft.  The leads are strong fissures in gabbro diorite, the ore being associated with quartz and calcite.


            On the western flank of Lone Tree Butte, directly east of the Park Group, are Big Butte and Verdun claims recently bonded by Joseph Ryan to the owners of the Victor at Fort Steele.  On these claims the values in silver, copper and gold, occur in a quartz gangue, azurite being quite abundant and making the ore highly spectacular.  The silver values run from 70 to 150 oz. in silver to the ton, copper 6 per cent, and some of the samples have run as high as $90 per ton in gold.  These claims after several thousand dollars had been spent on them about fifteen years ago, were allowed to lie derelict and were acquired for the cost of the staking and recording.

            As in the case of the Park Group, the ore occurrence here seems to be related to the gabbro intrusion.  The vein pitches through the quartzite towards the diorite, and it is expected that the continuation of the incline shaft until it encounters the diorite will demonstrate whether the claims are of any real value or not.  This property cannot be more than a mile and a half in an air line from Marysville.


            Another property in the immediate vicinity of Marysville, is the famous old Pedro.  This claim was formerly crown granted and lapsed to the Government for non payment of the annual land tax of 25c per acre.  It was then secured by Mr. A.E. Watts on a lease.  He was one of the original owners – indeed, it was he who paid the lion’s share of the taxes in the old days, so that no one has a better ethical right to the ownership than he.  Ownership, however, did not count for much, as it was a case here of “first find your claim.”  It was lost.  In a general way, everyone knew where it was and had wonderful tales to tell of its riches.  However, on Sunday last, Mr. Watts and Joseph Ryan, ably assisted by the knowledge of Paul Handley, found the old workings and were better than well rewarded for their industry. 

            The lead is a good four feet wide on the surface and is a fissure vein in diorite.  The lead has been stripped for over 300 feet and the showing is excellent.  The iron capping has been about penetrated in one or two places and the ore encountered is rich in copper, zinc, and silver-lead.  What is shown on the dumps is remarkably fine grade of concentrating ore.

            It is the intention of Mr. Watts to exploit this property with his own diamond drilling outfit which will be in charge of his son Mr. Teddy Watts.


0050.0316: Mining

All thoughts in Cranbrook are in the direction of mining.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  August 16, 1917
Pages:  1
Publisher:  Cranbrook Herald
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


mining claims diorites quartzites fissures ore silver copper gold


People arrow Chisholmarrow
People arrow Croninarrow
People arrow Watts, A.E.arrow
People arrow Williamsarrow
People arrow Theissarrow
People arrow Parkerarrow
People arrow Ellisarrow
People arrow Ryan, Josepharrow
People arrow Handleyarrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Mines arrow Burton Minearrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Mines arrow Sullivan Minearrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Mining Claims arrow Big Buttearrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Mining Claims arrow Parkarrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Mining Claims arrow Pedroarrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Mining Claims arrow Verdunarrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Companies arrow Selkirk Mining Co.arrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Mines arrow St. Eugene Minearrow


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