This week in Summit County history: Jessie mine will have cyanide plant |

This week in Summit County history: Jessie mine will have cyanide plant

Compiled by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
A Colorado telephone book in 1908.
Summit Historical Society Photograph Collection / Courtesy of the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archive |


Arrangements have been completed for the installation of a 50-ton cyanide plant at the Jessie mine and the work of constructing it will commence at once. It is expected that it will be in readiness for operation by the middle of April.

G.J. Kapteyn of Denver, a cyanide expert, will have charge of the mill and will superintend its erection. Mr. Kapteyn returned to Denver Monday, after spending several days at the property making his initial plans. In Denver, he is now engaged in selecting the necessary equipment which will soon be shipped to this point. In the meantime, lumber and building materials will be hauled to the property and but a few days will elapse until the building is underway.


Damage suits against the Colorado & Southern Railroad company have been filed in the district court here and summonses were served Monday. There are four separate suits, aggregating $90,000. The plaintiffs are G. Harry Gibson and Mrs. Gibson of Breckenridge, George C. Davis of Nederland and Harry D. Perine of Denver. Mr. Gibson asks for the payment of $30,000 in his suit. Mrs. Gibson demands $50,000 and each of the other plaintiffs desires $5,000. The suits are based on an event which happened in December 1913 when it is alleged that the crew of a Colorado & Southern train enroute to Denver from Breckenridge, abandoned the train and passengers between Strontia Springs and Waterton when a heavy snow obstructed the track.

For three days, the complaintants aver, they were without food and water and that as a result they suffered much hardship. Mrs. Gibson underwent severe strain because of surrounding conditions and her health was impaired, to recover which, large sums of money have been expended unsuccessfully.


A new telephone directory is now being prepared for Breckenridge. Over 130 names will appear in the new list, which will be consulted every day by thousands of people. Your name should be in the book for your own good. Copy closes Jan. 17, 1916.


Dangerously wounded in a gun fight at close range with Joseph G. Clark, a special police officer, an early morning burglar forgot the pain of a wound in his chest, dragged himself up a flight of stairs, staggered through a hallway, leaped twenty-two feet from a second-story window and escaped in the darkness. The encounter between burglar and policeman took place in the hallway of the Hotel Du Nan. Four hours later Claude Madox, 22 years old, was removed from the McCloud hotel to Mercy hospital. He was suffering from a gunshot wound in the chest, a sprained back and a wrenched ankle. Three persons have since identified him as the man who engaged in the pistol duel with Special Policeman Clark. Soon after Maddox was removed to the hospital, his wife, Mrs. Juanita Maddox, was arrested and placed in the matrons quarters at the city jail.


Silver Plume — Arthur H. Osborn, civil engineer and Edward Collins, miner, were carried down the side of Kelso mountain at West Argentine, Colorado, by an avalanche that swept them into the gulch below and piled seventy feet of snow over their bodies. West Argentine is eight miles west of this city, in a district surrounded by steep mountains, but which is seldom visited by slides. The avalanche that swept down Kelso mountain was like the other fatal slide of this season near Silverton, which cost two lives. The slide makes the total dead four. In each slide, some of the party escaped as their companions plunged to death.

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