This week in history: New vein of lead ore on Gibson Hill |

This week in history: New vein of lead ore on Gibson Hill

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This Week in History
Railroad tracks are shown in the wintertime, with smoke billowing in the distance from an old engine. In the wintertime, rotary snow plows were used to clear tracks. A coal fired boiler propelled the rotary blades, while helper engines pushed the rotary itself.
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This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of May 20 through May 26.

In an upraise from the lower tunnel of the New York group, Manager Morris has struck a flat vein 17 inches thick about 15 feet above the tunnel. Seven inches of ore is said to be lead carbonate, with values about 60 percent in lead and some gold and silver.

J.W. Hale expects to start work on the Mekka placer bars about June 1, at which time he believes sufficient after will be available for the operation of his giants. Owing to the late snowfalls, he has been considerably delayed getting work under way.

Pioneer to build new sawmill

Twenty-five men are now at work on the Pioneer Consolidated Mines property on Gibson Hill. Two shafts are at work in the mill and results of the run are better than ever obtained before by the present management. The waterline has been put in good condition, and a supply of water is now available to run a mill twice the size of that now on the property.

The company is preparing to install a modern sawmill. Some of the finest timber left in the district is on the ground held by the company, and it is their intention to make all the lumber and mine timber necessary for their use on the ground. By this means a great saving will be made, and lumber and timber will always be at hand when needed. Timber is getting very scarce in this district, and at times it is almost impossible to get lumber, causing great inconvenience and loss of time.

Hartwell-Raabe Wedding

Dr. Max Raabe, of Leadville, whose sister Lillian was recently wedded to Ernest Hartwell, formerly of Breckenridge, now assistant superintendent at the Yak tunnel at Leadville, has married Mr. Hartwell’s sister, Miss Ethel Hartwell at Denver. The ceremony was preformed by the Rev. D.D. Tyler at the home of the bride, 333 Fourteenth Street. Dr. Raabe, who is one of the leading dentists of Leadville, went to Denver Saturday night.

His acquaintance with Miss Hartwell began in Leadville early in the past winter at about the time his sister made the acquaintance of Mr. Hartwell while visiting her brothers Dr. Max and Dr. C.S. Raabe. Two romances swiftly developed with the result that Miss Raabe became Mrs. Hartwell at Boise, Idaho, and Miss Hartwell became Mrs. Raabe at Denver.

Strawberry Social

The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Methodist church will give a strawberry and cream, coffee and cake social Thursday afternoon and evening June 14 at the rooms of the Misses Adams. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Colorado men to be held in camp two weeks

Colorado’s national guard will be held only two weeks in the state mobilization camp after the mobilization of the guardsmen on Aug. 5 in accordance with orders from the war department.

Recent dispatches from Washington tell of the plans of the war department in handling the guardsmen. During the two weeks they are held in state camps, the guard organization will be recruited to full strength and officers and men will be inoculated against disease.

That Colorado’s guard will be recruited to full strength when mobilized is the prediction of Adjutant General Frank Baldwin, who believes that twice the necessary number of volunteers could be obtained by Aug. 5.

At the end of the two weeks in the mobilization camp, the Colorado guard will be sent to a cantonment for the winter where they will undergo intensive training. The location of the camp is not yet announced.

The cantonment of which the Colorado guard will form a part will include the Sixteenth Division of the Army of 500,000 raised under the universal service law, and the national guards of California, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

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