This week in history: Sunday morning fire does much damage
July 8, 2017
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago in the July 7 edition.
The quiet of an ideal Sabbath morning was rudely disturbed by the fire bell about 9 o'clock Sunday, and it was no false alarm, either. Clouds of smoke arising from near the Methodist church made this plain.
The scene of the fire was a cabin on French street, opposite the church mentioned, occupied by Eli Burdett and son, Paul. The consuming element had got in considerable work before it was discovered, and though the fire department responded to the alarm promptly and water was turned on the blaze in record time, the entire cabin had to be gutted to put out the fire.
The Burdetts had arisen early that morning and cooked breakfast, because Paul desired to go fishing. When he had departed, the father went back to bed for another nap. He slept until aroused by a neighbor, who informed him that his home was on fire. Paul knew nothing of the loss until he returned from his fishing trip in the evening. The pair lost most of their effects.
The blaze orginated in the kitchen addition in the rear, but its cause is not definitely determined.
Wellington pay $100.000 dividend
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The Wellington Mines Company on July 1 communicated very pleasantly with its fortunate stockholders. The communication addressed to them was very brief and couched in such simple terms that there was no difficulty in comprehending its purport. The greeting was as follows:
"Enclosed herewith please find check representing divided of ten percent on your stock.
"The company expects to pay a dividend of ten percent on October 1, 1917."
The divident payment amounted to $100.00 and added to the dividend of 20 percent declared on April 1, makes a total of $300.00 distributed so far this year. The initiation of another dividend October 1 indicated that the management has reason to expect continued ore production.
The mine is producing more ore today than ever in its history. It is believed that at least 120 tons of ore are being mined and milled daily.
The shaft has been sent down another 100 feet, at which point a station is being completed, and below which huge ore pockets have been cut for storage purposes.
The value of low and high grade ore has increased with depth and indications lead to the opinion that the famous mine is destined to continue the process of enriching stockholders and increasing the fame of Breckenridge.
Plans to reopen Lenawee Mine
Col. James H. Myers was in town the first of the week on his return to Montezuma from a sojourn in Denver and Colorado Springs. He was accompanied by H. W. Barry, a substantial business man. The Colonel informs The Journal that he had succeeded in fully and thoroughly straightening out the tangled affairs and titles of the Lenawee Mining and Milling company, and that backed by Mr. Barry, he was about to reopen that promising Snake River property. Driving ahead of the tunnel, now in 600 feet, is the first thing on the program. Two hundred feet of work are required to reach the first of a series of good veins known to traverse the ground. The mill will be remodeled so as to make it conform to the latest methods approved by the science of ore reduction.
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