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Oklahoma's Forgotten Gold Rushes

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  • ma73_chickens_rdead
    Hi, I ll paste a few more newspaper articles in today. When I was doing this, I figured that the best place to find gold was where it had already been found.
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 26, 2007

      I'll paste a few more newspaper articles in today. When I was doing
      this, I figured that the best place to find gold was where it had
      already been found. I took the names of the individuals from these
      articles and searched them in the county courthouses to find out where
      they had owned their property so that I would know where to look.
      Again, enjoy.


      August 3, 1895
      Page 1, Column 5

      The Paoli, I. T. Mines

      Of the Paoli, I. T. mines in which several Oklahoma Cityans are
      interested, the Wichita Beacon prints the following:

      Dr. Folsom, collector of royalty of the Cherokee nation, probably the
      best informed mineralogist and mineralogist of the two territories, is
      in the city and gives a glowing account of the gold and silver mines
      west of Paoli. I. T. His description reminds one of the stories told
      of the Alaskan El Dorado.

      The silver mines were found to be inexhaustible, and pick and shovel,
      coupled with the aid of steam machinery, are kept busy under the
      supervision of Mr. A. B. Baird, general manager, preparing the
      precious metal for market.

      Shipments are made at regular intervals, beginning with a shipment of
      200 pounds and steadily increasing to 2200. The machinery is
      capacitated to turn out 10 tons of this precious dirt per day and it
      contains thirty-four ounces of silver to the ton.

      Not far from the silver mine is the gold mine. Here the doctor has
      in operation the latest improved machinery with a capacity of 50 tons
      per day. Two hundred and fifty pounds of this earth hold four grains
      of gold. "As far as I have seen and heard," continued the doctor.,
      "the whole country is filled with gold, and from the Miller farm we
      get rubies and platinum, the latter in vast quantities."

      The doctor has sent whole bushels to Colorado for regular assay, and
      it will be back in a few days.

      May 9, 1920
      Page 4, Column 2
      Page 5, Column 3

      Paoli Gold, Silver and Copper Mines Little Developed

      Rich Ore Deposits Said to Lie Around Supposed Extinct Geyser;
      Indian Land Relations Hinder Production

      Paoli, May 8,--(Special)--Gold, silver and copper ore production has
      been thought little of as an industry of Oklahoma. Geologist have
      made known the state's rich deposits very little, and an actual
      production has been hearlded only to a limited extent.

      Difficulties in legal relations with Indian lands have caused the
      mines to be worked spasmodically and then only a small amount.

      This field now being proved by the Teepee Queen Copper Company is
      located near here, a few miles north of the Washita River in Garvin
      County. In digging a shaft for a well near the plant, about thirty
      feet below the surface, a stratum of ore was found which proved to be
      eight feet thick, containing zinc in varying quantities. Mixed with
      this zinc was a copper content, becoming better grade as the depth
      increased. At present the plant is not equipped to care for the zinc,
      but it will be mined eventually if it proves to be an extensive field.

      Company Ready

      At present, the stock company, capitalized for 3,000,000 shares, is
      about ready to begin operations with one unit, and has sold or
      disposed of 600,000 shares.

      The ore in the field has varying grades, running as high as 15
      percent actual copper. The copper ore is in concentrated form and
      appears only in boulders here and there, while the lower grade ore is
      found in layers several feet thick and averages 3 or 4 percent. One
      percent is payable.

      Mr. Shead, field man for the State Geological Survey, some time ago
      in a report to that organization, made a statement that there is
      100,000,000 tons of ore available, basing his conclusion upon
      investigations made by himself and Mr. Honess, also of the State
      Geological Survey, after spending several days in the field.

      High Grade Copper Found

      In taking out 200 tons of ore to be treated at the plant, a
      considerable quantity of the high grade copper ore has been removed
      which will be shipped to the smelter, where it will be smelted by
      ordinary methods. Ore which has been considered high grade has run
      more than 3 percent. This grade will average 50 percent copper content.

      Further prospecting was done by using a drill at the bottom of the
      shaft of the well, finding thirty feet of ore containing silver in
      paying quantities. The silver content cannot be extracted by
      treatment for copper, and cannot be treated by the plant now being
      built. It may be recovered by concentrating the metal from the ores
      by methods ordinairly used for ore concentration, smelter men say.

      From records obtained from the files of the Teepee Queen Copper
      Company, parties have been interested in this field since 1880. At
      this time it is recalled that "Old" Smith Paul and a partner hauled
      copper from the mines overland to St. Louis with two six-mule teams.
      There was no wagon road at that time, and it was said that this made
      it a poor paying investment.

      About twenty-five years ago two companies worked here. One was
      headed by a man from Dallas, Texas; the other by Louis Burgher.
      Burgher had previously made some important discoveries in California
      in the silver mines and also at Cripple Creek, Col.

      Much Ore Shipped

      During the operations of these companies, fourteen carloads of high
      grade ores were shipped from the old mine which is located a half-mile
      southwest of the present mill site. At different time since, there
      has been considerable prospecting.

      In the winter and spring of 1916 and 1917, Carl Shuey of Hot Springs,
      Ark., who was president and general manager of the Chickasha Mining
      and Smelting Company, spent several weeks prospecting on the holdings
      of the Teepee Queen Copper Company. He had a stroke of paralysis in
      the early spring of 1917 and was compelled to abandon the plans. He
      died in the summer of 1917.

      These leases of Carl Shuey were taken over by a company organized
      under the name of the Southwestern Mining and Developing Company,
      whose holdings were later sold to the Teepee Queen Copper Company.

      Post Marks Gold Vein

      Mr. Ford, a wealthy oil man of Ada, Okla., formerly a business man of
      Pauls Valley, was intimately acquainted with Louis Burgher, president
      of the last company actively operating on these holdings. Ford states
      that he was present on the morning that operations were stopped by
      government officials, and that several days before the coming of the
      U. S. Marshall, a very rich vein of gold had been struck at the
      100-foot level in the old shaft.

      A large Bois D'arc post was placed in the shaft at the place where
      the vein of gold outcropped to find it more readily, and to protect
      the shaft. The hole was roofed over at a depth twenty-ive feet. The
      shaft is timbered from top to bottom with 2x6 oak planks.

      Mr. Ford's story is substantiated by that of Joe P. Taylor, of the
      Magnolia Petroleum Company of Wirt, Okla., whose father was one of the
      heavy stockholders in this old company. Mr. Taylor says that Mr.
      Burgher told his father, after the government had compelled them to
      suspend operations, "to keep these holdings, as this was the richest
      copper depoait on earth."

      Indian Charter Illegal

      This company had been chartered under the Indian government, which
      charter was illegal. the Indians were wards of the United States and
      were said to have no right to enter into an instrument of this kind.

      Professor Boyd, one of the early presidents of the University of
      Oklahoma, now in the University of Mexico, also was interested in this
      company very heavily and also a very close friend of the elder Mr. Taylor.

      Charley McElhaney of Norman, Okla., one of the early directors of the
      company, was brought on the present holdings by Mr. F. P. Carey,
      president of the Teepee Queen Copper Company. McElhaney had helped
      put down a drill hole to 225 feet, about 300 feet north of the old
      mine. Mr. McElhaney says that copper was encountered from practically
      top to bottom of the drill hole. Later, a shaft was sunk to a depth
      of 110 feet and that two car loads of high grade copper ore were taken
      from this shaft and shipped to Argentine, Kan., as was most of the
      other ore shipped from these holdings.

      Directors of the Teepee Queen Copper Company have cleaned out this
      old shaft to fifteen feet and have found the old curbing practically
      intact at this depth. they also have proved to their entire
      satisfaction that a roof had been placed over it at the twenty-five
      foot level.

      Questioning of the present engineer showed the Teepee Queen Copper
      Company that largest body of surface ore is about a half mile
      northeast of this old shaft and mine. The old mine is said to be the
      mouth of an extinct geyser.

      Extinct Geyser Evident

      Mineral deposits at this point showed conclusive proof of having been
      made by hot water deposits coming from the interior of the earth. W.
      A. Erwin of Los Angles, Calif.; G. L. Morrison, a graduate of the
      Mining School of Boulder, Col.; E. R. Lowery of St. Louis, Mo., a
      graduate of the Columbia School of Mines; and L. A. Casey, of Boulder,
      Col., are authorities for this belief.

      The first stock of the Teepee Queen Copper Company was sold in
      January, 1918 to the citizens of Paoli. The sale of the stock soon
      spread to other parts of the state and in Texas.

      Company Begun in Deleware

      The company organized under the laws of Deleware, has complied with
      state laws and now maintains an office at 413 Oil Exchange building,
      Oklahoma City. At the second annual meeting of the company held in
      Oklahoma City, April 6, 1920, G. S. Weller, connected with the Gulf,
      Colorado & Santa Fe at Cleburne, Texas, was made a director and a vice
      president of the company.

      The other officers of the company consists of men from all parts of
      the state. F. P. Cary, president of a bank at Jet, Okla., is
      president of the company. J. L. Walden, a farmer-stockman of Paoli is
      secretary-treasurer; and E. R. Clark, president of the Arline State
      Bank, vice president. The other director is C. H. Heckler, a
      farmer-stockman of Waukomis, Okla. Mr. J. D. Mathews, a former
      professor of engineering in a Texas college, and a man of practical
      engineering experience, is now constructing the plant which the
      accompaning photos show.


      May 13, 1920
      Page 7, Column 1

      Oklahoman Features Paoli Ore Deposits

      Copper, silver, zinc and even gold as products of the Teepee Queen
      Copper Company's holdings east of town was featured in an illustrated,
      two column story in last Sunday's Oklahoman.

      The process of milling was described from the time the ore left the
      pit until it came out in copper flakes.

      A history of the copper development since 1880 was told, recounting
      how old Smith Paul, with his partner, used to haul copper ore to St.
      Louis with two six mule teams.

      The company is now plotting out the ore bed, using the hand drill at
      about 25 feet distances.

      May 20, 1920
      Page 5, Column 3

      Lead Pumps Arrival Determine Copper Production

      The arrival of lead pumps and some rubber material which was some
      time ago ordered from Chicago is all that determines the date of the
      beginning of actual copper production of the Teepee Queen Copper Company.

      Enough paying ore has already been blocked to run the present unit
      for many months. The present engine will be used soon to handle a
      core drill and in its stead, a larger one secured for the mill.

      The sulphuric acid to be used will be procured at Oklahoma City and
      is now available in sufficient quantities.

      Until this unit is running at full capacity, there will be no attempt
      to extract the silver content.


      February 13, 1896
      Page 1, Columns 2 & 3


      The great gold excitement at Cripple Creek, Colo., has attracted
      thousands upon thousands of people from all parts of the United
      States. Some have gone there to make their fortunes, taking their all
      with them and have been successful, while others have not been so
      fortunate. There is no doubt but what the yellow metal exists there
      in abundance, but Cripple Creek is not the only place that is
      fortunate in that way. Cripple Creek has just simply produced her
      metal first, that is all. There is a little place in these United
      States where, and it will only take a short time to tell, for time
      develops all things, gold, silver, iron, copper, coal, lead, and zinc
      and other valuable mineral exist not only in paying quantities but, we
      might say, in fortunes for some one. The above named minerals, and
      many other, have been discovered, proven beyond a doubt, to be within
      the boundaries of Oklahoma. It is strange to notice how people jump
      up and pull for other parts where rich ore is found, while they can be
      upon the soil under which a fortune lies.

      It is true that reports have been exaggerated in some instances
      concerning the rich ore find, but it is nevertheless true,
      notwithstanding all the misrepresentations, that Oklahoma's soil is
      far more richer in mineral products than the general public is aware
      of. It has been tested and proven so by Prof. Edwin DeBarr, PhD and
      M. S., now occupying the chair of Chemistry and Physics in the
      Oklahoma Territorial University. Prof. DeBarr come from one of the
      best universities of our land and one that has developed some of the
      greatest minds on science we have,and that is the University of
      Michigan. Prof. DeBarr has just completed one of his geological
      surveys, and his assays only include the Territory of Oklahoma and no
      other, and when you read the following you will no doubt be surprised
      to find that Oklahoma is rich with ore. Oklahoma will soon find her
      way up with the other great mining states of our union:

      "Iron running 1,100 pounds per ton found in Pottawatomie County.

      Zinc, 95 per cent pure, found in Noble and Pawnee counties.

      Copper, 20 per cent pure, found in Payne, Pottawatomie and Cleveland

      Aluminum, 11 per cent pure, found in Noble and Canadian counties.

      Lead, going 200 pounds per ton, found in the eastern portion of
      Pottawatomie county.

      Silver, assaying 20 ounces per ton found in an endles number of
      places and counties.

      Coal, of the best quality yet located in Oklahoma, is found in the
      eastern portion of the Strip, Noble and Pawnee counties.

      Gold, running $75 per ton, found in Cleveland and Pottawatomie counties."

      While these preceeding statements are of special interest from the
      fact of their being scientifically definite, the following will be of
      scarce less importance. It is with absolute certainty their presence
      is stated, although no scientific test of quality has yet been made.

      Iron, gold, silverand copper are found in the Wichita reservation,
      or, some call it "I" county.

      Red and yellow ochre of definite commercial value are found in Noble
      and Kay counties.

      Gray and white granite, comparing most favorably with the famous
      Tennessee granites, are found in the Wichita Mountains.

      Tin is found in Noble and Cleveland counties.

      Asphalt beds have been located in Wichita, Kiowa, Comanche and Apache

      Cement is found in the southern counties of what constituted the
      Cheyenne and Arapahoe country.

      Mica is a common thing in the southwest corner of Woods County.

      Silica beds, fifteen feet deep, created no surprise in Noble County.

      Salt abounds in Blaine, Woodward and other counties.

      Oil is in evidence along the streams of several counties."


      February 28, 1896
      Page 2, Column 1


      Perry's rich gold finds should be taken with a liberal sprinkling of
      allowance sauce. Perry, it will be remembered, is the home of the
      biggest liar that was ever allowed to send a dispatch in the name of
      the associated press.


      March 2, 1896
      Page 1, Columns 3 & 4

      Geo. A. Randall Murdered.

      On Saturday, at about 12:30, as Geo. A. Randall was driving home in
      his wagon near Yates post office in the northwest corner of Payne
      County, he was met by William Minnis, who was in a wagon driving in
      the opposite direction. It is supposed they became engaged in a
      quarrel over some old differences, as they were not on friendly terms,
      the first cause being a quarrel they had over a dog fight that had
      occurred some time ago. Hot words must have followed and it is
      supposed that Minnis shot and killed Randall, as a few hours
      afterwards, he was found lying in his wagon dead with a bullet hole
      through his neck. From the position in which his body was lying. it
      is supposed he was shot while sitting on the seat. He was discovered
      by some parties passing who, seeing his team hitched to his wagon,
      grazing about on the prairie, made an examination to find the cause
      and discovered Randall dead.

      It is possible that some of the trouble might have been cause by
      Randall leasing his claim a few days ago to other parties for mining
      purposes, but we cannot state this as positive.

      The men were both well to do farmers in Payne County near Yates, and
      had a number of friends. Mr. Randall was a highly respected citizen
      and well liked by all his neighbors and a number of Perry people. His
      wife has been dead fourteen years, and he leaves two bright boys, 14
      and 15 years old.

      This is looked upon as a very brutal murder and bitter feelings exist
      in the neighborhood against Minnis. He skipped out and has not been
      seen since the murder. The deputy sheriff of Payne County was here
      yesterday looking for him but could get no trace.




      Eleven Ounces Pure Silver--Seventeen Per Cent Copper and a Fair
      Showing of Lead--Ore Worth $24 Per Ton--On Car Here--Pay Ore and no

      The excitement in the city became great again this morning when it
      was known that our prominent grocery man on north 7th street, S. A.
      Hemple, had received a certificate of assay from the Pueblo Smelting
      and Refining Company, to whom he sent ten pounds of ore a few days ago.

      The report is most satisfactory, and leaves no longer the shadow of a
      doubt as to the value of the rich mineral deposits near the city.
      Below is an exact copy of the certificate of assay:


      PUEBLO COLO., 2-27-1896

      Pueblo Smelting & Refining Co.
      Name Silver Gold
      Lead Copper
      oz ton pr cent
      per ton
      of 200

      W. O. H. 11z
      17 pr ct
      What car
      on there
      Assay by E.
      Approved. W. J. H.

      Chief Assayer

      The chief assayer of the company passed upon the ore and gave it a
      careful inspection and analysis, and in a letter accompanying says the
      ore is worth $24 per ton here. Twelve tons can be placed in a car,
      placing the value of a car at $288. At this price there is a big
      profit in mining this ore, as the most of it is near the surface, and
      will require but little labor to mine. It has been carefully
      estimated that a clear profit of over a hundred dollars can be
      realized on each car.

      The assayist further states that he is of the opinion that the ore
      may show greater value if it is properly screened and the dirt taken
      out and requests that another lot of ore be sent him for a more
      thorough test and that it be cleaned before shipping.

      This is glorious news for Perry, and will, if the ore is in large
      quantities--and it is so reported--make this in a few years, the
      busiest and richest city in Oklahoma. We can afford to rejoice at the
      prospect, and it is better than any of us had expected. But we have
      the evidence now in black and white, and of such a character that no
      one can dispute.

      All we need to do now is to open up a mine, and if this ore is found
      in abundance, and the magical wonders of Aladdin will pale before the
      scene of transformation of farms into mining camps. A large number of
      people went to the mines today, and among them were many who have been
      doubting one up to this time.

      Chemist L. E. Garnett made an assay today of some very rich ore
      brought to him to be tested. The gentleman who brought the ore would
      not give his name or the locality where it was found, but says it is
      in the Strip and only a few miles from Perry. His reason for no
      stating his name or the location of the ore is that it would
      jeopardize his chances of proving up on his claim.

      Mr. Garnett says it is the richest gold bearing ore he has ever seen,
      and would place it at the least at $5,000 per ton.

      We only have the statement of this man as to where he got this ore,
      but those who know him, say he is truthful and they believe he got it
      on his claim near Perry.

      We learned Saturday night that a gentleman was in the city with a
      certificate of assay, by G. L. Holter, professor of the A & M college
      at Stillwater, on some ore, which said that the pannings showed gold,
      which would run $2,000 to $2,600 per ton.

      All these indications, if they are true, point to but one result, and
      that is that we shall soon be the center of large mining camps. More
      people are interested today than ever before and the condition has
      changed from doubt to one of absolute certainty.

      March 4, 1896
      Page 1, Column 4

      Zinc Ore

      C. J. Strickland called at our office today and left us with samples
      of zinc ore with a mixture of silver and lead which, from appearance,
      are very rich. Mr. Strickland got the ore on his farm not very far
      south of Perry, and has no scheme to work or mining company to
      organize; does not want to sell his farm for which he has received his
      patent. He invites the fullest investigation of his discovery and the
      extent of the ore as he has nothing to conceal. He states that the
      ledge of rock from which he took the samples of ore is from six to
      eight feet thick.

      Mr. Strickland is well known in Perry as a man of integrity and his
      statements can be relied upon.

      This discovery should be given immediate attention. Any parties
      wishing to visit the locality will be readily shown by Mr. Strickland
      where the ore is located.

      In connection, we will also state that the druggist, L. E. Garnett,
      tested some ore yesterday brought in by a gentleman who lives a few
      miles from Perry and found it contained a fine quality of zinc in big
      paying quantity.

      March 5, 1896
      Page 1, Column 4 & 5

      Chas. W. Lamb, of the Rice Mercantile Company of St. Louis, Mo., and
      B. T. Conner, of Samuel Westenheim of St. Joe, Mo., who have spent
      much time in the mines at Cripple Creek, favored the ENTERPRIZE-TIMES
      with a call today and after looking over the collection of ores taken
      from the Perry mineral fields, spoke in glowing terms of what they
      indicated and said many of them were of just the same formation as
      they saw at Cripple Creek. They are much interested and are in the
      city making further investigations. They can be seen at the Merchants


      Mines to be Opened Within Two Miles of Perry

      William Sohn and Harry Shortman, of this city, have closed a lease
      with Phillip Sunfield on the east eighty acres of his claim laocated
      two and half miles south of Perry and will, as soon as the necessary
      preparations can be made, within a week, begin the work of opening and
      operating mines.

      March 6, 1896
      Page 4, Column 2

      "FLOUR GOLD"



      Familiar to Others Before "at Home"

      People Knew of it--Former Assays

      That Failed to reveal the Yellow Stuff

      I spent the evening with a very wealthy gentleman whose fortunes came
      from the oil regions of Pennsylvania. He is accompanied by a mining
      expert. These men are spending their entire time prospecting the
      substrata wealth of southern Oklahoma. They are not hopeful but
      sanguine. this morning they came up to look over the files for the
      Perry mineral reports. It somewhat surprised me to hear the expert,
      upon reading your publication of a recent assay returned from
      Colorado, remark "so those Colorado people, like the K. C. smelter,
      could not find the gold." I saw an opening and, with a little
      pushing, soon learned they knew all about that self same assay, that
      is dirt near it, before it left Perry on its way to Colorado. The
      Colorado assay is not a correct one. The dirt had gold in it, the
      trouble being that it was what is known as "flour" gold and their
      methods failed to catch it.

      It has been difficult to make home people believe mineral reports
      from the fact that an ore, which at the Oklahoma University showed
      even higher than $65 per ton, only had twenty-six cents per ton as
      shown by the Kansas City smelter. The trouble is that no smelter
      method is capable of testing Oklahoma gold, it being a "flour" gold so
      fine that air currents passing over the crucible or furnace, takes the
      gold particles along with it. These minute particles have been saved
      by Prof. DeBarr, chemist at the Oklahoma University, and it is that
      accounts for the extreme variance in home and foreign assay reports.

      Smelters report our gold as too fine for working. It is, by their
      old foggy method. However, during the last six months there has been
      discovered, and is today in successful operation, an electric method
      by which the finest "flour" gold dirt can be worked with satisfaction.

      For testing gold dirt, there are wet and dry systems, the former
      using acids, and the latter, lead as reagents. There are almost an
      endless number of reagents, but lead is practical in our dirt. Under
      an ordinary smelter system calculated for the handling of coarser
      particles, these particles are taken up in the air current and flames.
      This is remedied by the method adopted by Prof. DeBarr. He uses a
      closed crucible and a muffled furnace. Test your dirt by this process
      and should it show pay qualities, the proper quantity, subject to the
      recent electric process, will give you a paying mine. The fact that
      some smelters or assayers report no gold found does not prove none to
      exist, as our "flour" gold is, to many, a new thing. Of late, many
      smelter chimneys have been reconstructed with a view of joining
      pockets in which escaping gold particles may lodge, these same
      smelters once thinking none escaped.

      To those in whose minds the extreme variance between home and foreign
      assay has created a doubt of the formers's accuracy, I desire to say,
      the variance is to the same former's credit.

      If readers will refer to your files of weeks before this mineral
      excitement came up, they will find my article on Sub-Strata Oklahoma
      quoted. Prof. DeBarr, then telling what has since proven true about
      Noble County and her mineral resources. Send your assays to DeBarr.

      March 7, 1896
      Page 4, Columns 3 & 4

      Another Rich Find

      T. G. Adkison, of the northeast corner grocery, visited the gold
      fields yesterday and brought back some rich looking ores, which he dug
      out of a ledge of rock six or eight feet high. This is located but a
      few miles south of the city, and gives promise of a valuable find. He
      has samples of the ore at his store.

      Ore Sent To Pueblo

      W. A. Hanley, of Hanley & English, and J. A. Koogle, of the O. K.
      Realty company, forwarded today a very fine two pound specimen of ore
      to W. W. Allen, of the Pueblo Smelting Co., to be assayed. This is a
      fine sample and we may expect to hear a favorable report from it in a
      short time.




      Many Coming to Investigate Including Cripple Creek Prospectors and
      Miners--Ore Sent to Denver, Pueblo and Kansas City to be
      Assayed--Favorable Results expected Soon.

      The story of the discovery of rich minerals near our city, consisting
      of copper, lead, zinc, silver and gold ores, is becoming known in the
      large cities and in many parts of the United States, outside of the

      The earlier statements which went out, and which were met with
      derision, have been followed by such conclusive proofs of their
      truthfulness, that men of influence and capital are becoming
      interested and are seeking further information. Some are making
      inquiry by letter, while others are making personal investigations.

      Charles W. Lamb, of the Rice Manufacturing Co., rich tobacco
      manufactures of St. Louis, and B. T. Conner, representing one of the
      wealthiest wholesale houses in St. Joe, Mo., were here yesterday,
      making investigations with a view to investments. They have lately
      returned from Cripple Creek, where they spent several months among the
      mines, and they said many of the samples in our office were similar to
      those seen out there. They were much interested and carried away good
      opinions of our mineral discovery.

      Many strangers have been in the city during the week; most of them
      for the purpose of quietly investigating our mineral discoveries. The
      report has gone abroad, and it is confidently expected that a large
      number of capitalist and miners will soon be coming to Perry.

      Additional ore has been sent by a number of our citizens to Kansas
      City, Denver and Pueblo, from which very favorable results are
      expected soon, which will add still more confidence to the assurances
      which we already have.

      What must now be done, is to open shafts and get into the strata
      below the surface, where it is believed still richer minerals will be
      found. This should be done at once, and a car load of the ore taken
      from some depth, sent to the Argentine smelter so that the matter may
      be fully determined. We believe there is lead, copper, zinc and
      silver ore in such combination as to make it a matter of large profit
      to operate mines, and when a sufficient quantity -- -- something like
      a car load -- is smelter, it will be proven that our statements are
      correct. The sooner we do this, the sooner we will have Perry full of
      people, and have large paying mines in operation near our city.

      March 9, 1896
      Page 4, Column 3

      Fortune Smiles Again

      Besides our rich mineral fields, another source of wealth has come to
      notice, which promises soon to become a profitable industry near our city.

      We refer to a very fine quality of hone and lithograph stone found on
      the claim of H. H. Foreman, which lies just outside the city limits on
      the northeast. J. G. Clark, who lives on the east side of the city,
      shipped 3,000 pounds of this stone to Foster & Clark, of Chicago, last
      Saturday, from which he is expecting the most favorable report. J.
      Clark, of the firm of Foster & Clark, is a brother of J. G. Clark, of
      our city, and is an expert in determining this kind of stone.

      It is claimed that it is only found in two places in the United
      States -- in Utah and Tennessee -- and on this account it is very
      valuable, a car load on the track here is being estimated to be worth
      $240. It is known on the market as aluminum or hone stone and always
      finds a ready market. Mr. Clark says, that found near Perry is of
      very fine quality. Thus do we become greater and greater.

      March 10, 1896
      Page 4, Columns 2 & 3

      More Ore Shipped

      S. A. Hemple, the 6th street grocery man, shipped by express last
      evening, to W. W. Allen, president of the Pueblo Smelting co., at
      Pueblo, Colorado, twenty-five pounds of splendid ore, similar to the
      first shipment, only better and cleaner. This was taken from a point
      near Perry, and carefully prepared and inspected. A mill run will be
      made of it which will give a test of the true value of the ores, as
      the product of the will be returned, or a draft covering its value.
      This is the proper proceeding to determine the values of the ores;
      send a large amount and have it milled.


      Faith Well Founded--Many Strangers Arriving--Come With Doubts but
      go Away Believing--Additional Leases Closed Today

      The interest in our mineral discoveries is not diminishing or growing
      cold. A great many visitors are here, coming and going. Most of them
      have heard of our mineral wealth and are eager to learn more. They
      come doubting and go away believing. Large numbers visited the mines
      yesterday, and some very fine samples of ore were brought back.

      The O. K. realty Co., exhibited a very fine quality ore at their
      office today, of about ten pounds, which they were preparing to ship
      to the director general of the geological department at Washington D.
      C., where it will be carefully assayed and a government certificate
      given. Postmaster Draceis also interested in getting a government
      assay of this ore. An assay from this source, if it is favorable,
      would do much to emphasize the wide confidence which already prevails.

      March 11, 1896
      Page 4, Column 2 & 4




      Capital Stock One Million to be Divided Into Shares of Ten Dollars
      Each with Assessment of 50 Per Cent--Company Incorporated Today.

      At an enthusiastic next meeting held last night at the city hall,
      which was attended by at least two hundred of our best and most
      representative citizens, the Perry Mining Company was organized with a
      capital stock of one million dollars, divided into shares of ten
      dollars each, subject to 50 percent assessment. Stock books were
      opened and a large number of shares were readily taken and many more
      were taken today. The company arranged to incorporate and perfect
      their organization today, and officers and directors will be chosen.
      Col. Dick T. Morgan, E. H. Perry, Harry Shortman, S. A. Hemple, H. W.
      Hanley were appointed a committee to complete the organization and
      solicit stock. The headquarters and principal offices of the company
      will be located in this city.

      The meeting was overflowing with confidence and enthusiasm and many
      present, who have been the slowest to be convinced, were among the
      most confident last night. This action not only strengthens the
      confidence at home but strongly emphasizes the belief in our resources
      abroad. When the best citizens of our city take hold in earnest and
      begin freely to invest in their own money, outside capital will be
      seeking investment.

      This is a move in the right direction and means business from the
      start. No one need fear to invest money in this enterprise as it is
      in the hands and will be conducted by our most reputable and
      responsible citizens. Other companies are being organized and will be
      incorporated soon.

      Following the organization of these various companies, will come
      active mining operations which will change our city into a veritable
      mining camp and the hills and prairie about us into an extensive
      mining region.

      The ground floor will soon all be occupied, as many strangers, a
      great many of them miners from Cripple Creek and other mining regions
      of Colorado, are coming in daily. The smoke from a large smeltering
      plants will soon be going skyward and we shall have passed the dawn of
      a glorious prosperity.




      Went Down Seven Feet Yesterday--Shaft 5x7 Feet--Heavy Timbers and
      Lumber on the Ground--Blasting With Dynamite Today--Other Shafts Will
      Begin Tomorrow.

      If you head been listening today, you would have heard the sounds of
      the blasting in the shaft being put down on top of the big ridge, in
      sight of the city, near the corporate limits on the south. A mining
      company which has been organized in Perry began work yesterday,
      sinking a shaft at this point. The company consists of H. W. Hugo,
      John Praesler, W. H. Allyn and others, who will incorporate as a
      regular mining company. They are putting down a shaft five by seven
      ft. and had a large number of miners at work yesterday. They have
      passed through a fine vein of mineral paint and confidently expect,
      within a few days, to strike a rich lead of copper, zinc or lead.

      It has been the opinion for months that the large ridge, which lies
      joining the city corporation on the east and south, held paying
      mineral hidden away beneath the surface. The zinc and copper ors have
      often been found on its surface, which has been taken as an almost
      certain indication of the mineral wealth beneath the surface.

      This company has enlisted for active service and intend to go down
      into the earth hundreds of feet, if necessary, and feel so confident
      of finding paying mineral, that they are making preparations for
      fitting up a complete modern mine.

      Other companies and private enterprises are making preparations for
      active work, and we may expect in two days more to have a number of
      other shafts started within a few miles of Perry, and some in sight of
      the city.

      The interest has now become general and the mockeries and derisions
      are things of the past, and every body talks about the strange
      transformation that is taking place here, changing one of the most
      beautiful and attractive cities of Oklahoma into a great mining
      center. This can hardly be realized, but it is coming.

      Many citizens and strangers visited the locality of the new mine
      today and unusual interest is felt in its developments. Daily reports
      of its progress will be found in the Enterprise-Times, which will give
      the most complete mining news every day.

      March 12, 1896
      Page 4, Columns 2 & 3




      Recieved From Edwin DeBarr, Professor of Chemistry of State
      University at Norman--Ore Worth Fifteen Dollars Per Ton.

      The following is a copy of a chemical analysis made by Edwin DeBarr,
      professor of chemistry of the State University at Norman:

      Department of Chemistry

      Edwin DeBarr
      Chemist and Assayer

      Norman, Okla., 3-7-1896

      Gold, per ton $6.25
      Copper, per ton 3 1/2 per cent
      Silver, trace.

      For Perry and Welch.

      Three and half per cent copper means seventy pounds to the ton pure
      copper, this at twenty cents per pound would be worth $14, this added
      to $6.25 amount of gold makes a ton this ore worth $20.25. When it is
      taken into account that ores are being mined at a profit in
      California, the Black Hills and other mines in the west , as low in
      values as $3.00 and $4.00 per ton, it can readily be seen that this
      ore, which lies near the surface and can be easily mined, will pay a
      handsome profit at $26.00 per ton. The ore sent Prof. DeBarr from
      which this assay was made was taken from the surface, and was dug out
      of a projecting ledge of rock. This ledge is from six to eight thick
      os this ore that is in sight; beneath the surface, it may be much
      richer than is indicated by this assay.

      One thing, from outward appearances, there are thousands of tons of
      it where this ore was discovered.

      Most of us know of Prof. DeBarr of the State University. He is
      acknowledged the best analytical chemist in the west, so there can be
      no question about the assay. The ore was dug out of the ledge by E.
      H. Perry, of the Enterprise-Times, and sent by Perry & Welch to Prof.
      DeBarr, so there can be no mistake about the correctness of this assay.

      The Hodges Mine

      J. W. Hodges, who lives a few miles south of Perry, is now engaged in
      putting down a shaft on his farm five feet square, and at a depth of
      five feet, struck a fine quality of silver ore. He brought in twenty
      pounds of it yesterday and shipped it to W. W. Allen, of the Pueblo
      Smelting company, the official assay of which will be made known
      through the columns of the Enterprise-Times as soon as it is returned.
      Mr. Hodges will continue the work in his shaft and expects to reach
      still better ore than he has discovered near the surface. Rich
      developments may be expected soon.


      Say They Never Saw as Fine Surface Indications any Where as They
      Have Found Here.

      Two old Colorado miners were here yesterday, named Beck and
      Abernathy. The O. K. Realty company drove them out half a mile from
      Perry and they found such fine mineral blossom and became at once so
      much interested , that they tried to make a lease with the homesteader
      for his claim, but he declined to enter into any agreement with them
      and they have gone further south to try to lease some ground. We
      suppose they have closed a satisfactory contract with some parties and
      may be putting down a shaft by this time, as they seemed determined to
      get in somewhere.

      While here, the examined specimens of ores at the office of the O. K.
      Realty company and said they showed up well. When our homesteaders
      understand that these are non-mineral lands, they will more readily
      consider propositions for leasing their claims for mining purposes.


      Six Hundred and Eight Pounds to the Ton

      About a week ago, Major R. F. Conover, president of the Santa Fe &
      Oklahoma Mining Company, sent a sample lot of copper ore, picked up
      off the prairie near Perry, to J. N. Hurty, assayist and chemist at
      Indianapolis, Ind., and asked that it be assayed and the certificate
      forwarded to him.

      Below is an exact copy of the certificate recieved today by Maj. Conover:

      J. N. Hurty, M. D.
      Analytical and Consulting Chemist
      Corner Pennsylvania and Ohio streets

      Indianapolis, Ind., Mch 8, 1896

      Mr. Geo. R. Conover:

      Your sample of ore, marked "Oklahoma," contains in each to of 2,000

      Silver, 4 ounces @ 76 cents per ounce, $3.04.
      Copper, 3 1/2 per cent.

      J. N. Hurty, Assayer

      This is a splendid showing and leaves no doubt as to the value of
      this find. The ore is worth about $140.00 per ton and the company
      have leases on a large number of acres of land and will open two or
      three mines within a few days, as soon as their mining machinery
      arrives and is put in place. This company will enter into active
      mining operations and have an abundance of capital with which to
      promote their financial operations.

      March 13, 1896
      Page 4, Column 4




      Six Twenty Fine Gold--Thirty Four Per Cent Copper--Twenty Two Ounces
      Silver--This is the way the Reports are Coming in--All From Surface Ores.

      A good report was received again today from a lot of ore sent to
      Prof. DeBarr, of the State University at Norman. Good news come from
      every quarter on gold, silver and copper. The earth around about
      Perry seems bursting with ores. Everybody is finding ores of some
      kind. It is simply marvelous. Every day brings some new find and
      surprise. We can hardly believe ourselves when we see the course of
      events around us. Nothing receives any attention now in our city but
      ores and mineral discoveries.

      But to return to the last assay received from Prof. DeBarr. This is
      the finest showing of of silver yet given. We produce below a copy of
      the assay:

      Department of Chemistry

      Edwin DeBarr
      Chemist and Assayer
      Norman, Okla., 3-12-1896

      No. 1 Ounces silver per ton, 22.4
      For Perry & Welch

      This is a splendid showing. Twenty-two and four tenths ounces at
      seventy six cents an ounce shows a value per ton of $16.80, which
      insures that the ore can be handled at a profit.

      Prof. DeBarr, in his letter accompanying the certificate, said, in
      speaking of his former assay, which showed $6.25 gold out of the white
      rock, that clay below the white rock was favorable to silver. There
      seems to be no end to the testimony of assayists and mining experts of
      pay ores. This is certainly settled beyond question. We must now
      begin to sink shafts and get to the richer deposits in the ground
      beneath us.

      March 14, 1896
      Page 4, Column 4




      We Look and Must Believe, Yet Its Splendor Dazzles Us and Doubts Come
      in--But It Has Been Discovered a Few Miles From Perry and Can be Seen
      at Several Places in the City

      We stopped with baiting breath and with an amazement which is but an
      emanation from a sense of appalling wonder, when we looked today on a
      large piece of the most beautiful ore ever to come out of the ground.
      S. H. King, who is a resident of South Perry, and lives on B. Street,
      southwest of the Blaine school building, and has been quietly
      prospecting in the mineral fields south of Perry during the winter,
      unearthed yesterday the most magnificent find of silver ore that human
      eyes ever looked upon.

      After his discovery, he returned to the city, and it was a day or two
      before he would reveal his discovery, as he felt that no one would
      believe him if he stated that he found the ore in Oklahoma, and he
      could scarcely believe himself. Late yesterday afternoon he could
      bear the burden of his secret no longer and going to the office of the
      OK Realty Co. he laid down on the table a big chunk of the bright
      metal. The crowd looked at it with a wonder and awe as if beholding
      something supernatural. It was a time when men could not believe
      their own eyes. They took it up and looked at it again and again,
      examined it under glasses and tested it. Experts were called in,
      among them H. W. Haniey, who, after careful examining and testing it,
      said he believed it to be silver and antimony, but had never in all
      his experience with minerals seen anything like it. Old miners said
      they never saw any ore like it, but it could be readily seen that they
      looked upon it as being the finest they had ever examined and they
      would give anything within their power to own a claim near this discovery.

      This splendid mineral production was looked at and handled by
      hundreds of people yesterday with incredulous amazement, and they
      interviewed the finder, asking him many questions touching its discovery.

      Mr. King said: "I have been looking about the mineral region about
      Perry in a quiet way for many months and have discovered what I
      believed to be pay ore in silver, copper and zinc in many places. I
      have had some experience in minerals, but the ore which is my latest
      find -- a sample of which I have brought in -- is as great a surprise
      to me as to any one else, and I have never found any just like it
      before. I am inclined to the opinion that it is at least ninety
      percent pure silver. It beats anything I ever saw.

      "I won't tell you were it is located gentlemen; this you could not
      expect me to do. I had not intended to make the matter public at all
      until I've had arranged for such leases as I wanted myself, but for
      some unexplained reason, I let the secret out yesterday, but I will
      not say where it is, only that it is not far from Perry, in the ledge
      which this came out of, is four feet thick and is the richest find
      ever discovered in any country."

      March 16, 1896
      Page 2, Column 2


      The Assay of Ores From Our Mineral Picks are as Good as those
      from the Famous Mining Camps

      We take the following from the Cripple Creek Morning Times of March
      12th, which by comparison with assays made from ores taken from the
      mining district near Perry, show conclusively that our mineral
      prospects are as good as any and better than some of the mines in
      Cripple Creek; and when it is considered that the ores we have had
      assayed are all from the surface, the indications are better for pay
      ore here than in Cripple Creek: "The Golden Dream lode, three miles
      from West Creek, assayed at five feet $4.95, and at twenty five feet
      $18.63. This mine will soon be tunneled to a shipping proposition.

      "The Lulu lode on Gold Hill, West Creek assayed $9.16 in gold at
      seventeen feet.

      "The Miser's Dream, in the Nederland district, shows a vein of ore
      running from $25 to $30 at a depth of forty feet.

      "An assay of $24 was obtained from ore taken from the Big Bonanza of
      the Rockies in West Creek district last week."

      With this comparative showing, so much in our favor, we should be
      inspired with new zeal and with unwavering confidence and purpose,
      press on to the wealth and affluence that awaits us.

      March 20, 1896
      Page 4, Columns 2, 3 & 5

      Perry Mining Company

      The Perry Mining Company held a harmonious and enthusiastic meeting
      last night at their office rooms in the Drace building, and adopted
      their by-laws and made the temporary officers permanent. A large
      number of shares were sold and the most lively interest was taken in
      the statements that it is the plan of the company to begin operations
      by opening shafts, as the leases have all been made and some very
      valuable properties secured.

      The outlook for the company is very bright and as it is composed of
      many of our best citizens and is under the direction of thorough
      businessmen and can not fail to attain success.

      They have on exhibition some very fine specimens of ore at their
      office which were taken from some one of their valuable properties.
      They opened their first shaft today near the city on the south, and
      feel assured of pay ore from the start. Such men as these have passed
      the doubtful point. They believe in what they are saying and doing.




      Marvelously Rich, Ninety five Per Cent Pure--Located on the Claim of
      E. M. Clark--Leases Closed Today for Mining Claim Covering the
      Locality of the Find.

      J. King, a resident of Perry, and expert miner and mineralogist, has
      been spending the last three months in prospecting among the rocks and
      hills in the territory south and east of the city. About two weeks
      ago he came into the city one afternoon loaded down with a large piece
      of bright looking ore, it should be more properly speaking called
      metal, as it seemed ninety-five percent pure. He had made up his mind
      to say nothing about the find or its location, but finally decided to
      exhibit the ore, but keep the locality where he found it a secret
      until such time as it might be necessary and expedient to make it known.

      With this in view, he broke the large piece into smaller pieces and
      left samples of ore in two or three places in the city. When he first
      exhibited the ore he was laughed and sneered at as no one believed it
      could be possible that such rich mineral was lying in the ground near
      Perry undisturbed. Everybody believed it a fake. He said he would
      convince all those who doubted his statements in time, and he has done
      so, and as a large amount of this ore was brought in today and is now
      on exhibition.

      The matter was kept a secret for the time being for the purpose of
      securing such leases as those interested wanted; these were secured
      yesterday, the contracting parties being William Sohn, J. King and W.
      Moore, of the first part, and E. M. Clark, the owner of the claim, of
      the second part.

      Messrs. Sohn, Moore and King broke ground today and have a number of
      miners now actively engaged sinking a shaft. This is the richest
      discovery of ore ever made in any mining region, as it is almost
      entirely pure. It is believed that even the poorest of this ore will
      pay from $200 or $300 per ton.

      Men stand and look at it and doubt their eye sight -- are almost
      ready to believe that some mystic or hypnotic spell is upon them; they
      look again and there it is; they handle it and are convinced.

      Nothing, since the beginning of the discovery of valuable minerals
      about us has so excited citizens and miners alike as this. Men who
      have been in and about mines for years look on in wonder. This is
      beyond any question a marvelous find and will be the means of bringing
      thousands of people to Perry as soon as it is known, and it will be
      soon, as such news travels with the rapidity of the wind.

      To many it may be all unconsciously, but we are building up around us
      the most favorable conditions which go to make up a rich mining
      region. Many additional leases were filed today and a full fledged
      mining camp will be in operation by tomorrow, as many shafts will be
      opened at once. The expense of handling this ore is trifling as it is
      located only a few hundred yards from the railroad. Hundreds of
      people have visited the discovery today and the excitement is unbounded.




      Another Wonderful Find Yesterday--A Large Piece of Quartz Brought in
      Which Showed up Free Gold--Could Pick it out With a Knife--Will Run
      $1,000 to the Ton.

      The unexpected often does happen but the citizens of Perry are no
      longer surprised at anything which is taking place in the mineral
      fields. A most wonderful find was made yesterday by a gentleman who
      was out prospecting for mineral, just south of the city. About two
      feet under the ground he found the stone, and breaking off a piece as
      large as he could carry, he brought it to the office of the Perry
      Mining Co., and the O. K. Realty & Mining Exchange and when a glass
      was used, it showed up wonderful free gold, which showed the ore to be
      worth at least $1,000 per ton. This beautiful piece of ore would
      captivate you to look at; rich in the beautiful yellow gold. This is
      a remarkable gold find, but still leaves the field open for something
      more wonderful.

      The Perry Mining co., have secured leases on the ground where this
      ore was discovered and will begin operations at once to open up a shaft.

      Samples of the ore can be seen at the Perry Mining Company and the O.
      K. Mining Exchange.

      Some capitalists are here ready to organize to operate this valuable
      property and it will be but a little while before this rich ore will
      be unearthed and ready for shipment.

      We hear such remarks as these daily; "Well, we hope somebody will at
      sometime find something." You do; well, if you would wake up and wipe
      the gold out of your eyes, you would know we have already discovered
      enough to give the positive assurance that we have paying mineral all
      around us with the indications of untold wealth yet hidden away in the
      earth. We are rich in copper, lead, zinc and silver ores, this we are
      sure of, there is no longer any cause for doubt, and now if free gold
      shows up like the ore that was shown yesterday, we are favored beyond
      our most brilliant anticipations.


      March 23, 1896
      Page 1, Column 5


      Big Excitement at McKinney Over the Mineral Discovery


      McKinney, Okla., March 23--The best quartz and ore that has been
      found in the Territory has been discovered on the claims of A. H.
      Kite, two miles south of McKinney. Mr. S. A. Akin has leased a part
      of the claim, and will commence work at once. Other discoveries have
      been made on adjoining claims.

      G. R. McKinney, Ed Owens and George Amison have discovered a regular
      crevice of quartz that appears to be the richest yet found. It is on
      the claim held by Miss Osborn and Tifton Bailey.

      Farmers are throwing down the plow and running to the hills for gold
      and silver. The excitement is growing daily and is becoming immense.
      G. R. McKinney has shipped a peck of ore to Denver, Colorado to be
      assayed, and others will follow suit.

      Mr. S. A. Aken is very enthusiastic over his discovery, and feels
      assured that he will soon make back what he lost in the State Bank

      March 24, 1896
      Page 4, Column 3




      Active Operations Going on at Several Shafts Near the City--New
      Mining Companies Organized and the Outlook Better Than it Has Ever
      Been Before.

      Some of our sister cities, who have grown jealous of our good
      fortune, have given it out that the gold excitement is dying out at
      Perry. Everyone who know the situation here knows this is not true,
      but that the confidence is as strong now as it ever was that we have
      paying minerals all around us, and acitve operations are going on
      every day near the city. Several of the mining companies are putting
      down shafts and one of them found splendid pay dirt yesterday.

      There is no dimunition in the number of strangers who throng our
      mining exchanges or in the number of strangers who join prospecting
      parties. We have never been of the opinion that ore as rich as those
      at Cripple Creek would be found here, but we have at all time been,
      and are now of the opinion that the ores taken from the ground here
      will pay a very nice profit for handling. There are a number of our
      best citizens who show by their actions and investments, that they
      believe this: they are at work now each day in sinking shafts and
      getting out ore.

      In some instances we have been duped by disreputable and unprincipled
      persons. This, it is impossible to avoid.

      The outside world has been skeptical. it has been an element of the
      human mind in all ages to doubt; skepticism seems to have been born
      with the creation and it remains with us. It is so easy to discredit;
      so hard to reach a point of unbounded faith.

      But this is a digression somewhat from the point at issue. But what
      is a matter of little concern to the men who believe in the ultimate
      favorable result in our mining business, whether the outside world
      takes any stock in it or not. They will continue their effort with
      the belief that their labors will be rewarded.

      March 25, 1896
      Page 4, Column 3


      Good Samaritian Mining Company Incorporated--Principal
      Offices at Perry

      The Good Samaritian Mining Co., was incorporated March 6, 1896, under
      the laws of Colorado. The capital stock of the company is one million
      shares of the par value of one dollar each, fully paid up and

      The officers of the company are J. H. Havighorst, president; J. H.
      King, vice president; E. F. Tebbey, secretary and treasurer; G. W.
      Andrews, general manager.

      The company has some very valuable mining property at Cripple Creek
      and may develop some mines here. The principal offices of the company
      are in Perry, and all business pertaining to the affairs of the mines
      will be transacted here.

      Overland to Cripple Creek

      The Tomlin brothers, Bob, Will, John and Charley, and their father,
      F. M. Tomlin, of Stillwater, were here last night on their way
      overland to Cripple Creek. They are traveling in a wagon and think it
      will take a month to make the trip.

      Big Four Mining Company

      Will begin operations tomorrow by sinking a shaft five miles south of
      the city. This company is composed of four of our best business men
      and citizens, whose general mining experience and abundant capital
      will enable them to develop a valuable mining property. The company
      consists of Wm. A. Volmer, H. B. Martin, Fred S. Wilson and H. W.

      March 28, 1896
      Page 4, Column 3




      A day among the miners may seem a strange coincidence to those not
      familiar with the mining developments we have going on near our city.
      But such is a true statement of what is transpiring about us.

      In our rambles, we came first to the Perry Mining Co., shaft, also
      set in sight of the city. They are opening a huge shaft, which is now
      down some twenty feet and growing deeper every day. They are now
      digging in hard rock, and have a number of men employed. They have
      had assays made of the mineral rock taken out satisfying results.

      In the same vicinity, the Hugo Mining Co., have several men at work
      on a shaft which is becoming deeper and deeper every day and the
      mineral character of the output is very encouraging .

      The Silver Lode Co., is also actively at work with a number of men
      going towards the center of the earth. They are very much encouraged
      with the indications, and feel confident of striking pay ore.

      The Big Four Company have men steadily at work in their mine, which
      is now about fifty feet, with very promising indications.

      The Good Samaritan Company are preparing to commence operations also.

      The Little Detective Mining Company are employing a number of men,
      and are putting down three shafts in sight of the city. They are
      taking out some fine looking ore and are much elated over the prospect.

      The Oklahoma & Santa Fe Company have their men and machinery ready to
      commence work soon.

      This is a splendid showing for a mining region only a few months old
      and is the best assurance of the belief entertained of the ultimate
      paying results.

      March 31, 1896
      Page 4, Column 2 & 3

      The Sohn-Moore Mining Co., struck eighteen inches of mineral today,
      which indicates silver. The company is jubuliant, with no shares for




      Found in Three Places Near Perry--Claimed Will Assay at Least Fifty
      Ounces to the Ton by Mining Experts--The Whole Matter Will be Given
      Out in a Few Days.

      Another, among the many wonderful discoveries of ore, was made today.
      This time it is silver. And a rich find this is too. Mining experts
      who have examined the ore says it will run from fifty to seventy
      ounces of silver to the ton, which means $40 to $50 per ton.

      The gentleman who brought the ore in today is well known by Mr.
      Rawlings of the O. K. Mining Exchange, who says that the statements he
      made are true. He said he found the ore in three places; one in Payne
      County, the other two near Perry to the southeast. The discoverer
      will not divulge the places of the finds for reasons best known to
      him, but says as soon as he can make the arrangements he wants, he
      will tell all about it. The vein of ore, so the man says, is some
      twelve or fifteen inches thick and the indications are that all is as
      good as the sample.

      This is not surface ore, but taken from thirty feet under the ground.
      It is splendid looking and seems very rich. Samples can be seen at
      the O. K. Exchange. In a few days, when the parties are ready, we
      will publish all the particulars.

      Money and machinery--all that is wanted--has been offered to operate
      the mine, if it proves to turn out ore in the quality as that shown.
      For full particulars, in a few days, watch the Enterprise-Times.

      Silver and Lead

      The Oklahoma and Santa Fe Mining Company have made some valuable
      finds today in lead and silver ore. They now have one lead, one
      silver and one copper mine. The company will ship a car load of
      copper ore to Argentine this week.

      April 3, 1896
      Page 4, Columns 3 & 4

      Silver Lode Struck

      The members of the Big Trio Mining Co., Messers Sohn, Moore and King,
      were going about the streets today, like is was a Fourth of July
      occasion. It was certainly "the day of jubilee" with them. They had
      struck silver ore in their mine which they had been digging for, and
      were showing samples of it to their friends about the city.

      This is the vein from which samples were shown two weeks ago, when
      nobody would believe that the samples came from their mine. But they
      have proven that it was no hoax.

      All the mining companies are pushing the work on their shafts, and
      the confidence increases each day. No one of the companies is trying
      to dispose of any stock at any price. We say to those who think the
      mineral developments near Perry are nothing more than newspaper fake,
      you are not asked to contribute a dollar to the material advancement
      of our mining efforts, and as your opinions cost you nothing, and are
      worth no more, and do us no harm, you are welcome to them. Truth, and
      unbelief fell in together far back in the shadowy birth of time and
      have traveled hand in hand ever since. Come and see and be prepared
      to be surprised.


      The Perry Mining Company Struck Some Rich Ore Today

      In one of the shafts of the Perry Mining Co., they struck a twenty
      inch vein of rich ore, which is composed largely of silver and lead.
      We learn that the shaft in which this discovery was made is about
      twenty-five feet deep. This a very favorable indication, and holds
      true in all the mines in operation, that the deeper the shaft the
      better the ore.

      The price of stock in this company is steadily advancing, and the
      strongest confidence prevails. They hope to get a car load of ore on
      the railroad this week.


      April 10, 1896

      The gold boom in Noble county has not abated. Two shafts are being
      sunk on the Clark claim, one on the Sunfield claim and two on the Writ
      claim. On this latter claim, an old shaft was found that had been
      sunk diagonally into the hill for about thirty feet. this was done
      about thirty years ago by some California miners. Why it was
      abandoned, no one seems to know. An effort will soon be made to
      secure a car load of the ore and send it to Kansas City to be crushed.
      The result, whether good or bad, will be reported.

      April 11, 1896
      Page 4, Column 3




      Will Lecture at the Opera House Tonight--Our Citizens Should Hear
      This Eminent Chemist--His Lecture Will be Instructive and Beneficial.

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    • cowetagold
      Hi All, Sometime back I posted a few newspaper articles concerning the gold rushes in Oklahoma. At one time I was going to try to write a book on this
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 16, 2008
        Hi All,

        Sometime back I posted a few newspaper articles concerning the gold
        rushes in Oklahoma. At one time I was going to try to write a book on
        this subject. I won't ever get around to writing the book so I thought
        that I would post these articles for public viewing for everyone's
        entertainment. What these articles will give you is some places that
        you might use your metal detectors to find artifacts or coins or
        whatever. I placed all of these articles in my MySpace site under blogs.
        I'm providing a link, that you can copy and paste into your browser and
        it will take you there. It is as follows:

        I use the articles as a starting point for trying to find different
        things. If you just enjoy reading the articles, that's great too.

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