I presented a paper at the 2016 Mining History Association Conference in Telluride, Co. Here is my presentation.
1890s Will sold his interest in the Col. Sellers in 1895 to his mother Eliza, probably to finance his investment in the Southern Eureka Mine in the Tintic District in Utah. However that investment didn’t not pan out and in 1901, Will filed for bankruptcy and discharged almost $70,000 in debt. Around 1890 or so, […]
This summer, while looking at business directories for Pittsburgh, I found that the 1815 directory listed “Patrick James, mason” in Lawrenceville, PA, on the north side of Pittsburgh. The family lore never mentioned Lawrenceville. However, looking through the directory, I noticed that the masons and stone cutters (about five or six) were all located in […]
Now that you know who the players are, here is their (abreviated) story. Georgetown In 1876, Will was working as an assayer in Georgetown. He worked for one of the reduction mills, but I haven’t found a name. Then he was in partnership with a fellow St. Louisian, Frank Graham, who was a chemist. But […]
Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a couple months. I have been working on a talk I will give at the Annual Mining History Conference in Telluride in June. Every time I check a date or other detail, I get sucked into more research, so it has been slow. The topic is the mining interests […]