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This Drawing Accompanied the Write Up On the Hard Cash Mining Company in the October 31, 1897 Los Angeles Herald Newspaper. There were two Hard Cash Mining Groups Having Some of the Same Owners in Both Groups. It Appears That Eventually the Hard Cash Mining Company Inc. Purchased the Interests of Those Parties Not Affiliated With It and Both Groups Came Under the Management of the Hard Cash Mining Company Inc. It is Not Known Which Location This Drawing Is From.

1962: LOCATED SW1/4NW1/4 sec. 1, T30S, R40E, MDM, Rand district, in Fiddlers Gulch, 1 mile southeast of Randsburg. Two patented claims and 4 unpatented claims. Principal shaft is 250-feet deep on an incline of 60 degrees NE. Drifts a few tens of feet long have been extended northwest on the 80 and 150 foot levels. Shallow workings developed to the east and south of shaft. Minor production since 1942. Production prior to 1942 probably included with Yellow Aster mine when claims were part of that group.

Hardcash claim located SW ¼ NW ¼ sec. 1, T30S, R40E, MDM, Rand district in Fiddlers Gulch, 1 mile southeast of Randsburg. Nearly vertical shaft of undetermined depth 50-100 feet and about 20 foot shaft 500 feet to east.

Hardcash reported in 1904 to be located in sec. 32, T29S, R40E, Rand district owned by Uncle Sam Mining and Milling Co. – Mines and Minerals of Kern County California, California Division of Mines and Geology County Report 1


July 25, 1897: “THE SKOOKUM MINE ADJOINING THE HARDCASH, west of town some five miles is taking out some very rich ore now and has a very heavy ledge.”  — Los Angeles Daily Times.

August 2, 1897: “One hundred dollar ore is being taken out of the Hard Cash mine owned by Messrs. Harney & Webb. They have a large vein in their mine averaging fromthirty-five to forty feet free milling, $30 to the ton, which can be traced 1100 feet across the country.” – The Herald

August 23, 1897: “MR. D. G. WEBB OF THE HARD CASH MINES, about 5 miles west of town returned yesterday from a business trip to Los Angeles.  C. A. Harney, the other partner in the same group of mines, has been quite ill for some days, but is now improving.  Webb and Harney have made up their minds to erect a mill of their own somewhere between their mine and Garlock.  Mr. Huntington, the manufacturer of the Huntington Rotary Mill, together with his engineer are expected this evening to submit a proposition for a Huntington Mill.  They have not yet made up their minds what kind they will put up.  They have a strong force of men at work and the mine is still producing quantities of high grade ore.”  – Los Angeles Daily Times

August 23, 1897: “MR. R. HUNTER OF LOS ANGELESS, has been here since last Sunday, looking after his mining interests. Hunter and A. L. Stewart, a capitalist, of Los Angeles, own the Grey Eagle group of mines on the edge of Randsburg. Hunter and Prof. Inskeet of the Los Angeles Business College own the west extension of the Hard Cash mine, which prospects some. When the weather becomes a little cooler they propose to get some men to work developing this mine. Mr. Stewart has recently bonded the Bully Boy mine out in the Stringer district and is sinking a fifty-foot shaft.” – Los Angeles Daily times

September 11, 1897:  “THIS MINE IS IN THE SAME LOCALITY as the Yorkshire Lass, in fact adjoins it, and belong to Dr. Webb of Los Angeles and W. Harney.  The locality in which these mines are located is a comparatively new one, so far as mining development is concerned, but the work that has already been done and the ore that is being taken out clearly establish that it is sure to become one on the most noted sections of the Rand district.  The ore vein in this mine ranges from six feet to fifteen feet in width.  Two shafts have been sunk on the vein, and all the ore taken out is milling ore.  At present it is being sent to one of the Garlock mills, but the owners say they will put up a mill of their own.”  – Los Angeles Daily Times

October 04, 1897:  “WEBB & HARNEY have made arrangements to start up work on the Hard Cash mine next week, with an enlarged force of men.” – The Herald

October 17, 1897: “Jay E. Hunter, the well known attorney of Los Angeles, and. A. T. Stewart, a capitalist of the same city, have purchased the Hard Cash and other claims belonging to the Harvey & Webb group. Both purchasers are now here, arranging for the development of the claims. Mr. Hunter has pledged himself not to have his hair cut or be shaved until he makes a fortune from the above claims.” – The Herald

October 18, 1897:   “THE HARD CASH MINING AND MILLING COMPANY of Garlock have filed a copy of its articles of incorporation in the county clerk’s office. The objects are to buy, sell and, hold mines, acquire water rights, construct reservoirs, deal in water, and to do all other things connected with these enterprises. The principal place of business is Yuma, and the term of the incorporation is for twenty-five years. The capital stock is $1,000,000, divided into shares worth $1 each. The directors elected for the first year are W. O. Webb, I. N. Inskeep,  Jay E. Hunter,  A. T. Stewart and  N. F. Wilson.” – The Herald

October 18, 1897:  “GARLOCK, Cal., Oct. 16.—(Regular Correspondence) B. O. Webb of Los Angeles has sold a one fourth interest in the Hard Cash group of mines, east of Garlock, to I. N. Inskeep of Los Angeles.” – The Herald

Letter is Addressed to the Head Teller of the Randsburg Bank.

October 22, 1897: “JAY E. HUNTER OF LOS ANGELES was here last week and left for Bakersfield Sunday morning.  Mr. Hunter and A. T. Stewart have purchased Mr. Harvey’s interest in the Hard Cash, and in connection with Dr. Webb, who owns the other half, will prosecute work on that mine.  It is a low-grade proposition, but there is a large body of ore which can be mined cheaply.”  – Los Angeles Daily Times

October 31, 1897:  “THE HARD CASH GROUP. This is another promising group of claims in the west part of the district which bids fair to become heavy gold producers. They are situated 4 miles southwest from Randsburg. The company was recently incorporated with capital stock of 1,000,000 shares of par value of $1. A block of 200,000 shares was appropriated as treasury stock for the purpose of purchasing machinery and making necessary improvements in the various claims. The officers of the company are as follows: A. T. Stewart, president and general manager; Dr. B. O. Webb, vice president; Prof. Inskeep, secretary and treasurer, who with the following are directors, Jay E. Hunter and Nat. Wllshire. All of the above are well-known Los Angeles gentlemen, and they may be congratulated on having a splendid piece of property. The five claims are the Hard Cash, Robert E. Lee, Hesper, Tycoon and Shasta. The Hard Cash is the only one developed. It has an incline shaft down 65 feet, a drift 55 feet, and the work in progress is evidently being done in a solid body of ore, and yet no walls have been exposed so far. The ore in sight is estimated at 15,000 tons, assays run from $5 to $83, averaging $15 at mills; tailings average $5. There has been shipped so far about 150 tons and there is now on the dump 600 tons. ” – The Herald

November 08, 1897: “I. N. Inskeep, secretary of the Los Angeles business college, has taken an interest in mining lately. He has bought one-quarter interest in the Webb group of mines at Randsburg from B. O. Webb.” –The Herald

November 28, 1897: “THE HARD CASH GROUP – The writer recently visited these promising mining claims, which are situated three miles from Randsburg in the west part of Rand district, where, in the opinion of many expert mineralogists, will be found the largest and richest bodies of ore, owing to the big contact veins and other very favorable mineralogical conditions. There are five claims in the property, comprising the Hard Cash, Robert E. Lee, The Great Hesper, Little Tycoon and Shatter; also two fine mill sites at the mouth of the canyon near the mines. The Hard Cash is the mine upon which most development work has been done. It has an incline, double compartment shaft down 100 feet and a drift therefrom ninety feet in length. The work being done in both is simply quarrying out the ore, as no walls have been exposed so far. The free milling gold ore in sight is reliably estimated at 20.000 tons, on which assays run from $5 to 183 per ton and milling at Garlock (distant nine miles) averages $15 per ton. The tailings average $5 per ton. About 150 tons of ore have been milled to date and there is now on the dump over 750 tons. The development work has cost to date between $5000 and $6000 and the ore on the dump and in sight (about 20,000 tons) is certainly worth over $200,000.The property was recently incorporated with a capital stock of   $1,000,000. The stock is fully paid up, non-assessable and the corporation is entirely out – The Herald

January 3, 1898: ”Jay E. Hunter and Prof, I N. Inskeep of Los Angeles are spending the holidays here, looking after their mining interests. – San Francisco Call

January 08, 1898: “A. T. Stewart, Jay E. Hunter and Dr. Webb of Los Angeles, owners of the Hard Cash group, are in Randsburg, arranging for a thorough development of this promising mining property.” – The Herald

January 16, 1898: “JAY E. HUNTER, the Los Angeles attorney, is still here, looking after the Hard Cash and other mining interests. ” – The Herald

May 15, 1898: “The Hard Cash Mining Company sent twenty tons of ore to Los Angeles to a concentrator being constructed by Llewellyn Bros. The returns were very satisfactory to all parties concerned, the ore averaging $16.60 per ton. – The Herald

September 26. 1898:  “President A. T. Stewart of the Hard Cash Company, accompanied by J. T. Hampton, was here today to make arrangements for the erecting of a dry concentrating plant on that property.  The Hard Cash has a heavy vein of ore, and under proper management should be a paying proposition.  They left tonight for Los Angeles, and Mr. Stewart will return next week, when work on the new plant will begin.  The conflicting interests between the Hard Cash and the Skookum have been settled by agreement, the Hard Cash having bought out the overlapping portion of the Skookum.”  – Los Angeles Daily Times

May 29, 1899: “TRIAL OF ALFORD TO BEGIN TO-DAY. Case Will Be Stubbornly Fought. ARRAY OF LEGAL TALENT EX-SENATOR WHITE TO ASSIST THE PROSECUTION. Prisoner’s Crime the Killing of Attorney Jay E. Hunter of Los Angeles in Revenge for a Blow. Special Dispatch to The Call. I.OS ANGELBS, May 28.— The trial of William H. Alford, charged with the murder of Attorney Jay B. Hunter, will begin to-morrow in the Superior Court, and
probably will be one of the memorable cases heard in this county. The fact that Hunter was a southern attorney of ability, prominent in social and business affairs and the owner of several mines at Randsburg has added more than passing interest to the case.

Alford is a young mechanic, who had prospered by dint of perseverance and had borne a good reputation. This was
evidenced when a friend advanced his own Government bonds to procure his release on bail. The killing occurred last February in the office of Hunter, in the Stimson block. It was the outgrowth of animosity of long standing, arising from business matters. Hunter was indebted to Alford under a judgment which Hunter persistently refused to pay. When Alford went to collect the judgment Hunter knocked him down. Alford then shot and killed the attorney. The defense will not deny the killing. Hunter made a dying statement accusing Alford of having murdered him. Around this the legal battle will center the point that Hunter knocked Alford down with a cane whose silver head weighed three pounds will form the back of the defense. Over one hundred witnesses have been summoned. General Johnstone Jones will appear for the State, assisted by ex-Senator White, Charles Wellborn and Winder, and Creighton & Davis. Alford will be defended by Karl Rogers, Hon. Will Harris, Frank Flint and Paul Burks. For political reasons a great many lawyers have scrambled to assist in the defense.” – San Francisco Call

January 23, 1904: “THE UNCLE SAM MINING COMPANY is doing some development on the Hard Cash property.”  –  Randsburg Miner

LAWYER PURCHASES  “HARD CASH MINE”   On July 2nd 1947, The Bakersfield Californian reported that according to Stewart Fraser, who was the custodian of the Yellow Aster Mine at the time, that the Hard Cash Mine had been sold by the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Corporation to an attorney by the name of Charles Potter from San Bernardino.

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