WHITE MINE (Sidney Group)

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LOCATED: NE1/4SE1/4 sec. 17, T30S, R40E, MDM, 4 ¼ miles southwest of Randsburg, on southeast edge of Rand Mts.  Eleven claims.  Developed by an inclined shaft on the Sidney vein and shafts on two other veins.  Sidney shaft is 275 feet deep on incline of 65 degrees to 70 degrees with levels at 70, 150, 200, 250, feet, contains about 2,400 feet of drifts, mostly to west on the lower 3 levels to a maximum distance of 525 feet.  Drifts extend maximum of 125 feet to east.  About 1,000 feet of horizontal workings on two other veins,  Total output is reported to be about $250,000, mined mostly during the interval 1900-1910.  Small output was made intermittently 1921-1936, and 1939-1941.”  – Troxel & Morton


July 14, 1900: “SIDNEY GROUP OF MINES—These claims are situated about five miles southwest of Randsburg and out beyond the Buckboard.  There are ten claims in the group and since last March (has produced) $1700 in gold without (benefit of) any of the improved machinery of mining.  They were taken up in ’97 and only assessment work done in ’98 and ’99.  In the Sidney Annex they have one which runs $35 per ton.  The parties interested are A. C. White, W. H. White, J. B. Garvin of Los Angeles and D. M. Murphy of San Francisco.”  — Randsburg Miner

White Mine, Cook-Tent & Chef, Hans Peter Jensen w/Pipe, at center, exact location uncertain. Perhaps not surprisingly the Cook wielded autocratic moral authority and influence at all mines. (Stay tuned for the tale of the Burro With a Preference For Small Flapjacks.) H. P. Jensen is representative of a whole class of men and families blown about by the winds of local fortune, employed at different times as prospector/ mine owner, miner, 'sod-buster', (see: Cantil) (LINK),teamster, construction worker. He and wife Lydia endured long separations, lean times most of the time. -WJW - Jensen Family Collection

September 8, 1900: “THE WHITE BROTHERS CLAIM, two miles west of the Buckboard, is producing considerable ore, both high and low grade.”  –   Randsburg Miner

September 15, 1900:  “THE WHITE BROTHERS from the Sidney out beyond the Buckboard mine had thirty tons of medium grade ore milled at the Red Dog mill a few days ago.”  – Randsburg Miner

October 27, 1900: “SIDNEY GROUP  has 30 tons milled at Red Dog Mill in Johannesburg.”  — Randsburg Miner

November 17, 1900:  “NOTICE  OF NON RESPONSIBILITY  filed by A. C. White for expenses related to Sidney Annex quartz claim.”  — Randsburg Miner

Sisters Wilhelmina 'Minnie' Youngroot White & Lydia Youngroot (Jensen), May, 1904 at Arthur White's Sidney Peak Mine. The site has been tentatively located, (yet to be field checked), at bedrock in the watershed, near the remains of a little dam. The other treasure, besides gold, was water.* At least seasonally, the water table met at the surface, here in sufficient quantity for dish-washing, laundry no doubt, but not yet for storage, piping to an indoor habitation. * Precious beyond life itself, if you found yourself without it, as many a roadside grave can attest. (See the story below.) - Jensen Family Collection

February 6, 1904: “REPORTS FROM A. C. WHITE’S PROPERTY are very flattering.  The work now being done there shows up some fine ore and is making it a valuable property.”  – Randsburg Miner

March 19, 1904: “WHITE’S CAMP  milled 28 tons at the Red Dog mill last week which resulted in a clean-up of $650.” –  Randsburg Miner

April 16, 1904: “THE RED DOG MILL began milling ore from White’s camp today.  Mr. White will erect a commodious dwelling at the mine, the lumber being already on the ground.”   – Randsburg Miner

May 14, 1904: “WHITE’S CAMP HAD ITS REGULAR MILLING at the Red Dog this week.  26 tons being milled $650.  The residence now being erected by Mr. White at the mine will soon be finished.  It will be a very comfortable dwelling when completed.”  — Randsburg Miner

White Residence in the Snow, at Sidney Mine, Exact Location Uncertain. Two visits by RDM Curator J. Bart Parker and Photographer Will Warren have failed to nail down the exact positions (make the horizons in the old photos agree with the 2012 real estate/terrain). - Jensen Family Collection

June 4, 1904:  “The White brothers are developing a property about seven miles southwest of Randsburg.” – San Francisco Call

June 25, 1904: “A SIXTEEN HUNDRED DOLLAR GOLD BRICK was the result of milling had by the Sidney mine at White’s camp last week.  Another run was made this week, the result of which has not leaked.”  — Randsburg Miner

Niels Johnson, Lydia Jensen, Wilhelmina (Minnie) White & Arthur White, 1904. The only known photo of Arthur White. Assumed to be in the vicinity of the White Mine. -- Jensen Family Collection

July 2, 1904: “THE SIDNEY MINE at White’s camp has closed down to drive a shaft to another shaft for the purpose of getting a greater air supply.”  — Randsburg Miner

October 15, 1904: “MR. A. C. WHITE of the Stringer District has had another milling.  We notice that Mr. White goes around with a smile on his face after a cleanup, and we know what that means.  Mr. White has been developing his property on a quiet and conservative basis, and today it is reported that he has the best showing in the camp for big mine.”  — Randsburg Miner

White's Habitation and Sidney Mine, Exact Location Undetermined. "Minnie, Arthur, and Lydia standing." RDM's crack team of investigators have located foundations in agreement (more or less) with the footprint of the structure shown here. The only problem: horizon lines obstinately refuse to agree. Our best theory, pretty lame to be sure, is that the structure shown here was subsequently moved to where it was left to peacefully disintegrate to it's present 2012 state. (Either that or nearly identical structure came and went after the White & Jensen clans reached the point where the venture was "Deep Enough". (Link to this title in Bibliography). -WJW - Jensen Family Collection

June 29, 1908: “White’s mine, which was recently sold for $75,000, is reputed to have a 20-inch vein of $1200 ore at the 400-foot level.” The Herald

July 20, 1908: “JOHANNESBURG, July 19.—The Sidney group of claims recently acquired by D. V. A. Williams, the well known Montana mining operator, is turning out to be one of the bonanzas of the district. The first ten days’ operation on this property netted a cleanup of $6000, and the yield for the balance of the month promises to more than double this. The Sidney showing is remarkable in view of the small number of workmen at present employed. Within a short time the force will be increased to fifty men, and new, modern machinery installed.”  — Los Angeles Herald

January 13, 1909: “AUTOISTS LOST IN MOUNTAINS Four Searching Parties at Work and Heights of Panamint Range Are Ablaze with Signal Fires — Great anxiety is felt for the safety of an automobile party that left Los Angeles January 4 in a new Franklin car for the White mine, adjoining the Yellow Aster at Randsburg. It was composed of D. W. A. Williams, owner of the mine; S. F. Hammond, who was to assist in the management, and a chauffeur named Dasher. Last night Hammond, exhausted from having tramped miles through brush, reached Garden Station, Inyo County, and gave information that led two hours later to the discovery of the car the party had occupied. It was found abandoned in the Panamint Mountains, bearing the placard, “Gone after water.” The party left Daggett last Wednesday morning, and no further news had been heard of it until Hammond reached Garden station last night. Searching parties were organized at Daggett and Randsburg, that from the latter place starting at daybreak yesterday under the charge of Mr. McComber of Johannesburg. It picked up tracks at Granite Wells and near Ballarat found a notice stating that the party had gone for water and would return shortly. A fourth party started last night from Johannesburg, and signal fires are blazing from the mountains throughout the Panamint Range. Additional anxiety is added by the fact that rain is falling and a windstorm is springing up. Hammond stated that he had left Williams and his chauffeur three days ago and that they were then well and in good spirits. Mrs. Williams, wife of the missing man, went to Randsburg by train and arrived there Monday evening. The Franklin Motor Company says that Chauffeur Dasher is a most reliable man. He has a wife and two children, who live in Los Angeles.” – The Herald

January 13, 1909: “MINER AND CHAUFFEUR LOST NEAR BALLARAT–Searchers Find One of Party, but Others Are Missing RANDSBURG; Jan.12.–On January 4 D. V. A. Williams, a well-known, mining man of Randsburg, accompanied by F. S. Hammond of Los Angeles and a chauffeur started by automobile from Daggett to Randsburg. They lost the road and until this afternoon no trace of them could be found. A car started from here yesterday in charge of Mr. McComber of Johannesburg.  Near Ballarat Williams’ empty automobile was found and on it a note saying that the occupants had; gone after water. Hammond had walked into Ballarat and went to-Johannesburg by stage tonight. McComber’s party has back over the road to pick up the others two men but as yet no word has been received from the (search party)” – San Francisco Call

January 14, 1909: “SPECIAL  TO THE HERALD. JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 13.— R. F. Bashaw, the chauffeur of the Williams party that was lost in the mountains, was brought into Johannesburg late this afternoon. He was greatly exhausted by his wanderings and was not able to give a clear account of what had happened, but it is believed he will recover. Grave fears are entertained as to the fate of D. V. A. Williams, who had not been found at last accounts. The weather, although cold, has been wet and windy, and unless he has succeeded in finding shelter it will have gone hard with him, apart from the question of food and water supply. Bashaw’s account is that it was agreed that he should go for help, and that he left Williams all the food and water. Bashaw succeeded in reaching a camp in the Slate range, where he met an old prospector named Dusty Roads. They set out to look for Williams, but could not find him. He evidently had grown weary of waiting, as they discovered a note by him in which he stated he was going eastward. Such a course would take him into a desert country where the chance of his meeting any one or procuring shelter would be extremely slight. Dr. Sabichi returned to Randsburg last night and said the party that left the night previous had found Williams’ tracks, and he evidently had been wandering about vaguely. He stated, however, that there was a large party in the immediate neighborhood well equipped with wagons, horses and the needed supplies, and that they expected shortly to find the missing man. It now appears that there were five in the party when it left Daggett, two others whose names have not been learned being reported as having wandered into Ballarat in a pitiful condition as the result of their wanderings in search of water.” – Los Angeles Herald

January 14, 1909: “DEATH VALLEY VICTIMS ARE FOUND. Four Men Lost on Desert; Three Are Rescued. SAN: BERNARDINO, Jan- 13.— -A special received- here at  3 o’clock this afternoon  from ; Ballarat , states that three of- the men lost on the desert in Death Valley have made  their way and one, still remains unaccounted for and hope of his being alive has almost been abandoned. The missing man is A. V. Williams, a mining man of Randsburg. The three men who arrived came in dearly this morning and were demented having wandered for nine days most of the time  without water. Previous dispatches have not mentioned more than three men lost and the names of  those who turned up this morning are not given.” – San Francisco Call

January 14, 1909: “SAN BERNARDINO, Jan. 13.—Mrs. E. K. Foster of Los Angeles, a sister in-law of Hammond of the lost auto party, addressed the Women’s club here today. In making an apology for being late in her arrival she scored the San Bernardino county supervisors for neglecting to place sign boards on the desert for the guidance of travelers. Had the sign boards been up, the Hammond-Williams party would not have taken the wrong road. The supervisors in past months have several times discussed the desert sign question, but no action has even been taken looking to their erection.” – Los Angeles Herald

January 15, 1909: “LOST A WEEK IN DESERT –Last of Missing Auto Party Rescued, in California. [By Telegraph to The Tribune. ) Los Angeles. Jan. 14.— D. V. Williams, the last of three members of an automobile party lost in the desert more than a week ago, was found to-day and took to Randsburg. Williams was discovered by a searching party and was too weak to walk. He had been seven days without food and seventy- two hours without water. Williams had taken refuge in a cabin and was eating some coffee he had found when he heard a shot. He tired his own revolver, and the searchers soon found vim. Williams was suffering from cold and hunger and his feet were In bad condition. Unless he suffers an attack of fever he will recover. R. E. Bashaw, the chauffeur. staggered Into Ballarat yesterday afternoon. All the Members of the party now are safe in Randsburg. Exhausted and half erased from thirst, Samuel F. Hammond, Los Angeles broker, the first of the party, was rescued at Ballarat at the edge of Death Valley, on Tuesday evening.” – New York Tribune

March 04, 1909: “SEVEN DAYS WITHOUT FOOD. Last of Auto Party Lost In Desert Is Rescued Los Angeles Cal. D. V.  Williams the last of three members of an automobile party lost in the desert over a week ago was found the other day and taken to Randsburg Williams was discovered by a searching party too weak to walk He had been seven days without food and 72 hours without water. Williams had taken refuge in a cabin and was eating some coffee he had found when he heard a shot. He fired his own revolver and the searchers soon located him Williams was suffering from cold and hunger and his feet were in a bad condition unless he suffers an attack of fever he will recover. R. E. Bashaw the chauffeur staggered into Ballarat all the members of the party now are safe in Randsburg. Exhausted and half crazed from thirst Samuel F. Hammond a Los Angeles broker the first of the party was rescued at Ballarat at the edge of Death Valley. When we reached Granite Wells 30 miles east of Johannesburg he said we took the Death Valley road by mistake and later the machine broke down.  The party then divided, Williams remained with the automobile.  I started accompanied by the chauffeur in hope of finding some place where I could get supplies Bashaw soon became exhausted. We wandered three days before help reached us.” – The Winchester News

May 22, 1909: A. H. Williams in the Stringer district is doing considerable work and is getting out some good ore. ” – Mohave County Miner

August 21, 1910: “The Sidney group, situated six miles south of Randsburg in the Stringer district, has completed a milling of about 30 tons of ore at the Phoenix mill near Johannesburg. This is the second shipment of ore made from the property during the present year. This mine was developed by D. A. Williams and has produced several pockets of high grade ore. The workings extend to a depth of 300 feet and the mine is equipped with a hoist and air drills.  Albert Burcham is in active charge. Randsburg Miner.” – San Francisco Call

March 5. 1911: “SIDNEY MINES —Twenty tons of high grade ore are being crushed at Osdick’s stamp mill in the Stringer district for Henry Bapp, John Fillman and Al Powell. This ore was taken from the 150 foot level of the Sydney group mine, where these gentlemen have been leasing for the last few weeks. – It is thought that the ore will place over$100 per ton and will give the boys a good profit for the short time they have been at work. The Sydney group has a record of producing a splendid grade of ore.—Randsburg Miner” – San Francisco Call

March 12, 1911:  “A CLEANUP of 21 tons of ore from the Sydney group was .made yesterday for Humphreys & Powell of the Osdick mill. The brick weighed a little over $1,700. This ore was taken from the 150 foot level, and gave an average recovery of about $91 per ton. With this cleanup Powell will retire from the leasing partnership and devote his time to the Mascot property, where rich ore was
discovered last week. Powell is one of the owners of the Mascot group.”—Randsburg  Miner. ”– San Francisco Call

June 13, 1911: “BAPP AND FELDMAN are working at the Sydney group.  They are now milling 10 tons at the Tip Top mill.  It is good ore.”—Bakersfield Morning Echo

1915:  “SIDNEY GROUP, a small producer in the Rand district, consists of 260 acres in T.  30 S., R. 40 E. M. D. M… at an elevation of 4300 feet.  Owner A. C. White, of Randsburg.  Several parallel veins in schist.  Ore is free milling and runs from $10 to $200 per ton in gold.  Shipped to Red Dog custom mill.   Average profits per ton $35.  Workings consist of several shafts from 50 to 325 feet deep, 2000 feet of drifts and a number of stopes.  Equipment consists of two gasoline hoists (18 h. p. and 50 h. p.), compressor plant, capacity three Ingersoll drills, shop and dwellings.   Owner employees three to ten men.  Total production, $200,000.” – G.  Chester Brown

March 24, 1923:  “A VISIT TO THE SYDNEY (White Mine) found the hoist had arrived and ready to be installed as soon as the cement foundations sets; the timber men have just put the finishing touches of the 275-foot shaft, the big compressor ready to turn over and the mechanics getting the old buildings in good repair.” – Bakersfield Californian

March 28, 1923: “LOOK OVER MINES—Among the many interested visitors to witness the resumption of sinking of the Sydney (White Mine) shaft and the turnover of the standard machinery were: Lord Fraser of London, with interests in the Nippissing mines; ex-Senator E. Whiting of Port Huron, Mich., and Mrs. B. L. Baker of Detroit.” – Bakersfield Californian

October 22, 1923: “JIM WILLIAMS, GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT of the Sydney White mine group adjoining Section 16, is back in camp with the pleasing news that his people have purchased a 20-ton stamp mill, from near one of the Arizona camps, fully equipped with cyanide tanks, and water tank of 60,000-gallon capacity.  The mill, as sometimes has happened was bought and installed by a mining company before if had more than 40 tons of ore on the dump.  The outfit is now being dismantled for shipment to the White mine.

Surveys for the four-mile water pipe line from the Yellow Aster’s main line have been made, pipe for same having been ordered some time ago.  The White mine is amongst the gold producers of the early days and is fully equipped with good standard mining machinery.” – Bakersfield Californian

January 30, 1932: “TWO MINES WILL STAGE COMBACK –Baltic, White Properties at Randsburg Taken Up by New Corporation—Two of the oldest gold-producing mines in this district will be revived, it was learned here today, with the report that the Erin Go Braugh Corporation of Las Vegas plans to operate a regular custom mill service to fill a long-needed service for the small mine owners and gold-leasers.

Erin Go Braugh will operate the Baltic and White mines, under management of C. E. Adair, who has started rehabilitation of the Baltic’s 10 stamp mill. In its day this mill was considered the leading gold saver.

Foundation for a 100-ton ball mill, and electric amalgamator and cyanidation plant, has been completed adjoining the mill plant on the south.

Active work on both mines soon will be under way; The White mine is located approximately five miles from the Baltic which will offer the district two new pay rolls.  M. G. Waggoner is president of the new corporation.” – Bakersfield Californian

April 4, 1942: “MINING EQUIPMENT IS STOLEN AT RANDSBURG—Theft of mining equipment from the Tungsten United Corporation’s White Mine near Randsburg was reported to the Kern County Sheriff’s office today.

The theft was reported by Casey A. Thompson of Mojave who told deputies the equipment, an engine, a hoist, and several smaller items had apparently been missing for several weeks.” – Bakersfield Californian

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