ROSE MINES (Irene and May Queen )

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Irene Mine in the Stringer District of Randsburg circa 1898 — McPherson

October 03, 1897: “JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 1— (Regular Correspondence.) Geo. M. Rose, who for several years has had extensive miming interests near Rapid City, South Dakota, a few weeks ago bonded the Irene and May Queen mines two miles west of Randsburg for several thou sand dollars. This week Mr. Rose paid the balance of the purchase price for*the properties and they have now passed into his possession. He has had a force of ten men continuously at work on the claims and has them now opened up in good shape. On the May Queen he has run a 200-foot tunnel in the breast of which at that depth he has uncovered a ledge of ore which promises well for the future of that claim. The Irene has been opened up with two shafts and in each a fine body of ore has been struck, the ore from shaft No. 2 running $100 to the ton. Both shafts are on the same ledge, which can be traced to the top of the hill several hundred feet distant. All the claims in the immediate neighborhood have proved to be paying properties, and from present indications the May Queen and Irene will follow suit. Mr. Rose is enthusiastic in his belief that this is the richest camp in. California, and is backing his impressions with cash, his expenditures in getting hold of the properties amounting to more than $1000 per month. He is the kind of a man we need here.” – The Herald

October 04, 1897: “ROSE & CO., who bonded the May Queen mine of Kelly & Price, paid $3000, the balance of the bond, last Saturday, although it was not due until January 1, 1898. They have a force of twelve men at work and are making preparations to put in a hoisting plant at an early date. ” – The Herald

October 16, 1897:  “THE RANDSBURG MINER SAYS a nice little mining deal was closed last week, when C. H. Belcher, J. W. Kelly and Steve Price sold the May Queen mine to G. M. Rose of Johannesburg for $5000 in cold cash. The May Queen mine is a fine property and will no doubt prove a valuable purchase for Mr. Rose. It joins the Meteor mine on the east and the Dyke on the north. The Meteor has just been bonded for $50,000 and a fine strike of rich ore was made. The Meteor joins the Minnehaha, and this little group of mines, all owned by different parties, will be big producers in a short time.” The Herald

October 31, 1897:  “Irene and May Queen, both very promising mines, bonded by Charles M. Rose. Johannesburg;  situated two miles west of Randsburg; ten men working steadily. May Queen has 200-foot tunnel and good ledge; the Irene has two shafts, fine body of ore; that from shaft No. 2, running $100 to the ton. ” – The Herald

April 25, 1898:  “G. M. Rose has just had ten tons of ore from the May Queen milled at the Eureka mill. The returns show $90 per ton. ” – The Herald

March 1899:  “OF THE SOLID MEN of the Rand mining district none are better known or more highly esteemed that the owner of the above mentioned properties, Geo. M. Rose. A thorough  miner, and with ample capital to back his judgment in his extensive undertakings, energetic, and enterprising, liberal in all his dealings with his fellow-man, he is a typical illustration of the successful Western mining man. Mr. Rose arrived in Randsburg from the Black Hills, South Dakota, in the spring of 1897, and after making a thorough investigation of the camp and its possibilities, he finally purchased the Irene and May Queen, two claims lying two miles to the southwest of the town and in the center of the district.  He immediately put a force of met at work, and has operated the mines continuously since.  The result has proven the accuracy of his judgment, for he has opened up, not only some of the largest bodies of ore yet uncovered in the camp, but has demonstrated that it pays to “go down.”  In Tunnel No. 1 on the May Queen a tunnel 320 feet has been dug which crosscuts a ledge twenty feet in width.  A shaft was also sank on the vein from its apex, drifts run and crosscuts made, all in large bodies of ore, some it a very high grade.  Ore from this mine has milled upwards of $60 per ton. On both properties a very large amount of work has been done, and they are today among the most valuable mines of the camp.  They are directly west of and on the same belt as the great Rand mines, and are destined to become great producers.

Mr. Rose and his family occupy one of the finest homes in the town of Randsburg.  He is also interested in other parts of the district, and is one of the firm believers in the future greatness of the camp.”  – McPherson

June 9, 1900: “AL LESTER has completed the job of sinking the shaft on the Irene mine 50 feet deeper, and he and Louie Woodward will on Monday begin work on the Belle, near the Pinmore, and will take out 50 tons and mill it at the Kinyon Mill.”  — Randsburg Miner

August 6, 1908: “O’Donnell and Johnson are negotiating with Seattle parties toward a sale of their Mac Queen and Ethel claims. Experts are on the way to examine the property. The Mac Queen showing, is a good one, a shaft being down over 200 feet and many thousand tons of free milling low grade ore blocked out.” – Los Angeles Herald

1914: “On APRIL 3, 1896, MR. ATKINSON came with a partner and two burros to Randsburg, Kern County, with the intention of going into the mining business.  They prospered for a few months in what is now the Stringer district.  In this district they first located Poor Man’s mine, which is now operation and on June 30, 1896, located sunshine mine which they developed and which is now in a good state of production.  This mine has a stamp mill on it, and Mr. Atkinson also has a cyanide plant there.  He at present holds four claims having bought the Bully Boy and Rose mines, all now in production.” – Wallace M. Morgan

February 4, 1915:  “C. H. FRY TO YELLOW ASTER MINING AND MILLING CO. –$1 –½ interest in Rose M. mine, ½ interest in Pay Day, Rand District.” –Bakersfield Morning Echo

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