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Looking back...

from the files of The Owyhee Avalanche and Owyhee Chronicle

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February 7, 1957

February 2, 1867

Tests show mines may again become productive

Three old mines in Owyhee County will once again become productive, and if they prove as good as the tests show, a mill will be built on the site, according to a spokesman for the firms investing in the venture.

Jack Oberbillig, exploration manager for the two investment firms, said Monday that the old Monarca, Berg, and Ida Bell mines are presently being tested for gold and silver content. “Grade is running above one ounce gold and four ounces silver per ton of ore.” Oberbillig said, “It looks very, very good.” At present the ore is being shipped to the Keyrock Mill near Riggins, a 140 mile haul.

The three mines, comprising 10,000 acres of mineral leases, is located six miles south of Reynolds Creek, or seven miles north of DeLamar.

Operations at the three mines have gone into high gear since Ayerok Petroleum Ltd., of Vancouver, B.C., signed an agreement last year with U.S. owned key Properties Ltd., and Key Milling Co., whereby Ayerok would spend $1 million in order to earn a 50% interest in 10,000 acres of mineral leases in Owyhee County and 50 ton per day milling facility at Riggins. The funds are to be spent for exploration development and mill expansion over the next 14 months, and the first phase of the program was completed in December of last year.

Oberbillig said at present there are ten employees, and payroll will greatly expand this spring. Campsites for mobile homes are being developed also.

Since last October, the investors have spent about a quarter-million dollars at the sites, and another million dollars is planned to be spent this year, Oberbillig said.

The lode was originally discovered as a result of early prospecting, around 1900, by prospectors from the DeLamar operations, Oberbillig said. About half of the 10,000 acres is a BLM land, and the other half are Idaho mineral leases. No private land is involved, he said.

Impact area hearing set for February 10

The second of four hearings will be held next Wednesday, February 10, to receive input pertaining to the proposed Area of City Impact for Homedale.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm at the Magistrate Courtroom in Homedale.

The first meeting on the proposal was held January 4 by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The upcoming hearing is being held by the city council, and one each by Owyhee County and Canyon County is required prior to adoption of the impact area.

The purpose of establishing the impact area is to plan appropriate land uses, facilities and services, according to the notice issued by Homedale Mayor George Murray.

The proposed boundaries of the impact area are established based on three factors: trade area, geographic factors, and those area that can reasonably be expected to be annexed to the city some time in the future, the notice said.

Sheriff reappointed to council

Governor John Evans has announced the reappointment of Tim Nettleton to membership of the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Advisory Council.

Nettleton is Owyhee County sheriff. His new term on the council will run until December 31, 1985

Marsing JVs explode past Rimrock JVs 65-38

Marsing scored 65 points to Rimrock’s 38 Friday night, Jan 15. Marsing had three men in double figures. Leading the Marsing pack was Scott Barenberg, with 18; Gene Hetmer was right behind with 17; and coming third was Gabriel Usog with 12.

Rimrock had a one-man show with T. Glineski scoring 19 and the only on in double figures for Rimrock. It was close the first half 29-22, but Marsing blew it out in the second half.

Crowd attends legion bean feed

Alarge crowd turned out Wednesday night for the annual American Legion bean feed. Visitors were present from many posts of surrounding towns.

The beans were prepared by Monty Warden with Jim Graham, commander, and members of the Legion helping.

Homer Hudelson, Nampa, was master of ceremonies. He commented briefly on the part the Legion has played in sponsoring Gem Boys State each year on the Boise Junior college campus. He said these activities are in part responsible for Idaho having a 72 per cent vote in the general election last fall, the highest percentage of any state in the nation.

The local post No. 32 now has over 90 members following a membership contest between two teams captained by Bert Adams and Monty Worden.

Trojans lose to Kuna and Notus; beat Fruitland

The Trojans traveled to Kuna Tuesday night and were defeated by the Kuna Kavemen 60-49 in a non-conference game.

The Kavemen spurted to a quick 17-10 first quarter lead and never trailed.

Vic Landa was high scorer for the Trojans with 20 points, followed by Chuck Dunn with 12, while Joe Thornton scored 14 and Warren Reynolds, 10 for the Kavemen.

The junior varsity played a fast game to defeat the Kuna junior varsity 44-41.

The Trojan five played a pepper-hot game Friday night to defeat the Fruitland Grizzlies 57-50.

Led by guard Vic Landa, the Trojans jumped to an 18-10 first quarter lead and stayed ahead to defeat the Grizzlies, who up to that time were tied with Notus for first place.

Leading the Trojans with 26 points was Vic Landa. Duane Coble was high with 16 points for the grizzlies.

The Homedale junior varsity defeated the Fruitland junior varsity 48-33.

The Trojans suffered their fourth loss of the season giving them an 8-4 record when the Notus Pirates walloped them 61-47 at Notus Saturday night. The team was never able to catch up the Pirates as they poured in shot after shot to defeat the Trojans.

Lynn Vailey and Dick Ode led the winners and Vic Landa was high point man for the Trojans.

The junior varsity racked up their 13th win of the season as they defeated the Notus junior varsity 39-21.

Melvin L. Dunn awarded Air Force decoration

Melvin L. Dunn, supervisory armament adviser for headquarters Western Air Defense Force at Hamilton AFB. Calif., and son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison L. Dunn of Homedale, recently received one of the air force’s top civilian employee awards.

By order of the secretary of the air force, the Hon. Donald A Quarles, and in recognition of exceptional performance from May 1955 through May 1956, Mr. Dunn was awarded the department of the air force decoration for exceptional civilian service.

Presentation was made last week in the offices of Brig. Gen. Monro MacCloskey, commander, western air defense force.

Homedale High Graduate. Mr. Dunn, a 1940 graduate of Homedale high school and tackle for the gridiron team that tied for the 1940-41 Snake River Valley Conference Class B Championship, has been in his present position for the past six years.

A recognized authority on armaments handling, use and storage, Mr. Dunn is charged with formulating armament policies and procedures for western air defense fore. In additional to his supervisory activities he has exercised his unique talent in designing armament storage and testing devices.

He is married to the formerAlta R. Salisbury, daughter of Mrs. Della Salisbury of Homedale. The Dunns have three children – Linda Ann 11, Dennis 7 and Karen Sue 3.

IDAHO SILVER. An Eastern dispatch says the ship Mercury cleared for Harre from New York, January 17th with 1,500 packages for the Paris Exposition. Two specimens of Idaho silver for the Exposition were exhibited at Washington by Prof. Eggleston of Columbia College. One weighs two hundred pounds and is from the Owyhee District. California and Nevada also have specimens shipped by the Mercury.

THE OWYHEE Quadrille Band will give a ball on the 5th inst. Tuesday evening next. Will use Concert Hall for the occasion. Arrangements for a gay time are being made.

COUNTY SEAT. An immense amount of guessing and lying concerning this matter has been in vogue for several days. The law has not been produced in this county and this fact probably others too have prevented the removal of the County records to Silver yesterday. The bill has been reported lost or stolen, &c., but Mr. F. E. Ensign, who has made an examination of the laws on file in the Secretary’s office at the Capital, says he saw the bill duly approved by the Gov. The Sheriff is said to be the party authorized to move the records, and he is willing to do so upon seeing the law requiring it of him, but unwilling without. He offered to do so if Hon R. T. Miller member of the Council, would make affidavit that there was a law imposing such duty, but he declined to make it. The Act will doubtless be obtained soon and we believe once for all, the continual wrangling on this local question receives a quietus. The Sheriff had made arrangements to occupy the room next door north of the Avalanche office, and if the law had been here, as it should, he no doubt would have been now in his new quarters. Whatever of devilry there may be afloat it cannot be long kept concealed.

L. J. LEWIS, ESQ., Superintendent of the Silver Glance Mining Company, arrived from New York on last Saturday. He has business connections with the Cosmos Co., and his future operations will largely extend to Flint District. Mr. L. visited Owyhee last summer and devoted several weeks to an examination of the various ledges in this region and became fully convinced that capital could nowhere find better investment in mining enterprises than in Owyhee. He has organized an Eastern Company and without doubt he will make profitable returns to the stockholders, as the Company own several very rich ledges in Flint District. With the best of ore and facilities for operations, it takes much time to place a quartz mine in a paying condition; and those who will patiently wait years on other branches of investments for dividends, impatiently wait months in mining. This is unreasonable, and particularly excusable

  • if at all – on the round that many who make such

investments have no idea of the preliminary labor required to produce bullion in paying quantities from the best of undeveloped ledges.

COUNTYCOMMISSIONERS PROCEEDINGS. Board met on the 28th of January and without transacting any business adjourned to the 31st.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 1867. Boat met as adjournment. Present, Messrs, Carter and Catlin, Commissioners, and A. E. Woodson, Clerk.

Auditor presented account of E. L. Massey – Road Supervisor of District No. 2 – which he (Auditor) was ordered to pay at the meeting of the Board Jan. 16, 1867, and was accepted for $95.95

A SCANDINAVIAN PARTY came off at the New State Hotel in Ruby on Wednesday night last. Though not large, it was a very social and orderly session of amusement. The Owyhee Band gave their service and Messrs. Hult and Sjowall provided suitable refreshments and superintended things generally.

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