Gallery #3--MINES
Buck Gulch Placer Mine. Located 3.4 miles W of Sumpter.

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Collection Hawley, Brooks
Description Buck Gulch Placer Mine. Cabin and 14 people.

Brooks Hawley note: Edna and Amos Weaver with son Harold are on the left. There were our best friends. Harold and I are the same age, within a few months, which would date this picture about 1907 or 8. The dog was Zip. Now 1961 the cabin is still standing, but is largely eaten up by wood rats and porcupines, the lean-to would shed is fallen in, and the fire place has been gone many years.
Thomas Tibbs and Rev. Schmidt of the Sumpter Presbyterian Church are behind. In front of them are Leila Gardinier, Elmer Weatherford, and Frank Baird. On the right is Nellie White and Blanche Edmiston, also Edith Stump and Bernice Smith.
We had many wonderful dinners in this cabin, of a Sunday, of Mrs. Weaver's cooking, and later when Pozella and Elmer Davidhizar had the mine. Weaver's house in Sumpter burned in the fire of 1917 and they left to return to Goshen, Indiana, and in later years lived at Riverside, California. Harold Weaver graduated in forestry at O. S. C. and his life work has been with the Indian service forestry. He now lives at Portland (1962).
The mine could only be worked about 6 weeks in the spring when water came in a long ditch from Grey's Gulch and O'Farrel's Gulch.
In 1931 when I quit the ranch a year, I stayed in this cabin for over a month and picked huckleberries.
A Portland lawyer jumped the claim in 1963, Robert D. H. Swindles, and next time I was around, July 1965, found the old cabin had been demolished and a pretense of a new cabin made. Should I shoot the claim jumper? Along in May 1965 Earl Frisco farther down the creek did such a shooting and got off clear.
Object ID 1992.1.697
Place Cracker Creek District, 44.751 -118.272
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