Monday, January 21, 2019

Columbia Mining and Milling Company cabin on Cummings Creek, ca1900. Thanks to Dallas Dickinson for sharing this photo, news clipping, and brief summary.

George Frank Jackson and William Townsend Dickinson by their Columbia Mining and Milling cabin on Cummings Creek.

 (From the Columbia Chronicle, Fall 1898)
[He] departed for Tukanon on Tuesday morning accompanied by G.F. Jackson. Wednesday they went to the Cummings Creek, in which Mr. Dickinson is interested with Jackson Bros.  Mr. Dickinson will be in charge of the development work.  It is the intention of this company to sink 100 feet on their ledge from the end of their tunnel, and by that time expect to determine the true value of the prospect.  A hoisting apparatus will be put inside the tunnel.  Comfortable quarters have been provided by the erection of a good log cabin with a fire place therein.

George Frank Jackson and William Townsend  Dickinson both came to Columbia County from Stark County, Illinois, Jackson by rail, steamer, boat, and wagon in 1878 and Dickinson by rail in 1889. Jackson acquired land and stock, running a large band of sheep on the Pataha at Dry Hollow Homestead.  Dickinson, who had been an architect and builder in Galva, Illinois, was injured at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, during the Civil War and later became an assayer and mineralogist. He eventually joined the Jacksons (Richard A., George Frank, and John Henry) in the mining venture up Cummings Creek on the Tucannon. 

Known as the Columbia Mine, the tunnel produced promising samples of quartz, which were sent to Tacoma, Portland, and Spokane for analysis.  Water in one shaft and a narrow ledge in another forced development of yet another tunnel.

Discouraging progress did not seem to deter investors, according to a 1901 Columbia Chronicle letter to the editor.  The promise was, “Your money shall be carefully and judiciously spent in an effort to develop the mine.” 

As it turned out, W.T. Dickinson began suffering from ill health and was unable to continue the development of the mine. He died in 1904. A Columbia Chronicle article in August 1903 mentions “promising” assessment work, with “Gold from new stringers, 2 assays, $7.23; from old stringer, gold and silver, $17.90.” More research is needed to find out why development did not continue after Dickinson’s death.

Columbia Mining and Milling was but one of many companies and mines in the area through the early years of the 20th century:   Bonanza, Tukanon, Big Four, Ophire, Alice, Annie May, Shinbone, Black Diamond, and more.  No information on resulting great wealth was unearthed.

G.F. Jackson ‘s home at 308 South First Street in Dayton was built in 1905 and has recently been renovated.  W.T. Dickinson lived at 515 South Fourth Street (Dexter house), in Dayton.  That home, built in 1872, is currently for sale.

(Information from Jackson and Dickinson family history and the Columbia Chronicle (1899-1904). 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Curcio Meat and Packing Company. Slaughterhouse photos dated January 21, 1954 courtesy of the Union-Bulletin.

Frank Curcio behind the USDA inspector

P M Aldrich, inspector

Ronald Venneri

Friday, January 18, 2019

White's Barber and Beauty Shop at 23 East Main had a long run from 1921 to 1973.

Jim White's bear pelts, 1921

April 1932
1922  (not Lampke)

Miles Lamke was a partner for a few early years


Fire in Barrett Building basement, March 16 1948







Cliff Lee, 1961