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Guide to the Musselshell Mining Company Records ; Musselshell Mining Company Records

Musselshell Mining Company Records 1901-1908

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Guide to the Musselshell Mining Company Records 1901-1908

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Musselshell Mining Company Records 1901-1908
Creator: Musselshell Mining Company
Dates: 1901-1908
Quantity: 0.5 l.f.
Abstract: Business correspondence and financial material of Lafayette Russell Parsons, business manager of this Pierce, Idaho, mining district mine.
Identification: MG 31
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
850 Rayburn St.
P.O. Box 442351
Moscow, ID 83844-2351
(208) 885-7951
http://www.lib.uidaho.edu/special-collections

Arrangement and Description

The records of the Musselshell Mining Company span the years 1901-1908 with the bulk of the material from 1902-1908. Most of the materials consists of the business correspondence of L.R. Parsons for the Musselshell Mine. Besides correspondence, there are some scattered financial papers such as canceled checks and monthly statements.Folders one through four retain the original folder headings. The material within the folders is in the original chronological order. Folder five contains papers which were loose in the box with the correspondence folders. These consist of financial statements, legal agreements (grubstaking), canceled checks, deposit slips, a bank statement, tax receipts, grocery bills, a geologist's report, a subpoena and a small penciled map of the claims.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Musselshell Mine was a hydraulic placer mine on Musselshell Creek in what is now Clearwater County, Idaho, (1900-1913). The company was owned and operated by Charles McClintock of Detroit, Michigan, and John McClintock of Lexington, Kentucky, in partnership with Louis C. Roberts.

Prior to 1901, Roberts managed the company and directed mining operations in Idaho. Because the mine was unprofitable, the McClintock brothers hired L. R. Parsons to be business manager while Roberts continued to direct the mining operations.

Parsons was a personal friend of the McClintock family and they trusted him to look after their interests. He was also well qualified for the position. He was a recent graduate of the University of Michigan (MS 1900) and had a working knowledge of geology and chemistry.

The company continued to be unprofitable. In 1907 a geologist recommended closing the mine. The ore was low grade and there was insufficient water pressure for hydraulic mining. There was a shortage of operating capital. The partners decided to diversify into other ventures such as logging. The company suspended mining operations in 1907.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Mines and Mineral Resources

Parsons, Lafayette Russell

Musselshell Mining Company

Gold mines and mining -- Idaho -- Pierce Mining District
Mining corporations -- Idaho

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Musselshell Mining Company were acquired by the University of Idaho Library sometime prior to 1980.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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1/11/1Correspondence February 1902; October & December 1903; November 1904 21 items
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1/21/2Correspondence January-November 1906 130 items
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1/31/3Correspondence January-November 1908 67 items
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1/41/4Correspondence 1903-1908 139 items
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1/51/5Other papers 1901-1908 82 items

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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