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Guide to the Last Chance Copper Mining Company Records 1907-1940

Sponsor: Funds for processing were provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the U.S. Department of Education HEA Title II-C "Strengthening Research Library Resources" program, the Library Associates of the University of Idaho and other donors.Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: Last Chance Copper Mining Company
Dates: 1907-1940
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract:Bylaws, minutes of meetings, financial statements, correspondence concerning mine operations, letters from stockholders, annual statements, stock ledgers and journals, canceled stock certificates, assessment records, lists of stockholders, financial ledgers and journals, vouchers, check registers, and tax returns of a Mineral County, Montana, copper mining company.
Identification: MG286
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The records of the Last Chance Mining Company are divided into four series.The first series, Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, includes a minute book which also contains the articles of incorporation and by-laws, notices of meetings, agreements, lists of stockholders and financial records. A folder of related material includes notices of meetings, proxy statements, lists of stockholders, affidavits of publication, financial statements, and a map showing the relationship of the Ben Hur (Woodburn), Last Chance, and Bryan properties.General Correspondence and Related Records, the second series, is comprised of an alphabetically arranged series of folders. Among the material included are annual reports, assays, a law suit involving the Ben Hur Mining Company, check stubs, correspondence with stockholders, correspondence with Frank J. Davey concerning mine operations, property transactions with Benson Evans, financial statements and invoices, leases, maps of the Last Chance property, Affidavits of Annual Representation and other legal documents, a 1934 stock audit, lists of stockholders, tax returns, and paid vouchers.The third series is Capital Stock Records. Included are stock ledgers and a stock journal, cancelled stock certificates, and assessment notices and rolls.The fourth series, Financial Records, contains a financial ledger and a check register.Removal of cancelled stock certificates, returned assessment notices, vouchers, paid checks, bank statements, and duplicate materials reduced the size of this collection by two cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The records of the Last Chance Mining Company span the years 1907 to 1940, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1924 to 1940. Included are company by-laws, minutes of meetings, financial statements, correspondence concerning mine operations, letters from stockholders, annual statements, agencies, stock ledgers and journals, cancelled stock certificates, assessment records, lists of stockholders, financial ledgers and journals, vouchers, check registers, and tax returns.


Administrative/Biographical History

The articles of incorporation of the Last Chance Copper Mining Company, a Montana Corporation, were filed on April 22, 1907; its term of existence was 20 years. The directors were listed as W.H. Nichols, president; George Champagne, vice-president; T.C. Witherspoon, treasurer; M.S. Burns, secretary; with B.M. Francis, and George E. Rockwood, as the other members. The capital stock, which was non-assessable, was $1,250,000 with a share par value of $1.00. The by-laws, which indicated that the president and vice-president received no compensation, were adopted at a stockholders meeting on May 22, 1907.

Edwin Pritchard was elected president in December 1912. When he died in February 1913, George Champagne was elected to replace him.

In October 1923 the directors, George Champagne, G.W. Dougherty, secretary, F.J. Davey, Peter Peterson, and H.J. Hull, president, amended the articles of incorporation making the stock assessable, increasing the capital stock, and extending the terms of existence to 40 years.

The original lode claims, located in the St. Regis mining district, Mineral County, Montana, included the Foch, Montana-Missoula, Buck, Buck Fraction, White Tail, Grouse, Bluebird, and Snow Shoe. In May 1928, Champagne, who was indebted to the company for $1831.45, presumably for nonpayment of stock assessments, conveyed his undivided one half interest in the Wilson, Apple, Samson, Rankin and Chief lode claims which were adjacent to the Last Chance property to the Last Chance Company for $5,000 to be paid by cancellation of the indebtedness and by setting up a credit on the company books against future assessments. On September 13, 1928, Jerome Day conveyed his half interest in the Wilson group to Last Chance. By 1931 the property consisted of two patented claims, the Crankey and Last Chance, and 13 unpatented claims.

Stock assessments failed to raise the revenue needed and Jerome Day frequently loaned the company money. In 1923 Day agreed to take stock in the company in lieu of cash. This brought his total stock holdings to 438,500 shares, making him the second largest shareholder, only Champagne owned more shares. Then in 1928 and again in 1930 the directors authorized the borrowing of $750.00 from the Wallace Bank and Trust Company. On June 19, 1939, to protect the property from forfeiture, a three year lease between the company and Irving Anderson and Charles Haff was approved. However, the following year, on June 3, 1940, the directors, H.J. Hull, president, John Wourms, vice-president, and R.W. Anno, secretary, authorized the sale of Last Chance to Jupiter Mining Company for 250,000 shares of Jupiter Stock with a par value of $25,000. Stockholders approved the sale on June 29, 1940.


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.

Mines and Mineral Resources
Montana

Last Chance Copper Mining Company

Copper mines and mining -- Montana -- Mineral County -- History -- Sources
Mining corporations -- Records -- Montana -- Mineral County

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Last Chance Copper Mining Company are part of the records of Day Mines, Inc., donated to the University of Idaho by Henry Day in 1984 and 1985.

Processing Information

Initial processing of this Manuscript Group was done by Judith Nielsen in June 1987.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders 1907-1940
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os/1os/1Minute book 1907-1940
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1/2-31/2-3Records relating to meetings 1923-1940
Series II. General Correspondence and Related Records 1908-1940
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1/41/4A 1912-1940
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1/51/5B 1919-1939
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1/61/6Bank records 1924-1935
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1/71/7C 1927-1936
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1/81/8Champagne, George 1908-1939
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1/91/9D 1915-1924
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1/101/10Dissolution, Petition for 1940
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1/111/11Day, Jerome J 1915-1940
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1/121/12Evans, Benson. Property transactions 1915-1918
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1/131/13F-H 1923-1940
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1/141/14Intention to hold mining claims 1935
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1/151/15J 1925-1940
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1/161/16Jupiter Mining Company 1940
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1/171/17Lease: Haff & Anderson 1939
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1/181/18M 1931-1940
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1/191/19Maps of Last Chance property and surrounding claims undated
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1/201/20N-S 1907-1939
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1/211/21Stock audit 1924
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1/221/22Stockholders 1923-1936
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1/231/23T 1914-1939
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1/241/24Taxes: Assessment of net proceeds of mines 1923-1934
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1/251/25Taxes: Corporation license tax 1922-1939
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1/261/26Taxes: Corporation income tax returns 1922-1940
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1/271/27Vouchers paid 1936-1940
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1/281/28W 1931
Series III. Capital Stock Records 1907-1940
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1/291/29Stock ledger 1907-1916
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1/301/30Stock ledger 1907-1940
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1/311/31Stock journal 1907-1916
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1/321/32Cancelled stock certificates 1924-1940
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1/33-341/33-34Records relating to assessments 1924-1939
Series IV. Financial Records 1924-1940
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1/351/35Financial ledger 1924-1934
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1/361/36Check register 1936-1940

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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