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11. All creek claim holders shall have the right of a drain race through the claim or claims, below to be used as such and for no other purpose, also they shall have the right of depositing the tailings of ground slucing, except rocks and gravel incapable of floating. all other tailings shall be loft up on the claim being worked. The tailings of all other claims shall not be deposited upon croek claims to the detriment of the owners there of.
12. All disputes among miners relating to their interests as such shall be settled by three arbitrators who shall be chosen from the owners of claims and practical miners of this District, one of whom to be chosen by each party the third chosen by the other two, the third shall have power to administer an oath or affirmation to all witnesses and the other two arbitrators, one of whom to swear the third an appeal may be taken from the decision of the arbitrators, to a Justice Court if notice to the opposite party within twenty four hours after said decision.
RESOLUTIONS. 1. That each member of this party of twenty nine shall have given him ninety (90) days from the adoption of these laws to return and remain absent from this District for the purpose of obtaining supplies or attend to any necessary business, during which time his claims may remain unrepresented and not be subject to forfeiture.
2. That each member of the party of twenty nine be entitled to one claim by right of discovery.
3. Thas Mess. Skinner Coogan, Duval and each member of the party of twenty nine be entitled to one claim for their partners, which shall be respected in like manner as our own. 4. That we each and all of us pledge ourselves to sustain the foregoing Laws and Resolutions agaiust violation.
D. P. BARNS, Chairman 0. H. PURDY, Secrty.
W. Jordan, A. J. Miner, H. R. Wade, J. Reynolds, J. C. Boom, J. Carroll, P. H. Gordem, W. Duncan, P.J. Flint, A. F. Rudd, L. H. Gohn, F. Height, G. W. Chadwick, W. S. Wade Cy. Ibee, Juo Cannon, Wm. Phipps, M. Conner, Jos. Dorsey, W. T. Carson, Juan Francisca, Stephen Riffle, Jno. Moore C. Wade, J. R. Cain, R. W. Pindell, W. Churchill.
ARTICLE 3d. The present Law regulating the l'ee for recording claims is hereby repealed and hereafter the Fee shall be two dollar and a half ($2.50) for a single claim and one dollar ($1) for each additional claim belonging to a Company and one dollar (1) for each * Bill of Sale"
4th. All Creek claims may be laid over from the First of October 1863 to the First of June 1861. At a called meeting of the Miners of Jordan Creek July 19 1863 the following Resolutions were adopted.
On motion of Cy. Ibee the meeting was called to order and D. P. Barns was elected chairman and E. F. Pierce Sect's.
ART. 1. Resolved that a committee of three be appointed to draw up resolutions to be acted upon by the meeting.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE. ART. 1. All persons holding Gulch or Hill claims may lay over said claims until the First of June 1864 and all persons wishing to lay over said claims shall notify the Recorder of their intent whose duty it shall be so to state on the record and bis certificate of record.
2. That part of the present law allowing persons to hold partner's claims for ninety (90) days without representing the same is hereby repealed and all claims shall hereafter be represented by one day's actual labor in each week. And no person shall be recognized as a partner who has never been within this District or is not present now to represent his claim and all claims so held are hereby declared vacant.
Persuant to due notice given that a miner's meeting, the miners of Carson District met at Boonville Sept. 3d 1864. After the meeting was called to order J. M. Shackelford was appointed Chairman and D. McKee Sect'y.
The first business before the meeting was the election of a Recorder.
The names of D. McKee and E. Hickman were pnt in nomination and the meeting proceeded to ballot for choise E. Hickman receiving the largest number of votes was declared duly elected after which the following resolution was adopted
Resolred that all those wishing to lay their mining claims over, either Creek, Gulch or Bank shall have the privilege of doing so by going to the District Recorder and placing the same on record. Dated Boonville Sept. 3d 1864
D. MOKEE, Secrty. These are the only laws which remain preserved
BOISE COUNTY.-ELK CREEK MINING DISTRICT.
At a meeting of the Miners on Main Elk Creek, Boise Co; Idaho Ter., held at the mouth of Lincoln Gulch on Thursday Dec. 3d. 1863, The meeting was called to order by appointing J.R. Chapman, as chairman of the meeting, and elected G. E. Timmerman, Secty
On motion D. W. Cummings, I. T. Maxson, and A. T. Winn were appointed a committee to draft a set of Laws for a Mining District, they reported the following, which were upon motion, adopted to wit:
Sec. I. This District shall be known as Elk Creek District.
SEC. II. The District shall commence at the Lower boundaries of El Dorado and Deer creeks thence running down Elk creok to Bear Run, embracing all the gulches and ravines running into Elk Creek between those boundaries that are not now embraced in the north fork of Elk Creek District.
Sec. III. "Creek claims” shall consist of 200 feet each running up and down the creek and extending on either side to three and one half feet rise of the "bed rock”.
Sec. IV. “Bar claima” shall be 200 feet front running back to the hill.
SEC. V. "Hill claims” shall have 100 feet front, running with the creek, bar, gulch or ravine on which it may front, and shall extend to the summit of the hill.
SEC. VI. "Gulch and Ravine Claims” shall be measured one hundred feet each side from the present or visible surface channel of said gulch or ravine, and running 200 feet up and down said gulch or ravine.
SEC. VII. Any citizen may hold one creek claim, one gulch or ravine claim one hill and one bar claim by location.
SEC. VIII. All claims recorded in this District shall be laid over from the third day of December until the first day of April of each and every year, and no claim shall be considered forfeited or abandoned for any reason whatsoever between the said dates.
Sec. IX. There shall be a Recorder chosen for this Mining District, who shall be paid one dollar for recording each claim, he shall have custody of the books and laws of the District and shall hold his office at the will of the miners.
Sec. X. Any person taking up a claim and recording it under a wrong designation shall not there by forfeit his ground, if rectified within seven days by going to the recorder and amending his record and paying the Recorder one half of the nsual recording fee for his extra trouble.
SEC. XI. All claims lying in this District and recorder in District No. 3, shall be recorded in the District within fifteen days of this date if said claims are unworkable they will be considered abandoned unless recorded.
SEC. XII. All claims shall be considered forfeited if not worked one day in seven after the first day of April until the third day of December following.
Sec. XIII. Any person locating a mining claim in this distriot shall record it within ten days from the date of his notice.
Sec. XIV. All transfers of claims shall be recorded with in ten days of such transfer, and unless recorded, shall be paid ($2) two dollars for each transfer.
Sec. XV. Representation or working shall consist of the following, first by working with sluice, tom, or rocker or with pick pan or shovel in the claim; second, digging a drain race through claims below; third digging or working in a water ditch, intended to bring water to said claim or claims; fourth, sawing timber for mining purposes for such claim or claims; fifth, building a house on or near such claim, for the dwelling of the owners of said claim or claims, or their employers to work in said claim or claims, work done in any part of said claims when joining shall be considered as representing the whole.
SEC. XVI. Olaims belonging to a sick man shall not be deemed abandoned by said sick man in case of a failure to represent, if he has been in the habit of working said claime in person but if he has been in the habit of employing hands to work the same, the nsual work shall be required.
SEC. XVII. A man to be sick shall be under the treatment of a physician and if necessary to prove his sickness shall obtain a certificate from his physician.
Sec. XVIII. Every miner or company of miners shall be entitled to a drain race through any adjoining claim or claims, whenever the same is necessary for the working of any claim.
SEC. XIX. No miner or company of miners shall be allowed to sluice tailings on the adjoining claim below.
SEC. XXI. Any miner shall have the privilege of the necessary amount of water in this creek or any of its tributaries to work his claim and no more.
Sec. XXII. These laws shall go into full force and effect from and after their passago.
SEC. XXIII. After the passing of these Laws they shall remain in full force and effect until two thirds of the miners of this district vote for an amendment.
Sec. XXIV. The Recorder shall not call a meeting of the miners unless ordered by a majority of the miners of this district. On motion the meeting proceeded to the election of a recorder of said District.
Where upon D. W. Cummings, was put in nomination, and there being no other nominations Mr. Oummings was elected.
On motion it was resolved that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the "Boise News".
At a meeting pursuant to a public notice, organized by electing Dr. Zimmerman chairman and G. A. Dann as Secretary.
On motion Mr. A. P. Turner was elected Recorder of the Elk Creek District
On motion the mining Laws of Elk Creek were so amended as to strike out sections 12 and 23 and the following section adopted
SEC. XXIII. That all bar gulch and hill claims shall be deemed "laid over” and not require representation for all time to come when ever water cannot be procured for the sum of twenty five cents per inch every twelve hours and under six inches pressure. For hill and gulch claims not less than thirty inches of water shall constitute a sluice head. For bar and creek claims not less than forty inches shall constitute a sluice head.
On motion that a copy of the proceeding of this be published in the "Boise News"
G. A. DUNN, Secretary.
, ELK CREEK June 28th 1864.
IDAHO COUNTY.-WASHINGTON GOLD AND SILVER QUARTZ MINING DISTRIOT.
THE LAWS OF THE WASHINGTON QUARTZ MINING DISTRICT, WARRENS, IDAHO CO. I. T. Sec. 1. This district shall be known by the name of the "Washington Gold and Silver Quartz District," and shall be bounded as follows; Commencing at the south-west corner of Meadow Creek District; thence running easterly along the line of Meadow Creek District to its south-east corner, thence down the eastern line of said district to the mouth of Elk Creek, thence up Salmon river to the junction
of the north and south forks of said river, thence np the south fork to the dividing waters of said south fork and the Payette country and from thence to the place of beginning.
SEC. 2. The locators of quartz claims in this District shall record the same with the Recorder of their respective county, within ten days after location, unless located more than thirty miles from the place of recording, in which case twenty days shall be allowed; and the County Rocorder shall be allowed one dollar for recording each quartz claim and making the necessary filings and indexing; but in no case shall said fees exceed the sum of five dollars upon any set of claims.
Sec. 3. Transfers of quartz claims shall be duly acknowledged by a proper officer, and recorded by the County Recorder.
Sec. 4. That any person or persons who may hereafter discover any quartz lead or lode, shall be entitled to one claim thereon by right of discovery, and one claim
each by right of location. Provided, That no person shall be entitled to hold more than one claim by right of location on any one lead or lode, and that no person shall be entitled, or have the right to locate or to hold by location, or to have recorded any claim or claims op any lead or lode unless ho be a resident or inhabitant of this Territory.
SEC. 5. Each claimant shall be entitled to hold by location, two hundred feet on any lead or lode in the District, with all its dips, angles, and spurs, off-shoots, ont-crops, depths, widths, variations, and all the minerals and other valuables there in contained.
Sec. 6. The locators of any lead, lode or ledge in the District, shall be entitled to hold, on each side of the lead, ledge, or lode, located by him or them, fifty feet. Ang lateral veins, lodes or leads bearing minerals, within the space of the said fifty feet on each side of the main ledge, shall be considered as claimed by, and entirely belonging to the locator or locators of a lead, and his or their assigns, and part and parcel of the same.
Sec. 7. The locators of any quartz claim or claims, on any lead or lode, shall at the time of locating said claim or claims, place a substantial stake, not less than three inches in diameter at each end of the claim so located provided, that where two or more claims are located together, and recorded in one notice, then the aforesaid stakes shall be placed at each end of the claims so located in one notice. On said stake, on each end of said claim or claims, shall be placed a notice in writing, and said notice shall contain the date of the location of said claim or claims, the name or names of the locator or locators, the name of the lead or lode on which said claim or claims are located the number of feet so claimed by each of said locators, the distance to the nearest end of said claim or claims, shall be placed a notice in writing, and said notice shall contain the date of the location of said claim or claims, the name or names of the locator or locators, the name of the lead or lode on which said claim or claims are located, the number of feet so claimed by each of said locators, the distance to the nearest end of said claim or claims from the discovery stake, the direction as nearly as possible from the discovery stake, and the direction said claim or claims extend, as nearly as may be from the point designated as it or their commencement. And when more than one person joins in one notice in locating said claims, shall state the actual number of feet claimed, and the portion of the gronnd so claimed by each person so locating
SEC. 8. Two or more persons may locate or take claims together in a body by joining in a notice specifyiug the number of claims so located, and the name of each person so joining in such location being written under the notice; but the claims so located shall not exceed two hundred feet for each person so locating and said claims shall, on said notice, be numbered and designated as segregated claims, and shall designate the position of the said segregated gronnd in said claims no located in one notice, including, when necessary, a discovery claim; except when it may be necessary to include a claim by right of discovery; and the notice shell then state in whose name or names said discovery claim is located. The persons so joining in one notice shall be considered as tenants in common so soon as the work hereinafter required to be done shall be fully finished and performed. The work hereinafter required to be performed on a quartz claim to entitle the locator, or his assigns, to hold the same as real estate, may be performed on any one of the claims so held under ono notice; Provided, it be equal in value to twenty dollars for each and every two hundred feet held under ono notice including the discovery claim; but when any claims have been located by two or more persons in one notice, so soon as the work roquired by this section has been performed on said claim or claims, to wit: Twenty dollars worth of work for each and every two hundred feet included in the notice locating said claims, the said claimants shall be deemed tenants iu common, and shall be subject to all the rights, privileges, and benefits, responsibilities and liabilities of tenants in common.
SEC. 9. Quartz claims located and recorded in accordance with this law, shall entitle the person or person so locating and recording to hold tho same as real estate to the use of himself, his heirs and assigns Provided ;—That within ono year from and after the date of recording, he or they shall cause to be performed twenty dollars worth of work for each and every claim of two hundred feet of said lead or lode; said work to consist of the following; The stripping of the lead or lode, sinking shafts, excavating of tunnels, obtaining machinery and preparing material for working said lead or lode in good faith.
SEC. 10. Any person or persons who shall willfully and maliciously tear down or destroy any notice, posted on quartz claims or tear up or destroy any stakes marking quartz claims shall, upon conviction thereof be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined in any sum not less than twenty-fivo dollars, or not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by not less than thirty days, nor more than six months imprisonment in the County jail
, or by both such fine and imprisonment; and any justice of the peace in this District shall have jurisdiction of such offenses.
SEC. 11. Any person or persons desiring to preserve or perpetuate testimony as to the sufficiency of the amount of work done on any elaim or claims to entitle him or them to hold them as real estate according to the provisions of of section nine of these laws; may take two disinterested persons to view such work, who shall carefully examine the same, immediately after which they shall go before the County Recorder or other officer by law authorized to administer oaths in the County, and take and subscribe an affidavit containing first, a description of the location of the claim or claims on which the work is performed, the character and value of such work, and the date when they viewed the same; which affidavit shall be filed by the County Recorder and carefully preserved. Such affidavit or certified copies of the same under the certificate and seal of the County Recorder, who has custody of the original affidavit or affidavits shall in any Court in the Territory be prima facia evidence of the character and amount of labor performed on the claim or claims which are described in such affidavit or affidavits The Recorder shall receive a fee of fifty cents for filing and preserving the affidavits required by this section.
Sec. 12. Any person or persons who may desire to run a tunnel into any hill or mountain for the purpose of discovering or working mineral bearing quartz leads or lodes, shall be entitled to hold one handred feet each way from the line of the tunnel on every lead or lode so discovered. Provided, the said lode has not been previously claimed and held according to law, and said person or persons shall also be entitled to hold two hundred feet square at the entrance of the said tunnel or tunnels, for building, dumping or other necessary purpose; provided, further, that nothing in this section shall be so construed as to invalidate the vested rights of other persons.
Sec. 13. There shall be a Recorder of this District chosen, whose duty it shall be to take charge of the laws of this District; keep a correct record of all the claims located on all leads, or lodes discovered or located in this district; and immediately after making a record of any quartz claim or claims upon the record of this District, it shall be the duty of the Recorder
to send a copy of the notice of the claim or claims recorded to the County Recorder, and have it recorded by him, in accordance with the Territorial law; and for the recording of each claim in the records of this District, and the transmission of the notice to the County Recorder, the Recorder of this District shall bave a fee of one and a half dollars ($1.50), for each claim so recorded, which includes the fee of the County Recorder.
Sec. 14. All claims located prior to the passage of these laws, shall be recorded in the records of this District within ten days after their adoption ; and all claims located subsequent shall be recorded within five days from the date of location, in the records of the District. Sec. 15. These laws are to take effect, and bo in full force from the date of their passage.
C. A. SEARS, District Recorder. Dated, July, 1866.
AMENDMENT TO THE LAWS OF THE WASHINGTON QUARTZ MINING DISTRICT, WARRENS, IDAHO CO., IDAHO TER.
At a meeting of the quartz miners of this district held at Warrens September 5th, 1870 the following amendment was adopted.
Sec. 9, Amended so as to read as follows:-Quartz claims located and recorded in accordance with this law shall entitle the person or persons so locating and recording to hold the same for the period of one year from the date of such location and record: Provided, he or they shall cause to be performed twenty dollars' worth of work for each and every claim of two hundred feet on said lead or lode within one year from the date of said location and fifty dollars annually there after. Said work to consist of the following: The stripping of the lead or lode, sinking shafts, excavating of tunnels obtaining machinery and preparing material for working said lead or lode in good faith. And as evidence of such work each and every present claim holder shall, in person or by their agent, within one year from the date of this amendment, appear before the recorder and make affidavit to the effect that the said twenty dollars' worth of work has been performed, specifying first a description of the location of the claim or claims on which the work is performed, the character and value of such work, and the date when the same was performed; which affidavit shall be filed by the county recorder and carefully preserved. Such affidavit or certified copy of the same, under the certificate and seal of the county recorder who has custody of the original affidavit or affidavits, shall, in any court in the Territory be prima facie evidence of the amount and character of labor performed on the claim or claims which are described in such affidavits. And there after they shall appear annually and make affidavit that the requisite fifty dollars worth of work has been performed as aforesaid. And all persons locating claims subsequent to the passage of this amendment shall appear and make affidavits as aforesaid. And the recorder shall receive a fee of one dollar for filling and preserving the affidavits required by this section. And any person or persons failing to comply with the provisions of this section shall forfeit bis or their possession or right to any quartz claim upon which such failure is made and the same shall be thereafter subject to relocation.
P. F. MORRIS, Chairman. N. B. WILLEY, Secty.
QUARTZ LAWS. ARTICLE 1. It shall be the duty of all claim owners, after they shall havo performed the requisite amount of work to entitlo them to a certificate of representation, to go to the district recorder and have him place on the margin of his book a note, specifying that such a claim or claims has been represented according to law, and the recorder shall have a fee of twenty five cents for each entry there made.
Art. 2. All persons discovering quartz veins in this district from and after the adoption of this article, shall not be allowed to locato for them selves and others more than two thousand two hundred feet on any lead or lode and any person or persons who shall again find the same lead out side of the said two thousand two hundred feet located by the discovering party, shall have the right to give the ledge a new name, and be entitled to all the benefits of a new discovery.
A. H. SANDERSON Chairman J. W. POE, Secty. Dated. July. 1868.
ALTURAS COUNTY-WOOD RIVER MINING DISTRICT.
[From Yankee Fork Herald October 2, 1879.) At a meeting of miners held at Galena City, Alturas county, Idaho, on Sept. 15th 1879, for the purpose of organizing a new mining district, Hiram Hunter was chosen President, and W. G. Seamands Secretary.
On motion, Messrs. Arnold, O'Leary and Swarncoat were appointed a committee to define boundaries of a new mining district and give the same a name.
On motion, Jas. E. Fulton, H. Bowman, and W. G Seamands were selected as a committee to draft by-laws to govern all mining locations in the proposed district.
After an hour's adjournment, the meeting was called to order and the report of the committee on boundaries was read and adopted. The district shall be known as Wood River District.
The following report of the committee on by-laws was read and adopted unanimously :
1st. We, the undersigned miners of Alturas county, I. T., do hereby adopt the mining laws of the United States to govern all mining locations made within this district.
2. The boundaries of Wood River Mining District shall be as follows, to wit: Commencing at the cast end of Red-fish Lake and running south to the divide between the Salmon and Boise waters, keeping the same course to Wood River divide; thence east 20 miles; thence north 30 miles; thence west to place of beginning.
3rd. There shall be a mining recorder elected who shall hold his office for the period of one year, or until his successor shall have been duly clected and qualified; and he shall keep his books and office in Galena city, I. T.
4th. When his successor shall have been duly elected and qualified, then it shall be his duty to turn over to him all books and papers pertaining to his office.
5th. He shall keep the book of record at his office in a safe place and always open for inspection in his presence.
6th. When at any time the district shall be abandoned on account of snow or other reasonable causes, then it shall be his duty to turn all the books and papers pertaining to his office over to the County Recorder of Alturas county and take his receipt for the same.
7th. It shall be the duty of the Recorder at any time on the written application or petition of any twelve resideut miners of the district, to call a miner's meeting for the transaction of any business that may come before it.
Ath. The Recorder of this (Wood River) district shall receive the same fees for recording a claim as is allowed, by Territorial law, the County Recorder of Alturas county.
9th. From the 20th day of October to the 20th day of April of each succeeding year, the Recorder of Wood River District shall not absent himself
at any one time for more than seven days, or in any fnanner neglect his oficial duties; but in case he should neglect his duties as recorder, then it shall be the duty of the miners to call a meeting and elect a new Recorder, who shall tako possession of all the books and papers and he shall hold his office until the 15th day of September, the time appointed for the annnal election. 10th. Resolved, That a copy of the minutes of this meeting be sent to the “ Yankee Fork Herald” for publication.
HIRAM HUNTER, Pres't, W.G. SEAMANDS, Sec'y.
BOISE COUNTY.PLACERVILLE MINING DISTRICT.
(Special Agent's note.) All of the old laws and records of miners' meetings were lost in the fire of 1874.
I have learned how ever from persons residing here that the laws of location were the same as those of Idaho City, (See report on Elk Creek Distriet). also that in 1862 there were two laws passed one keeping the Chinese out of the camp and not allowing them the right of location, another was one denying women the right of locating mining property.
in the winter of 1862 there was a law passed to the effect that, the claims of prospectors who went to fight the Indians were not jumpable though they were not represented.
LAWS. As near as can be ascertained the first business meeting of the miners of Sammit Valley was held in the Summer of 1864 at Eden & Carter's store which was situated not far from the site of Butte City. At this time no quartz mining was done in the district and the meeting was composed of the placer miners then working in the Valley. George Marshall was chairman and J. F. Beck was secretary.
The following copy is made from the original records which are still in existence:
20. The boundaries of Summit Valley District shall be as follows: Beginning on a point on Silver Bow due south of the Big Batto; then running north to said butte; thence following the divide to the summit; thence following Silver Bow Creek to starting point.
3d. The officers of this District shall consist of a President and a Recorder.
13th. A miners' meeting to be legal shall be called by the President on the application of ten claim-holders of said district the party or parties calling the same shall pay the President in advance the sum of $6. The President shall post notices in three public places three days previous to the meeting.
This concludes the first or original laws, the following records being of meetings at which amendments were inade.
A meeting was held August 20th 1866 at which the following temporary law was adopteul :
Ata meeting of the miners of Summit Valley District held at the Post office in Butte City in said district on the evening of the 11th of April, 1870, Wm. Allison, the President of the district, called the meeting to order, and C. E. Irvine was chosen Secretary.
The President stated the object of the meeting to be the election of Recorder.
Ricsolced, That from and after this date the fee for recording Bills of Sale for Placer mining in this District shall be two dollars for each Bill of Sale and tho Recorder slra!l not be required to record any bill of sale before the fee is paid.
Anson Ford was then elected Recorder by acclamation.