Manuscript Group 259
12 cubic feet
The records of the Monitor Mining Company are part of the records of Day Mines, Inc., donated to the University of Idaho by Henry Day in 1984 and 1985. Initial processing of this manuscript group was done by Dixie Miller in December 1987. Processing was completed by Michael Tarabulski and Harriet Essiam in January 1992. 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.
In June 1940, John Wourms, R.W. Anno, H.J. Hull, S.F. Heitfeld, and Paul Jessup, all executives associated with the Day interests, incorporated the Monitor Mining Company under the laws of the State of Idaho, with the purpose of consolidating management of a number of properties in the Sunset Peak region north of Wallace. The authorized capitalization of the Monitor Mining Co. was two million shares, each with a par value of fifty cents. The first directors of Monitor were Wourms, who served as president; Anno, who became secretary; Hull, vice president; Jessup; and Henry Buhrmester. In December 1940, Henry Day became manager. From 1942 until Monitor's consolidation into Day Mines, Inc., the directors consisted of Henry Day, who succeeded Wourms as president; F.M. Rothrock; S.F. Heitfeld, who also served as secretary-treasurer; H.J. Hull; and Wray Farmin. Jessup served as comptroller and followed Wourms as company attorney.
Throughout its brief existence of little more than seven years, the Monitor Mining Co. constantly acquired additional mines, properties, and stock in mining firms in the Beaver Mining District. By the time Monitor was absorbed into Day Mines, Inc. in 1947 it owned 162 patented claims, covering 2,133.5 acres, and an additional 53 unpatented claims. Most of these claims were in one contiguous group. Many of them had been productive in the decade preceding 1900 and had seen a great deal of activity during World War I. Through exchanges of stock the Monitor initially gained control of the property of the Amazon-Manhattan, Ray-Jefferson, Blue Grouse, and Virginia companies. In 1943 the Portland Mining Company similarly merged its 16 patented and 27 unpatented claims and a majority interest in six other unpatented claims. From the Interstate-Callahan, Monitor in 1945 acquired 79 patented and four unpatented claims, along with a controlling stock interest in the Silver State Mining Company, with its six patented claims adjacent to the Monitor's holdings. In 1945 Monitor also acquired the Reudy Group of nine claims and a mill site on Sunset peaks, and, in the following year, began development of the Galena property of the Vulcan Mining Co. and acquired the Hill property, the McGrath homestead property, and the Callahan cabin.
In August 1942, to finance development, the Monitor Company borrowed $45,000 from its major stockholders. Of this sum, $12,500 came from Eleanor Day Boyce, $7,500 each from Henry Day, the Gallands, and the Paulsens, and $5,000 each from the Leonards and Albert Owes. The Monitor's exploration activities revived this long dormant area, resulting in the establishment of camps and plants at the portals of the Amazon 700 level and the Carlisle adit and the rehabilitation of the Ray-Jefferson mill as a flotation concentrator.
Although Monitor leased out portions of its holdings and itself produced a considerable amount of lead and zinc ore during World War II, as a corporation it was not profitable, claiming a net loss of $320,500 during the last three years of its existence. It never paid dividends. On September 24, 1947, 89.26% of the Monitor stock was voted in favor of consolidation into Day Mines, Inc.
The records of the Monitor Mining Company span the years 1937 to 1947, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1940-1947. Included are minutes of meetings, financial statements, correspondence with suppliers and stockholders, annual statements and reports to state agencies, stock ledgers and journals, cancelled stock certificates, assessment records, lists of stockholders, financial ledgers and journals, vouchers, check registers, and tax returns.
The records of the Monitor Mining Company are divided into six series: Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, General Correspondence and Related Records, Capital Stock Records, Financial Records, and Ore Production Records.
The first series, Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, includes minutes of meetings, by-laws, and annual reports.
General Correspondence and Related Records, the second series, contains a wide variety of records relating to the financing, claims, operations, production, mill shipments, and other activities of the Monitor Mining Company and its predecessors, the Callahan Zinc-Lead, Amazon-Manhattan, Silver State, and Portland mining companies. It is divided into two alphabetical series. In addition to correspondence files, it includes balance sheets, stock transmittal letters, memoranda, telegrams, press releases, financial statements, accident reports, leases, equipment orders, ore settlements, bus accounts, lists of employees, lists of employees terminated, employment contracts, hospital contracts, federal explosive licenses, federal reporting forms for metal lines and mills, annual statements to the state of Idaho, assay reports, metallurgical summaries, federal and state income tax returns, progress and production reports, lists of stockholders, annual reports to stockholders, minutes, copies of governmental rulings and regulations, deeds for road rights of way, maps, silver affidavits, premium affidavits, and other records. They relate specifically to such topics as the consolidation of the Ray-Jefferson Mining Co. into the Monitor, acquisition of the Interstate Mine, financial returns of the Monitor Mining Co., accidents suffered by and health of Monitor employees, particularly silicosis cases, insurance compensation, operating leases of Monitor property, routine business of the company, financial returns, ore production and milling, transportation of workers, merger of the Amazon-Manhattan property into the Monitor, operation of the Monitor boarding house, employment and military deferments, hiring of soldiers, taxation of the Monitor and of the Silver State Mining Co., mine development, ore tests, sales and transfers of stock, diamond drilling, contributions to the Idaho War Fund, registration of motor vehicles, contracts with the Sullivan and Bunker Hill mills, milling equipment, merger with Portland Mining Co., purchase of claims on Sunset Peak, War Production Board quotas and wartime restrictions, approvals of the Office of Defense Transportation for new vehicles and motor fuels tax refunds, wage regulations of the Nonferrous Metals Commission, mine access roads across national forests, distribution of the workforce, and other matters.
The third series is Capital Stock Records. Included are stock ledgers and journals, and proxy statements for Day Rock, Happy Day, King, Monitor, Sherman, Tamarack & Custer, and Treasure Vault companies.
The fourth series, Financial Records, contains ledgers, journals, voucher registers, a cash book, and voucher index file.
Ore Production Records, the fifth series, contains shipment records of the Amazon vein, Carlisle, Idora, Interstate-Daylight, Parrott, Silver Tip, Sitting Bull and Tough Nut claims.
Ore Production Records, the sixth series, includes time sheets.
Removal of cancelled stock certificates, returned assessment notices, vouchers, paid checks, bank statements, and duplicate materials reduced the size of this collection by five cubic feet.
SERIES LIST Container I. Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, 1940-1947 1 II. General Correspondence and Related Records, 1937-1947 1-5 III. Capital Stock Records, 1940-1947 6 IV. Financial Records, 1940-1947 7, o.s. V. Ore Production and Shipment Records, 1943-1947 8-9 VI. Personnel Records, 1942-1947 10-12
Box Folder Description
1 Minutes, 1940-1947 2 By-laws, 1940 3-6 Records relating to meetings, 1940-1947 7 Annual reports, 1940-1947
8 A, 1944-1946 9-10 Accidents, 1944 10a Accident reports, 1943-1948 11 E.C. Harding (silicosis case), 1947 12 Raymond M. Magrini (silicosis case), 1945 13 John J. Sirilla, 1944 14 Annual reports to State Mine Inspector, 1941-1947 15 Annual statements of domestic corporations, 1940-1947 16 B, 1944-1947 17 Boarding house, 1942-1946 18 C, 1944-1947 19 Callahan Zinc-Lead Company, 1945-1946 20 Annual report, 1919-1920 21 Memorandum of agreement, 1945 22 And Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mining and Concentrating Company: lead contract, 1942-1947 23 And Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mining and Concentrating Company: Zinc contract, 1941-1946 24 Consolidation, 1939-1943 25 Contracts, 1943-1944 26 Contracts: hospital, 1942-1947 27 D, 1943-1947 28 Day, Harry L., 1940-1943 29 Day, Henry Lawrence, 1940-1945 30 E, 1944-1947 31 Employment: quits and reasons, 1942-1943 32 F, 1944-1947 33-34 G, 1944-1947 35 Group: Cooney and Friend, 1946-1947 36 H-I, 1944-1946 37 Idaho State Insurance Fund, 1943-1946 38 J-L, 1944-1947 39 Lease: Doyle & Featherstone, 1947 40 Idora, 1944-1945 41 Kellough and Stokes, 1946 42 Parrott (Quota committee, Caron Brothers), 1946 43 Silver Tip, Kirby & Semenza, 1944-1945 44 Silver Tip, Henry E. Olson 2 45 Sitting Bull Dump, Gardner & Wetherton, 1943 46 Sitting Bull, Dean Wolford and Leland Balley, 1944 47 Sitting Bull: Zanetti, 1943 48 Sunset lease, 1944 49 Tuscumbia and Tough Nut claims, Nelson, Pearson, and Chapen, 1946 50 Virginia - Dan Murphy, 1941-1944 51 M, 1944-1947 52 Mill, 1943-1944 53 N-O, 1944-1947 54 P, 1944-1947 55 Portland Mining Co., prop. by Norman Ebbley, Jr., 1916-1921; 1941-1942 56-57 Portland to Monitor, transfers, 1943 58 R, 1945-1947 59 Ranges, Electric, 1943-1945 60 Reconstruction Finance Corp., Surplus Property Division, 1945 61 Reports - Evaluations, Norman Ebbley, Jr., 1928; 1940-1942 62 Reports, Production, 1943-1948 63 Reports, Progress, 1943-1948 3 64 Ruedy, Dr. A.H., 1946 65 S, 1943-1947 66 Shoshone Credit Association, 1943-1947 67 Silver affidavits, 1939-1946 68 Silver State Mining Company, 1945-1947 69 Sink float, 1943 70 Soldiers - Contract of employment, 1943 71 Soldiers - Request for release, 1943 72-75 Statements, Financial, 1942-1947 76 Stockholders list, 1941-1943 77 T, 1944-1946 78 Taxes - Ray Jefferson, excess, profit, n.d. 79 Taxes - Return of income tax withheld on wages, 1946 80 Taxes - State income tax returns, 1940-1950 81 Truck, 1942 82 U, 1944-1946 83 U.S. Bureau of Mines, form 6-953 84 U.S. Bureau of Mines, Federal explosives act - licenses, 1942-1945 85 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Census, 1942-1943 86 U.S. Forestry Department, access roads, 1943-1946 87 U.S. Nonferrous Metals Commission, 1942-1945 88 U.S. Office of Defense Transportation, 1942-1944 89 U.S. War Manpower Commission, 1944 90-95 U.S. War Production Board - Premium affidavits, 1945-1947 96 Premium estimates, 1945-1947 97 Production for Quota Committee reports, 1945-1946 98-100 Premium price plan for copper, lead, and zinc, 1943-1945 4 101 Quota purchasing, 1942-1945 102-104 Quota Committee monthly reports, 1943-1947 105 W-Z, 1944-1947
106 A, 1942-1943 107-108 Accidents, 1943-1944 109 B-D, 1942-1944 5 110 E-G, 1941-1944 111 G.M.C. bus, Gholson and Spekker, 1944 112 H-I, 1940-1943 113 Interstate Mine, 1942-1945 114 J-L, 1941-1943 115 Lease: Amazon #1-2 dump, Smith, Nibarger, Kirby, 1942-1943 116 Lease: Hercules Mill - feed settlements, Murphy, 1942-1943 117 M-N, 1941-1943 118 Old ledger sheets, 1942 119 Ore record, Tuscumbia Mining Company, 1911-1930 120 Ore shipments, Don Murphy Leasing Company, 1939-1943 121 Ore shipments, 1941-1943 122 P, 1940-1944 123-124 Portland Mining Co., consolidation, 1927-1943 125 R, 1942-1943 127 Reports - Svendsen, R.H., 1918; 1937-1939 128-129 Statements, Financial, 1942-1943 130 S-T, 1942-1943; 1947 131-133 Transfers, 1940-1943 134 U-V, 1941-1943 135 Virginia Patent, 1921-1922 136 W-Y, 1943-1944
137 Ledger, 1940-1947 138 Transfer ledger, 1940-1947 139 Journal, 1940-1947 140-141 Proxy Statements: Day rock, Happy Day, King, Monitor, Sherman, Tamarack & Custer, Treasure Vault, 1947
7 142-143 Ledger, 1940-1945 144 Voucher registers, 1940-1942 o.s. 145-146 Ledger/voucher registers, 1942-1947 147 Journal, 1943-1947 148 Cash book, 1943-1947 149 Voucher index file, 1942-1947
Settlements 150 Amazon vein: lead and zinc, 1943 151-154 Amazon vein: lead to ASARCO, 1945-1947 155-162 Amazon vein: zinc to Sullivan, 1944-1947 163 Amazon: Hercules Mill, 1945 164-167 Carlisle, 1944-1947 167a Carlisle: monthly summaries, 1951-1952 168-169 Idora, 1945 9 170-171 Interstate-Daylight, 1945-1946 172-177 Parrott, 1943-1947 178-182 Silver Tip, 1943-1946 183 Sitting Bull, 1943 184-185 Tough nut 186 Shipment and Premium Record, 1942-1945
10 187 Miscellaneous, 1942-1945 188-218 Time sheets, Apr. 1943- Mar. 1945 11 219-252 Time sheets, Apr. 1945-May 1947 12 233-259 Time sheets, June-Sept. 1947