Manuscript Group 303
2.5 cubic feet
The records of Roxbury Placers 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 Clay Williams in May 1988, with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Processing was completed by Judith Nielsen in July 1992.
The Roxbury placers were a group of gold claims on the junction of the Klamath and Scott rivers, near Scott Bar, Siskiyou County, California, a site subject to placering as early as 1851. In 1932 Henry Day bought the Roxbury placers, which included the Reserve, Whiting Hill, Security, Daisy, Belmont, Success, Big D, Little D, and Dodge placer claims from the estate of H.P. Nawn of Boston, who had been the owner since 1916. The property also contained a blacksmith shop, a bunkhouse, and a bungalow, which was rented out as a lodge for hunters and fisherman. In 1938 and 1939 Day located the Samms, Excelsior, and the Shasta claims.
Day appraised these properties in two preliminary reports written in September and November 1932. Henry and Harry Day purchased the Roxbury together, but Harry deeded his interest to his son in 1934. Henry spent much of 1933 and 1934 in California working on this project.
In June 1935 Henry stopped work on the Roxbury and during the next ten years many people attempted to purchase parts of the property, primarily because of the bungalow, but Henry felt that it would be more lucrative to sell the property as a whole. Until an opportunity could be found to do so he occasionally leased the claims. In August 1946 he found buyers in Charles H. Brown and James J. Brown.
The records of the Roxbury Placers span the years 1930 to 1946. Included are an alphabetically arranged file of correspondence, reports, insurance records, and tax returns, financial records, and time books. Some early historical records dating as far back as 1895 are also included.
Related records can be found in the records of the Howard Company.
The records of the Roxbury Placers are divided into three series.
The first series, General Correspondence and Related Records is a series of folders arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject. It includes correspondence between Henry and Harry Day and between Henry and mining engineers, employees, and prospective buyers and lessees, relating to the daily business of the Roxbury group, its leasing and potential sale. Also included are financial statements, reports, pay rolls, inventories of equipment, inventories of the bungalow furnishings, insurance policies and reports, leases, proofs of labor, bills and receipts for routine expenditures, brochures issued by the previous owner in an effort to sell the property and to rent the bungalow, photographs of the property, and other records. One folder contains records of earlier owners dating back to the 1890's.
Financial Records, the second series, contains two voucher registers and schedules of insurance policies and depreciation of equipment.
The final series, Personnel Records, contains three employee time books.
I. General Correspondence and Related Items, 1930-1946 1-2 II. Financial Records, 1932-1946 2 + os III. Personnel Records, 1932-1945 2
Box Folder Description
1 1 A, 1933-1934 2 Assessment work, 1932-1940 3 B, 1932-1936 4 Bennett, C.E., 1943-1946 5 Buick; Bureau of Mines, 1933-1939 6 C; California-Oregon Power Co., 1933-1941 7 California: Department of Unemployment; Division of Highways, 1938-1939 8 Carrigan, William; Churchill & McDonald, 1932-1933 9 D; Daily account, 1933-1943 10 Day, Henry L., 1932-1935 11 Doyle, Norman, 1935-1936 12 E; F; G, 1933-1943 13 Gold sales, 1933-1940 14 H, 1932-1942 15 Hendy Iron Works; Highline; Heitfeld, S.F.; Heitfeld, W.B., 1933-1935 16 I; Industrial Accident Commission, 1934-1937 17 Insurance, Accident - Limited Mutual Compensation Insurance Company, 1934-1935 18 Insurance, Compensation, 1931-1935 19 Insurance, Fire, 1934-1945 20 Insurance: State Compensation Insurance Fund - Policies; Accidents, 1933-1935 21 Inventories, 1930-1935 22 J, 1934-1944 23 Jennings, Pat, 1933-1941 24 K; Kennedy, K.J. and George A. Milne, 1933; 1945-1946 25 Keys; Keystone drills; Kimball, E.H., 1935-1937 26 L; Labor, Proof of; Leary, Dan J; Lease: Fry, 1932-1942 27-28 Lease: DeVaux, 1935-1940 29 Lease: Garrette, J.E., 1939 30 Lease: Maxey, T.W., 1939-1940 31 Lease: Rogers, P.F. & Harold, 1940-1941 32 M; Maps, 1933-1942 33 Mathus, Dan, 1936-1942 34 Milne, George A., 1932-1945 35 Mining Association of California; Miscellaneous, 1932-1938 36 N; Nicol, R.A., 1933-1946 2 37 P; Paulsen, Clarence I.; Pamphlets, 1933-1946 38 Payrolls, 1932-1937 39 Placer locations; Proof of labor; Property; Q; Quartz Hill; R., 1932-1942 40 Reports, 1919-1938 41 Reports: Henry L. Day, 1932-1933 42 Reports: William D. Mark, 1932 43 Roxbury Hydraulic Mines, Inc., DeVaux's old papers, 1895-1930 44 S; Safe combination, Samms, H.E., 1933-1946 45 Statements, 1933-1935 46-47 Stevens, Carl, 1936-1944 48 T; Tax - Gift, 1932-1944 49 Taxes, 1933-1946 50 Tebbe, George; Title report, 1912-1938 51 U; V; W, 1932-1943 52 Water rights, 1933 53 Watson, William; Weeks, Elmer T; Wourms, John H., 1932-1941 54 Y; Yreka Lumber Company, Z, 1933-1934
55 Voucher register, 1932-1934 os 56 Voucher register, 1935-1946 57 Insurance and depreciation records, 1935-1938
58 Time books, 1932-1935