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Manuscript Group 283

Gold Hunter Mines

Records, 1918-1966
3 cubic feet

The records of the Gold Hunter Mines 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 Judith Nielsen in May 1987. Processing was completed under the direction of Michael Tarabulski in March 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.


When Gold Hunter Mines was incorporated January 24, 1925, as a Minnesota corporation, it purchased from Gold Hunter Mining and Smelting Company (incorporated in Minnesota March 20, 1913) all its business, property and effects, real estate, and personal property for 19,993 shares of new stock. The new company had a capitalization of 20,000 shares, par value $10.00. The property consisted of 12 patented claims (160 acres) in the Hunter Mining District near Mullan, Idaho. It boasted a complete and modern plant with an electric hoist, two compressors, pumps, and a machine and blacksmith shop. The mill had a 400 ton compressor, including flotation process. In 1945 zinc flotation machinery was added to the plant.

At the time of the reorganization the Gold Hunter was one of the major lead-silver producers in the Coeur d'Alene district. The main haulage tunnel was 7600 feet long and the shaft was 1500 feet deep. Soon after, a second shaft of 600 feet was dug. The original directors were Edward C. Hennessy, president, Thomas F. Keeley, secretary-treasurer, John B. McCormack, Paul Noak, Andrew Bracken, Edward K. Brennan, and Kate A. Lawler.

At the annual meeting in December 1925, a dividend of $50,000 was declared; others were declared at various times through 1943. There was also, in 1925, a decision made to purchase a controlling interest in the adjoining Atlas Mining Company. In 1937 Atlas levied an assessment against its outstanding stock which Gold Hunter, now headed by Olive Keeley, decided not to pay. Its stock was returned to the Atlas treasury, a move which precipitated a prolonged law suit, Gold Hunter claiming the Atlas stock it held should be non-assessable. The suit was settled out of court late in 1938 when Atlas agreed to pay Gold Hunter $75,000 for all of its stock which Gold Hunter held. Shortly after this agreement was signed, Hecla announced its plans to purchase 51% of Atlas.

In 1944 an IRS audit of returns for 1941, 1942, and 1943 revealed a $5,654.90 deficiency in taxes paid. This money was duly paid and negotiations were started on the purchase of the Cincinnati group of claims to the north of Gold Hunter, but the asking price was too high and negotiations ceased.

In 1933 production slowed and the Gold Hunter property was leased to Messrs. L.M. Norris, Jack Leonard, and Gus Almquist and unsuccessful inquiries were made about selling the mine. By 1946 the lessees reported that they were operating at a loss and requested money from the company to cover these losses or they would be forced to cancel the lease. In 1947 it was realized that the ore bodies were not sufficient to keep the mine open much longer and the unwatering of the mine below the 600 foot level was discussed. Norris notified the company he could no longer afford to lease the mine and his lease was cancelled; he was named mine manager at a salary of $5,000 per year, a salary which was raised to $7,500 in December.

The mine was still being operated at a loss in 1948, and in February the stockholders were warned the mine might have to close. They were told that the mine was an old property that had been worked for many years and all exploration and development had been intelligently done; it was hard to believe any important ore bodies had been overlooked. Average production of the mine over the years was 4.3% lead and 4.11 oz. silver. Much money had been expended unwatering the mine from the 600 to the 1200 foot level.

In July 1946 James D. Murphy, president of Gold Hunter, wrote Lucky Friday, Eagle Pitcher, Day Mines, and Federal Mining and Smelting seeking an avenue of escape in the event the property had to close and sought to interest these companies in a lease or purchase of the Gold Hunter property. Day Mines showed considerable interest but nothing was made final. In the early summer of 1949 the mine was forced to close, and in 1951 all of the officers resigned. By 1953 Henry L. Day had become president of the company which then consisted of 11 patented claims and four patented millsites. The mine was unwatered to the 800 foot level and work on rehabilitating the shaft was begun. On January 10, 1955, the company was reorganized into the Gold Hunter Mining Company, with a capitalization of 2,000,000 shares, par value 10 cents. By 1959 the property consisted of 15 patented claims, five unpatented claims, and four patented millsites. In 1961 Gold Hunter Mining Co. merged into Day Mines, Incorporated, thus ending its corporate existence.


The records of the Gold Hunter Mines Company span the years 1918 to 1966, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1950 to 1965. Included are minutes of meetings, financial statements, correspondence concerning the operation of the mine and its takeover by Day Mines, Inc., annual statements, stock ledgers and journals, cancelled stock certificates, lists of stockholders, financial ledgers and journals, voucher and check registers, appraisals, and tax returns.


The records of the Gold Hunter Mining Company are divided into four series.

The first series, Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, includes by-laws, certificate of incorporation, records relating to the dissolution of the company, notices and minutes of meetings, proxy statements, and financial statements. The earlier minutes, 1925-1949, were originally contained in a bound volume, but due to the poor condition of the book the material was removed and placed in file folders.

General Correspondence and Related Records, the second series, consists of an alphabetical sequence of folders containing correspondence regarding the operation of the mine, appraisals, audits and property valuation schedules, correspondence with Katherine Brennan, daughter of a previous owner, Dennis Ryan regarding the Day Mines takeover of Gold Hunter and other information on the same subject, agreements, leases, deeds, and other legal documents, insurance policies, tax returns, and trial balances.

The third series is Capital Stock Records. Included are a stock ledger and cancelled stock certificates, and dividend records from the years 1941-1949.

The fourth series, Financial Records, contains financial ledgers and journals, check and voucher registers, statements of Gold Hunter's account with Day Mines, and two appraisals dated 1925 and 1951.

Removal of cancelled stock certificates, returned assessment notices, vouchers, paid checks, bank statements, and duplicate materials reduced the size of this collection by 3 cubic feet.


I.	Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, 1925-1962	1
II.	General Correspondence and Related Records, 1918-1966	1
III.	Capital Stock Records, 1925-1961	2
IV.	Financial Records, 1923-1962	2 & os


Box	Folder	Description                

I. Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, 1925-1962

1	1-2	Minutes, 1925-1962
	3	By-laws and Articles of Incorporation, 1955
	4	Records relating to meetings, 1958
	5	Records relating to dissolution, 1961
	6-7	Financial statements, 1931-1962

II. General Correspondence and Related Records, 1918-1966

	8	A, 1953-1961
	9	Appraisals, 1957-1962
	10	Audit reports, 1919-1919; 1925-1938; 1948
	11	Brennan, Mrs. Katherine R., 1951
	12	C, 1953; 1960-1063
	13	Consolidation (Rothrock, F.M.), 1947-1951
	14	D, 1914; 1956-1957
	15	Day. Henry L., 1943-1951
	16	Day Mines, Inc., 1947-958
	17	Deed to William Zanetti, Osburn tailings, 1954
	18	F-G, 1060-1965
	19	Friday, Lucky, Agreement, 1906; 1952-1954
	20	Gold Hunter Mining Company, 1950-1955
	21	H-I, 1954-1957
	22	Insurance policies, 1962-1966
	23	K-L, 1956-1958
	24	Keane's notes, 1958
	25	Lease: Hunter Ranch by Lucky Friday, 1951-1959
	26	Lease: Tedrow & Treichel, 1954
	27	Lease: Viehweg & Trenary, 1951-1954
	28	Liquidation to Cincinnati file, 1961
	29	M, 1935; 1952-1962
	30	Maps: Lucky Friday (examination by W.D. Mark), 1947
	31	Murphy, James D., 1945-1952
	32-33	N, 1948-1957
	34	New York Curb Exchange, 1947-1951
	35	O-P, 1956-1958
	36	Pilot Silver Mining Co., 1937-1946
	37	Rehabilitation of property, 1950-1952
	38	Rentals, Sign, 1957-1963
	39	Repair costs to dwellings, 1952-1953
	40	S, 1951-1958
	41	Securities and exchange commission, 1951
	42	Spokane Stock Exchange, 1951
	43	Statement of operations, 1945
	44	Taxes: Capital stock, 1930-1945; 1958
	45	Taxes: Social Security, 1951-1953
	46	Taxes: State of Minnesota, 1951-1960
	47	Trial balances, work papers, journal entries, 1934-1950
	48	U, 1955-1959
	49	Zanetti brothers purchase of Osburn tailings flats, 1943; 1956-1960

II. Capital Stock Records, 1925-1961

2	50	Stock ledger and cancelled stock certificates, 1954-1961
	51	Cancelled stock certificates, 1925-1961
	52	Records relating to dividends, 1941-1949

III. Financial Records, 1923-1962

os	53	General ledger, 1923-1962
	54	General ledger, 1950-1962
os	55	Financial ledger, 1925-1950
os	56	Financial journal, 1925-1948
	57	Financial journal, 1950-1951
os	58	Insurance schedule, check register and voucher register, 1951-1959
	59	Chicago cash account, 1937-1950
	60	Statement of accounts with DMI, 1951-1952
	61-64	Appraisal of Gold Hunter Mine, 1925
	65	Appraisement of Gold Hunter Mine, 1951

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