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Manuscript Group 287

Woodburn Mining Company

Records, 1937-1940
0.5 cubic feet

The records of the Woodburn 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 Judith Nielsen in June 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.


The first meeting of the Woodburn Mining Company was held May 6, 1937 at the residence of Herbert E. Rogers in Saltese, Mineral County, Montana. The incorporators were Herbert E. Rogers, vice-president; Eugene Keesey; John H. Wourms, president; Roy W. Anno, secretary-treasurer; and Frank Davey. The corporation was primarily organized for the purpose of acquiring and taking over from the surviving directors, then acting as trustees, of the Ben Hur Mining Company all the property owned by Ben Hur before it was dissolved by the expiration of its charter, all of which property was located in St. Regis, an unorganized mining district in Mineral County, Montana.

Jerome Day, who owned approximately 90% of the Woodburn stock, advanced the company $1,000 to buy Mrs. Malvina Lelande's undivided 1/8 interest in the Bell #1 and #2 claims. Woodburn already owned the other 7/8.

The minutes for the 1940 directors meeting report the company was indebted for more than $1900 for organizational expenses, the Bell purchase, and annual expenses. A financial sheet dated March 19, 1940, shows the total indebtedness to Jerome Day as $1,980.88. A 2 1/2 mill stock assessment was authorized on April 9, 1940, but many shareholders failed to pay and the company raised only $1300. Jerome Day agreed to accept 82,463 shares of stock in payment of his claim against the company.

The Woodburn property was located next to Last Chance Copper Company. Last Chance was negotiating with Jupiter Mining Company which had already acquired 3/5 of the neighboring Bryan Claim developed by the Day brothers. On June 3, 1940, the directors of Woodburn, John H. Wourms, Roy W. Anno, Alpha H. Hogan, Gale D. Rogers and Herbert E. Rogers, has a special meeting to discuss selling the property to Jupiter. The shareholders approved the sale on June 29, and in August 1940 a petition of dissolution was filed. The Woodburn property was sold to Jupiter for 200,000 shares of capital stock of Jupiter Mining Company with a par value of $20,000. At the time of the sale Woodburn owned nine patented lode mining claims and 8 unpatented mill sites.


The records of the Woodburn Mining Company span the years 1937 to 1940. Included are minutes of meetings, annual statements and reports to state agencies, stock ledgers and journals, assessment records, and tax returns.

Related materials can be found in the records of the Ben Hur Mining Company.


Since there is so little material in the records of the Woodburn Mining Company no series designations were made. The physical arrangement of the material, however, follows that of the larger companies in the Day Mines group.

The Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, include the articles of incorporation, by-laws, certificate of incorporation, petition for dissolution, minute book and other papers dealing with the meetings of directors and stockholders. Capital Stock records include a stock ledger and journal, documents related to the transfer of assets from Ben Hur to Woodburn, stock transfer correspondence, and records relating to the unsuccessful 1940 assessment. The final items in the collection are annual reports to the state of Montana, Montana corporation license tax returns and federal income tax returns, 1937-1940.


Box	Folder	Description                

I. Records, 1937-1940

1	1	Articles if incorporation, by-laws, certificate of incorporation, 1937
os	2	Minute book, 1937-1940
	3	Records relating to meetings, 1937-1940
	4	Petition for dissolution, 1940
	5	Stock ledger, 1937-1940
	6	Stock journal, 1937-1940
	7	Transfer of assets from Ben Hur Mining Co., 1937
	8	Stock transfer correspondence, 1937-1940
	9	Records relating to assessment, 1940
	10	Annual reports, State of Montana, 1938-1939
	11	Corporation license tax returns, Montana, 1938-1939
	12	Federal income tax returns, 1937-1940

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