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Mail Tribune 100

Feb. 9, 1918


Manganese, valuable as a war essential to temper steel for big guns, promises to be one of the leading products of Jackson county, for the largest and purest deposits are known to exist here. Development of these upon a large scale has been in progress for the past six months on Lost Creek, a tributary of the south fork of Little Butte, near the post office of Lake Creek. The first unit of the plant has been installed, the concentrator completed, and only the construction of a road over which the product can be hauled delays immediate shipping of 100 tons of product per day and eventually 2,000 tons a day. This road will probably be constructed at once by the county.

A Tacoma syndicate is developing the property. $30, 000 awaits expenditure in additional development. Another unit, providing machinery for crushing 500 tons a day is ready for installation as soon as the first unit is in operation, while still a third unit has been arranged for with a capacity of 1,000 tons a day.

These manganese deposits are large in extent and of the purest quality known. Following favorable reports by experts and the United States geological surevy, 500 acres of land was purchased, comprising the Tyrell, Walch and Harding ranches. The mill has been erected on the Walch property. A dam has been built on Lost Lake that will raise the water 35 feet, to store it for the processes of concentration, and a mile and a quarter of ditch has been constructed, with another mile yet to be built. A large quantity of water is essential.

Herbert Brewitt of Tacoma, is general manager of the property. "A force of men, from 25 to 100, will be immediately put to work," says Mr. Brewitt, "and the mill be run night and day and the new units installed, so that within a reasonable time we will be shipping hundreds of tons of ore daily. The beginning of work depends upon the construction of the road — the sooner we can haul the product, the quicker we can start."