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    The Tombstone and Arizona Territory Collection

    Tombstone, Arizona: Archive of E. B. Gage, Successful Tombstone Mine Operator.
    An important archive of over 50 documents, dating from 1878 to 1903 (many from 1887), including approximately 43 letters (mostly to Gage), bank drafts, business documents, canceled postal covers, telegrams, and other documents relating to Gage's business activities. E. B. Gage (1833-?), born in Pelhan, New Hampshire, was a successful Tombstone businessman and entrepreneur, who served as superintendent of the Grand Central Mining Company, president of the Congress Gold Mine, and developer and president of the Tombstone Consolidated Mines Company. He was considered to be one of the most successful mine operators in Arizona Territory. Highlights of the archive include 1) AL by John W. Dunn, 7 7/8" x 10.25", on Arivaca Milling, Mining & Commercial Company letterhead, dated July 6, 1878, to E.B. Gage submitting a report "of our Company showing new employed, expenditures etc. in Arizona," listing the persons employed and their pay. At this time Gage was serving as superintendent of the Arivaca Milling, Mining & Commercial Company (AMM&CC). Dunn was serving as secretary of the company. Dunn's report listed Gage's pay for one month as $100. The AMM&CC was incorporated in 1878 and mined silver, copper, and gold until 1885. 2) A handwritten letter to Gage, 8.25" x 10 7/8", dated May 31, from Griffith & Wedge Company on the company's letterhead, which includes an illustration of a mining machine, thanking Gage, as superintendent of the Grand Central Mining Company, for a check of $958.00. 3) Two ALS by "J.M.W." to Gage, dated May 17, 1887 and November 8, 1887, both on letterhead of J.B. Reeme & Company (Chicago). In the May 17 letter, 8.25" x 11", J.M.W thanks Gage for sending him $700, which he used in paying rent and grocery bills. He informs Gage that he "now find myself in a cramped position" financially, and thus "I am ashamed to ask you to be kind enough to send me $100.00." In the November 8 letter, 5.75" x 9.25", J.M.W. expresses his regret that Gage ignored his letters, but nevertheless asks for $300, promising Gage that "I will not bother you never again." 4) Payroll sheet, 11.25" x 8.25", for the AMM&CC for March-September 1880. Handwritten in ink on a page of printed columns on the reverse of company letterhead. The pay per mine worker ranged from $2 per day to $250 per day, with most making between $2 and $5 per day. 5) Printed form letter, 5.5" x 8.25", dated November 1, 1887, on letterhead of The Chicago Club, notifying members that it is time to pay the semi-annual dues of forty dollars. The form is accompanied by a canceled Chicago Club postal cover (minus stamp) addressed to Gage. 6) ALS by Knut Posse, on Griffith & Wedge Company (El Paso, Texas) letterhead, 8.25" x 11", dated April 14, 1887, to Gage responding to the latter's order of a hoisting engine and 500 feet of steel rope. Posse was an agent for Griffith & Wedge. The illustrated letterhead includes am engraving of mining machinery at Zanesville, Ohio. 7) A canceled Tombstone Consolidated Mines Company Six Percent Special Contract Bond, 12 3/8" x 23.5" sheet folded in half and then folded three times, including the Special Bond Certificate, 12 3/8" x 11.75." Stock Certificate, No. 2539, is dated March 7, 1903, and includes all twenty shares of $5.00 certificates intact. The certificate is signed by Gage. Also included with this archive is photocopy of a biography of Gage and a list of twenty-three highlights from the archive. Overall, the documents in the collection are in good condition.


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