Bio: Miller, William C. (1839 - ?)

Contact: Vickie

----Source: The Clark Republican and Press Date: 4-8-1881

The Elk Mountain Pilot, published in Irwin, Gunnison County, Colorado, in its issue of March 31, contains an account of unusually good luck that befell a former resident of this place. It says: "The Standard Mining company has purchased the Hopewell lode, situated in Ruby Chief mine, through its treasurer and superintendent, W. C. Miller and Ed. Leonard, respectively, who, are now in camp. They bought of Tom Hodgson, and Matt Hayden, the original owners, and the consideration was $100,000. This is a good, Strong vein and there is a shaft sunk on it about eighty feet deep."

*Note: Ruby City, Colorado was founded by land promoter Charlie Chrispher, it was located only a quarter mile from Irwin, it was also known for awhile as Ruby-Irwin. Eventually it became part of Irwin, Co., which was founded by 2 mining engineers. Irwin was located a quarter-mile from Ruby City. For awhile the towns were called Ruby-Irwin and finally just Irwin.  By 1883 only the Forest Queen, Bullion King and Ruby Chief mines were still producing. Located on Coal Creek north of Kebler Pass in the Ruby Gulch area. Betty Baker

1880 Federal Census, Ruby City, Gunnison, Colorado

William C. Miller, 41 yr. old (1839) widowed male
birthplace: Michigan, United States
father's birthplace: New York, United States
mother's name:
mother's birthplace: New York, United States
race or color (expanded): White
ethnicity (standardized): American
gender: Male
martial status: Widowed
age (expanded): 41 years
occupation: Miner

Household Members
Head: William C. Miller M 41 Michigan, United States
Charles Burbridge M 31 Indiana, United States
Andrew Merring M 32 New Jersey, United States
A. P. Benton M 30 Illinois, United States
Edward Leonard M 44 Ireland
I. Lee Frankeberger M 40 Illinois, United States
O. P. Barr M 56 Pennsylvania, United States
John Temple M 45 Virginia, United States
P. T. Cannon M 42 New York, United States
James J. Burns M 26 New York, United States
George W. Winter M 22 Illinois, United States
John P. Trainor M 38 England
Asahel Smith M 66 New York, United States
J. H. Stevenson M 61 Pennsylvania, United States
Henry T. Dotson M 32 Virginia, United States
Theadore L. Olsen M 25 Norway
Sheridan Knowles M 26 Illinois, United States
William Mathenin M 33 Ohio, United States
John Mc Gregor M 33 Scotland
George A. Putnam M 56 New York, United States

 

 


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