Guide to the Hope Mining Company of St. Louis Records
1878-1904

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Creator: Hope Mining Company of St. Louis
Title: Hope Mining Company of St. Louis Records
Dates: 1878-1904 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number: MC 8
Summary: The Hope Mining Company of St. Louis was a Missouri-based company with mining operations in Philipsburg, Montana. Records consist primarily of correspondence (1889-1901) between the home office in St. Louis and the mine office at Philipsburg (1889-1901). There is also correspondence with other companies about supplies, annual reports, and financial records.
Repository: Montana Historical Society Archives

225 N. Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59620-1201
(406) 444-4774
mhslibrary@mt.gov

Languages: English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The original Hope Mine was located July 1, 1867, in the Granite Mining District by Samuel T. Hauser, Granville Stuart, James Stuart, and several others. Hauser then approached the St. Louis and Montana Mining Company, which had an unsuccessful mill at Argenta, with a proposition for the sale of the Hope property. The owners of the claim were to receive St. Louis and Montana Mining Company stock in exchange for their property and the Company was to invest capital to develop the mine. Under this agreement the Company built a wagon road to the mine site and a 10-stamp mill to process the ore. Unfortunately, a combination of circumstances prevented the profitable operation of the property. First, the geology of the Hope hill made prospecting difficult and unpredictable. Little valuable ore was located in the early years. Second, the management of the property was poor. In 1872 the Company was unable to pay either the principal or the interest on its bonded indebtedness. To protect their investment, the bondholders purchased the property and reorganized as the Hope Mining Company. A further reorganization in 1887 changed the name to the Hope Mining Company of St. Louis. In 1881, the first really important silver strike was made on the Hope property. From then until 1901 the operation was almost continually on a paying basis. It was able to survive the disastrous 1893 drop in the price of silver by the discovery of an especially rich vein of ore. In December, 1901, both the mine and the mill were shut down as unprofitable. The following spring the owners of the Granite-Bimetallic properties purchased the Hope Mine and mill.

Content Description

Records. 1878-1904. 5.5 linear feet. These records consist primarily of interoffice correspondence (1889-1902) between the Company's home office in St. Louis, Missouri, and the mine office at Philipsburg, Montana. This correspondence discusses in considerable detail the day-today operation of the mine. There is also incoming correspondence (1890-1898) from several companies from which they bought supplies and letterpress books (1881-1900) of outgoing correspondence. In addition there are annual reports (1880-1900, 1903), bullion records (1892-1901) an account book (1898-1901), and claim records and deeds (1878-1897).

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Interoffice Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 1-2 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include Louis Duestrow, Charles A. Cuno, John T. Field) 1889
1 / 3-4 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include Charles A. Cuno, John C. Porter, John T. Field) 1890
1 / 5-6 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno) 1891
1 / 7 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno) 1892
2 / 1 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno) 1892
2 / 2-3 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno, John J. Taussig) 1893
2 / 4-5 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno, John J. Taussig) 1894
2 / 6-7 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno, John J. Taussig) 1895
3 / 1-2 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno, John J. Taussig) 1896
3 / 3-4 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno, John J. Taussig, Walter C. Guels) 1897
3 / 5-6 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Charles A. Cuno, John J. Taussig, Walter C. Guels) 1898
3 / 7-8 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Walter C. Guels) 1899
3 / 9-10 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Walter C. Guels) 1900
3 / 11 St. Louis office to Montana office (correspondents include John C. Porter, Walter C. Guels) 1901
4 / 1-2 Montana office to St. Louis office (correspondents include N.B. Ringling, C.B. Stevens; some letters include mine drawings) 1890
4 / 3 Montana office to St. Louis office (correspondents include N.B. Ringling; some letters include mine drawings) 1891-1894
4 / 4-6 Montana office to St. Louis office (correspondents include N.B. Ringling, John R. Lucas; some letters include mine drawings) 1895
4 / 7 Montana office to St. Louis office (correspondents include N.B. Ringling, John R. Lucas; some letters include mine drawings) 1896
4 / 8-12 Montana office to St. Louis office (correspondents include N.B. Ringling, John R. Lucas; some letters include mine drawings) 1897
5 / 1 Montana office to St. Louis office (correspondents include N.B. Ringling, John R. Lucas; some letters include mine drawings) 1897
5 / 2-7 Montana office to St. Louis office (correspondents include N.B. Ringling, John R. Lucas; some letters include mine drawings) 1898
6 / 1-3 Montana office to St. Louis office (letterpress books; correspondents include John R. Lucas, W.C. Guels, Henry Rehfeldt) 1898-1902

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Incoming Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
7 / 1 Anaconda Copper Mining Company 1896-1898
7 / 2 A (correspondents include Edward P. Allis Company, American Diamond Rock Boring Company, R. Anderson) 1891-1897
7 / 3 Baker and Harper, Civil Engineers (includes Thomas T. Baker and Joseph H. Harper) 1892-1897
7 / 4 Big Blackfoot Milling Company 1896-1898
7 / 5 B (correspondents include G.B. Ballard, Bennett Brothers Company, George F. Blake Manufacturing Company, E.L. Bonner Company, Boston and Montana Consolidated Copper and Silver Mining Company, Bridal Veil Lumbering Company, Buffalo Forge Company, M.C. Bullock Manufacturing Company, Butte City Water Company, Butte Hardware Company) 1892-1898
7 / 6 C (correspondents include California Powder Company, J.T. Carroll, Chicago Iron Works, Chrome Steel Works, J. Ross Clark and Company, F.W. Cole, Continental Oil Company, Custer Mine) 1891-1897
7 / 7 Deer Lodge County government 1891-1897
7 / 8 D-E (correspondents include Davis and Peck Abstracts of Title, William De Lacy, Dessau Company, George T. Dougherty, Durfee and Brown, S. Elliott, Eureka Company) 1891-1897
7 / 9 Forbis and Forbis, Attorneys (John F. Forbis) 1892-1897
7 / 10 F (correspondents include J.A. and J.B. Featherman; Fraser and Chalmers; Freyschlag, Huffman and Company) 1892-1897
7 / 11 Granite Mountain Mining Company 1892-1898
7 / 12 G (correspondents include Garlock Packing Company, W.W. Gleason, Granite County government) 1893-1898
7 / 13 A.M. Holter Hardware Company 1892-1897
7 / 14 H (correspondents include Woodford D. Harlan, Henry Heil Chemical Company, Hine and Robertson Company, Alfred E. Holmes) 1892-1898
7 / 15 Inland Crystal Salt Company 1892-1898
7 / 16 K-L (correspondents include M. Kaiser, Kenyon-Connell Commercial Company, John King, Kleinschmidt and Brother, Knowles Steam Pump Works, J.A. Leggat, Theodore Lexow, J.H. Leyson, George W. Lord) 1892-1897
7 / 17 McKechney Milling Company (re water right) 1893
7 / 18 Montana Hardware Company 1897
7 / 19 Montana [government agencies] 1892-1897, 1904
7 / 20 M-N (correspondents include J.K. MacDonald, John McCormick, McKeen and McQuarrie, Mines and Minerals, Montana Electric Company, Montana Lumber and Manufacturing Company, W.E. Moore, W.A. Morgan, National Lead Company, National Tube Works Company, Nicols and Dean, Northern Pacific Railroad Company), 1891-1898
7 / 21 Pelton Water Wheel Company 1892-1897
7 / 22 P-R (correspondents include H.M. Parchen and Company, W.R. Parker, Prospect Oil Company, Puritan Mining and Milling Company, Racine Wagon and Carriage Company, Repauno Chemical Company, Revere Rubber Company, Rose and Company, George Ross, L.M. Rumsey Manufacturing Company, Russell Process Company) 1892-1898
7 / 23 Granville Stuart 1891-1893
7 / 24 S (correspondents include Charles E. Sackett; St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber Company; William Scallon; Settlers and Muller; Josiah Shull; Spaulding, Jennings and Company; Sullivan Machinery Company; Sunrise Mining and Milling Company; W.H. Sutherlin) 1891-1897, 1904
7 / 25 Tuttle Manufacturing and Supply Company [see also successor Anaconda Copper Mining Company Hardware Dept.] 1892-1896
7 / 26 T-W (correspondents include Tacoma Mill Company, Tacoma Smelting and Refining Company, John Taylor and Company, Charles Tetzen, Tip Top Mine, L.C. Trent and Company, Union Iron Works, United States Assay Office, United States Land Office, United States Surveyor General, Victor Bishop and Company, Visalia Stock Saddle Company, Western Valve Company, Oscar W. White, H.R. Whitehall, World's Columbian Commission) 1892-1898

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Outgoing Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
8 / 1-3 Letterpress books 1881-1882, 1884-1886
9 / 1-2 Letterpress books 1890-1892
10 / 1-2 Letterpress books 1892-1894
11 / 1-2 Letterpress books 1894-1898
12 / 1 Letterpress book 1897-1900

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Financial Records
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
Vol. / 1 Account book (letterpress volume including cash, supplies, expenses, inventory) 1898-1901
12 / 2-3 Bullion record 1892-1901
12 / 4 Tax assessment 1901

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Legal Documents
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
12 / 5 Descriptions of claims; deeds; patents 1878-1893, 1897

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Organization
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
12 / 6 Annual reports 1880-1900, 1903

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Subjects

  • Stamp Mills
  • Banks and Banking
  • Mines and Mineral Resources--Montana--Granite County
  • Philipsburg (Mont.)
  • Silver Mines and Mining

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