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SOUTH DAKOTA STOCK CERTIFICATES - Page 2
19__ GARFIELD MINING COMPANY - Lead, South Dakota (printed beneath title) Printed with lots of shiny-gold ink. Black Hills region. My research indicates the Garfield MC incorporated in 1907. Shares were $5 each. Unissued (Early 1900s) Price - $49.00
19__ CANADIAN HOMESTAKE EXPLORATION COMPANY - South Dakota - Shares were valued at $100 each. Unissued (Early 1900s)
Price - $44.00
1890 ALBE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of Dakota - Rare Black Hills certificate. A beautiful little vignette shows an early ore processing operation in the Black Hills. This was most-likely a gold mine. The company seal and dateline both say Deadwood. Hand-signed by Albe Holmes as president. Also notable is the secretaries signature - Laughlin was also a well-known mining man during this era.
Albe Holmes, along with 10 other men, arrived in the Black Hills on a stage coach. This was only the second stage coach to venture into the hills. They did encounter a large group of Indians, but were not attacked. Mr. Holmes started the first Express Line between Gayville and Deadwood. While researching this company I stumbled across an old photograph of a group of Black Hills cowboys including Albe Holmes and Seth Bullock, so I'm guessing they knew each other. Price - $350
1890s WATERTOWN WATER, LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY - Certificate showing what early water towers looked like. Watertown, South Dakota printed on the date line. Codington County, SD. This was likely the towns first utility company. The certificate is dated 18__. Since South Dakota became a state in 1889, this places the date between 1889 and 1899. Price - $75.00
1907 QUEEN ESTHER GOLD MINING AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of South Dakota - Stock certificate issued to Lewis Myers for 50 shares. Property located near Iron Creek in Lawrence County. Signed by W. W. Conner as secretary and A. L. Kingdom, president. DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA stamped into the shiny-gold corporate seal. Printed by the Omaha Printing Co., Omaha, NE. Price - $79.00
1902 THE HERCULES GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1897) Under the Laws of the State of South Dakota - Issued to James D. Johnston for 2,000 shares. This property was located on Two Bit Creek - Lawrence County. Black Hills region. Gold ore was removed from the Apex Shaft using buckets. Signed by W. H. Steen as president and James F. Bryce, treasurer. Office at Deadwood. Price - $65.00
1930 MOUNTAIN FLOWER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in October of 1929) Under the Laws of South Dakota - What a nice name for a mining company! Issued to Joseph Disler. Picture shows two miners loading an ore cart in a tunnel. Price - $39.00
1904 HIDDEN FORTUNE GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws of the State of South Dakota - Mines at Lead City.
$100 bond payable in gold coin of the United States. The company seal is punched into the lower-left corner. Signed by Henry J. Mayham as president and George D. Begole as company secretary. A number of $3 payment coupons are still attached to the right side. This document is large and did not fit entirely on my scanner.
The Hidden Fortune discovery was made by a German man by the name of Otto P. Grantz. Claims included the Durango, Harrison, Sula, Grant Reddy, Golden Crown, St. Patrick and Swamp Eagle all located around the town of Lead. The gold ore was shipped by rail (Burlington & Northwestern Railroads) to a large mill built on the east side of Whitewood Creek a mile or two north of Deadwood.
This would make a great display piece - Real Black Hills mining history!
Price - $75.00
1903 HIDDEN FORTUNE GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated in 1901 Under the Laws of the State of South Dakota USA - MINES AT LEAD CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA printed beneath title. Stock certificate issued to G. P. Baines for 500 shares. Shiny-gold corporate seal. It is signed by N. E. Franklin in the upper-right corner. Nathan E. Franklin was the son of Harris Franklin, owner of the Franklin Hotel at Deadwood. Printed on very thick paper so the two folds are a bit more noticeable.
The Hidden Fortune discovery was made by a German man by the name of Otto P. Grantz. Claims included the Durango, Harrison, Sula, Grant Reddy, Golden Crown, St. Patrick and Swamp Eagle all located around the town of Lead. The gold ore was shipped by rail (Burlington & Northwestern Railroads) to a large mill built on the east side of Whitewood Creek a mile or two north of Deadwood. Price - $85.00
1907 THE GOLDEN CREST MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of South Dakota - $1,000 bond payable in gold coin of the United States. The picture appears to be a copy of an actual photograph of the mine buildings - if you look really close you can see the company name on the center building. The Golden Crest MC corporate seal is clearly punched into the bottom of the document. Also notice another very large seal punched above - This unique seal says UNION TRUST COMPANY, DETROIT, MICHIGAN. This is apparently the company that managed the funds for the Golden Crest. Attached to the top of this bond are a number of $35 payment coupons (not shown). Mine office at Deadwood, South Dakota.
The Golden Crest MC owned 256 acres of ground on the divide between Two Bit Gulch and Strawberry Gulch, 3 miles from Galena, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The ore was processed in a ten stamp cyanide mill. Signed by Robert L. Bailie as president and F. M. Strout as secretary. Price - $165
1902 ORO HONDO MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1902) Under the Laws of the State of South Dakota - MINES AT LEAD CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA. Lawrence County - Black Hills Region. This gold and silver mine was located adjacent to the famous Homestake Mine. Stock certificate issued to Frank H. Bower for 500 shares. Most notable is that it was hand-signed by James Bradley Orman, governor of Colorado (1901 - 1902) as company president. George D. Begole, secretary. The issue date on the front side is tough to read, but the reverse is clearly dated December 15th, 1902. Price - $79.00