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MINING DESCENDANTS

photo of Ace BartonAce Barton
Father and Grandfather were both miners in Central Idaho

"There's not many of those old died in the wool miners left really. They're just a dying breed. …I don't believe I've ever met a more optimistic breed of people than the miners. You know it's just another round of shot or another ten feet in the tunnel and there she'll be."

 

Janette Burstedt-Piva
Descendant of a Bayhorse pioneer family

"My great grandfather came in to put in a saloon in 1882. And he was so anxious to be the first to put this saloon in that he took two sawhorses and a couple of boards and a linen table cloth and started serving drinks on the street. He was the first saloonkeeper by doing that."

 

photo of John AmonsonJohn Amonson
Family has been in Wallace area over 100 years

"There's kind of a camaraderie in almost all of these communities. You could say the same thing maybe for a logging community, but certainly growing up in a mining community there is kind of cohesiveness. People look after other people.
They've got common bonds tied to the mines, tied to the industry itself."

 

photo of Teddy MillerTeddy Miller
Descendant of Custer miners

"There's quite a few of us that had ancestors that lived here, like myself. And I guess we just always kind of like to hang on a little bit to the past. And the past is, I guess we kind of have to know our past to know kind of who we are."

 

photo of Jennifer SteenJennifer Steen
Steen family associated with Yellow Jacket mine more than a century

"From 1888-1892 when the Steens were in control of the Yellow Jacket mine and Daddy Dan was managing it smelter records show they extracted 4800 ounces in gold. And that's a lot of gold to get out of here and you might wonder how they did that. Well apparently Steen family lore holds that my great grandfather packed it out, all by himself. There is some disagreement whether it was on foot or horseback but there's no disagreement that he would strap his gun on and load the bullion into his backpack and pack it out either to Salmon or Challis, taking a different route each time he went."

 

photo of Gloria OttoGloria Otto
Grandfather and father were miners in Silver City

"My grandfather had gotten bitten by the gold bug because he had seen people get rich overnight. So he insisted on coming back and they settled right here. And he managed many, many mines. Well my father got the gold bug too. He spent his life chasing gold.
And the funny thing is, I own the Rich Gulch Mine and they say that maybe, someday, they will come back if the gold and silver would go up. So, you know, I'm sort of addicted too. I'm here waiting."

 

photo of Paul NettletonPaul Nettleton
Great Grandfather came to Silver City in 1864

"I think it's probably one of the best preserved ghost towns in the West. And ghost town, I use that term liberally because it's not a ghost town it's a living town. But most folks that come in here think, you know, gee it may be living but it's living a century ago.
…It means everything to me. There's no place like Silver City. I think it's fabulous that we have a relic of the past that's still alive up here and well in the town of Silver City."