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  Mine & Smelter Supply Co Catalog No. 22 1912.JPG - MINE & SMELTER SUPPLY GENERAL CATALOG NO. 22 PUBLISHED 1912 - The latter part of the 19th century saw the emergence of an industry to manufacture mining machinery.  Growing out of the simple blacksmith forges and small foundries that had supplied mining machines to miners since the original gold rush, two of the largest and best known of these factories were centered in Denver: The Mine and Smelter Supply Co. and the Hendrie & Bolthoff Co.  These companies turned out ball and stamp mills, flotation and cyanidation systems, concentrator tables and a host of other specialized machines to treat the ores of Colorado and much of the rest of the world. The history of the Mine and Smelter Supply Co. is particularly interesting.The Mine and Smelter Supply Company was founded in 1896 by Eben Smith, his son Frank, and brothers John S. and Robert J. Cary.  Smith, one of Colorado’s early mining pioneers,  had been concerned that ore deposits in the Cripple Creek area were running out, and Smith cast about for a way to keep the towns of the region alive. He realized that much of the slag in the area had been poorly milled, and still contained a large amount of gold and silver ore. The Mine and Smelter Supply Company was founded in order to improve ore recovery rates and save the towns.  With Smith as president, the company soon established branches in Denver, Salt Lake City, El Paso, and Mexico City. It quickly became the world's largest supplier of ore recovery equipment.Eben Smith was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of William and Mary (Nelson) Smith, descendants of English and Scottish immigrants who immigrated to Erie County, Pennsylvania, in the latter part of the 17th century. He was educated in public and private schools in Waterford, Pennsylvania.  In 1852, Smith traveled to California and spent two years engaged in placer mining in Sierra County. Shortly after his arrival in California, Smith married Caroline Jordan. The couple had two sons, Lemuel (born in 1857) and Samuel (born in 1858).  In 1860, Smith returned to Colorado, settling in Gilpin County, and partnered with Jerome B. Chaffee in setting up a milling business in Lake Gulch, the Smith & Chaffee mill, and began working lead ore from the area mines.  In 1863, Smith and Chaffee sold their mill. They purchased and developed the Bobtail Mine near Black Hawk; the Gregory Mine in Teller County; and other mines.  For many years, the Bobtail remained one of the greatest gold producers in Colorado.  When Chaffee established the First National Bank of Denver in 1865, Smith was a co-investor in the bank and named president.  In 1866, Smith was elected to the Colorado state legislature from Gilpin County.  Smith continued mining in Gilpin and Teller counties. Chaffee and Smith organized a group of investors in 1867, purchased a mine and formed the Georgetown Silver Smelting Company.  Smith invested in a large number of mines, building his wealth.  In 1871, his son Frank was born to Smith and his second wife Emily.  He moved the family from Denver to Boulder in 1876 and became the manager and superintendent of the Caribou Mine, a position he held till Smith, Chaffee and others formed the Caribou Consolidated Mining Company in 1880.  From 1880 till the early 1890s, Smith invested in, operated and sold his interests in mines ranging from the Little Pittsburg Mine in Leadville, the Tam O’Shanter group of mines in Pitkin County, various mines around Red Cliff, CO, and then back to Leadville to manage the Maid of Erin, Henrietta and Louisville mines.  The year 1891 saw the first of hundreds of gold and silver strikes in the Cripple Creek region of Colorado. Smith quickly became invested in a number of mining operations there, including the Anaconda Mine and the Victor Gold Mining Company.  In 1893, Smith moved his family back to Denver, bought the Kennedy and Pierce Machinery Company, and reorganized the company to become the Mine and Smelter Supply Company 3 years later.  In 1904, oilman Joseph Seep of Titusville, PA bought out Eben Smith's portion of the Mine and Smelter Supply Company. By 1905, he had purchased the remaining shares of Frank Smith and the Cary brothers as well.  After Seep’s death in 1928, his heirs retained control of the company for many years. Arthur R. Wilfley and Frank E. Marcy invented some of the ore handling machinery which was manufactured and marketed by the Mine and Smelter Supply Company during Seep’s management.  As for Eben Smith, he died in Denver of acute peritonitis stemming from appendicitis on November 5, 1906.In 1958, the Mine and Smelter Supply Company bought the Colorado Iron Works Company, which had begun in 1860 and been incorporated in 1876. In 1971, the Mine and Smelter Supply Company changed its name to MSI Industries, and in 1975 to Mine and Smelter Corporation.   
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Mine & Smelter Supply Co Catalog No. 22 1912 | MINE & SMELTER SUPPLY GENERAL CATALOG NO. 22 PUBLISHED 1912 - The latter part of the 19th century saw the emergence of an industry to manufacture mining machinery. Growing out of the simple blacksmith forges and small foundries that had supplied mining machines to miners since the original gold rush, two of the largest and best known of these factories were centered in Denver: The Mine and Smelter Supply Co. and the Hendrie & Bolthoff Co. These companies turned out ball and stamp mills, flotation and cyanidation systems, concentrator tables and a host of other specialized machines to treat the ores of Colorado and much of the rest of the world. The history of the Mine and Smelter Supply Co. is particularly interesting. The Mine and Smelter Supply Company was founded in 1896 by Eben Smith, his son Frank, and brothers John S. and Robert J. Cary. Smith, one of Colorado’s early mining pioneers, had been concerned that ore deposits in the Cripple Creek area were running out, and Smith cast about for a way to keep the towns of the region alive. He realized that much of the slag in the area had been poorly milled, and still contained a large amount of gold and silver ore. The Mine and Smelter Supply Company was founded in order to improve ore recovery rates and save the towns. With Smith as president, the company soon established branches in Denver, Salt Lake City, El Paso, and Mexico City. It quickly became the world's largest supplier of ore recovery equipment. Eben Smith was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of William and Mary (Nelson) Smith, descendants of English and Scottish immigrants who immigrated to Erie County, Pennsylvania, in the latter part of the 17th century. He was educated in public and private schools in Waterford, Pennsylvania. In 1852, Smith traveled to California and spent two years engaged in placer mining in Sierra County. Shortly after his arrival in California, Smith married Caroline Jordan. The couple had two sons, Lemuel (born in 1857) and Samuel (born in 1858). In 1860, Smith returned to Colorado, settling in Gilpin County, and partnered with Jerome B. Chaffee in setting up a milling business in Lake Gulch, the Smith & Chaffee mill, and began working lead ore from the area mines. In 1863, Smith and Chaffee sold their mill. They purchased and developed the Bobtail Mine near Black Hawk; the Gregory Mine in Teller County; and other mines. For many years, the Bobtail remained one of the greatest gold producers in Colorado. When Chaffee established the First National Bank of Denver in 1865, Smith was a co-investor in the bank and named president. In 1866, Smith was elected to the Colorado state legislature from Gilpin County. Smith continued mining in Gilpin and Teller counties. Chaffee and Smith organized a group of investors in 1867, purchased a mine and formed the Georgetown Silver Smelting Company. Smith invested in a large number of mines, building his wealth. In 1871, his son Frank was born to Smith and his second wife Emily. He moved the family from Denver to Boulder in 1876 and became the manager and superintendent of the Caribou Mine, a position he held till Smith, Chaffee and others formed the Caribou Consolidated Mining Company in 1880. From 1880 till the early 1890s, Smith invested in, operated and sold his interests in mines ranging from the Little Pittsburg Mine in Leadville, the Tam O’Shanter group of mines in Pitkin County, various mines around Red Cliff, CO, and then back to Leadville to manage the Maid of Erin, Henrietta and Louisville mines. The year 1891 saw the first of hundreds of gold and silver strikes in the Cripple Creek region of Colorado. Smith quickly became invested in a number of mining operations there, including the Anaconda Mine and the Victor Gold Mining Company. In 1893, Smith moved his family back to Denver, bought the Kennedy and Pierce Machinery Company, and reorganized the company to become the Mine and Smelter Supply Company 3 years later. In 1904, oilman Joseph Seep of Titusville, PA bought out Eben Smith's portion of the Mine and Smelter Supply Company. By 1905, he had purchased the remaining shares of Frank Smith and the Cary brothers as well. After Seep’s death in 1928, his heirs retained control of the company for many years. Arthur R. Wilfley and Frank E. Marcy invented some of the ore handling machinery which was manufactured and marketed by the Mine and Smelter Supply Company during Seep’s management. As for Eben Smith, he died in Denver of acute peritonitis stemming from appendicitis on November 5, 1906. In 1958, the Mine and Smelter Supply Company bought the Colorado Iron Works Company, which had begun in 1860 and been incorporated in 1876. In 1971, the Mine and Smelter Supply Company changed its name to MSI Industries, and in 1975 to Mine and Smelter Corporation. Download Original Image
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