RICH LEAD ORE FOUND ON WALTHER PROPERTY
At a Depth of 680 Feet Drill Goes Through Vein Seven Feet Thick. State Mineralogist Pertle says: "It is Richest Ever Struck in this State."
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The Find on the Walther Farm is Similar in Every Way to That Discovered on C. Campbell's Land Two Years Ago, but at a Greater Depth.
A vein of disseminated lead ore, said to exceed by far in richness anything of the kind ever found in the entire state, was struck on the farm of Theodore Walther, adjoining the city limits, recently, but made public only last week.
For more than a year Messrs. Theodore Walther, O. M. Munroe, George Mahn, W.C. Ballard and Steve Cole have had a drill at work on this land. The first few hundred feet drilled showed not a sign of lead, and many
attempted to discourage them from further effort, but these gentlemen had faith in the mineral possibilities of Jefferson county, and the churning went merrily on. At a depth of 700 feet the "sign" began to assume a promising aspect, becoming more prominent as the drill continued to cut its way into the bowels of the earth, and at 760 feet the drill encountered and brought to the eyes of the faithful workers on top ore that made them gasp and look at one another in speechless amazement.
This vein proved to be seven feet thick. After churning through two or three feet of rock identical in every way to that taken from the mines of Bonne Terre and Flat River, another vein was struck in the state.