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 By HardRock Aristrocrat

01/11/2008  10:17PM

I stood there whiff of powder smoke the wonder of its smell.
The open stope above me the broken muck below me fell.
I kicked away the quartz
I watched a boulder fall.
I shoveled away my youth
it was my life all in all.
I moved away a mountain
one shovel at a time.
I threw away my youth
my hell was my sublime
I wondered in the muckpile
as I scraped and picked the face.
How others could endure
to live such a boring race.
Those who lived in town
in their "normal" life they lose.
They never make a miner and are only good for selling shoes.
They will never see the hand of God Never seen the plea.
With every round that I took
His work was given me.
I bow to the Master the maker of the earth.
His servants called the miner
they truly know His worth.
The gold is for the seeking
where the vein matrix runs
Powder smoke in heaven
like ounces by the tons
 By Michael Miller

01/11/2008  11:04AM

Many of you may remember Dick Sorlien. I encourage you to go to our web site under Company, past directors and read his resume. When the power came on last night we found an e-mail from his wife, Becky, sent January 7 that Dick died that morning. She wrote, “Dick enjoyed so much his association with both of you and the Sixteen to One board and crew, so thank you for being a special part of his life.” Following is my response. Dick was one of my mentors. Here was a double Harvard grad, a Philadelphia lawyer and a very important businessman, who took an active interest in our gold mine, our company, our community and me. Words will not express his loss. He would drive us crazy at times with the way he worked out issues or problems, kind of a delving into the what ifs of the situation. He was a thorough man with the highest ideals and ethics. He was a rare individual amongst lawyers, more of a throwback to the American lawyers who signed our constitution in 1787. If any of you have a story to share about Dick, please do so for me and the rest of us who hold him dear in our hearts.

January 11, 2008

Dear Becky,

Cai (Dick’s nephew) told me several months ago of Dick 's condition. We talked about how much Dick influenced our lives and what a joy to have him in our lives. I have many memories that are not only in my head but continue to affect the way I live. In other words, Dick is still with me and always will. I have said this before. Other than my father, Dick has been the greatest male influence in my business persona. He taught me so much. His thoughtfulness gave and gives me courage to persevere when times are rough. I know his interactions with me were consistent with the way he conducted his professional life and led his demanding business life.

I also had several occasions to be with Dick during non-business times. One lasting memory was when the two of us traveled to Arizona. He wanted to see everything, didn't want to miss a beat. We drove by some museum or interesting place on the way to our destination. After passing by this interesting place he said, "Wait, stop the car. Let's go back and look at this." I was taken back because we had to see one of his friends and time was against us. Dick probably caught my concern and said, "We may never pass this way again so let's go have a look." I think that says a lot about one way to pass through life. Everyone is busy but there are times when what is before you at that moment becomes preeminent. Dick reinforced that for me. I don't remember what we wet back to see but I do remember Dick's expression as he quickly mulled over the pros and cons of taking time away from one important thing and giving it to another. I am sure this became routine in his legal practice and could be one explanation about his deep love for gold mining.

I remember one time we packed thousands of ounces of gold out of the mine during the time the directors were meeting. Everyone was excited, especially Dick. It did not represent money to him but something much more. I could see it in his eyes and the way he held and looked at the quartz and gold. To remember these past events brings tears to my eyes as I write,

We were twenty years and a day apart in age. Until a couple of years ago I never gave a thought that Dick would not be here to counsel with. His advice was from his heart and tempered with his brilliant mind. He deserved that mining highest award, the gold hard hat, we had so much fun giving him.

There is nothing I can tell you about Dick that you don't know. You made him so happy. He bounced with joy around you. I wish I could be there next Monday to see you, his family and friends and be a small part of those who knew, worked and played with him.
My love and well wishes are with you.
Michael
 By martin newkom

11/23/2007  9:19AM

The "Sierra" free magazine has
a really good writeup on the
Sixteen to One that should
also appear in other media.
The article is relatively well
done and speaks well for the
mine.
 By martin newkom

10/11/2007  8:51AM

I was recently told by a clamper that the reason the
chinese remains were exhumed
and sent back to china was that
their bodies were considered by
them and others to be owned
by the emperor in china (but
their spirits stayed?)
 By martin newkom

10/10/2007  8:09AM

The Tightner house was built
by a Mr. Locey who was related
to the wife of John Armstrong
who was my Granpa's brother
and partner in Armstrong Bros
in town.
 By Rae Bell

10/09/2007  2:28PM

With it being October and all I was hoping some people would come forward with some ghost stories.

As kids in Alleghany we were all convinced that the Tightner Mansion was haunted. It had been vacant for many years. We all heard the piano playing one night and ran home as fast as we could.

Then there was the boot ghost. A certain resident in town whose name I will not mention would put his boots side by side each night when he went to bed. Every morning one boot would be moved so that it was perpendicular to the other one. This lasted for about a year then ceased.
 By Rick

10/08/2007  8:23PM

This is a bit out of character for the recent climate of debate, but of serious consequence:

Next year's election's outcome may spell out a prescription for behavior if we're not vigillant...We don't need that.

We don't need a facist directive to dictate what we wish to achieve in the private sector. (Hmmm, who does everyone think I'm pointing to?)

It's this blatant: whether there becomes a mandatory set of rules of behavior or not...whether freedom rings, or just goes "thud" when we try to ring the bell.

Let's all beware. Watch Out! Freedom is at stake, when a complete faction of the population is identified as being stupid and dumb enough to buy into it, it's prudent to stand up and talk, write, or scream.

If I need to spell out the rational for my entry tonight, I am well prepared to explain when anyone asks.

I'm preaching to the choir.
 By audiger

10/04/2007  3:18PM

Bullion is gold, silver or platinum in a smelted or refined state in the shape of bars, ingots or buttons etc. prior to coinage. Refined fine bullion is generaly used to create coins. Once coined it is called a bullion coin.
 By martin newkom

09/28/2007  2:44PM

My aunt also told me about the
chinese cemetery near town. The
last time she was there she
asked about and no one could
recall where it was located.
A Clamper friend of mine told
me that it was a Chinese custom
that the bodies were buried
here and later exhumed and
shipped to China, so maybe thereare no more chinese buried
in Alleghany, but maybe their
spirits are still around, no?
 By Rae Bell

09/28/2007  7:52AM

There's nothing to be scared of. People love ghost stories! Actually it was the heater kicking on that kept my friends awake.
I've never heard of a ghost doing physical harm to anybody. I have a theory that people who come here for the first time are more sensitive to paranormal activity than those of us who have lived here for a long time. Then there are the Tommyknockers.....plenty of ghost stories from underground. I once felt a very definitive "tap tap" on my right shoulder underground but nobody was there.
 By Rick

09/27/2007  10:02PM

Is anyone in Alleghany missing a long red plastic scooper spoon? One turned up unannounced in my utility drawrer after a trip up the ridge last spring. None of my neighbors nor I had ever seen it before. I put it on top of my refrigerator and it hasn't moved lately.
 By northernlinebuilders

09/27/2007  9:38PM

Well first i want to say thanks for the info, keep it coming...Rae Bell from my reseach you are the curator at the museum and you might know what's really going on... I've learned a lot from the museum web site, but can't find any thing else about ghost's/hauntings. Martin Newkon let me know if ther is any thing eles to the story or where to find more info. gfxgold I found this site through your site and I signed your guest book. I also read the story about the friend of yours that went to the Morning Glory Mine&Mill. The crew has only been in the house for 2 weeks and they have at least 8 more weeks, and after that I will be able to give you a better story. I was going to go stay a night or two with my husband but I don't think I will(scared) of the house.
 By Rae Bell

09/27/2007  11:32AM

RE: Martin's Aunt - yes it was Mountain House that had a reputation for being the last place a person was known to have traveled to before vanishing. That was in the early 1900's.
 By Rae Bell

09/27/2007  9:00AM

I had some friends stay in that house about a year ago and they didn't sleep either.
 By martin newkom

09/27/2007  8:27AM

Northern Line Builders can view
a revised version of my Aunt's
comentary just before Rae Bell's. I ran into key trouble
inputing the first one. sorry
 By gfxgold

09/26/2007  9:58PM

I would say, Yes.
http://www.gfxgold.com/stories.htm
If you would like to have your story told on my website, send me an email with as much detail as possible. gfx@gfxgold.com
 By northernlinebuilders

09/26/2007  8:34PM

The house is right in the middle of town, with doors that go nowhere. I don't think it's Helga(ha ha)with her whiskers on her snout. It seems to be a spanish woman. All I know is that the entire crew staying in the house never gets a full night sleep. Martin Newkom you stopped mid sentence on your first responce, what was the end?
 By Rae Bell

09/26/2007  4:56PM

I hear there's a ghost named Helga who likes to steal things. An odd gal she has whiskers on her snout. Her taste is quite whimsical, a plastic jug of water, a roller blade, a hose nozzel even pruning shears!! Neighbors beware the wild wooley one!
 By martin newkom

09/26/2007  4:55PM

My aunt Helen who lived in
alleghany from 1900 to about
1915 talked about a mother and
son who away from town had
a boarding house where miners
and especially Hi-graders would
go for accomodations and never
be seen again. I believe is was
at Mountain House or a similar name.
 By martin newkom

09/26/2007  2:03PM

I don't know about any house
in alleghany but my aunt Helen
Armstrong Covell in the commentary she g

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