Looking for a long lost uncle's claim
Posted by Steve on January 17, 2004 at 11:08:54:
I was in Death Valley two years ago for 8 day at Christmas time. Had a great time. My dad and I wanted to find out any information about his Uncle Bill but the person in charge of Death Valley information (i'm not sure if she is a librarian, curator, collector, etc) was on vacation during this time. We don't remember who she is etc, but we do remember the Ranger saying to contact her if you have pictures etc (which we do) for the death valley history. Who is she (maybe a he, we are not sure), and how can we contact her to send her these pictures etc?? More important, we would like to find out any history of my fathers Uncle Bill and visit his mine (which we have pictures of, which include Death Valley Scotty in some of them). The other day somebody posted a link to an article and I saw Uncle Bill's name listed with other prospectors such as: Shorty Narris, John Lemoigne, Johnny Mills, Shorty Borden, Paddy Miles, Bob Thompson, Johnny-behind-the-gun-Cyte, Jack Madison and Death Valley Scotty. Evidently his Uncle Bill was there long enough (we think for maybe 30 years) for somebody to have put his name in this article with these other people. My dad does remember having to take some papers to his father signing the claim rights to the government years ago. We were told that he mined borax. He kept in touch with an aunt of mine often until his death, so we are trying to piece together his life's history which we are told is very colorful (however my grandfather sometimes stretched the truth/lied often). Any information on who to talk to, write, etc would be very helpful. Of course we also want to visit his mine etc (which may only be a little hole in the ground). Thank you for any help you can give on who to contact. Sorry for the long post!!!