Where Simpson came along is vague, even in the records of Inyo County Superior Court:
"That said Defendant KNIGHT subsequent to the making of the aforesaid location as aforesaid, and while the aforesaid agreement and partnership was in full force and effect, disregarding the terms of the aforesaid agreement, and in violation thereof, and in fraud of Plaintiff’s rights, did file for record and cause to be filed for record, and between the ________ - day of - 1906, and the ________ day of 1906, and the office of the Recorder of the said ‘Wild Rose Mining District’ NOTICE OF LOCATION of all above described mining claims, in the name of himself and said defendant JOE SIMPSON." — Superior Court of Inyo County
Apparently Joe Simpson and Tom Knight were prospecting partners, although newspaper and mining records show he prospected, mined and leased with others.
"And Defendants allege that each and all of said claims and locations were made by and for Defendants Tom Knight and Joe Simpson, for themselves as equal owners and for no other person or persons." — Superior Court of Inyo County
ESSENCE OF WILD ROSE. A big strike is reported on the Last Hike claim, formerly owned by Tom Knight, Simpson and others. On this claim there is a strong, well defined ledge of quartz many feet wide, from which assays running as high as $2,000 has been secured. This property has recently been purchased by A.V. Carpenter. — June 15, 1906 Rhyolite Herald
SALT LAKE MEN BUYING MINES AT SKIDOO. Poulson & Weaver of Salt Lake City, well known mine owners of Tonopah and Goldfield, have just purchased valuable property near Skidoo. A.G. Poulson, representing the above named firm, was in camp yesterday and signed papers for the Gaffer and Boratcho claims, situated about a mile northeast of the town of Skidoo. There is a nine foot ledge on the property and a good showing of gold. In these claims J.C. Miller held on-half interest and Fred Oakes, Joe Simpson, James Otis and Charles Rudolph the other half. The price paid was well up in five figures, one half cash and the balance in ninety days. — December 28, 1906 Skidoo News
LIVE NEWS OF HARRISBURG. Harrisburg is a lively place this week. The time is not far distant from the first of the year, when assessment work must be done and the boys over around the ‘burg are as busy as the proverbial cranberry merchant at Christmas time. ... P.A. Blunk and A. Baxter are working two miles south of here, on claims owned by Geroge Pagot and Joe Simpson. ... W.J. Gibson and Jack Cogswell are working on claims owned by Simpson and Pagot. — December 28, 1906 Skidoo News
NEWS OF SKIDOO FROM THE SKIDOO NEWS [subheading] MORE SALES. Poulson & Weaver of Salt Lake City, well known mine owners of Tonopah and Goldfield, have just purchased valuable property near Skidoo. ... In these claims J.C. Miller held one-half interest and Fred Oakes, Joe Simpson, Red Ottis and Charles Rudolph the other half. The price paid was well up in the five figures, one-half cash and the balance in ninety days. — January 18, 1907 Rhyolite Herald
SKIDOO MINES... The first shipment of ore from the Skidoo camp will be made during the present month, unless present plans fail. ... The development of the American Eagle was started this week by a private leasing company consisting of Fred Oakes, L.E. and C.P. Thompson, Charles Reed, J. L. Simpson, W.C. Fiedler, John O'Harrow, R.H. Austin, J.N. King, and H.L. McNew. The lease runs for one year, during which time steady and extensive development work is to be carried on. — June 28, 1907 Inyo Independent
But where Simpson gained the notoriety we’ve all known about is during his days as part owner of the Gold Seal Saloon in Skidoo.
LITTLE NEWS NUGGETS. ... A.V. Carpenter’s interest in the Gold Seal saloon has been purchased by Oakes & Simpson and the business will be continued under this management. — December 28, 1906 Skidoo News
SKIDOO SHORT NOTES. Oakes and Simpson have installed a big and attractive sign on their Gold Seal saloon, which is a large frame structure at Skidoo and First Streets. — April 19, 1907 Rhyolite Herald