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John T. Ryan Correspondence
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CORRESPONDENCE

box 1, folder 1

Aiken, Albert C. 1910

Note

Typed letter, dated February 24, from a San Francisco attorney regarding arrangements for an examination of Ryan's mine.
box 1, folder 2

Anderson, Joseph F. 1934

Note

Correspondence from Ryan's friend and business associate who was an oil and gas producer in Texas. Includes a Western Union telegram, an envelope with an illustration of the Casa de Palmas Hotel in McAllen, Texas, and two photographs of Anderson annotated to Ryan.
box 1, folder 3

Arnold, M.B. (Mary) 1916

Note

Two handwritten letters, dated June 3 and 16, from a San Francisco widow and department store clerk, regarding whether Ryan had work for her, and if she might come to Confidence to be his "pard" (companion).
box 1, folder 4

Bailhache, John M. 1915

Note

Typewritten letter, dated March 2, regarding a proposition to buy Ryan's mine, from the president of the Baird-Bailhache Co., San Francisco dealers in fumeless gas heaters.
box 1, folder 5

Bartholomew, George M. 1939

Note

Typewritten letter, dated July 9, expressing interest in Ryan's "Mexican Mine."
box 1, folder 6

Chamberlain, L.L. 1905

Note

Typed note, dated March 14, from an Auburn, California, attorney inquiring whether Ryan knew of the whereabouts or death of Myles Conway, nicknamed "Jimmy Two Dogs," who had ownership in the "Nelly Bly," "King Fisher," and "Australian Queen" mines and whose sisters were searching for him.
box 1, folder 7

Clark, N. & Sons 1901

Note

Handwritten memorandum and typed letter regarding Ryan's proposal to exchange three thousand shares of his mining stock for work on the "old green tunnel" mine and $350. Signed by G.D. Clark for the firm which manufactured vitrified iron stone, sewer pipe, chimney tops and pipe, fire brick, fire clay drains, and irrigating tile.
box 1, folder 8

D'Albergaria, M.S. 1912

Note

Part 1. March - June. Includes correspondence regarding the business relationship between Ryan and Oakland-based D'Albergaria. Includes witnessed contracts regarding an installment sale interest in Ryan's mine, a handwritten "Title Bond to Mining Property," signed by Ryan, a typed version of the bond signed by M.E. Starbuck (from whom D'Albergaria bought the bond), and other correspondence regarding their joint venture.
box 1, folder 9

D'Albergaria, M.S. 1912 - 1913

Note

Part 2. July, 1912 - March, 1913. Includes correspondence regarding supplies sent to Ryan, delays in payment, requests for itemized work hours from Ryan, and Ryan's handwritten record of hours written on the verso side of a three by five inch calendar pad. The correspondence documents the hopeful beginning and rapid demise of Ryan and D'Albergaria's joint venture relationship.
box 1, folder 10

Department of the Interior. United States Indian Service 1913

Note

Handwritten letter, dated January 12, from Eleanor E. Tibbetts, USFM, replying to Ryan's inquiry to supply three hundred and twenty fence posts and the original January 10 printed advertisement soliciting bids.
box 1, folder 11

Dillon, J.P. 1917

Note

Handwritten letter, dated July 20, responding to Ryan's advertisement in the San Francisco EXAMINER, to sell one hundred and sixty acres of land near Confidence, CA. Includes handwritten envelope with San Francisco postmark and annotation of receipt at Confidence, CA eight days later.
box 1, folder 12

Dolan, D.J., Wrecking and Construction Company 1915

Note

Typewritten letter, dated October 7, regarding Ryan's bid request for second-hand corrugated, galvanized iron.
box 1, folder 13

Gray, Charles H. 1914

Note

Handwritten letter, dated August 21, replying to Ryan's inquiry to Gray's San Francisco EXAMINER advertisement to sell a Winchester-Lee straight-pull sporting rifle. Includes a printed illustration of the rifle.
box 1, folder 14

Greene, A. 1912

Note

Handwritten note, dated November 6, from an old Sonora mine owner and friend of Ryan's, denying he told anyone that "there was nothing in the bottom of [Ryan's] shaft," and sending his good wishes. [See D'Albergaria letter of October 31, 1912 writing, "Your old friend, Mr. Green, also says there is nothing at the bottom of that shaft."]
box 1, folder 15

Hughes, Nathaniel G. 1915 - 1916

Note

Handwritten and typed letters regarding a possible purchase of Ryan's interest in the "Mexican Mine."
box 1, folder 16

Lee, John 1905

Note

Handwritten note, dated August 18, from a San Francisco wool dealer, replying to Ryan that although his proposition seemed fair, Mr. Lee and his associates had other plans. Includes Lee's personalized stationery and envelope.
box 1, folder 17

Link, F.W. 1912

Note

Handwritten letter, dated January 25, from a friend of Joseph Otterson [see Otterson correspondence] who had some interest in a deal regarding Ryan's mine. Written on the stationery of the "Golden Chariot - Jamestown Mining Co.," with envelope stamped, "Return to California Beer Hall, PO Box 708 - Telephone 1422, Goldfield, Nevada."
box 1, folder 18

Mines Equipment Company 1919

Note

Typewritten letter, dated May 14, responding to Ryan's inquiry regarding smelting furnaces, signed by Reinhold Hesse, president and general manager. Includes the company's business card.
box 1, folder 19

Otterson, Joseph 1911 - 1912

Note

Four handwritten letters, dated November 1911 to February 1912, from Tenopah and Goldfield, Nevada and Mono County, CA, as Ryan's friend, Otterson, tries to broker a deal for Ryan's quartz and placer mines. [See Link, F.W. correspondence.]
box 1, folder 20

Porter, F.A. 1913

Note

Handwritten letter, dated February 20, responding to Ryan's offer to exchange a mining claim for a motorcycle, which the Stockton, CA, man declined to do.
box 1, folder 21

Reed, A. 1912

Note

Handwritten letter, dated January 10, responding to Ryan's offer to trade a gold mine for a diamond ring. Mr. Reed declined because he was already wealthy and in the process of giving his wealth away to charity but told Ryan he would accept $400 for the ring. Includes an envelope with stamp advertising the future 1915 World's Panama Pacific Exposition to be held in San Francisco.
box 1, folder 22

Risley, W.S. 1901

Note

Handwritten letter, dated May 31, relaying information on a business proposition Ryan was proposing to N. Clark and Sons, San Francisco. [See also N. Clark & Sons correspondence.] Includes a follow-up letter dated October 6.
box 1, folder 23

Ryan, Bill, Connie & Charley [possibly relatives] 1909

Note

Handwritten note, dated March 8, describing desperate circumstances and asking for money and for Ryan to sell fence posts that have been made. The party appears to have spent a long, harsh winter at Ryan's mine property and describes food and tobacco shortages.
box 1, folder 24

Ryan, James (brother) 1911

Note

Handwritten letter, dated July 26, enclosing a letter from their sister, Susie, written July 22, containing a message for John about a cancelled land transaction.
box 1, folder 25

Standard Gas Engine Company 1914

Note

Typed letter, dated December 17, from a San Francisco company, responding to Ryan's request for a bid for a stationary hoist and shaft to be used for pumping water at the mine.
box 1, folder 26

Street, Frank W. 1918

Note

Handwritten letter, dated December 4, from an Oakland attorney informing Ryan that samples from his mines are satisfactory but that he is awaiting a further report.
box 1, folder 27

Union Gas Engine Company 1914 - 1915

Note

Typed letter, dated December 17, from a San Francisco and Oakland company, replying to Ryan's request for a bid on a combined hoist and pumping outfit. Includes a follow-up note dated April 6, 1915.
box 1, folder 28

Unidentified letter 1915

Note

Handwritten letter, dated February 26, to, "My Dear Dear Boy," from "Sweetheart Love," written from Judith Gap, Montana, recalling when she was at Confidence and was "Ryan's girl."
box 1, folder 29

Unidentified note

Note

Undated, handwritten note from "Nina," who is pleased to receive Ryan's card from "Never Hurry Land," but is anxious because an unidentified "he" doesn't like her to receive correspondence from Ryan.
 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

box 1, folder 30

Bill of Lading 1912

Note

Printed form from the Hercules Works, dated July 3, showing delivery, via the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad, of two cases of Hercules high explosive powder and two kegs of black powder.
box 1, folder 31

Bill of Lading 1912

Note

Printed form, dated July 5, showing delivery from E.I. Dupont De Nemours Powder Co., via the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, of blasting caps and fuses.
box 1, folder 32

ENGINEERING AND MINING JOURNAL 1916

Note

Printed advertisement and solicitation letter, dated January 24, regarding a "floatation" process being promoted by this New York City publication.
box 1, folder 33

Fire Insurance policy 1913

Note

Includes a policy evidencing fire protection from May 31, for one year, on Ryan's Saloon, at 434 Washington Street, Sonora, CA, by the Concordia Fire Insurance Company of Milwaukee. Also includes a handwritten note from A.B. Overholser, resident agent for the Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Co., Pacific Coast Department.
box 1, folder 34

Office of the Surveyor General, State of California 1891

Note

Letter, dated September 10, from Theo Richert, surveyor general and registrar of the state land office, officially confirming to Ryan the details of a purchase of land.
box 1, folder 35

Map

Note

Undated. Includes small printed map showing the Green, Jumper, Old Gold, and Appendix Mines of the Sugar Pine Mining District, Tuolumne County. Also shows the Ryan quartz and placer mines. Annotated on verso, "On map the two locations scratched out are [R. Filalarty] No. 1 - and [Filalarty] No. 2. The lower one is [R. Filalarty] No. 2.," explaining annotated marks on map.
box 1, folder 36, oversize FB47302

Mining Notice 1912

Note

Handwritten evidence of ownership of one of Ryan's mines with recorder's stamp of August 2.
box 1, folder 37

Receipt 1912

Note

Typed and printed receipt, dated July 8, showing purchase of two kegs of standard #5 Dupont FF kegs (black powder explosive).
box 1, folder 38

Reichling, A.H

Note

Undated business card of a bullion, gold dust, quartz specimens, and platinum dealer, with a handwritten annotation on verso, "Nugget weight 1.44 ounces, 900 fine."
box 1, folder 39

Ryan, J.B. 1914

Note

Campaign business card of Ryan's brother, Jim, the incumbent and then current candidate for assessor of Tuolumne County, for a primary election to be held on August 25.
box 1, folder 40

Tax Notice - Office of the County Assessor - Tuolumne County, California 1911

Note

Printed form with handwritten assessment of the value of the Ryan quartz mine at $100 by assessor J.B. Ryan (John's brother) and tax notice dated March 25.
box 1, folder 41

Tax Notice - Office of the County Assessor - Tuolumne County, California 1917

Note

Printed form titled, "Notice of Assessment of Personal Property," dated March 1, assessing the Ryan quartz mine at a $100 value by assessor, E.H. McMahon.