|Death: ||Jul. 28, 1917|
Deer Lodge County
Dillon Examiner, July 30, 1917
Ben J. Fine Dead at Warm Springs
Prominent Financially and Politically Fifteen Years Ago
Most Notable Achievement Was His Development of the Easton Mine; Lost it Through Efforts to Expand; Helped to Elect W. A. Clark United States Senator
Benjamin J. Fine, a prominent figure in the financial and political affairs of the state 15 years ago, died a few days ago at Warm Springs, where he was an employee of the asylum management. His career was one of financial adventure, and while several times during his Montana career he was in affluent circumstances, reverses overtook him in his later years.
His most notable achievement was his development of the Eastern mine, near Virginia City. He and his partner Henry Pankey, were out on a prospecting tour of Madison County. They found some high grade ore, of sufficent value to jusitfy shipping on the dump of the Easton, then a prospect. They acquired an advantageous lease and bond on the property, which paid them handsomely from the grass roots. In a very short time they were working over 100 miners. The money that Fine made in this mine, he sunk in others and finally lost the property because of his efforst to expand.
Was Clark Adherent
He operated in the Butte district for a time, but made his headquarters in Madison county, were he was held in high esteem because of his persistent efforts to develop that section of the country. He was elected to the legislature from Madison county during the second campaign of W. A. Clark of Butte for the united States Senate, and was a factor in Senator Clark's election.
During the latter days of his residence in Madison County he arranged a deal of Charles McClure, then, at the zenith of his success, to take over the Easton. The price agreed upon was $300,000. His association thought the price was too low and refused to allow the deal to be closed. This resulted in prolonged litigation with the Elling heirs, who had inherited Henry Ellings interest in the Easton. The case has been on the calendar of the United States supreme court for ten years, and all that time Fine has dreamed of the day when a decision would be rendered in his favor, and he would come into a fortune.
He was of the prospector type, always looking for a new camp to develop where he could make a find. To the day of his death the pahntom of hope was beckoning to him.
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