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Col William H. Dewey

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Col William H. Dewey

  • Birth 1 Aug 1823 New York, USA
  • Death 8 May 1903
  • Burial Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho, USA
  • Memorial ID 42188487

"DEWEY, COLONEL W. H., was born in New York state in 1822, and came to Owyhee in the fall of 1863, to the then town of Ruby City; but owing to a "hog-em" real estate crowd in that town, he, in company with others, located a rival town—Silver City—the following spring, and eventually Ruby City moved up to the new location, bag and baggage. In April, 1864, Mr. Dewey built the first wagon road to Ruby and Silver, and in May of the same year started work on the Reynolds creek road. At the time of the South Mountain activity, from 1871 to 1875, he owned nearly one-half of that prosperous camp. For over twenty years past Mr. Dewey has been engaged in mine operating and promoting. He sold the Black Jack group to a Pittsburg company in 1889, and in 1892 disposed of the Trade Dollar group to another Pittsburg company. Both of these properties have proven fabulously rich, and are large and constant dividend payers. In 1895 he organized a company upon the Boonville group of mines, on Florida mountain, and in 1896 extensive improvements were made upon the property: but, with the exception of a short run to test the mill machinery, the property has -been closed, with the exception ot n prospecting force. Considerable valuable ground has been blocked out in the mine, and orders to resume work on a large scale are expected at any time. In 1896 Mr. Dewey incorporated the Boise, Nampa & Owyhee railroad, and started work on the same. It connects with the Oregon Short Line and Idaho Central railways at Nampa; at present has its terminus at Guffey, in Owyhee county. The present season will see it well up into the Owyhee mountains. The bridge across Snake river (illustrated in this book) is one of the finest steel structures in the West. Mr. Dewey has other large mining and property interests in this county, and notwithstanding his advanced age, seventy-five years past, is recognized as one of the leading spirits in public improvement and development. Much of the prosperity of Owyhee is due to hit, untiring energy and labor in this section's behalf". [A Historical, Descriptive and Commercial Directory of Owyhee County, Idaho, 1898]




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  • Created by: William Yates
  • Added: 20 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42188487
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col William H. Dewey (1 Aug 1823–8 May 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42188487, citing Kohlerlawn Cemetery, Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by William Yates (contributor 47096650) .