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 John George Kirchen

John George Kirchen

Birth
Lake Linden, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
Death 4 Mar 1931 (aged 56)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 55599590 · View Source
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John G. Kirchen Dies in Bay City
Leading Mining Man of State Passes in California

One of Nevada's formost mining men, John G. Kirchen, who for 24 years was general manager of the Tonopah Extension Mining company, died in San Francisco at 6 o'clock last night following an illness of several months. He was 59 years old.
Kirchen came to Nevada from Oregon in 1906, going to Tonopah where he was made superintendent of the Tonopah Extension and after a short time became general manager. A graduate mining engineer, he was interested in various mining projects in Nevada and was highly repected in mining circles.
He became interested, with Thomas F. Cole in Round Mountain mines several years ago and owned large interests there. For the past 15 years he had been president of the Nevada First National bank at Tonopah, and he was a past president of the Nevada Mine Operators association. He was a member of the association at the time of his death.
Kirchen traveled for a silver purchasing syndicate before coming to Nevada. He was born in Michigan. Surviving him are his widow Florence Kirchen: a daughter, Mrs Florence Kirchen Lane of San Francisco; three brothers, D. M. Kirchen (Edward) of Beatty, Charles of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Nick of Los Angeles; and a sister, Mrs. Bronte Aiken of San Francisco. Mrs. Kirchen, the widow is with Mrs. Aiken at 2335 Pacific avenue, in San Francisco at present. The funeral will be Friday afternoon probably in San Francisco, it was said here last night.
Nevada State Journal March 5, 1931
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Plaque next to monument reads:
This monument, constructed in 1931 was dedicated in memory of John G. Kirchen. Tonopah businessman and manager of The Tonopah Extension Mining Co. 1906-1931.
The Monument was built over the Denver Load, site of Mr. Kirchens last silver discovery on the 1,800 ft level of the Victor Shaft which is east of here. John's ashes were scattered at this site on March 14, 1931. His wife Florence's ashes were also scattered here during 1935. [sic 1946 or 1947]
The monument was financed by the Tonopah Extention Mining Co. and constructed out of ore from various Tonopah Mines by Alfred Guintini and the Lambertucci Brothers, Tonopah businessmen.
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John's brother Edward Kirchen is in the Tonopah Cemetery.



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  • Maintained by: Marie D.
  • Originally Created by: Nevada Bob
  • Added: 29 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55599590
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John George Kirchen (13 Jun 1874–4 Mar 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55599590, citing Kirchen Gravesite, Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Marie D. (contributor 48145758) .