Within the year of 1894, the whole entire geological area of Cobalt, Ontario, Canada was transforming when Haileybury, and New Liskeard became establish on Lake Temiskaming. During this time period the whole area was rather known as Upper Canada as Ontario was not a province yet. Even the average propsector had to face the difficulties that came to these locations as they would either have to canoe in or take the steamer on Lake Temiskaming. More so the whole entire area was rather also populated with only a few hundred people who lived here at the time. This also gave them the idea for a new engineering project that would be aimed at making a railway line from New Liskeard to Toronto. But this whole entire project would be completely demolished when it was proven to be to costly. However the Canadian Government would take all control of this project when it would start construction phase in 1902. By this time the railway line was rather already reaching the small settlement town of Haileybury, Ontario, Canada, in 1903.
It soon became quite evident that the whole railway line was being contracted out to many different companies. Two of these contractors became identified as James McKinley and Ernest Darragh who we're supplying ties for the railway line By the summer of 1903, the two soon to be prospectors had already reach the banks of the Montreal River, and would also push ahead of them selves even further. This would soon make the two men come upon a boot shape lake that once was called Long Lake that was located 5 miles south of Haileybury. As this had occurred the two men had taken a well deserve break when they decide to hike along the lake on the south shoreline. More so the two tie suppliers would also come upon a flakeish silvery metal that they had no idea was actually silver at the time. It was during this time that James McKinley had decided to use the old prospecting trick that was commonly use for gold testing. In nature this prospecting trick was known for biting the metal as silver and gold are to hard to bite through. As this had occurred James McKinley himself had bitten through the metal that was also mixed with other metals. So he himself did not believe this to be silver as it was known to not break when he used the old biting prospecting trick. However, the silver within Cobalt, Ontario, Canada was rather not recongnize as the silver formation was known to appear in black dull tarnish vein zones.
By the same year of 1903, another blacksmith by the name of Fredrick Larose had also been contracted by his boss to work as a blacksmith. His boss would also indicated that he would get a 50% cut on any of the minerals that we're discovered along his journey. As Fredrick Larose was finishing up work for the day he decided to built his own small cabin that was located along the shore line of Long Lake. It was during this time period when Larose had encountered a fox that was rather annoying him. So the blacksmith himself had retaliated towards this animal when he through his hammer to scare it away. By the next morning he would wake up, and find that the hammer had revealed a mysterious silvery metal from an outcropping it had chipped. As he was finishing up on the railway line he decided to show James McKinley, and Ernest Darraugh a piece of this metal. It was at this time that the two had also showed Larose a piece of the metal they found on the South Shoreline of Long Lake.
Before heading home Fredrick Larose was also on another mission when he decided to stay at the Matabanick Hotel in Haileybury. It was during this time period when Mr. La Rose had decided to show his samples to Arthur Ferland who was the main hotel owner. He himself had no idea what this silver metal was so he insisted on getting a sample off of LaRose to show to a geologist by the name of Thomas W. Gibson who was also the Director of the Ontario Bureau of Mines at the time. So Mr. Ferland would also show this metal to Mr. Gibson as he wanted to know what Fredrick Larose had found. But Mr. Gibson himself had no idea what this metal was but it did remind him of the NIckle ore that were being discovered in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Once the geologist had tested this material he soon identified it to be Niccolite, that was known as Nickel Bearing Material.
As Fredrick Larose was finishing up for the week, he decided to make a pit stop at a store that was owned by Noah and Henry Timmins in Mattawa. Ontario, Canada. At the time Henry was in Montreal but Noah was rather watching the store. These two men had also been part-time prospectors who we're in search of a promising discovery zones. So Mr. Fredrick Larose had decided to show Noah Timmins a piece of the metal he had encountered as a blacksmith. However, Noah Timmins had no idea what this metal was but he did notice an opportunity when he saw it. So nevertheless, he decided to sent Henry a massage as this discovery was very interesting. Within a few day Henry was over at Larose's house in Hull, Quebece to discuss a down painment for the rights he had owned towards this claim. He would additionally offer Mr. Larose a large sum of money at the time that had totaled $3,500 for his rights alone.
By 1905, the Timmins brother had officially became the proud owners of the LaRose Silver Mining Operation. It was during this time period when a shaft was sunken to about 85 feet within the hard solid rock. A level was also shortly after driven on the mines 80 foot section that became achieved by some drifting and crosscutting procedures. By no time the two prospectors we're well off with their discoveries when they ship the first cart load of ore that produce $50,000 worth of Silver, Niccolite, and Cobalt. After two years of fully developing this mining operation, the Timmins Brothers had additionally sunken the shaft to about 200 feet below the shaft collar. It was during this time period when the Timmins Brothers had also opened up a new level that was stationed and cut on the mines 175 foot section. Another huge amount of ore would additionaly be hoisted, and shipped to the concentrator from 1906 to 1907.
Within the following year of 1908, the Timmins Brothers had decided to sell this claim off as they wanted to make new discoveries zones. More so this whole entire mining claim was now being purchased by the La Rose Consolidated Mines Limited. It was during this year that another huge amount of ore bearing silver was shipped by rail to be concentrated. Besides further production the company it self had owned and operated many other mining operations at the time. Some of these historical mining projects became identified as the Lawson Mine, Eplet Mine, Princess Mine, the Fisher Mine, and the Silver Hill Mine projects. Further development was soon escalated by the La Rose Consolidated Mines Limited. when they additionally constructed two intermediate levels that became cut and stationed on the mines 50 and 100 foot levels. They would also open up one main level that was being constructed on the mines 255 foot level as the shaft was 300 feet deep at this time. More so the company would mainly confine its workforce to the intermediate levels as stoping was taking place on the 50 and 100 foot levels. Almost all development on the 50 foot intermediate level was opened up by a northward drift that extended 175 feet from the No. 1 La Rose Shaft. All access to this section of the mine is mainly being achieved by a raise that's located near the surface of the La Rose Silver Mine site. The 50 foot intermediate level is strongly considered for traveling south, and also extends into the Right of Way Mine boundary Line. Besides extending this operation into the boundary line its also reported that this section is being entered by the old Discovery Shaft on the No. 3 vein zone. On the No. 3 vein the 50 foot level has been extended from the main vein at a distance of 165 feet to the east of this operation. As development occurred the company would also establish a raise on the 50 foot level that was driven for a distance of 30 feet and had constructed 120 feet of stoping. Much of this development had taken place when the La Rose Consolidated Mines Limited had commence construction phase on this section of the mining operation. Generally this section it self became establish at a distance of 300 feet from the main vein zone that was following the No. 3 vein.
Within 1908, the company would also put full force towards developing the 80 foot level that was being extended by a very long main drift that traveled north for a distance of 570 feet from the No. 1 shaft operation. At about 320 feet, the main drift section has been further extended by another drift that's been driven to about 320 feet on the No. 10 vein zone. It soon became evident that company officials, and its team of dedicated miners had started to further extend this operation towards the Right of Way Mine. From here the La Rose Consolidated Mines Limited would decide to construct a southerly drift that extended for a distance of 340 feet During this extension phase the company would also construct some stoping procedures but most of the work was being done on the Intermediate levels at the time.
All development within 1908, was also confined to the 100 foot level of the main shaft operation when a winze was sunken from the surface to connect with this level. It soon had its own massive footage of 100 feet and was rather located to the north of the No. 1 shaft operation From here the company and its team of hardworking miners would further develop this section when the drift was extended for a distance of 640 feet. As this expansion had taken place the La Rose Consolidated Mines Limited would also construct a considerable amount of stoping between the shaft and the winze on the 100 foot level. This development would also lead to more stoping that was taking progress to the south of the No. 1 shaft operation as it was being extended to the south limit of the vein zone. A small amount of work would also commence on the 175 foot leve when a north drift was extended for a distance of 450 feet from the main No. 1 shaft.
Company officials from the La Rose Consolidated Mines Limited had also taken progress towards another engineering phase. Much of this development would additionally construct another shaft that was sunken on the south boundary line for a distance of 50 feet below the adit level of the No. 3 vein zone. This major development had also developed another adit zone known as the No. 3 Adit. Historically this mining zone was rather expanded by a long drift that was driven and blasted to about 300 feet east. All development on the No. 10 vein adit would also see its own expansion when it was extended to the Chamber-Ferland Line for a distance of 300 feet. Most of the rich silvery ore is believed to have been stoped out to the surface of this mining section. Another adit that's located north of the No. 10 vein has also been driven for a distance 160 feet to the east of the mine. By this time the company decided to place Bumping tables that became located at the main shaft, and also on the No. 10 vein, as they would use them for hand-sorting the rich ore material. During this time period the company it self would not make any chance to its powerhouse besides upgrading the hoisting system. No other development had occurred within the year of 1908, when the La Rose Silver Mine was rather in steady but high production rate.
Development of the La Rose Silver Mine would continue to take place throughout 1909. Almost all development within this time period was aimed at expanding the 110 foot level. It was rather reported that a huge amount of drifting had occurred when the workings became expanded by 860 feet of drifting to the north, and 340 feet to the south. Much of this whole entire development phase had completed a total lateral development footage of 1,100 feet of drifting on the vein. There was also a drift that was driven from the main vein to intersect with the MacDonal Vein. By this time the company had also expanded this level by 420 feet of drifting. More crosscutting had also occurred when the company had extend this development phase towards the No. 3 vein zone. In total later development it was stated that 575 feet of drifting was done, and had extended 350 feet south of the No. 3 vein. Further development had also commence the sinking phase of an internal winze shaft, which was collared on the 110 foot level. Much of this sinking phase had driven this winze to a depth of 40 feet below the 110 foot level. Even more opening would start to be constructed at the bottom of this winze when a total of 150 feet of drifting was completed.
Far more development would also continue to take place when a crosscut was driven on the 75 foot level of the MacDonald Vein. This whole entire development procedure was being aimed at intersecting with the No. 10 vein zone, and had a total of 75 feet of crosscutting done on it. At the time it was also stated that the No. 3 shaft was reaching a total depth of 110 feet below the shaft collar. It was then extensively opened up by drifting, and a minor amount of crosscutting. Most of the low-grade ore was also being shipped of to the Northern Custom Concentrator for further treatment.
Production from the La Rose Mine was known for processing a total of 14,902,595.09 ounces of silver, and had paid $3,719,862.72 in dividends, and to mine company owners. Almost all shipments within this time period had totalled 4,092,709.33 ounces of silver. Development within 1911, had mainly consisted of 152.5 feet of shaft sinking, 2,046 drifting, 3,136.5 feet of crosscutting, 285.5 feet of raising, and 7,972 cubic feet of stoping. The main shaft operations within this time period had also reach greater depths of 250 feet. With this taking place it was also stated that levels became constructed on the mines 62, 157,and 236 foot section, Production from the mine was mainly being taken from the West Vein, the No. 3 Vein, the MacDonald Vein, and the stockpiles.
It was at this time when a fault was intersected, and had ran nearly parallel to the main vein zone. Some more explorations had soon determined that the conglomerate was discovered to have extended to the lower part of the workings. In addition the La Rose Mines, Limed had also commence development phase of a winze shaft that was collared on the 236 foot level. Much of this became establish because the company wanted to further explore the conglomerate within the Keewatin contact zone. Further assaying of this mine had soon indicated 22.04 ounces of silver per a tonne of ore mined.
Mining operations had continued to proceed throughout 1912, when the working of laRose MIne were extensively being explored. Much of this development had soon commence development phase of a winze that was sunken to a depth of 283 feet below the 236 foot level. In addition this became constructed in order to continue exploring the La Rose Fault. With the winze sunk it was stated that the mine had it's own total depth footage of 521 feet below the surface. At the time it was also being opened up by crosscuts that were driven east, and west on the 380 foot level. It was stated that the east crosscut soon had intersected the fault by extending into the workings by 115 feet of drifting. Drifting within the main fault zone would continue when the company miners had developed a total lateral development footage of 500 feet along the La Rose Fault. There was also a level developed at 230 feet that also intersected the fault, and extended the workings by 200 feet of drifting, Almost all production from the La Rose Mine had produce 852,525.98 ounces of silver from this operation.
A huge amount of explorations had taken place on the 500 foot level of the La Rose Mine, when a crosscut was driven to intersect the main fault below the 500 foot level. Most of this whole entire section was opened up by a total of 130 feet of drifting. In addition to this it was also stated that development had intersected a calcite vein which had showed a small amount of silver. Even more expanding had occurred when an internal shaft was sunken to intersect with the main fault location at 500 feet. There was also more opening made near the bottom level when a total of 80 feet of drifting was done. More so it soon became revealed that the 500 foot level did not produce any paying ore from the calcite vein, and operation were then discontinued. Production from the mine was now mainly being focus on all the levels above the 500 foot level of the La Rose Silver Mine. At the time it was stated that even more explorations became commenced on the 380 foot level, which was within the Conglomerate, and above the Keewatin Contact. This whole entire development had driven cross cuts in three different directions in order to explore this area. . With development taking place it was rather reported that a total of 1,131,235 tonnes of ore was treated, and had produce 578,933.31 ounces of silver.
By this time the La Rose Silver Mine was rather being further explored on the 380 foot level. After not encountering anything encouraging the company had started extending the workings pass the fault zone. It was also at this time when a cross-cut was driven for length of 955 feet from the fault to the boundary line. Even more development had occurred when the North, and South Cross-Cuts became driven for a distance 640 feet, and were considered to have been parallel with the fault. With not enough encouraging results the company decided to abandoned operations at the main shaft when a new one was about to be constructed. This whole entire shaft operation was considered to have been situated west of the railway, and will explore the area which is reported to be covered in deep swamp. It was also stated that much of this area had covered the whole entire La Rose Extention Project, and was also within the Cobalt Lake Fault. Much of this area was determined as the La Rose Extension project. Production within 1914, had treated a total of 418,176 tonnes of ore that produce 455,899.36 ounces of silver bullion that year.
As the mine continued to expand it was also reported that a significant amount of surface prospecting was done on the hill to the eastern side of the La Rose Mine Claims. It soon became reported that several wide trenches had intersected small branches of known veins within this area.
Explorations within this year became aimed at exploring the La Rose Extension to the west side of the Cobalt Lake Fault. Almost all the ore within this section was rather discovered to the east of this fault location In which it soon had permeated the development of a new shaft, which was sunken to a depth of 407 feet on the contact zone. There was also a level which soon became opened up on the mines 350 foot level, and was extended by 2,225 feet of crosscutting. At the time it was rather considered that no ore value was encounter within this development phase.
For the most part it was also stated that production was mainly taken from the stockpiles as the mill had only treated a total of 54,229 tonnes of ore. Nothing else had taken place when much of the work was being confined to other properties that the company owned in New Brunswick, Timmins, and Cobalt, Canada.
Production was still being taken from the underground workings when 934,5 feet of drifting, 305 feet of crosscutting, 270 feet of raising, and 334 cubic yards of stoping was completed. There was also a small amount of trenching establish which had consist of 88 feet in all surface explorations that year,
Another extensive development phase had continued to expand the La Rose Mine workings within that year. In addition it was also stated that a total of 438 feet of development work was also completed but did not intersect any new ore-bodies. Almost all the production was mainly taken from veins 6-A and 8-A. This whole entire area was rather discovered within the previous year of 1917, but wouldn't become developed till 1918. More so it was at this time when a clean up was being establish on the old stopes, and pillars in the main vein zone, and Vein No.'s 3, 9 10, and 12. Even the surface dumps that still contained ore became milled which had led to the exhaustion of the ore-piles. By this time the concentrator had also treated a total of 36,611 tonnes of ore, which had an average grade of 7.71 ounces per a tonne of mined ore. Further processing soon produce a total of 842.4 tonnes, which contained 267.88 ounces per a tonne or a total of 225,665.21 ounces of silver.
No development had occurred within this time period besides the company doing a small amount of ore shipments. At the time it was rather reported that the company would end up shipping a total of 7,840 tonnes of ore to the concentrator. This whole entire shipment was commonly considered to have an average grade of 12.5 ounces of silver per a tonne, In total processing it was also confirmed that the concentrator would end up producing 30,117 ounces of silver from high grade content, and cobalt, which had a total output of 127,446 ounces of silver.
The La Rose Mine would continue to operate during 1920, and had a total of 118.5 feet of drifting, 183.5 feet of raising, and 4,635 cubic yards of stoping. In all production the La Rose Mine was considered to have shipped a total of 10,134 tonnes of ore to the concentrator. More so it became reported that much of this ore had assayed 16.2 ounces of silver per a tonne of ore, and had produce 3,873 ounces of silver from high-grade silver, and cobalt ores. Even more silver became produce from this production when the output had now totalled 167,553 ounces of silver. Almost all of this production was taken from the old stopes, and pillar of the Powder House Vein, which still had a total of 3,000 tonnes of broken down ore remaining.
Mining operations at the La Rose Mine became abandoned within this time period of extracting all the ore from the underground workings. Nothing else had taken place as the company had continued to lease several other mining operations in the area.
It was during 1921, when most of the main working became flooded as exception became made to keep the flow of water out from the tunnels. Further so the company had also completed a geological mapping of the workings within the mine that became done by a geologist named Mr. James Hill. In addition to this, the La Rose Mine was also one of the first mines to place a blast on the main vein zone. From all production the mine would also produce a large quantity of gold that ended up totaling 17,479,977 ounces of Ag till the end of 1922.
Much of the main vein zone was considered to also have been one of the most important veins within the mine. Development of the main vein within the 62 foot level was known to have an ore-shoot that extend for 850 feet. Ore that came from this section was rather stated to have also produce 700 to 1,000 ounces per a tonne of ore that was taken from the drift section on this level. In other places the vein became reported to have also been richer which obtained between 3,000 to 14,000 ounces per a tonne in Ag. Generally, the vein within the La Rose Mines was considered to be made up of several parallel veins with average widths of 8 to 12 inches. Minor faulting is also considered to take place within this mining operation, that was known as the Cobalt Lake Fault. It rather had its own displacements that sometimes had displace the vein for nearly 275 feet. Prospecting of this fault section had continued down to the mines 625 foot level. As this became achieved it was reported that no commercial grade ore was found within this fault section besides a large vein of calcite was discovered.
Drifting on the fault section within the 385 foot level had extended the working for nearly 500 feet before a strong calcite vein was encountered. At the time it was reported that this newly discovered vein had its own width of 3 feet in places. Ore from this section was reported to also carry silver but it wasn't considered to be high-grade prior to development.
Development on the 500 foot level was stated to have extended the working for a distance of 130 feet within the Cobalt Lake Fault. With development taking place the company also reported that a large calcite vein was uncovered but only carried small amounts of silver. There was also an inclined shaft that became driven for a distance of 233 feet below the fault on the 500 foot level. Drifting was also reported to have establish new levels at 215 feet within this inclined shaft that became drifted on for a distance of 80 feet both ways. This development phase did not encounter any commercial grade ore of importance within this section.
The main La Rose Vein within this mining operation was also reported to have extended into the Cobalt Lake Fault at the north and south ends. Other company statements had also stated that the La Rose Vein was rather considered as branch fracture of the Cobalt Lake Fault, in which rises up vertically from the fault. In addition to this, the company also had reported that the La Rose Vein was never encountered to the west side as it was search in the La Rose, La Rose Extension, Chamber-Ferland, and the Right Away Mines sites.
Another two vein which are also within the La Rose Mine are considered to be determined as the MacDonald Vein, and the No. 3 vein zones. Much of these veins are considered to strike eastward and southwestward or on an angle to the right of the main vein zone. The MacDonald is also stated to extend into the O'Brien, then continues eastward across the O'Brien, and possibly into the Violet Mine. In addition to this, the combine length of the MacDonald Vein into the three properties is considered to travel two-thirds of a mile, which one of the longest vein systems in the Cobalt Camp. Most of the ore-shoots on this vein were also reported to have been non continuous due to the possibility of faulting.
In the O'Brien Mine the MacDonald Vein system is known as the No. 1 vein. At the time it was also stated that the No. 1 vein did not connect with the Violet Veins. More so this reporting was also stated to have not determined if the No. 1 vein even connects with the Violet Veins. Within the La Rose Mine, the MacDonald Vein is considered to have its own stope section that extends for a distance of 425 feet long, while the O'Brien Stope is 900 feet long. This is rather known to make a continuous ore shoot that has its own length of 1,345 feet into both properties.
The No. 3 vein was considered to have extended into the Cobalt Series before connecting with the Keewatin Series Rocks. Within the Keewatin formation the No. 3 Vein is considered to be a high-grade vein that extends to the 135 foot level of the No. 3 Shaft. Other examinations of this vein system had revealed that the vein was smaller in size, and had only contained low-grade ore on the 236 foot level.
There's also another fault section that crosses the La Rose Property in which is determined as the No. 64 Fault. At the time it was strongly reported that this fault section had been followed by tunneling at the northeast corner of this claim. Much of the fault section was reported to have been a normal one, and had its own displacement for length of 4 to 5 feet, with the south side being the downthrow side of this fault. It also contains a fault breccia that is considered to be a foot wide in places, with the fault being a vertical one. In addition to this, a vein is also known to occur within this fault section that continuous for quite the distance before it leaves the fault, and turns southwestward into the Chamber Ferland Property. This fault section is also considered to extend westward into the Chamber Ferland, Nipissing, and Hudson Bay Mine Sites. But at the time it was rather stated that this fault had not been followed by mine workings that extend into the Cobalt Lake Fault. to determine this.
The La Rose Extension was not considered to have produce any silver, but a considerable amount of work had been done on it. One of the main levels within this shaft is known to be establish on the mines 340 foot level of the No. 10 shaft operation. This whole entire level is also considered to be driven all in Cobalt Series, and a major fault became met within the three crosscuts to the north of the shaft. Much of this fault is consider to also dip at 58 to 62 degrees southeastward. Almost all the rocks on the first level crosscut to the north of the shaft it rather stated that the rocks are crushed for about 100 feet in the vicinity of the No. 10 Shaft.