Timmins, Ontario, Canada was rather one of the most gold prolific areas to hit the province of Ontario, Canada in 1910. This whole entire gold discovery was first discovered by the Porcupine Gold Mines, Limited. Much of the whole entire gold discovery was reported to have been uncovered in the southeast quarter of the south half of Lot. 10 in the first concession of Tisdale Township. With good indications of gold the company had additionally sunk a prospect shaft to the depth of 100 feet below the surface. Development would continue when an east crosscut was driven for 50 feet in order to intersect the vein. From this point on it was rather reported to have been satisfactory which resulted in extending the working by 60 feet of drifting to the north and south of this crosscut. Other development was also focus on opening up another vein when the No. 2 prospect shaft was sunk 40 feet below the surface. Power at the time was being obtained from a small plant that consisted of a 40 H.P Boiler,a small compressor, and hoist. Some more upgrade would follow suit when a new Nissen Stamp was place into operation on January, 1, 1910.
1911 - Vipond Porcupine Gold Mines, Limited.
Descriptions of the Vipond Mine in 1910 had stated that this operation was one of the earliest mines to go into production. Much of the geology which encloses the vein is known to be an altered greenstone which often shows amygduics. Statements from the company had also stated that it was some what schistose but was considered more massive than the altered porphyries near pear lake. Generally the characteristics of this formation is known to be formed in torsion cracks which are often seen in Keewatin Greenstone.
It was in 1911 when the Vipond Gold Mine was stated to have been considerably developed with most of this being confined to the No. 2 and 3 veins. These veins alone are considered to have a strike NE-SW and became partially developed on the 100, and 200 foot levels. So during this time period drifting had exposed the ore-body for a distance of 430 feet on the No. 1 vein of the 100 foot level. The downward extension of this vein was stated to have been followed down to the 200 foot level of the Vipond Gold Project that was exposed for a distance of 350 feet. Development of the No. 3 vein was rather commenced during this time period which was reached by a crosscut that showed a width of 30 feet of banded quartz, and schist. Reports from the company also stated that 20 feet of this width was considered mill value. In total drifting the company had so far accomplish 2,000 feet of drifting which indicated that the vein dip at an high angle to the S.E. Further geological reports indicated that the 100 foot level had also encountered an ankerite vein along the foot wall of the No. 1 vein. Predictions had stated that this ankerite formation was considered to have been formed before the quartz vein. Some dark streaks of the ankerite formation were also noted to have been within the No. 2 vein which was parallel with the vein. Sampling of the vein stated that the actual width was reported to have been 3 1/2 feet. More geological statements had stated that the only sulphide in the vein is pyrite while the rest was considered free milling.
Generally the ore that comes from the mine was known to pass through grizzleys which are spaced at 1 1/2 inch. All the oversize ore is considered to also have went through a jaw crusher which had joined the grizzley product that goes through rolls set to 3/4 of an inch. From here the fine crushed ore is than elevated to 200 ton bins. Once the ore become place into these bins its than pass through a James Feeder to two 4 1/2 foot hardinge ball mills with chrome steel lining, and 3 inch chrome steel balls. Milling is than known to crush the ore into 20 meshes before the head assay of this ore is taken and passed through a Colbath classifier. The slime that is 120 mesh and over is known to pass directly into plates which the sands are discharge automatically to the feed boxes of two 6 1/2 by 6 foot Hardinge pebble mills. From here the product is than discharged into another Colbath Classifier. After the 120 mesh is considered to be returned to the pebble mills, and the 120 mesh goes over plates. Once the 120 mesh goes through the plates its than known to either be transported to the storage dam or delivered as waste material.
1912 - Vipond Porcupine Gold Mines, Limited.
Even further development had continued when the No. 1 shaft operation was officially sunken to a depth of 325 feet below the surface. Development during this time period had expanded the 100 foot level by 670 feet of drifting, and 540 feet of crosscutting. Some more expanding also occurred on the 200 foot level when it now had 1,000 feet of drifting, and 550 feet of crosscutting Another level at 300 feet also became extended by 350 feet of drifting, and 450 feet of crosscutting. With sadisfactory results the company had place their new mill into production in July, and would be officially closed down in October. The milling facility at the time was reported to have its own capacity of 100 tonnes per a day. Much of the whole entire mill was stated to have been equipeted with a Jaw Crusher, Rolls, Hardinge Ball and Pebble mIlls. and classifiers Before the ore becomes milled its crushed into 200 ton mesh and than amalgamated on plates.
1914 - Vipond Porcupine Gold Mines, Limited.
Mining operations at the Porcupine Vipond Mine were stated to have once again resumed operations on August, 1914. During this time period it was stated that altercations were being made to the mill and cyanide plant in which it would increase the capacity to 90 tons per a day. Almost all development during the previous years of operating was stated to have been satisfactory on the 300 foot level of this gold project. Employment at the time was stated to have also been at 70 miners who became employed once operations resumed. In total lateral development the company had reported the completion 373 feet of drifting, 82 feet of crosscutting, and 187 feet of raising. Company officials had also sunk a small internal winze shaft that was collared on the mines 300 foot level to a depth of 22 feet. Development in 1914 was known to have consisted of 2,902.4 feet of drifting, and 1,757 feet of crosscutting.
Ore from the mine was reported to have been trammed from the shaft house in 14 cubic foot cars before being weighed on Fairbanks Track Scales. From here the ore becomes dumped into a small bin from which it is than fed into 10 by 16 inch Buchanan Crusher of the Blake Type. This whole entire crusher is rather stated to have been driven by a 15 H.P G.E Motor. Crushing of the ore is known to reduce the ore to 1 1/2 inch pieces, which drops the ore by gravity into a feed hopper of a set of 26 by 16 balanced sturtevant rocks, crushing to 3/4 inch pieces. After being finely crushed the ore is than dropped into a boot of a 5 by 8 foot bucket elevator. Generally the bucket elevator was stated to have traveled at a rate of 250 feet per a minute, and became discharge on to a 16 inch belt conveyor which distributes the ore into 250 ton bins. The rolls at that time became driven by 15 H.P G.E motors with the elevator and conveyor being driven from a line shaft run that was operated by a 10 H.P Motor. Once the ore makes its way to the storage bin its than drawn through two James Belt feeders, and delivered to two 4 1/2 foot Hardinge Mills. Each of these mills were considered to also be driven by a 20 H.P G.E Motor.that is charged with 4,000 lb.of chrome steel ball, and revolves at the rate of 27 rev. per minute. .In addition to this the company had added five-inch steel balls on a daily base with the consumption being at 5 LBs per a tonne of ore milled. A solution is than considered to be added which the ratio is than maintained to about 45% moisture. The ore is then commonly considered to have also been reduced within the ball mills to 1/4 inch mesh and finer. More statements stated that 4 LB of lime was added pera ton of ore treated in order to secure the proper prospective alkanlinity. Mill solutions during this time period also became maintained at about 1.2 KCN.
Much of the pulp within each ball mill is considered to be further diluted to about 3 of the solution to 1 of ore, which is than drop into to Colbath Classifiers. These two Colbath Classifiers are also stated to have a running capacity in a close circuit with two Hardinge 6 by 72 inch pebble mills. Mainly this set up was aimed at being able to shut down one of the Colbath Classifiers without interfering with the other one. All the discharge from the classifier was stated to have given three percent on 80 mesh, and 70 percent through 200 mesh. Each of the pebble mills are considered to also be driven by a 35 H.P G.E Motor, and run at a rate of 30 rev. per min. These are known to be operated by No. 4 French Pebbles, and the consumption was known to be 4 1/2 lb. per ton of ore treated. Generally the mills within this mill were considered to also be lined with silex block lining. Processing of the ore does not stop here as the pulp is than led to a 54 inch Frenier Pump, which elevates it to 12 feet into the No. 1 thickener. All the overflow from the No. 1 thickener is known to amount to 300 tonnes per 24 hours. From here its considered to be clarified by drawing through leaves by means of a 7 by 6 inch Gould Vacuum Pump, which discharges into a 6 by 6 foot gold solution tank. As the solution makes its way into the gold tank its than place through another phase where zinc dust is added to the proportion of 8 LB. per a ton of ore. This solution is known to be drawn through a 5 by 7 foot Deming Triplex pump, and pumped through a Merrill 36 inch precipitation press of which where there are two units. Company statements had also stated that the underflow from the No. 1 thickener, which is 26 by 10 feet, is known to drawn through a No. 5 Gould diaphragm pump which had elevated the pulp to 12 feet, and discharges it into the first series of 10 by 12 Dorr Agitators that were connected in series.The pulp which was considered to have been 35% moisture is than diluted to 60% and after passing through the agitators it is discharge into the first of a series of four 26 by 10 foot Dorr Thickeners, which once had run in an ordinary counter current way. More so the transfers of the underflow are mainly made by Gould Diaphragm pumps, which air lifts the solutions joining the underflows in mixing cones and being thoroughly agitated before discharging into the next thickener. Water is than stated to have been added to the last thickener to replace the solution and barren solution discharging from the precipitation press is added to the next and last thickener. All the overflow from the No. 2 thickener was considered to have also been pumped back to the mill storage, and fed to the bail mills.
Company officials from the Vipond Porcupine Mines, Limited had rather re-organized themselves to form the Porcupine Vipond Mines, Limited. Development during 1915 was mainly confined to drifting on the 200 foot level that extended to the west limits of the north Vipond Lot. Much of the vein within this level was reported to have continued further on to the boundary of this property. This had additionally sunk a vertical two compartment internal winze shaft to a depth of 220 feet on the 300 foot level. With this major development taking place the company was able to establish new levels at 400 and 500 feet below the shaft collar. It was also within that time period when the internal winze became equipped with a cage that start explorations on the mines 400 and 500 foot levels. More statements from the Porcupine Vipond Gold Mines, Limited had stated that these working will be continued under the shaft where a connection will than be made. Lateral development that was completed during this time period had consisted of 1,198.8 feet of drifting, and 218 feet of crosscutting, Even more explorations had continued when diamond drilling had officially totalled 524 feet in length during 1915.
Milling at the time was reported to have been in continuous operation during its production year in 1915. There was also more installations added when the company had installed a 6 foot Hardinge Ball Mill to replace one of the 4 1/2 foot units. Even more development occurred when the company had constructed a storage bin for the crusher had resulted in increasing the capacity from 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes of ore a month. Production from the mill had treated a total of 35,899 tons of ore that produce 11,978.66 fine oz of gold, and 1,455.39 oz of silver bullion. From all of this production the company was able to maintain a gross value of $269,667.42 in all recovered bullion. All production from the mill was stated to have been drawn from many different areas of production. For instance a total of 31,598 tonnes was produced from stopes, while 4,077 tonnes was produced from development, and 224 tonnes was taken from the dump. Other company statements had stated that the ore-reserves within the Vipond Mine was marked down at 90,000 tons in which had valued $587,280.00 in 1915. There was also a total of 17,130 tons of ore that was broken and stored within the stope sections of the Porcupine Vipond Gold Mine
1916 - Amalgamation between Porcupine Vipond Mines, Limited and North Thompson Associated Gold Mines, Limited. to form V.N.T Gold Mines, Limited.
This whole entire company amalgamation was reported to have been done in efforts to bring the Thompson Mine, and Vipond Mines into one continuous mining operation in 1916. More so the whole entire amalgamation had rather incorporated a new company which was known as V.N.T Gold Mines, Limited. Development on the VIpond Gold Property had resulted in sinking the shaft to a depth of 400 feet below the shaft collar. Other development that took place was the sinking of an internal winze shaft from the 400 foot level to the 500 foot level. Development within 1916 was confined to expanding the 400 and 500 foot level of the Vipond Mine towards the direction of the North Thompson Mine. More so this development phase resulted in 1,000 feet of drifting, and crosscutting that was done on the 400 and 500 foot levels. In addition to development the company also completed a total of 2,000 feet of diamond drilling in 1916. Production from the mine was reported to have amounted to 43,041 tons of ore that recovered 12,508.9 Troy ounces of gold bullion. This whole entire production had yeilded 8,508.7 ounces of fine gold, and 1,255.0 ounces of silver. For the most part the average tonnage which was treated on a monthly basis had amounted to 3,681 tonnes of ore. No changes were reported to have been done to the processing of the gold bearing ore within this time period.
1917 - V.N.T Gold Mines, Limited
No additional production was reported to have escalated from the Vipond Gold Mine as much of the production was focus on the North Thompson Mine. The reason for not producing any ore from the Vipond Mine was because the company was working on connecting it with the North Thompson Mine workings. Much of the whole entire milling facility was kept operation in order to treat the ore that came from the North Thompson Mine. In total production the mill was reported to recovered a total of 19,360 ounces of gold bullion that year. Further installations also had taken place when the company added a new electrically driven Ingersoll Rand Compressor with a capacity of 7,050 cubic feet.
1918 - V.N.T Gold Mines, Limited
Development was confined to the North Thompson Mine property at the time while the working at Vipond became extended. Milling within this time period was also being focus on treating the ore that had came from the North Thompson Gold Property.
1922 - Company and properties purchase by the Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited
It was by July, 22, 1922 when the V.N.T Gold Mines, Limited had became succeeded by the newly formed Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited. No additional development was reported to have to place at both mine sites prior to this ownership changes. Much of the newly incorporated company was stated to have a new capitalization of $2,000,000 that were divided into shares of 1 par value. The former owners who previously owned this operation had also recieved one share of the new stock for three shares of the old stock.
1923 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited
After laying idle for several years the Vipond Gold Mine was brought back into production once again.This whole entire opening resulted when explorations of the property and the working had encountered the Central Ore Zone. It was rather stated that the whole entire Vipond North Thompson Property had included a network of three different vein systems. This became determined as the North Thompson System in which the No.1 vein was traced to the 733 foot level. Another vein known as the No. 5 vein was stated to have been developed on the 500, 600, and 733 foot levels of the North Thompson Mine. Besides the North Thompson system the company also had other vein areas like the old Vipond Mine System, and the newly discovered central system. It was rather stated that the Central System of the Vipond Mine had comprised of several vein known as the No. 9, 10, 12, and 14. These areas of interest were considered to have been opened up on several levels that became determined as the 300, 400, 500, 600, and 700 foot levels of both operations.. Other company statements had stated that the grade in the first two systems was low but the third was extremely rich in assaying. Explorations of this area resulted in confirming a greater dimension and higher grade than most mines in the Porcupine area. Much of the lenses of ore are known to occur at various horizons, which are 200 to 250 feet long and 15 to 20 feed wide, with the exceptional widths of 40 feet in some areas. While being irregular in size, two or three branching bodies occur in close association. All mining operations at this time were also being confined to the three compartment shaft on the North Thompson Property which was located on claim No.13208.
North Thompson Mine History - 1923
Levels within the North Thompson Mine are known to be establish at 100 foot intervals down to the 600 foot level, in which other levels become develop at 733, 866, and 1,000 feet. For the most part the two mines are known to be connected by raises that are driven to the 500 foot level of the Vipond Mine. All development in 1922 had consisted of 8,042 feet in which was establish from drifting, crosscutting, raising, and sinking. Even more diamond drilling had also commence when 3,867 feet was completed that year. All the veins within the Vipond North-Thompson Mine are considered to be all opened by drifting, and crosscutting. Stoping within these mining operations were also developed by the shrinkage method with both timber and solid back supports.
Milling within this time period was also officially resumed on November, 29, 1923. and had an average production of 120 to 150 tons of ore per a day. Other company statements had stated that stoping procedures on the central vein system had reach any greater height above the levels. Employment within the Vipond Mine was also known to consist of 100 miners who work for this company at one point in time. The mill that was also formerly adjusted to the Vipond ore became remodeled in order to treat the ore which came from the Central Vein System.This whole entire upgrade had installed a agitator wing, and another agitator with a mechanism which was also added. Other additions were aimed at upgrading the five old thickeners that now became equipped with trays. and the elevation was also raise so that all the solutions overflow by gravity. With new upgrades being made to the mill, this company had also added new diaphragm pumps that became installed with each thickener. Some more installations also had included a new areial tram, and new primary crushing equipment. Besides these new installations the mill also had included Allis Chalmers, Style N Gates Crusher, with a 40 H.P motor,a 14 inch conveyor belt set at 21 degree speed at 125 per minutes, a set of Allis Chalmers ,36 by 16 inch, style B, Crushing rolls, set at one-half inch, a bucket elevator, 12 inch belt, with7 by 12 inch buckets for rolls, conveyor, and elevator with a 25 H.P Motor.
Other development during that year had also constructed a new Primary Crushing Plant that was situated 120 feet from the North Thompson Shaft. In addition to this development the company also had installed a covered trestleway from the Shaft Head to the Primary Crushing Plant. The whole entire crusher building at the time was stated to have been 84 by 30 feet which was made from frame construction and covered by galvanized iron. From here two bucket rock tramways are considered to connect the Primary Crushing Plant with the mill at a distance of 900 feet each. As the ore reaches the mill, it than becomes dumped into a 390 ton bin. Much of the whole entire tramway was also stated to have been operated by a 10 H.P motor of 750 R.P.M. All the ore from the mill bin was reported to have been fed on a James Feeder to two Hardinge Ball Mills, and the grinding is considered to be done in a cyanide solution. Generally the large section of the mill was commonly driven by a 50 H.P motor of 500 R.P.M, while the small section was operated by 35 H.P Motor of 750 R.P.M. For the most part the oversized trommels with a one-eighth inch opening was known to have been returned to the mills for regrinding. In other cases the undersized material had went to two Hardinge Pebble Mills, which had operated in a rather closed circuit with a Dorr Classifier by a 7 1/2 H.P Motor of 720 R.P.M.
From the pebble mills, the ground pulp is considered to be split which passes to a Dorr Tray Thickener that's fitted with webber pulp sealed boot. This type of phase was rather reported to have gave all the advantages of the ordinary thickener. Much of this resulted in making it possible to only use one diaphragm pump for the discharge of both compartments of the thickener. From here the solution is than sent through a classifier which is than precipitated with zinc dust, using the Crowe system. At this point the resulting precipitation was than considered to be melted directly . The pulp is than known to pass through the thickener which is given the usual cyanide treatment in Dorr Agitators, which is followed by a four step counter current wash, These agigtators are considered to also be driven by a 15 H.P motor of 720 R.P.M. All milling operations within that time period had also treated a total of 165 tons of ore on a daily basis.
1924 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited
It was in 1924, when the company had acquired the interests to other claim groups that were owned by Inspiration Gold Mines, Limited. These claims are all considered to have been located on the southwest portion of Tisdale Township, in which the Inspirational claims were west and south of the Thompson Krist Claims. In several cases these claims were reported to have also been located between them and the Vipond Holdings. During 1924, these claims were reported to have also been used as a tailing disposal area, Further shaft sinking was also taking place when the shaft had reach 1,210 feet below the surface of the Vipond Gold Mine. All development during that year had consisted of 3,904.5 feet of drifting, and crosscutting, and 918.5 feet of raising. Underground diamond drilling within 1924 had amounted to total length of 12,880 feet. Diamond drilling within the Vipond Mine site had indicated a considerable amount of ore that was still within the Vipond Mine property. This diamond drilling program had also outlined the continuous shoot of ore that came from the Central Vein system below the 1,000 foot level. With these indications made the company would also establish a new level that became cut and stationed on the mines 1,200 foot section. For the most part the total ore reserves that were estimated as developed had totaled 250,000 tonnes of ore that had a value of $2,400,000 at the time. Other statements had stated that this also included 56,000 tonnes of broken ore reserves which valued at $520,000.
The whole entire milling facility was reported to have been operated continuously through out 1924. Production resulted in the treatment of 60,344 tonnes of an average value of $10.62 per a ton were treated. Much of the bullion value of this ore was reported to have given the company a gross value of $582,925.66 in 1924. From all production that amounted to the end of July 31, 1925, had totaled $1,770,425.40 in bullion. Even a significant amount of employees became employed at the mine which had consisted of 125 miners.
1925 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited
Underground development of the Vipond Mine had resulted in 7,643.5 feet of drifting, and crosscutting, and 1,349 feet of raising. Production from the mine was rather reported to have been taken from development, and stope sections. In total production the company was able to hoist 64,676 tonnes of ore from the underground workings. Some underground diamond drilling was also completed that totaled 15,306 feet in length.
Besides development the Vipond Consolidated Mines had also made additions and adjustments towards its mill which would increase production to 300 tons of ore per a day. Company statements had also stated that the enlarge plant was officially in operation by July, 1, 1926. This resulted in the development of a 60 by 34 foot mill addition for the filter section, and another addition that was 30 by 40 feet for the tube mill and tables. In addition to this upgrade the two small Hardinge Ball Mills became replace by an 8 foot hardinge Mill, which doubled the Ball Mill Capacity. These newly made additions had now operated the mill by a 150 H.P motor of 400 R.P.M. Another tube mill that was 5 by 18 feet became also added and was driven by a 75 H.P motor of 400 R.P.M. With the mill continuing to expand the company would also convert one thickener into an agitator for additional agitator capacity. Ore reserves within the Vipond Mine were reported to have estimated 300,000 tons of ore with a gross value of $2,475,000 in gold and silver bullion. Production from the mill was stated to have treated a total of 64,522 tons of ore that came from this gold project in 1925.
1926 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, LImited
It was rather in 1926, when another purchase was finalized for four adjoining claims that became known as The Porcupine Crown and Thompson-Krisp properties. Company statements had stated that these claims were rather purchase from the British Porcupine Mines, Limited. With this purchase made the Vipond Property was considered to have now consisted of 8 eight claims comprising of 320 acres of mining land. Another interest at the time was stated to have been aimed at a purchasing deal for the Ridgeley Claims that totaled. This area was rather reported to have comprised of 6 claims which was located east of the Coniaurum Property.
Lateral development within the mine continued to become extensive during 1926, which resulted to expanding the workings. These underground workings were reported to have been extended by 3,043 feet of drifting, and crosscutting, and 672 feet of raising. With the mine continuing to expand the company would also hoist 95,700 tonnes of ore from this gold project. Even further diamond drilling had also continued when the company had completed 14,435 feet in length. Estimations at the time were reported to have costed the company $1.56 per a foot of diamond drilling. A recalculation was also reported to have been made on the ore reserves within the Vipond Mine which totaled approximately 170,000 tonnes of ore. In total gross value this had also contained a gold and silver bullion value of $1,400,000. Other statements from the company had stated that the ore-reserves within the Vipond Mine were calculated wrong in which resulted in over one million dollars of wrong ore reserve value calculations. Even more low grade ore discoveries were reported to have also been made in the newly acquired properties.
Explorations and extractions in 1926, had resulted in the failed attempt to provide the much needed ore in grade and quantity. It was at this time when the company would also delete several production zone blocks as they were reported to have carried low grade ore that was not keeping up with production standards. Other statements from the company had also reported that these figures had made no allowance for any ore below the outcrop of the No. 16 Vein or in other localities where the ore is known to exist. These reserves were rather reported to have not been calculated due to the fact of limited amount of geological data on these areas.
Even far more extensive explorations had taken place in order to extended the ore-body at various horizons, down and below the deepest levels. These indications had resulted that the chances for any new ore discoveries was rather cited in becoming restricted within the original four claims of this company. Other company statements had stated that the original claim groups, and the ones purchase from the British Porcupine Mines, Limited were still considered to hold gold values. For the most part this geological information was reported to have been obtained by extensive explorations and diamond drilling. Even further explorations on the Ridgeley Claims were considered to have provided economic gold values with interesting results. This claim was rather the one i mention earlier which adjoins the Coniaurum Gold Property.
Production from the mill was also stated to have treated a total of 95,799 tonnes of ore that gave the company a gross value of $786,568.74 in gold and silver bullion. From all production the Vipond North Thompson Mine was considered to have produce a total bullion value of $3,041,320.72. Milling within this time period was also stated to have its own average production value of $8.21 per a ton of ore milled. Mining operations at the time were also being done with a workforce of 150 miners who became employed within the mine, mill, and surface operations. . .
1927 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited.
Company statements for 1927, had reported that mining operation continued to July, 31,1928. As the working once again became expanded by 4,228.5 feet of drifting and crosscutting and 788 feet of raising. This development resulted in obtain another high tonnage of ore that totaled 85,744 tons of ore that came from these workings. A total of 74,933 tons was reported to have also been taken from the stope section during this time period of operating. Diamond drilling within 1927 had totaled 1,994 feet of drilling from the surface, and 11,704 from underground. As the mine continued to expand the company had also conducted further explorations on the newly acquired properties, and had also continued exploring the older portion of this mine. This whole entire exploration procedures was reported to have also continued to the west on the South Thompson Claims, and southeast of the old workings along the No. 9 vein. Other company statements had stated that the No. 9 vein was also explored on the 866 foot level. With good indications the company had driven a crosscut south to the southern boundary of this claim. The workings from that point were stated to have continued to the west in order to intersect a porphyry formation With the development expanding towards the porphyry this resulted in even more satisfying results as the working approach the porphyry formation.
Explorations in 1927 had also commence on a second area which was southeast of the main shaft operation, and along the No. 9 vein. Ore within that section was also stated to have been extensively developed on the 500, 600, and 733 foot level of the North Thompson Shaft. Development work which had taken place on the 733 foot level had also exposed another vein system for a length of 170 feet which average 814 feet in width, and assayed $9.90 per a ton. The calculation of ore reserves had continued till July, 31, 1928, which were estimated to contain 116,905 tons of ore that valued $890,000. This estimation did not included the ore reserves which were encountered on the 733 foot level of the North Thompson Shaft.
Milling within 1927, had also treated a total of 86,727 tons of ore that came from the Vipond North-Thompson Mine at the time. All milling within this time period was also stated to produce an average value of $8.12 per a ton of ore mined. In total bullion production the Vipond Consolidated Mines would gain a gross value of $703,897.20. From all production the company had also produce a bullion recovery that had totaled $646,896.18. With these recoveries and gross values made the mine had now produce $3,688,216.90 in total recovered bullion from all production.
1928 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited
Company officials from the Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited had stated that active exploration and development had occurred on various part of this property in 1927. From all of this development and explorations the company had also stated that fair results were obtained in several area of the Vipond North-Thompson Mine. For the most part development and explorations were mainly focus on the 709 drift area on the No. 9 vein that was south east of the level up to the 400 foot horizon. Explorations from this area had resulted in an increase of ore reserves that valued $1,000,000 in ore at an average of $9. per a ton. Other company statements had stated that this new indication had opened up the opportunity in extending the ore further within the mine.
Other major development had continued to expand the 400 foot level when an ore occurrence was discovered. In addition to this discovery, this had would indicated the continuation of some southerly veins that came from the Hollinger Mine workings. At the time the Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited had stated that the ore within the 400 foot level was exposed for a length of 175 feet. The ore within this section is also considered to have assayed at $7.00 per a ton over an average width of 110 inches. For the most part this area was reported to have been further investigated in order to confirm its continuation on the 500 foot levels by means of a crosscut. Other statements from the company stated that this section was not taken into consideration prior to the estimation of ore reserves at the time. Development within 1928, had consisted of 6,243 feet of drifting and crosscutting in which had costed $77,241.53, and 473 feet of raising at a cost of $8,665.98. Diamond drilling was mainly taken from underground which had its own total length of 8,113 feet, and had costed the company 14,558.96 to complete. From all extractions and development the company end up hoisting a total of 100,259 tonnes of ore from the workings that year.
Much of the whole entire milling facility was also operated continuously when it had treated 100,540 tonnes of ore. Much of the average value per a ton was reported to have been estimated at $8.63 per a ton of ore milled, in which it produce a gross value of $867,749.38. In total bullion gross recovery the mill had produce a value of $797,113.78 From all bullion produce the company now had totaled its gross recovery from all production that was reported to have a value of $4,485,330.68 in gold and silver that came from this gold project.
A calculations was made on the ore reserves by July, 31, 1929, which had indicated 110,800 tonnes of ore that graded at $8.16 per a ton or a total gross value of $1,018,000. The 400 foot level within this time period was not indicated in the ore reserves along with the north zone that had estimated to contain a high tonnage of ore in the central vein system.
1930 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited
Other company statements had stated that development and exploration was rather satisfactory within this time period of operating. Some ore was also reported to have been secured within the 5 to 8 system, while another section was indicated in the No 709 drift area, and the No. 426 drift area. Much of the whole entire ore-body that was discovered on the norther part of the property had indicated a downward continuation to the 500 foot level. With good indications made the company had continued to explore the downward extent of these veins on the 500, 600, and 733 foot levels of the Vipond North-Thompson Mine area.
Other statements had stated that the ore on the No. 426 drift was reported to have also been at the same horizons which are indicated as Nos. 427, and 409. Some more statements had also stated that this area was believe to be within a shear zone which had cross the property, and with these indications made it is believe that new discoveries will be made. Some more development had also extended the No.810 crosscut which had reach the porphyry contact on the Krist Claim, which was opened up on the 866 foot level. These new ore indications had soon resulted in satisfactory results to continue further exploration of this area. All development in 1930 had consisted of 5,655 feet of drifting and crosscutting, and 582.5 feet of raising. Diamond drilling from underground had amounted to a total of 11,119 feet which had costed $17,763.83 to complete. From all production the mine was stated to have produce 113,281 tonnes of ore that was hoisted from the Vipond North-Thompson Mine workings. A total of 106,029 tonnes of ore was rather stated to have been taken from the stope sections within this time period of operating the mine. The remainder of this ore was also reported to have been taken from various development which became achieved.
Milling operations in 1930 had treated a total of 113,329 tonnes of ore which had an average value of $8.71 per a ton. Company officials during this time period of operating would additionally obtain a gross recovery of $987,095.59, while the bullion value recovered was at $896,397.61. With the year ending on July, 31, 1930, the company had also reported that the mine had produce $5,381,728.29 in total gold, and silver bullion. Ore reserves within 1930, had been indicated at 164,525 tonnes of ore at $8.23 or a gross recovery of $1,346,000. This estimation did no included other parts of the mine which were being explored by development at the time.
1931 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited
Shaft sinking was now officially taking place in order to confirm the downward continuation of the ore system. It was at this time when the North Thompson Shaft was expanded from the 1,200 foot level to a depth of 1,450 feet. Much of this development was mainly aimed at exploring the continuation of the productive horizons above this level. With the shaft completed to a depth of 1,450 feet, the company had now opened up the 1,450 foot level by expanding crosscuts to 700 feet to the west, and east of this level. More so the company stated that the objective of the westerly crosscut was aimed at reaching the downward continuation of the Porcupine Crown Vein. This development was aimed at exploring the easterly contact of the Porcupine Crown porphyry at depth. Development at the time was stated to have extended the easterly crosscut in order to reach the No. 9 Break, which was aimed at exploring the downward extension of ore deposits that were previously worked along it. In all development the westerly working were stated to have also officially reached the southerly extension of the Porcupine Crown vein system. Some more development also occurred on the easterly workings when the northwesterly drift had heading that was still 150 feet from the Northern Zone. Another drift known as the south-easterly was stated to have a heading of 100 feet from the southeastern zone on the No. 9 Break. In other parts of the mine it was stated that the old 5-8 system had encountered new ore on the mines 500 and 600 foot level. At the time it was rather being intersected which could not provided the much need information on its importance. From all development the company was able to complete a total of 10,605 feet of drifting and crosscutting, and 1,208 feet of raising. This development procedure also resulted in 8,196 cubic feet of station cutting, with diamond drilling totaling 30,649 feet in length from underground.
Production from the mill had treated a total 107,290 tonnes of ore that came from the workings that year. Much of this production was rather stated to have average $7.53 per a ton of ore milled, which resulted in a gross recovery of $808.128.21. There was also a bullion value recovery which was reported to have totaled $721,856.46 in 1931.
1932 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited.
All development within 1932 was mainly aimed at finding extensions of the Porcupine Crown Vein, and associated bodies at and below the 1,000 foot level. Other explorations were also being advanced at a rapid stage in order to find the continuation of the No. 9 on the 1,450 foot level. This whole entire exploration phase was reported to have been mainly confined to exploring the Central vein system and below the southeastern nose. With explorations continuing the company would also commence the search for extensions of the 5 to 8 vein systems. More so this whole entire exploratory procedure was reported to have commenced from the 500 foot level to the 733 foot level of the North Thompson Shaft. Other parts of this exploration program were aim at searching for more minable ore that could have been overlooked within the old workings. Statements from the company also reported that these sections had indicated some ore but over all the development was stated to have been disappointing. Generally this statement was mainly made because all development from expanding this mine in 1930 was much of a disappointment in finding new ore.
Drifting on the Porcupine Crown area was stated to have total 1,713 feet which was done at various horizons from the 1,000 foot level to the 1,450 foot level. Indications from these sections had stated that only 20% of the ore within this section was considered to be actually minable. Some development work on the 1,450 foot level that was done on the No. 9 vein of the southeasterly nose was stated to have showed negative results. Further reports stated that drifting to the northern part of the No. 9 vein within the central vein system had exposed a section that had showed average values of $3.97 over a width of 59 inches, and for a length of 55 feet. With this discovery made a prospect stope was stated to have been put through on this showing which was stated to have represented a restricted lens of medium grade ore. Explorations on this section had reported that this medium grade ore-body was considered to have expanded from the 1,450 foot level to 100 feet above the 1,000 foot level. Work was also confined to finding the continuation on the 500 foot level of the 5 to 8 vein system down to the 733 foot level of the North Thompson Mine Shaft. These results had stated to have given negative finds of any new profitable ore within this section of the mining operation. For the most part all development of importance was mainly being focus on the newly discovered ore system. Some other vein structures of ore salvage were reported to have been uncovered in the old workings, but had proved to have not contributed to the ore resources. All development with 1932 had consisted of 8,151.5 feet of drifting, and crosscutting, and 1,172 feet of raising. Diamond drilling within this time period had totaled a length of 25,610 feet from underground. All the ore which was extracted for the last few years was reported to have fallen short in meeting the requirements for the on-site milling facility. Almost all the ore was reported to have also been so depeteted that production was coming from raises, prospect stopes, salvage operations, etc, which was very costly to develop. Mining operations within the VIpond North-Thompson Mine were rather reported to have been so extensive during this time period of operating.
Production from the On-Site Milling facility was stated to have treated a total of 102,000 tonnes of ore in 1932. For the most part this production was stated to have an average value of $5.13 per a ton of ore milled. In total gross value the company was able to make a profit of $523,233.24, while obtaining a bullion recovery value of $478,021,52. From all production to date this mine was also reported to have a bullion recovery value of $6,094,584.75 in gold, and silver.
1933 - Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited transferred files over to Anglo Huronia Mines, Limited
A spacial shareholders meeting was reported to have been held by the Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited in Toronto, Ontario on November, 24, 1933. Some of the shareholders of this company had soon ratified an agreement to transfer all the assets, and undertaking of the Vipond Consolidated Mines, Limited, to Anglo Huronia Limited, in exchange for shares in the latter company. It was also in 1933 when the company was fully awarded with 100% ownership of the Vipond North Thompson Gold Mine, in which explorations had continued.
For the most part it became reported that extensive development was mainly confined to older part of the workings which have already been opened up. It was rather reported that this development procedure was being establish in order to find ore that could be mined at a small profit. Other exploratory phase had also occurred on much smaller showing which were considered to be an insufficient importance to deserve very serious attention. Almost all of these showing at the time were stated to have showed disappointing results, while other had led to small lens of ore with a minable grade. Other important areas of interests were known to included the ore lens which were between the levels of this mining operation that showed no indications of their existence on any of these levels. All development work on the Vipond North-Thompson Mine had failed to even meet the mill requirements during this time period of operating. Mill feed from the mine was also stated to have came from the development work which was done on minor showings, and from the mining of these showings by raises and prospect stopes. Development within 1932 had extended the workings by 4,030 feet of drifting, and crosscutting, and 2,096.5 feet of raising. In addition diamond drilling from underground had amounted to 17,568 feet in total length that year.
Even the on-site mill had continuously operated during the time of changing ownership. It was rather stated that the production from the mine had ended up treating a total of 110,962 tonnes of ore in 1933. For the most part this production had its own average value of $4.75 per a ton of ore milled. Much of the whole entire gross value was stated to have been at $530,523.08, while the bullion recovery value was at $478,730.90. Since the time the mine started production it was reported to have a bullion recovery value of $7,051,337.17.
1934 - Anglo Huronian, Limited
Anglo Huronian Limited was rather known to have been incorporated on October, 1933, after it was reorganized. The company was formerly known as the Huronian Mining, and Finance Company, Limited before it was re-organized. This whole entire company re-organization was caused when it had purchase three different mining company which became identified as the Huronian Mining, and Finance Company, Limited, Keeley Silver Mines, Limited, and VIpond Consolidated Mines, Limited. Each of these company had also received one share of the new company for 5 of their old shares. More so this company had also held shares to several of the companies who operated in Ontario, Canada.
Other company statements had stated that the Vipond North-Thompson Mine was considered as the only wholly owned property under production. Much of the whole entire property within this time period was also developed by shaft to a vertical depth of 1,450 feet below the collar. At the time this site was also equipped with a milling facility which was able to treat a total of 300 to 400 tonnes of ore per a day. Milling operations within the fiscal year had ended up treating a total of 101,347 tonnes of ore by July, 31, 1934. From all production the milling facility would produce a bullion profit value of $647,015.87, at an average 0f $6.38 per a ton. Some development had also occurred within the mining operation when 2,847 feet of drifting, 1,630 feet of crosscutting, and 1,739 feet of raising was completed. It was within 1934 when diamond drilling had amounted to 17,525 feet in total length.
1935 - Anglo Huronian, Limited
Development within 1935 had amounted to 2,469 feet of drifting, 1,196 feet of crosscutting, and 1,537 feet of raising. All of this development work was reported to have been done on all the levels during this time period of operating the Vipond North-Thompson Gold Mine. Diamond drilling within that time period was stated to have amounted to 17,484 feet in length. With development taking place it was rather stated that the mill would also treat a total of 104,764 tonnes of ore. From this production the company it self was able to produce a yielding gross value of $277,238.73 in 1935. Other statements had stated that a total of 1,324,808 tonnes of ore was treated from all production that took place, and had produce a bullion value of $10,583,956.49.
Lateral development completed on each level by 1935
Level Drifting Crosscutting Raising
100 foot 3,309 feet 1,605 feet 36 feet
200 foot 7,114 feet 5,703 feet 211 feet
300 foot 7,010 feet 2,021 feet 1,031 feet
400 foot 7,781 feet 5,005 feet 805 feet
500 foot 8,213 feet 5,287 feet 870 feet
600 foot 4,695 feet 2,954 feet 828 feet
733 foot 4,757 feet 2,496 feet 666 feet
866 foot 2,736 feet 4,680 feet 225 feet
1,000 foot 4,552 feet 5,945 feet 196 feet
1,200 foot 4,074 feet 1,907 feet 438 feet
1,450 foot 3,429 feet 2,323 feet 1,239 feet
1936 - Anglo Huronian, Limited
Development during 1936 was mainly being focus on expanding the working to other parts which weren't developed. Other statements from the Anglo Huronian, Limited had stated that the chance of finding new ore above to 1,450 foot level are very limited. Production from the whole entire mining operation had totaled 1,544,068 tonnes of ore that was mined from an area located to the east of the porphyries in the western part of this property. Other explorations of this area had resulted in geological investigations and diamond drilling within a quartz porphyry body that had plunge eastward. Much of the area to the west of this section is known to contain lava flows which are similar to those that were productive in the neighboring mines. Further geological investigations of this area had revealed that these lava flows are known to increase in width and depth. A huge amount of diamond drilling was also stated to have been reported which had a total length of 13,378 feet.
Total lateral development completed in 1936
Level drifting crosscutting raising
100 foot --------- --------------- ---------
200 foot 413 feet 197 feet 70 feet
300 foot 79 feet 60 feet ---------
400 foot 130 feet 56 feet ---------
500 foot 32 feet 83 feet 436 feet
600 foot 246 feet 27 feet 217 feet
733 foot ---------- ---------------- ---------
866 foot ---------- 14 feet 72 feet
1,000 foot ---------- ---------------- ----------
1,200 foot ---------- ---------------- ----------
1,450 foot 346 feet --------------- ----------
1937 - Property acquired by Mace Gold Mines, Limited. from Anglo Huronian, Limited.
Mace Gold Mines, Limited. was reported to have officially been incorporated in March, 1937. It was at this time when the company had bought the Vipond Mine for a total of 1,412,500 shares of Mace Stock. and another 287,500 shares was given to Inspiration Gold Mines, Limited. Another purchase of 500,000 shares that had remained became purchase by the McIntyre Porcupine Mines, Limited. In addition to this, the company also purchase another large block of treasury shares in which became a large part in technical guidance towards this project. All production during this change was stated to have amounted to 94,240 tonnes of ore, from which had produce a bullion recovery of 11,601.292 ounces of gold, and 1,876.87 ounces of silver. In total gross recovery this was reported to have totaled $406,668 in gold and silver bullion.
All mining operations in 1937 had mainly consisted of mining the remaining ore bodies, and small, hitherto neglected ore shoots on the upper levels. Other explorations within the mine were being conducted on the 1,400 foot level in order to explored the Inspirational Claims to the west of this gold project. This development had resulted in 1,932 feet of crosscutting that was driven on this level to intersect the unexplored western area. Other development had resulted in 20,331 cubic feet of slashing to enlarge the 1,450 foot level station, and to make the old crosscut on this level meet requirements for electrical motor transportation, which was introduce during that year. All hoisting from the 1,450 foot level was also reported to have been done in two stages, the first of these being to the 1,200 foot level. In order to save on budgeting the company had replace this hoist with a Ingersoll Rand, 72 by 48 inch, double drum hoist. After this became completed the company had than taken out the rock pantice from the 1,200 foot level in order to make direct hoisting from the bottom level to the surface. Some more development also occurred when a new hoisting room was constructed to house the new hoist.
1938 - Mace Gold Mines, Limited
Underground development within this time period was nearly reported to have been confined to all mining levels. Development during 1938 had resulted in the completion 1,194 feet of drifting, 1,172 feet of crosscutting, 211 feet of raising, and 69 feet of box hole cutting. Diamond drilling was stated to have consisted of 18 surface drill holes, totaling a length of 7,143 feet, and 140 underground holes, totaling 32,226 feet in length. Much of the ore was reported to have also been coming from the Vipond Mine Shaft area by the end of that year. Hoisting within this time period had resulted in 61,980 tonnes of ore in which the mill had treated a total of 62,070 tons. Milling was stated to have also decreased on June, 1, 1938, when the ore was rather not meeting mill requirements. More so this resulted in a decrease of 7,500 tons to 3,500 tons of ore on a monthly basis
1939 - Mace Gold Mines, Limited
A very small amount of underground development was reported to have taken place within 1939. All development was mainly stated to have consisted of 12 feet of drifting on the 1,000 foot level, and 20 feet of raising on the 300 foot level. Diamond drilling within 1939, was known for consisting of 32 underground holes, totaling a lengh of 7,004 feet. Other statements from the Mace Gold Mines, Limited had stated that stoping was carried out till the mine ceased operation on October, 15, 1939. Before the mine had ceased operation it was stated that a total of 37,275 tonnes of ore was reported to have been hoisted. Production from the mill during that time period had treating a total of 28,102 tons of ore before the mill was also closed down on October, 31, 1939.
A contract was stated to have been made within the middle of November when Broulan Porcupine Mines, Limited. had leased the mill. The reasoning for this lease was because the company had a lot of ore which needed to be treated from the Broulan Gold Mine. There was another agreement that was made with Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mines, Limited in order to carry on exploration on the Mace ground from the adjoining Hollinger Mine workings. At the time it was stated that this was being done under optioning agreement to purchase the property if the assay results from the ore was satisfactory.
1947 - Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mines purchase the Vipond Mine from the Mace Gold Mines, Limited