1918: UNITED VERDE EXTENSION; January Report.

"Something over 60,000,000 pounds was the 1917 copper production of the United Verde Extension, according to General Manager George Kingdon. Manager Kingdon is unable to give exact figures because he does not know yet just what the production was for the last month of the year."

"What the 1918 production will be cannot be estimated with any degree of accuracy. The shipments to the Douglas and Humboldt smelters are still averaging around 24 and 25 per cent copper, but Manager Kingdon says that this average cannot be maintained long."

"'We are bound to be shipping lower grade ore two or three months from now,' he stated. 'We expected that the average would begin to drop long before this.'"

"CAR SHORTAGE: The car shortage may interfere seriously with production. In December there was practically no shortage of cars and the Extension shipped seven or eight carloads a day right along. Total shipments were in excess of 12,000 tons of ore, and the copper production was somewhere between 5,000,000 and 6,000,000 pounds."

"For the first ten days of January, however, the shipments were twenty carloads less than for the same period of December, all because the cars were not to be had."

"SMELTER CONSTRUCTION: How soon the furnace of the Extension smelter will be blown in cannot be forcast but it will certainly not be in March, as was reported some few months ago. Delays in securing material are handicapping construction seriously."

"The Extension's haulage tunnel is about 35 per cent complete. This means that more than 4,000 feet of it has been dug. Last month 640 feet of progress was made from the east end alone."

"TEXAS SHAFT COMPLETE: A few days ago the Texas shaft, below the Dundee, reached the 600-foot level and a fifty-foot crosscut has already been run over to the line of the tunnel. As soon as the necessary timbering has been done, faces will be started east and west. With work going ahead in four faces instead of two, progress on the tunnel should be just twice as rapid as formerly."

"The tunnel is being made wide enough to accommodate a standard-gauge railroad track. It was at first planned to run a three-track road up to the mouth of the tunnel and continue the narrow-gauge line on into the mine, but this scheme was abandoned. There is to be a standard-gauge railroad right from the smelter to the mine workings."

"The company has ordered 32 thirty-ton steel cars for hauling ore from the mine to the smelter. It is expected that sixteen cars will be handled in each train."

"MAKING BRICKS: Building of the town of Verde, at the smelter, will probably not be under way for another two months. As previously stated in the News, it is to be entirely of brick. One kiln of 250,000 bricks has been burned already and another is about ready to be fired. One shift is employed at the Extension's brick plant and the average daily output is between 15,000 and 16,000 bricks."

"Construction of ten concrete double-dwellings on the Hogback, just east of the city line, will be under way as soon as Architect Royal W. Lescher can complete the plans. Lescher is expected to arrive from Phoenix with the finished plans any day."

"According to Manager Kingdon, the company may not erect the apartment house that it had planned to put up on the county road, opposite the Shea apartments. Its building operations may be confined to Verde and the Hogback."

(Verde Copper News; Friday, January 11, 1918; page 1, columns 6, 7.)

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