1931: JEROME - CLARKDALE; UVCC Smelter to Close, May 21.

"U. V. SMELTER WILL CONTINUE: Contemplated Curtailment of Smelter Altered. One Furnace, Steam Shovel and Shaft Work Continues."

"The program of complete curtailment of smelter operations contemplated by the United Verde Copper company, which was to take place on April 15, has been altered."

"The present program includes the operation of one furnace at Clarkdale, the contnuation of the steam shovel pit work, and construction work on No. 7 shaft. W. V. DeCAMP, General Manager."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, April 14, 1931; page 1, column 4.)

"U. V. SMELTER TO CLOSE MAY 21: Suspension of Operations at Clarkdale Plant WILL NOT Effect Mine; to Continue Repair Work and Research Program."

"W. V. DeCamp, general manager of the United Verde Copper company, made the following statement yesterday afternoon:"

"'The United Verde Copper company is preparing to completely discontinue production of copper, and the one remaining furnace will be closed down approximately May 21. Operations at Jerome in connection with the removal of waste from the steam shovel pit and the establishing of new steam shovel benches will proceed as at present. Also, mining of underground ore from pillars will continue, and this ore will be stock-piled for future use.'"

"'The discontinuance of copper production, therefore, will have no effect whatever as to the number of men engaged in Jerome.'"

"'In Clarkdale, the nucleus of an organization will be maintained to handle repair work and continue the research program now under way.'"

"'No information is available at the present time as to when production of copper will be resumed, since the price of the metal at present is very unattractive, and there is little indication of an increase in the near future.'"

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, May 8, 1931; page 1, columns 6-7.)


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