United Verde Extension Mining Company: The Little Daisy
The first location of the Little Daisy mine was made by J. J. Fisher according to many sources, however, the mineral patent was not in his name. "J. J. Fisher returned yesterday from a business trip to Jerome in connection with his valuable mining interests in that place." (Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; April 25, 1900; p. 3.)
"Mrs Elizabeth C. Fisher yesterday made the final entry of the Little Daisy mine at Jerome. This, as far as known, is the smallest mine, so far as area is concerned, ever entered, and is apparently the biggest mine, on record, area considered and from the showing of ore, now in sight. ... The fee charged by the government for the claim being $5. There is a shaft sunk on the claim and good ore has been encountered." (Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; May 30, 1900; p. 2.) Elizabeth C. Fisher was granted a Mineral Patent for 0.74 acres named the Little Daisy on July 8, 1901. (Government Land Office document #34110.)
J. J. Fisher worked as an engineer and surveyor for Prescott during the 1890's. The 1900 Census lists John and Elizabeth C. Fisher; they had a home on Mt. Vernon, property in Prescott, and his office was in the old post office building.
The United Verde Extension Mining Company was organized in 1902, then it acquired the Little Daisy and 4 nearby claims. Construction of the railroad and smelter at Verde/Clemenceau began in 1917.
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