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Arizona Silver, Inc. (ASI) or Arizona Silver Mines, Inc.

Company Owners: Roy V. Waughtel, Frank Elliott, and Ernie Anderson

Roy Waughtel worked on many mines in his career before ASI:

The Gold King Mine in Mohave County, link for more info on mine - 1942 to 1945

Mica Giant Mine (Wayne Mica Mine) in Mohave County, link for more info on mine - 1943 to 1945

Alvord Mine in San Bernardino, link for more info on mine - 1950 to Early 1952 (United States Department of the Interior)

Little Mike Mine in San Bernardino County, link for more info on mine - Former lessee before 1953 (California Journal of Mines and Geology Jan-April 1953)

Blue Bell (Hard Luck) Mine in San Bernardino County, link for more info on mine - 1949 to 1951, was leasing in 1953 (California Journal of Mines and Geology Jan-April 1953)

Woodpecker Lead Mine in (Queen Valley) Pinal County, link for more info on mine - 1952 to 1965 (Assumption) (1963 confirmed ownership by U.S. Geological Survey)

Black Nugget Mining Corp in (Aguila) Maricopa County, link for more info on mine - 1952 to Early 1954 (United States Department of the Interior)

Yukka Mine/Santa Fe Manganese Mine/J. H. Jones Mine in Santa Fe County, link for more info on mine - 1959 (Acting as Waughtel Mining Co.)

Rough Timeline and Summary:

ASI was listed for the Woodpecker Lead Mine, my assumption is that that Roy Waughtel worked there in 1952 and had ownership of it in 1963 according to U.S. Geological Survey.

Memo from State of Arizona's Department of Mineral Resources by Engineer Lewis A. Smith - May 27, 1963:

“Arizona Silver, Inc. has started mining and milling a high grade silver-lead ore from two small mines and 58 claims on the east slope of Mineral Mountain, 18 miles northeast of Florence, Arizona. Earlier diamond drilling had reportedly disclosed mineralization averaging better than 10 ounces of silver per ton and 18 percent lead. The small flotation mill, now being completed, is expected to have a capacity of about 50 tons per day. Mining World Jan. 1963 p. 37

The higher silver price spurred two small mining companies - BoOoW. Mining Coo, and Arizona Silver, Inc. - to start mining and shipping. Mining World Febo 1963 po 13”

According to the Twenty - Fourth Annual Report of the Department of Mineral Resources, State of Arizona, for July 1, 1962 to June 30, 1963 by Frank P. Knight: “ASI at mid-1963 had nearly completed a at the Ajax mine, Mineral Hill district, Pinal County. mill on Ajax mine dump material and ore from the Orphan held under lease and option.”

ASI focused their mining operations in Florence Junction, Queen Valley, Pinal County, Arizona on the Ajax and Orphan Boy Mines. This information was according to the Fifty Second Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector, State of Arizona, for the year ending November 30, 1963 by Roy V. Hersey.

Orphan Boy's last year of production was stated in 1963 by The Diggings, link for more info on the mine.

The State of Arizona's Department of Mineral Resources Field Engineers Report by Lewis A. Smith mentioned a conference with Roy Waughtel on June 24, 1964 regarding Orphan Boy. The conclusion was that they needed $30,000 to install mining equipment which they did not have.

There have been recordings of ASI in the Casa Grande Dispatch, Oct 1964, and Arizona Republic, Jan 1965.

Written report from State of Arizona's Department of Mineral Resources by Engineer Lewis A. Smith - May 21, 1965:

“w. A. Payne, Director Mineral Mountain Mining & Milling Co., Inc. (also called4-M' s) advised that a group, comprising the owners of the Woodpecker, Silver Pick, Badger, Grandfather, Jumbo, Apache, Ajax and Orphan Boy, Mineral Hill District, will hold a meeting May 28 1965, to determine what to do about a $19,000 royalty deficit incurred by Roy Waughtel et al, which group had optioned the preceeding mines. It is expected that the $19,000 will be written off. The option has been dropped by Waughtel IS group. In the process, Payne, ~t al, acquired the Ajax mill and this is held as collateral for certain unpaid loans against the equipment. While Payne, et al, are not involved in the latter indebtedness, they are anxious to remove the deficit stigma so as to make their properties more attractive to investors.”

Written report from State of Arizona's Department of Mineral Resources by Engineer Lewis A. Smith - June 30, 1965:

“M r. J. Nicholas, called to get a recommendation for a lead-zinc mill man. Re reported that Roy Waughtel had a stroke and wanted to lease the Ajax mill.”

Known sizes: 10 oz and 100+ oz

Gallery:

Obverse Reverse Additional Description
10 oz; from @999_fine1
N/A N/A 10 oz, “M” Stamp; from @lion.stacker
N/A 10 oz, “UNICOM” Stamp
100+ oz; from @universalgoldandsilver

Thank you Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) and Michael Conway for their support in getting some of the documentation mentioned on this page.

Research completed by @omgappletech

a/asi.txt · Last modified: 2020/12/18 12:38 by jikjordan