Baker County, Oregon
An Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties
Published 1902 by Western Historical Publishing Company, Chicago
Mr. Vaughan was born at Elko, Nevada in 1877, his parents
being Henry C. and Lois (McCarthy) Vaughan. He remained
with the remainder of the family in the old parental home until
his parents passed away, his business being mining.
After he began life's struggle on his own account he still con-
tinued to search for mineral wealth.
In 1897 in company with his brother, Jake. P., he discovered
what is now extensively known as the Irondyke mine.
The two were searching for iron used in fluxing in smelters,
and while so engaged they discovered a very rich copper mine,
which they named the Irondyke, commemorative of the search
in which they were engaged at the time. They retained the
claim about six months, at the end of which time they had ten
thousand tons of ore in sight. They then bonded their mine for
two years, the consideration to be forty thousand dollars.
Immediately upon negotiating this sale our subject engaged in
the cattle business and in general farming, purchasing a quarter section of land two and a half miles northeast of Pine post-office,
but it is needless to state that he is still interested in mining. He
owns some promising claims at Sumpter and Homestead.
In politics Mr. Vaughan is an active Democrat. He was married
at Baker City on February 18, 1900, the lady being Amy A.,
daughter of Emsley and Martha (Whitley) Ridenour, natives respectively of Illinois and Oregon and residents at present of
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