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Frank Williams memoir, page 18


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It is rather amusing to recall, though, that the man who was acting as superintendent was dealing Faro in the Pioneer saloon. As Sunday was a busy day at his table he found it impossible to act as superintendent. There was a paper calledthe "Vanderbilt Shaft" published in camp that year, and I wrote a political article for it which resulted in some good natured "flings" between the editor and myself.Vanderbilt was saddened on May 11 of that year by its first fatal mining accident. Judson Stoddard, aged 26, of Minersville, Utah, was killed by an explosion of giant powder while working in the Boomerang mine. While upon this subject, I might state that Vanderbilt had but one other fatal accident in its mine. The other victim was Neal Clelland of Nova Scotia, who was killed by falling down a shaft in the Bronze mine on June 11, 1895.During this year, 1894 I learned to cook for myself. After boarding at the Boomerang boarding house until April of that year, Charley Stewart and I started "batching" at the "Root Well Cabin" which was built at the mouth of a north and south wash that emptied into the main wash directly south of the Boomerang mine. It was Charley Stewart who taught me how to cook and how to sharpen tools.Charley Stewart was at that time about 50 years of age, a native of Pennsylvania but whose childhood was spent in southeastern Ohio. He came to Kansas in 1870, thence to Colorado and then to Overton, Nevada (1888). Later he took up the Cottonwood ranch, 25 miles north of Goodsprings. He spent much of his time working in the mines. In 1905 Charley