By Viola MacMillan
She was once the 1st profitable girl miner in Canada, most likely on the earth. She remodeled the Prospectors and builders organization from a ragtag staff of rock fanatics right into a national association of geologists, engineers, and different mining execs. She rose from her humble beginnings close to Bracebridge, Ontario, to develop into one of many country's wealthiest girl marketers and a member of the Order of Canada. and she or he used to be a key participant within the providence scandal of the Sixties and suffered its unwanted effects in the back of bars. Viola MacMillan was once a mining dynamo, a legend within the testosterone-driven, wheeling-dealing enterprise that's Canadian mining. during this rags-to-riches autobiography, MacMillan deals a passionate account of her existence within the bush, her upward thrust to repute, and the setbacks she continued alongside the best way. to place the tale in context, Virginia Heffernan presents a photograph of the Canadian mining in the course of MacMillan's heyday, together with the occasions that resulted in her prison sentence and eventual pardon. via wide interviews and learn, Heffernan items jointly the backdrop to Macmillan's interesting lifestyles tale.
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In 193 z, for instance, the domestic price of copper in the United States fell to a record low level of five cents a pound, and Washington put a duty of four cents a pound on imported copper. This, of course, was a terrible blow to Canadian copper producers. The international price of nickel also fell drastically, to the extent that several of the Sudbury mines had to close and hundreds of men were added to the ranks of the unemployed. 67 an ounce and the mines were able to sell all they could produce.
Technically, Claude was my nephew. His father was a widower who had married another of my older sisters, Janie, though I didn't know him all that well. Matachewan was already known as a gold-producing area, and when I heard that Claude had this showing, I was naturally interested to see it. The nearest point to his claim that we could reach by road was Elk Lake, which is about 40 miles northwest of New Liskeard. From there we would have to travel about six miles north on the Montreal River. George and I arrived at the landing at Elk Lake early on a Sunday morning and managed to find a local Indian who said he would take us to Claude's claim for six dollars.
That mine went on to pay out millions of dollars in dividends, but the only connection Sandy ever had with it was that it was given his name. Long before the money was raised to develop the Mclntyre, Sandy had disposed of his claims. In 1910, evidently short of money for his favourite beverage, he sold a quarter-interest in them to a broker for a mere $300. Then he proceeded to sell the rest of his interest in dribs and drabs and it seems he didn't make much more than $5,000 from the land that eventually became worth millions.
From the Ground Up: An Autobiography by Viola MacMillan