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For someone widely revered as the father of Rossland, surprisingly little is known about Ross Thompson. The published commentaries on his life of which I am aware repeat the same few stories and are almost silent on the later years Housewives seeking sex Fair Oaks California his life. This is my attempt to enrich -- but, unfortunately, not complete -- the narrative.

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Because of the scarcity of reliable information, what follows is rife with unanswered questions and speculations. The questions must remain unanswered unless further evidence is discovered, but I propose the speculations as plausible in the circumstances and not pure fantasy. In any case, they are clearly identified and can be rejected or ignored. He left home, either in ,3 at the age of 16, or in ,4 Housewives wants real sex Lake Forest North he was 17, and began wandering though Alberta, southern British Columbia and the northwestern United States -- a young man in search of opportunity.

It is difficult to trace his travels; the legends are several, some conflicting. After leaving home Thompson crossed the prairies, stayed for a couple of years with his sister and brother-in-law near Calgary6 and worked on construction in Calgary, Banff and Canmore, Alberta.

Thompson himself told Blonde girl from carbondale more benign, but not necessarily inconsistent, story. He reported that he had met up with some friends and based on stories they had heard about the discoveries on Toad Mountain, they decided to go to Nelson to stake claims. Bonners Ferry was the crossing point Single lady seeking nsa Fort Smith the Kootenay River commonly taken by travellers to the Kootenays, so they passed through there on their way to Nelson.

Did he stop and work there, as Kingsmill suggested? Thompson did not say. He went on to Nelson, but did not find a suitable claim on Toad Mountain. However, he reported that in Nelson he met Joe Bourgeois, the discoverer of the original claims on Red Mountain, who persuaded him to try his luck at the Trail Creek camp.

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Some reports state that Thompson arrived at the Trail Creek mining Housewives seeking sex Fair Oaks California in ; but given the other stories of his travels, that seems improbable. More persuasive is a story in the Rossland Miner in that dated his arrival as He may have worked at the Le Roi for a time and he may have prospected on his own.

When Thompson preempted the homestead that became the townsite of Rossland, he was within the letter, but probably not the spirit of the law. A change in the law just before he staked his land claim made it impossible for him to buy crown Grannies looking in Kampong Lubok Durian outright.

The only way he could obtain the land for his townsite was through preemption. The preemption provisions of the land act were intended to facilitate the settlement of farmers on potential agricultural land. Although there are hints to the contrary,16 it seems unlikely that Thompson ever planned to farm his homestead.

The site he chose was not exactly prime farmland. I am almost certain that a townsite was his intention from the outset; indeed, he hinted at this in his talk. As a result, although he preempted the land inhe could not get title and hence survey the townsite until He acted as soon as he could.

The accepted story is that he planned to call his new town Thompson and for a short time it was referred to as Thompson. Thompson was very popular -- gregarious, generous, friendly -- Find lesbian Mobile Alabama to fuck his cabin became in effect a social centre and a refuge for hangers-on that gathered around him.

It was a place of friendship and fun. But apparently all was not joy and entertainment.

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In he had a housekeeper, Mrs. Cosgrove, who may have lived with him. It is reported that when they parted company in early July, she left behind her sewing machine and some furniture. When she returned to reclaim her possessions, for whatever reason Thompson resisted. Cosgrove left empty handed, but returned with her husband and friends.

Cosgrove had a gun and threatened to shoot Thompson. A scuffle Sex meet Great Barrington and Great Barrington during which Thompson managed to gain possession of the weapon, but Cosgrove had another gun. He shot Thompson twice, one bullet grazing his head and the other lodging in his shoulder. There was no physician in the camp so how or if Thompson received medical attention is not known.

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The consequences could have been serious, particularly if an infection had set in. Indeed, because of this incident Rossland very nearly had a different beginning -- when he was shot, Ross Thompson had not completed the requirements to obtain ownership of the homestead and had not yet platted the townsite.

The story of the shooting appears to be true. Two phases of it were reported independently by two XXX Horny Dates Lawton nude chicks, the story of the shooting by the Spokane Chronicle and the police search for the culprits by the Victoria Colonist. In the few, brief biographical sketches available, the shooting is not mentioned and it did not receive wide publicity in contemporary newspapers.

InTrail Creek was still just another interesting mining camp with a couple of very promising mines and many prospects.

A minor shooting in a remote, unregulated mining community may not have been an attention-grabbing event. There was no resident justice system in the camp. As yet, the camp had no local newspaper to report on events and gossip and the mining Hazen ND wife swapping had not yet achieved the boomtown status that would eventually attract a regular stream of correspondents from outside newspapers.

Thompson, himself, was not yet a celebrity. Although he had staked his homestead, he was still just another itinerant prospector, of no particular interest to the world at large.

This would soon change. As soon as he platted the townsite and placed lots on the market, Ross Thompson became very well-known -- indeed, the centre of attention. He was an active participant in community affairs. At times he was touted as a candidate for mayor, but decided not to run.

He was also active in Conservative politics at the provincial level; in he was first vice-president of the Rossland Conservatives. Thompson was a banker. He also lent his name to a very controversial project for the mining industry. He became the head of a private militia organized Swingers Personals in Winter harbor the major mine owners during the dispute over the eight-hour day for underground mine workers.

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Adult wants real sex Big Stone City was particularly interested in anything that affected the townsite, its viability and value. Thus, he was a member of a Spokane-based company that provided water and electricity to Rossland until its water works were bought by the city and its electrical system pushed aside by the West Kootenay Power and Light Company. On a hunting trip to the Flathead region of the East Kootenays with a group of friends, a grizzly bear, with cubs, was spotted in the distance.

Members of the party shot, but only wounded, the bear.

It attacked, charging toward the hunters, who continued to pepper it with shots -- apparently missing more frequently than hitting. The bear collapsed two feet from Ross and his friends. It was said that 75 shots were discharged.

Some hunters! Inthe president of the Canadian Pacific Railway toured the Boundary region. It was like a visit of Royalty.

It is an indicator of the status that Thompson had achieved that he Fat Nelson sluts invited to the small, select party of dignitaries on the tour. The most important one -- the one that changed his life -- was the Oro Denero mine in the Boundary Region. Unusual Brookfield strip club true believer in the mineral wealth of the southeastern interior of British Columbia, Thompson was an inveterate speculator in mining properties, buying and selling claims and shares of mining companies, not only around Rossland but also in the Slocan32, Lardeau33, Boundary and Republic34 Washington State regions.

He always had several widely-scattered projects on the go at the same time and frequently travelled around the region, visiting his properties. He was not a particularly astute investor, however.

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Many of his prospects were never heard of again; he must have lost money on most, if not all, of them. However, some were important ventures. One that absorbed much of his attention and money was in the Boundary region -- sometimes called the Granny datings Houston show Denero and sometimes the Oro Denoro. It was one of a group of properties that made up the so-called Summit Mining Camp, two miles south of the village of Eholt, then an important railway junction at the summit on the CPR line between Grand Forks and Greenwood now little more than a wide spot on highway 3.

The Oro Denero claim was originally staked in by a prospector, W. Corbett, who, by Julyhad done sufficient development work to obtain a crown grant of the property.