Copples in the News – B.F. Copple and the copper mine

This particular article, about B.F. Copple and the copper mine district near his home in Mesa, Arizona, is about either my third great-granddad, Benjamin Franklin Copple (c 1829 – 1911) or his son Benjamin Franklin Copple (1877 – 1948).  The latter was my great-great grandmother Libby’s half brother.   I suspect it was the younger of the two men, as this article was published in 1903, when the senior Ben Copple would have been 74 years old.

From what I can determine, copper mining was big in Bisbee, Arizona (southeast of Tucson, near the border with Mexico) at the turn of the 20th century, and is still an important industry in the state today.  Thus, this article was published in the Bisbee paper.  However, the Dixie Mining District appears to relate to mines in the Maricopa County area, roughly 15 miles from Mesa.  (See these links: http://docs.azgs.az.gov/OnlineAccessMineFiles/C-F/DixieMaricopaT4NR5ESec25.pdf and https://thediggings.com/mines/2880 )

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“Two Chances,” Bisbee Daily Review (Bisbee, Arizona), 17 Nov 1903, pg 6, col 2;
Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 3 December 2019)

 

 

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