This collection chiefly contains correspondence from the offices of the Yellow
Aster Mining and Milling Co. in Los Angeles, California, to its mining facility in
Randsburg, California, dating from 1917-1919.
Charles Austin Burcham, John Singleton, and Frederic M. Mooers staked their claim on
the Rand Mine, later renamed the Yellow Aster Mine, on April 25, 1895 in eastern
Kern County, California. Approximately 150 men were employed at the Yellow Aster by
the end of 1899, and both a thirty stamp mill and a one hundred stamp mill were
constructed by 1901. After the deaths of Mooers (1900), Burcham (1913) and Singleton
(1914), lawsuits over the ownership of the mine eventually gave way to the control
of Albert Ancker and Arthur Asher, whose families had long been associated with the
Tehachapi and Mojave areas. However, Dr. Rose La Monte Burcham, wife of Charles
Austin Burcham, continued to hold a position on the Yellow Aster’s board of
directors and retained many of the company’s shares.
109 pieces in 2 boxes
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