By Viola MacMillan
She used to be the 1st profitable lady miner in Canada, most likely on this planet. She reworked the Prospectors and builders organization from a ragtag team of rock fanatics right into a national association of geologists, engineers, and different mining pros. She rose from her humble beginnings close to Bracebridge, Ontario, to develop into one of many country's wealthiest woman 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 Nineteen Sixties and suffered its negative effects in the back of bars. Viola MacMillan used to be 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 push to status, and the setbacks she persisted alongside the best way. to place the tale in context, Virginia Heffernan offers a photo of the Canadian mining in the course of MacMillan's heyday, together with the occasions that ended in her penal complex sentence and eventual pardon. via broad interviews and study, Heffernan items jointly the backdrop to Macmillan's pleasing lifestyles tale.
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He looked more like a preacher than a contractor, and he used to chew me out if he ever heard me using even a mild cuss-word — not that I did that very often. When the news got around that George and I were going to get married, Matt offered us one of the new houses he was building in Ford City. And to show how generous he was, he took my old shack as the down payment, crediting us with twice what I had paid for it. That left us with a mortgage of just over $7,000, and we were able to make the payments at first with no trouble.
Finally, you end up with a layer of sludge in the pan, and if you are lucky you might be able to see specks of gold in it. Sometimes, to get a worthwhile sample, a prospector might have to blast the rock with dynamite. At first, George didn't want me to try my hand at blasting, but once again my experience on the 44 VIOLA MACMILLAN farm came to my rescue. My father and I had used dynamite to clear stumps from our fields. The final test to discover what you have found is, of course, a proper assay by experts.
That is part of the thrill of the game. You never can tell. Mother nature can play some funny tricks on you. As for the equipment a prospector needed, George and I assembled our stuff gradually. But it didn't cost all that much in those days to equip an expedition for a season in the bush. I still have among my papers a 1934 brochure put out by the Ontario Department of Mines, as a guide to prospectors. This itemized all the equipment, tools, and clothing needed to put two men on the trail as prospectors.