Owhyee Avalanche, L.A.York, Publisher, July 7 1899: Mc

McDONALD "Little Mac"

was born near Montreal, Canada, May 10, 1849. His schooling was limited, and he left home at the age of sixteen, and went to California and Nevada, where he engaged in ranching and teaming. He arrived in Silver City in the early part of 187l, and has been permanently engaged in teaming and ranching in this county since that date.

He located at Democrat September, 1895,where, aside from his freighting business, he carries on a hotel, saloon, blacksmith shop, feed stables, etc. He also owns a well-cultivated ranch of about 160 acres, located at Reynolds creek.

Mr. McDonald is well known along the line among the shippers of freight, and better known by the sobriquet of“Little Mac.”


was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, November 28, 1848. In 1855 his parents moved to near Dubuque, Iowa, where he received a limited schooling, and at an early age engaged in farming. Left home in 1869, and was for about five years engaged in engineering along the line of the Union Pacific railroad. rrived at Silver City in 1874, and since then has been engaged in engineering, mining and prospecting up to present date. He took a prominent part in the Indian fight of 1878, and during that summer was one of the principal scouts of the Purdy party.


was born in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia,in 1840. With his family, at the age of nine, he went to the Pennsylvania coal mines, and when thirteen years and six months old to California.

In March, 1864, in company with Con Shea, he engaged in teaming and cattle business for several years, and had some early—day experience with Indians. In 1871 he went to San Francisco, and was captain of guard in the United States mint for twenty-six months. He then resigned, and worked on the “Comstock” from 1876 to 1880, having previously worked there in 1862. While there, ran as state senator from Storey County, Nevada. In 1880 went to Arizona, where he erected a mill for a New York Company. Returned to Silver City in 1882; and since then has been engaged in wool growing and mining, latterly mining. Isaac L. Requa, a capitalist well known in California and on the “Comstock” and McMahon together put in the first pump in the Burke and Hamilton, of Gold Hill, Nevada, in 1862.


was born in County Sligo, Province of Connaught, Ireland, n 1847, and came to the United States in 1870. In 1875 he came to Silver City, via Winnemucca, Nevada, residing since in Owyhee County. Followed mining and milling until 1882, and at the time of the organization of the Miners Union in 1879 he was elected its first president. Took up ranching and stock raising in 1883; his ranch, located at the mouth of the Bruneau River, being well improved. He was deputy assessor under S. J. Pritchard in 1890, and also served a term as constable of Grandview precinct. Was twice elected justice of the peace, but never qualified.