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Edmund Longyear

Title: Article on Diamond Drilling on the Mesabi
Type: Newspaper
Date: August 22, 1903
Source: Mesaba Ore

Description: This article appeared in a tenth anniversary edition of the Hibbing newspaper. It describes Longyear's work with diamond drills on the Mesabi Range and their impact.


Growth of Diamond Drilling and Its Importance to Mining.

E.J. Longyear of this city is the pioneer diamond and churn drill Portable drill that hits the hole with repeated up and down strokes. operator of this part of the range, and at the present time is the largest drill operator in the Lake Superior country. As stated elsewhere, Mr. Longyear brought the first drill to the Hibbing district, and for a number of years did contract drilling Provided drilling services for mines that did not have their own drills. for Messrs. John M. Longyear and R. M. Bennett, under salary. Paid a salary, while his employers got the income from his contract work. John M. Longyear, the Marquette, Michigan millionaire, is an uncle of E.J. Longyear. He continued this work up to 1900, when with six drills he began contract work on his own account, though continuing his work for Messrs. Longyear & Bennett. At that time he occupied a small office on the west side of Third avenue, south of the Great Northern depot. Activity in exploration began to increase and Mr. Longyear added more drills, and in 1901 was compelled to seek larger quarters. A larger building was erected just across the same street, and that too, soon began to show signs of escaping . The demand for his drills continued, and it became evident that larger office quarters must be had. Accordingly Mr. Longyear secured the lots at the corner of Third avenue and Superior Street, and began, in 1902, the erection of an office building that would be ample for his needs for all time. The office is a two-story structure, built of solid brick and stone, finished with plate glass and mahogany, Large sheets of glass and a fine type of wood, both expensive. and is unquestionably the finest office building on either of the Minnesota iron ranges. Close at hand is a large warehouse for the storage of drill supplies, and a workshop. Mr. Longyear at present owns and operates 90 drills of his own, and has charge of 31 drills for other parties. Mr. Longyear employs a working force numbering three hundred men, and his monthly pay-roll amounts to $20,000. During these years Mr. Longyear has figured prominently in a number of large mine transfers, and those who remember the many hardships he encountered and the many obstacles he surmounted in the pioneer days of the Mesaba will be pleased to know that his indefatigable labors have been rewarded with a competency. In this connection . . .