Biography of Richard W. Mayne
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RICHARD WILLIS MAYNE, General Foreman of the Old Dominion Mining Company, was born at Lone Tree, Nebraska, February 18, 1869. His father, William Mayne, was born in Akron, Ohio, came to Nebraska when he was eighteen year old, and there followed the life of stage driver and frontiersman, and was killed in 1876, while scouting for General Miles in the Sioux War. Richard's mother was born in Dublin, Ireland, and came to America when she was nine years old. She died in 1874. Richard Mayne started life on a ranch ; he began working on the ranges in Nebraska when he was but fourteen years old. When he was eighteen he went to Wyoming, engaged in freighting, and the following year went to Colorado, where he was employed by a wholesale house and attended night school. He later acted as city solicitor for the same company. In 1890 he went to Ontario, Cal., where he did his first work underground, which he has since followed. He was married in San Bernardino, Cal., June 12, 1896, to Mrs. Margaret Ellen Robb, daughter of William Potter, who crossed the plains from Ohio to California in 1851, and was well known among the California pioneers. They came to Arizona, and here he was employed in the La Fortuna mine as a miner, timberman, hoisting engineer and shift boss. In 1899 he left his position on account of his wife's health, and located in Globe, where he was employed in the Old Dominion mine as miner, and later as timberman, head shaft man and shift boss. He was afterwards made successively night foreman, day foreman, and in 1909 general foreman, which position he now holds, and the duties of which include charge of the mine department consisting of surface work, four foremen underground, twenty three shift bosses and seven hundred men. Mrs. Mayne died June 10, 1911, leaving four boys, Arthur, Everett, Richard and Lester. Mr. Mayne is a member of the Fraternal 'Mystic Circle, Fraternal Brotherhood, Loyal Order of Moose, and I. O. O. F. He is a good horseman, mountaineer, and a fine rifle shot. He attributes the success he has achieved to perseverance, industry, willingness to adopt the ideas of others, if better than his own, attending strictly to business, and seeing that those under him do the same. He is one of the best known men in Globe and vicinity. He was a member of the Democratic County Central Committee; a warm personal friend of Gov. Hunt's, and always takes an active part in politics, but has never sought a public office.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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