Two Oddie Stocks that Spelled his demise!

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Two Oddie Stocks that Spelled his demise!
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Tasker Oddie is a household name in Nevada mining and politics. But in 1907 he hit rock bottom when five mines he invested heavily in failed without so much as a whimper ["Sagebrush Statesman" by Chan] 1) Monitor Mining Company. Number 49 for 2000 shares to Jose Morris. in 1907. The mine was situated in Montezuma Mining District which was about 7 miles west of Goldfield. Signed by Oddie as president. Pink on white is quite striking. Practically perfect! 2) Trail Canyon Mining Company. Number 121 for 1000 shares to Sidney Tyler. Signed by Oddie as president. Very similar appearance as first certificate. Just as nice!

A mining entrepreneur, Oddie was a principal player during the Tonopah-Goldfield boom of the early twentieth century. He served a term in the Nevada senate (1905-1909) and was elected governor in 1910 after a campaign during which he portrayed himself as sympathetic to the Progressive movement. In keeping with Progressive ideals, Oddie called for changes in the state's divorce law, but was vague on exactly how he would change it.

In 1914, Democrat Emmet Boyle defeated Oddie's gubernatorial reelection bid. Eight years later, Nevadans elected the former governor to the U.S. Senate, where he worked on legislation related to the Boulder Dam project. As a senator, he asked the U.S. Interior Department for an opinion on whether, in view of the recent grant of U.S. citizenship to Native Americans, there was any reason to continue Indian schools such as the one at Stewart, Nevada. Oddie also introduced legislation to name the lake that would be created behind Hoover Dam "Lake Nevada." He objected to federal plans to make Boulder City a federal reservation in which personal behavior was rigidly restricted. Interior Secretary Ray Wilbur argued that the state's permissive laws involving liquor, prostitution, and gambling made the restrictions necessary. Oddie lost the senatorial race against Patrick McCarran in 1932 and again in 1938.

Throughout his political career, Oddie was in debt and dunned by collection agencies, making him politically vulnerable. These are two mining companies that helped him reach rock bottom. [Nevada Online Encyclopedia] (Bennett Collection) State: Nevada City: Goldfield Date: 1907 HWAC# 59864