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Submitted: 7/29/08 • Approved: 7/30/08 • Last Updated: 3/23/17 • R21684-G0-S3
Death Notice from Fairplay Flume newspaper, July 24, 1888 p. 4 reads:
Giles Ilett, the pioneer of Buckskin Joe, died at an early hour on Monday morning of pneumonia, aged a little over seventy-one years.
The name Giles Ilett has been identified with Buckskin gulch during its entire history. He came to old Buckskin Joe in 1860 and has remained there almost constantly since, so that 28 years, or more than one-third of his life has been spent there. In his way, Mr. Ilett was a noted character. He had a kindly nature and a large fond of humor, and was always ready to rehearse tales of those stirring times in the ‘60s when the district was alive with men and money, and the dozen or so of mills and arastras were grinding out their yellow grist from the rich surface quartz of the old Phillips. He watched the decadence of the district and then for years led a lonely life, finally marrying the excellent lady who has been the stay of his declining years. Although always identified with mining, he worked but few claims for himself and held but one, the American Flag mine, for a term of years. It failed to requite his ambition. Mr. Ilett was an Englishman by birth and so far as we are ware had no blood relations in this country. His death seems like the removal of a permanent landmark from Buckskin.
Contributed on 7/29/08 by southparkperils
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