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Frank L. Culver (1862-?)
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., prominent business man in Bay City.

Biograpy. (Added Nov., 2009)

Who's Who in Canada, Vol 16 (1922)


Mine Owner and Gentleman Farmer; President and General Manager, Beaver Consolidated Mines, Ltd.; President and General Manager, Temiskaming Mines Co., Ltd.; Vice-President, Shumaker Mine.

Born Buffalo, N. Y., Oct. 30, 1862, son of Leman L. and Marie L. (Sovereign) Culver. Educated : Public Schools, Bay City; Hamilton School, New York. Read Law with Hutch & Cooley, broke down in health and was advised to go North and live in the open, which he did, and accepted a position driving a team for Rexford Bros. & Hodge; while in this position, was instrumental in averting a large labor strike; was then put in charge, by this Company, of the transportation of food supplies, became interested in mining, and when Cobalt was opened, 1905, acquired interest in Silver, Queen Beaver, Temiskaming and other mines.

Mr. Culver is interested in sociological work, and his mining camps are an example throughout the mining industry on the continent; he had made different recommendations to the various Departments, touching on safety in mines, etc. and was commended to the Department of the of the United States, through Mr. W. R. Ingals for his suggestions for rules, and the Beaver Mine was held up as an example of the best and safest worked mine on the continent in Bulletin No. 7, publishing by this Department; has innovated many other things, pertaining to the mining operation. “The Flag Signal,” so that foreigners not understanding English and seeing the Red Flag posted would immediately realize that they were in dangerous territory. His social work tending towards a better life in the mining camps, consists, in part, of organizing social societies, which societies give moving picture shows, for the woman, children and mining workers, etc., his camps for some time past are absolutely, as far as liquor is concerned, abstemious, he meets his men on equal footing and “play fair” is his motto: his men understand that their pay consists of 37 ˝ cents for actual manual labor or horse-power., and the balance for brains; when they develop sufficient initiative., they are immediately recognized and put in more remunerative positions.

Married Kate T. Tremains; has one daughter. Clubs: Lambton Golf; Parkdale Canoe, Parkdale Bowling; Bay City Commercial Recreation; motoring.

Independent. His religion is “Play Fair” and his philosophy is “Don't capitalize your regrets.” Residence: 100 Jamieson Ave., Toronto, Ont.

Magazine article. (Added Nov., 2009)

Copper Curb & Mining Outlook (1911)


Page 14.

Frank L. Culver first saw the light of day on October 30th, in the city of Buffalo, N. Y., 49 years ago, and while sill an infant moved with his parents to Bay City, Michigan, in which place he entered the grammar school. He was about 20 years of age when he graduated with high honors from the High School.

Owning to the fact that his father was a very wealthy lumberman, Frank was of the opinion that he was destined to became a partner in his father's business and forthwith he began to enjoy life and spend money freely, as he feared his partner (in his own mind) would amass such enormous wealth that it might become somewhat burdensome in the future. He made occasional visits to the various lumber camps in the wilds of Michigan and after he left the discipline among the lumberjacks was generally shattered.

It was not until the foremen of these camps had complained, that the hard headed Lumber King, as he was known, realized that his son Frank was not particularly strong asset as a partner, and at 22 years of age he was told by his honored pater

“There will always be room enough for your two feet under my table and a bed to sleep on, young man, but you must make your own way in the world, and my bankroll will not stand any more inroads such as you have made in for the past two years.”

This was a complete surprise to the young man, and required about 24 hours before it finally took root in his system, but perceiving his father could not be moved from the firm stand he had taken and with only a few spare nickels in his pocket he made a straight line for the business center of Bay City, hardly know what line of business to enter.

While in this frame of mind it was his good fortune to meet an old friend of his family who, as a matter of fact, was managing editor of the Bay City Tribune. A few minutes' conversation led to his being engaged as a reporter, in which capacity he remained only a limited time. As Mr. Culver puts it himself, he could not make money enough in the newspaper business to keep up his end among his companions, and at this point his journalistic star received a solar plexis blow.

The firm of Hammond, Standish & Co., one of the largest pork packing establishments in Detroit, at this time required the services of a traveler and for the next few years Frank Culver occupied this role in the world's cast of characters. As a salesman, he was a success and his popularity grew, as did also his orders, until he was receiving more money than his usual requirements needed. But ambition for higher things was asserting itself and when the real estate boom came in Fort Williams, situated in the northern section of Ontario, Canada, he forsook the pork and meat business and simply on his nerve, purchased a big block of land on the out skirts of Fort William consisting of 95 ˝ acres.

He quickly platted this ground, had it surveyed and cut into streets, and within a comparatively short time had disposed of 843 building lots as a handsome profit. This section today is thickly populated and is known as Avondale Addition. It was on this ground, purchased by the daring young speculator under option for a limited time only, that the last Premier of Canada, Sir Wilfred Laurier, turned the first sod for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad, which today is so beneficial to the prosperity of Western Canada. With the sale of these lots before his option expired. Frank Culver made his first real big stake, and it was at least a portion of this money that raised the Beaver Consolidated ground up from a rank prospect to a producing silver mine.

On the day the option expired and the purchase money had been paid over, May 10th, 1905, Mr. Culver read the excitement caused over the discovery of Cobalt as a silver camp and with his profits tucked safely in his side pocket, he set forth for that place. It was his goo fortune to find himself on the same train as Mr. E. P. Earle, of New York, who was on his way to examine the Ninissing Mines in company with Messrs. Arthur Ferland, Chambers and Russell, who at that time owned the property. A few hours' conversation with these gentlemen gave Mr. Culver his first lesson in mining, and convinced him he had at last struck the profession that best fitted him.

After a few weeks spent in knocking around Cobalt he became interested and helped to form what was known as the Cobalt Consolidated Mines Co., in which the late Lieutenant-Colonel John I. Davidson, of Toronto, was the President. This company took over from the Temiskaming and Hudson Bay Mining Co., the property afterwards known as the Silver Queen, of which Mr. Culver was appointed general manager.

During his administration of the Silver Queen company paid back in dividends $315,000, and according to his own words, when Mr. Culver relinquished this position, the Silver Queen Mine had an immense quantity of high-grade ore in reserve and in a most prosperous condition with a big surplus in the bank.

The history of this mine, since Frank L. Culver laid down the reins of management, reflects but little credit upon those who took them up, and while he does not openly confess it, Frank Culver honestly believes the Silver Queen property is not by any means mined of all its rich ore, and the conservative methods might possibly mean a continuance of the rich shipments made a few years ago from the property.

The Cobalt Consolidated Mines, Co., of which Mr. Culver is still a director, is practically a close corporation with only 10 shareholders, and since its inception has paid in dividends over $250,000 and will probably continue these regular disbursements for year to come as it occupies the role of a holding company for many of the recent additions made to the equipment of the Cobalt camp. Mr. Culver is also president of the Homestead Mines of Swastika, one of the most promising gold prospects in the town of Swastika, and adjoining the east the proven mine of that name. He also helped to finance the Muggsley Concentrator in Cobalt, which is continually kept going to its full capacity and from which he also derives a substantial dividend.

Mr. Culver owns a comfortable home at No. 100 Jameson Avenue, Toronto, where he is to be found almost every evening and where, too, the most welcome visitors are among the stockholders of the Beaver Consolidated Mines, Ltd. Mrs. Culver on of Toronto's most comely ladies, while not a mining woman in the general sense of the term, can tell you of the latest developments, at the Beaver mine in a much more intelligent and clearer way than those who have spent their lives in this profession, but as she herself says: “It is no wonder I know every inch of underground work going on at the Beaver, as that is Frank's whole life, it seems. He talks of it at every meal and I am happy in the knowledge that the firm stand taken by him, in the face of tremendous odds, as to the richness of Beaver, has been substantiated before the whole world. No, I never tire hearing of the good work and its results at the Beaver, and firmly believe that it has only started as a big producer of silver.”

The physical and financial report on the Beaver for the quarter ending November 30th is one of the best every issued by this company, and which the readers of the Copper Curb and Mining Outlook will find in another column of this edition.

Regarding the future of the Cobalt Camp, Mr. Culver made the following statement:

“I have been asked what I think of the Cobalt camp – it is hardly necessary for me to go into an exhaustive report on Colbalt to express my impressions, when statistics on the subject are so plentiful.

“Looking at the camp's history from the early days until the present time, at the immense amount of valuable ore which has been taken out and the dividends which has been paid, and into the future, what great possibilities there are for further dividends, one can hardly fail to be impressed. Having lived through the various states of development of the camp as I have, and watched the different properties before the public, not from a stock standpoint, but from the actual producing standpoint, and seen the immense amount of money which has been returned to the investors, I have the most unbounded faith in the camp and its future.

“It looks as if it would take years to get out the values which are hidden there, and this of course means years of dividends to those who have made investments in these properties. It is true that not all properties are going to make good, but I knew it is also true that there are a great number of properties in the Cobalt camp on which there is practically nothing being done at the present time, and on which very little has been done in the past, that would, with proper development, seem to have a most excellent change of becoming mines and dividend payers.

“President-day operators may not care to touch them, but in the future some one will come along and develop these properties, and probably he handsomely repaid for their expenditures and efforts. This is the history of other mining camps and applies as well to Cobalt as any other. Had Cobalt been a deep mining camp from its inception, operators would have gone forward prepared to develop to depth, but values being found so near the surface has naturally had a tendency to make both operators and investors easily discouraged, and feel that, if they did not get values near the surface, the values were not there.

“Mining is like any other business and the same general business principles should apply. It is absolutely necessary that a strong, aggressive development policy should always be maintain.”

At this particular time this publication wishes to compliment Mr. Frank L. Culver on his honorable, straightforward, open-book methods of the management of Beaver Consolidated, and firmly believe that were some of the other Cobalt companies to take pattern after this gentleman's ideas of management and trusteeship, not only would it insure to the benefit of all those interested, but also prove uplifting to the industry of mining. So here's to Frank L. Culver, the man who, through his bulldog tenacious spirit brought the Beaver Mine to its present high plane as one of the regular and consistent dividend-payers of the Cobalt camp. Long may he live to enjoy the fruits of his labors, together with the respect and esteem in which he is held by practically all who know him and the investing world in general.

Additional Notes.

    1870 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Culver, Leman - 1832, Canada.
  • Maria, wife - 1853, Canada.
  • Welmer, son - b. 1854, Canada.
  • Aden, son - b. 1856, Canada.
  • Mary, daughter - b. 1860, Canada
  • Frank, son - b. 1863, New York

    1880 – Census, Bay City, Mich.

  • Culver, Leman L. - b. 1832, Canada
  • Mariah L – wife, b. 1834, Canada
  • Frank L. - son, b. 1864, New York
  • Aden J. - son, b. 1856, Canada

    1894 – The New York Times.

  • Utica, N.Y., May 27. -- Mrs. Lena F. Culver, wife of Frank L. Culver of Bay City, Mich., drowned herself in the canal at Hamilton, N.Y., yesterday, while temporarily insane. She was thirty-two years old.

    1896 - Directory, Bay City, Mich.

  • Culver, Aden J., lumber inspector, bds 924 N. Monroe.
  • Culver, Frank L., mngr adv dept B C News, bds 924 N. Monroe.
  • Culver, Grace (wid. Wilmer H.), res 924 N. Monroe.
  • Culver, Leman L, lumberman, res 924 N. Monroe.
  • Culver, Wilmer H., bds 924 N. Monroe.

    1900 – Michigan Marriages, Bay City, December 16, 1900.

  • Groom: Frank L. Culver, age 38, b. Buffalo, salesman, parents: L.L. & Marie (Sovereign) Culver.
  • Bride: Kate (Tremain) Horan, age 38, b. Detroit, clerk, parents: John G. & Jenora (Fick) Tremain.
  • Pastor: Rev. P.T. Patchell.
  • Witnesses: Mary P. Patchell & Barbara Slavinski.
Related Pages/Notes

Frank L. Culver

Related Pages:
Culver, Leman L. father
Culver, Wilmer H. brother
People Referenced
Chambers, Mr.
Culver, Aden (bro.)
Culver, Frank L. (subject)
Culver, Grace (wid)
Culver, Leman L. (father)
Culver(?), Lena F. (1-wife)
Culver, Wilmer H.
Earle, E.P.
Ferland, Arthur
Fick, Jenora
Horan, Mr.
Ingals, W.R.
Laurier, Wilfred Sir
Patchell, Mary P.
Patchell, P.T. Rev.
Russell, Mr.
Slavinski, Barbara
Sovereign, Marie L. (mother)
Tremain, John G.
Tremain, Kate (2-wife)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Tribune
Bay Co., MI
Beaver Consolidated Mines
Buffalo, NY
Cobalt, Canada
Detroit, MI
Fort Williams, Canada
Grand Trunk Pacific RR
Hudson Bay Mining
Hamilton, NY
Hamilton School, NY
Hammon, Standish & Co.
Homestead Mines
Hutch & Cooley
Muggsley Concentrator
Ninissing Mines
Queen Beaver Mines
Rexford Bros. & Hodge
Silver Queen Mines
Swastika, Canada
Temiskaming Mines
Toronto, Ont., Can
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.