Joe Boggie

Posted: April 16, 1904

Bornite and Darrington

Details of the death of Joe Boggie, the Silverton miner who perished Monday, April 4th, while attemping to come over the trail from the Bornite Mines to this place, reveal a shocking story of suffering and hardships. Boggie and Mike Gray started to this place, under the impression that the tramway was completed for about six miles, while as a matter of fact for nearly the whole distance there is only a blazed trail. The snow was deep and after traveling about seven miles Boggie became completly exhausted, although Gray had taken the lead. They decided to turn back, but Boggie could go but half a mile on return trip, Gray left him there giving him his coat, pushed on for the camp. Night over took him on the trail and he walked about a tree to keep from freezing. Next day he returned to camp and sent out for Fred Peterson another miner to rescue Boggie. The later had wandered away, however, although a pair of shoes he was carrying was found, Peterson failed to locate him, his tracks being obliterated by snow, except in one place where he had evidently crawled on his knees.


When news reached Darrington, a party consisting of B. Gallagher, Elmer Burns, T. Gibson, L. Barnett, Thos. Dorgan, E. Tamhill and two miners, whose names have not been learned, went out to search for Boggie, finding the body after hardships that prostrated most of the searchers, The unfortunate man had perished sitting in shallow water. The party dragged the body nearly a mile, camped for the night and then came to town. Mr. Austin one of the owners of the Bornite Mines, then hired the two miners mentioned to go and bring out the body, which they succeeded in doing with assistance of two other men.


He was buried at this place. Coroner Bakeman came up Monday, and after inquiry being that Boggie's death due to exposure no inquest was held.