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Clips from Alleghany


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03/17/2016  3:47PM

Something or somebody put this website off line...out of business for two weeks. The website began in the 1990's and its format is ancient in technology time.

Sixteen to One hired a firm to update the site. The old information will remain but the infrastructure will be 21st century. Hang in there if it goes off again.
 By Hans Kummerow

01/11/2016  10:16PM

Scoop, for any Captain in any Navy with information on the surface temperatures of the Peru Current in October of any year it is possible to foresee, what sort of wheather is to be expected three thousand miles to the North and in three monthes from October.
And for every President of every hard rock gold mine above the Malone Fault with information on the strikes and dips of hydrothermal quartz veins that where intercepted during the last 100 years of mining that orebody, it is possible to foresee what amounts of gold precipitation are to be expected in the Compromise Raise.
So, my wish for the crew is easy to do. Good luck for Mike and his threedimensional image of the Origsix-Orebody.

01/11/2016  3:10PM

Hans, you should pick the number for the huge lottery in America and wish to be correct. California is getting pounded with rain and snow and the mine continues working on three pockets of gold. Make another wish for these hard rock underground gold miners.
 By Hans Kummerow

01/10/2016  10:19AM

Last October I have sent you two wishes (See below): A lot of moisture for all of California and a few high-grade pockets for the crew in the compromise raise.
As far as the moisture is concerned my wishes seem to work.
A Happy New Year for Origsix!

01/01/2016  1:28PM

Re-connect with us. The 2016 year will be an eventful ride.
 By Michael Miller

12/29/2015  3:36PM

For clarity read the entry below…………….

I did receive an email this morning: “Your Company traded 1150 shares at 0.20 this morning, then 300 at 0.00”. My further review discovered the bid/ask is 0.01 at 0.20. Of all people, Scoop, you must have seen the crew arriving this morning and my Ford Raptor parked outside the office. The bank didn’t repossess it. Nothing negative has change with our operation. Here is a little stock history; take a look on the web site under the topic STOCK at left of screen.

The last legitimate trade that occurred was august 31, 2015 at $.56. On June 16, 2015, 18,209 shares were purchased for $.44 each. On October 23, 2014, 10,000 shares were purchased at $.42. Furthermore between January and June of 2013, 9,800 shares changed hands at $.89.

The Stock exchange listing on the FORUM has many entries discussing the pink sheet or gray market as some call it. I call it a joke.

12/29/2015  1:23PM

Oh no, the Sixteen to One mine must have fallen into the earth! Well, only if you believe in the relevance of the stock market according to Pink Sheets. I know some people actually put credit in this market to evaluate this Company value. According to today’s trade history on the internet ( the Company is worth nothing. It is worthless because some intelligent people traded shares at $0.0000. The reported volume is 1,050, down from a prior trade at $0.20. According to this report the 52 week high is $0.29. What a sad day it must be in Alleghany. The crew must be devastated. Mike must have lost his mind with this realization that the 104 year old corporation, yes the same one organized to take over the 119 year old mine and its 147 year old neighbors has no value.

Mike, if you see this news, please respond. Did the trees all die? Has your water dried up?
Did others steal all the equipment, supplies and inventory when your back was turned? Is there no more gold left to mine?

11/07/2015  8:11AM

The company's third quarter preliminary Income Statement or Profit/Loss looks profitable. Nice turn around, miners and staff!
 By Hans Kummerow

10/28/2015  9:35AM

Thank you for the update, Scoop.

I hope you will get a lot of snow during this winter season and the much needed rain in the lower parts of the country.

And I hope the Compromise Raise has still a few high grade pockets for the crew to blast into.

10/26/2015  4:16PM

Here’s the Alleghany situation.
The best news for any gold mining company and especially those high-grade underground mines is: our explorations led to modest gold production for the third quarter. A company noted for hyping its stock would have really built this into a grand expectation. Mike is just relieved that he is not going into additional debt. When past performances produced a 2500 ounce day, a 10,000 ounce pocket (one location usually in a stope) and numerous 500 to 1000 ounce finds, this much needed bundle is not especially news worthy but it is worth noting that corporate liabilities are not increasing.

Can we think about another 500 to 1000 ounce day? Sure, why not. This deposit has much more to give.

Scoop has an inside track to information about the Sixteen, so offers readers his perception: stay tuned for news of a much improving situation here in Alleghany. What do the readers think about the gold situation? It seems very quiet. Mike is definitely not fretting the current spot price as many of the other producing (and non-producing) mine operators or promoters are wanking about.

Remember that most investors have no or little gold options in their portfolio. Why is this true?

Is that silly grey market still trading OSTO shares? The last trade of certificates shows up on this website at $.56. Look, 18,209 shares were bought at $.44 in August. There currently are no bids. The only shares offered below a dollar are 1,150 priced at $.89. How come there are no bidders? How or why has OSTO become the oldest American gold mining company in North America?

07/27/2015  1:15PM

Hello 16 to 1. Your Forum input lately resembles the water situation in California… it dried up! Being the professional journalist, Scoop demands an interview and supportive evidence as to why this has occurred. From your history, either you have good or bad news and are too busy to sit down and craft your story. Since the annual shareholder meeting in June, your activities in Alleghany confirm you remain in business.

Be prepared for those tough questions that accomplished (and great) reporters ask. Scoop is at your door high noon tomorrow.

06/25/2015  8:16AM

Last week end was a busy time in Alleghany. About eighty shareholders and guests traveled the trail to the landing at the old mine office. Weather cooperated except for a nearly afternoon windy spell. The food tent flapped and flapped and then took off. Those nearby grabbed the tent poles and ropes and kept the tent from heading into space.

Besides the routine corporate business, Mike announced a motion would be placed to put a new tool at his discretion (if needed) for attracting a future investor(s). It is the formation of Preferred Stock. Preferred Stock represents a secured position for investment without the struggle to determine the value of common stock. Scoop got details and will provide it at the end of this entry.

The Underground Miners of California Museum had two days of events: historical walk around Alleghany, a grand collection of gold specimens and on Sunday a tour of the Sixteen to One. The museum celebrates twenty years. Be sure to check it out when next in Alleghany. It grows every year.

The President told of a recent finding of gold in an unusual place in the mine. His confidence seemed high but as we all know, it is best to talk about gold once it is accounted for and in a safe place.

So for anyone wishing to join what seems like a good time for Sixteen to One, here is how to secure an investment. Mike assured Scoop that he will work ways with investors that meet just what they want.

Preferred Stock
The Board of Directors is expressly vested with authority to determine, in whole or in part, the preferences, limitations, and relative rights of the Preferred Shares, or one or more series of Preferred Shares, before the issuance of any such Shares. All shares of a series of Preferred Shares shall have preferences, limitations and relative rights identical with those of other Preferred Shares of the same series. The preferences, limitations, and relative rights of the Preferred Shares shall be specified in a subsequent amendment to these Articles of Incorporation adopted by the Board of Directors and may include, without limitation:

(1) Special, conditional, or limited voting rights, or no right to vote, except to the extent prohibited by the KBCA;

(2) That the Preferred Shares be redeemable or convertible (a) at the option of the Corporation, the shareholder, or another person or upon the occurrence of a designated event; (b) for cash, indebtedness, securities, or other property; or (c) in a designated amount or in an amount determined in accordance with a designated formula or by reference to extrinsic data or events;

(3) Rights entitling the holders to distributions calculated in any manner, including dividends that may be cumulative, noncumulative, or partially cumulative;

(4) Preferences over any other class of shares with respect to distributions, including dividends and distributions upon the dissolution of the Corporation; and

(5) Other preferences, limitations, or relative rights not prohibited by law.

06/19/2015  5:40PM

Tomorrow looks to be another fun day in Alleghany: shareholder meeting, Underground gold Miners Museum’s gold exhibit, vendors set up on Main Street Four Star Shop open and food at Casey’s. Temperature in 90’s. Inside Sixteen to One a steady 50 degrees. Those who seek out this annual event will have a blast.
 By fredmcain

06/09/2015  11:06AM

Just as the Golden State embarks on what is normally a dry, rainless summer following a record drought, what happens? A freak out-of-season rain storm forms out of nowhere. How?

Well, a hurricane, now downgraded to a weak depression is working its way up the Baja California coast. Although it's iffy as to whether any of this moisture will reach Allegheny, heavy rain is now moving into Southern California

Will wonders ever cease? These kinds of systems do not normally appear until at least August. But one thing is for certain, this is most certainly NOT a normal year.

In the end, it all depends on the weather.

Fred M. Cain

06/06/2015  6:04PM

An uneventful Saturday in Alleghany so Scoop drags out his unused files. How about this short note from October 16, 2009.

Are the underground mines in the United States under regulated for safety?

Up to today’s date there have been sixteen fatalities in the metal/nonmetal mining industry. Fourteen occurred at surface operations. Two occurred at underground mine sites: a lead/zinc mine and a salt mine. Of the remaining fourteen surface operations only one (Newmont) was a gold mine.

Most mining organizations care about and demand safety. In California the mines are inspected by Cal/OSHA and the federal Mines Safety Health Administration (MSHA). Rumor is the current Secretary of Labor issued orders that will have the effect of creating more citations by the MSHA inspectors. Citations do not necessarily increase safety. Positive or constructive suggestions work best and have for many years. This is not to excuse misguided management or careless miners who flaunt safety. Let’s hope that MSHA contributes to underground safety in a constructive manner as the years advance..
 By fredmcain

06/05/2015  11:24AM

Scoop, Ryan & Group,

Here’s my two cent for whatever it may be worth – perhaps nothing.
First of all, OSTO is what many people refer to as a “penny stock” and like all penny stocks, there is risk involved. Why should we try and pretend that there isn’t?

As a general rule, I do not buy penny stocks under any circumstance or, uh, well, under ALMOST any circumstance.

I clearly made an exception with the Original Sixteen to One Mine for two reasons. One, I was most deeply impressed by Mr. Miller’s dedication and commitment to this enterprise. He will succeed or die trying. That being the case I was willing to try right along with him. If we fail, we will at least be able to say we gave it a genuine effort.

The other reason is more minor and some might say it sounds kinda silly, but the fact is that this is a most fascinating operation that employs traditional, “environmentally friendly” underground mining techniques including an underground railway.

Modern “trackless mining” can sometimes have a “get in and get out” mentality of making a fast buck and look for short term gains with no long-term vision. The very fact that they refuse to lay track suggests in my mind’s eye that their commitment is shallow. Not everyone will agree with that viewpoint, I know that, but that’s kind of the way I see things.

I hope and pray that Mike Miller and his fellow miners keep on digging. They might just find something, too. We already know it’s there but will we find it in time? Time and time alone will tell. Mike has my support 100%

Fred M. Cain

06/03/2015  6:09PM

No worries on your concerns,Ryan, that Mike has cast aside seeking compatible sources of money. He's been around long enough to avoid the hucksters. He's been looking for that golden angel. He brought a group through Alleghany to inspect the mine and operation. Good prospect but chief investor took sick. He got nowhere with bankers. Have you tried to get a loan these days from a bank? Forget it unless you have good credit, earnings or net profit after filing taxes or your sister manages the bank.

No one would even consider bank rolling a gold mine with a $2 million lawsuit dangling overhead. Well, that's gone, mid February 2015. Scoop knows those miners, sees them drive into Alleghany before 7am and out of town about 5pm. The office crew has same work ethic. People count, sure money greases the operation but do you know this? There is no other known lode gold mining going on in California's Sierra gold belt. Odd?? Why?? No money funding gold mining. NO one gets it as in those long gone days before the 21st century. At $1200 an ounce California's gold mine should be humming and you own a piece of the best there is. Hang tough, Ryan. The gold goddess is peeking at the Sixteen. Maybe she will extend her touch and your fortunes change. Hope you own a lot of shares when it happens.
 By RyanBaum

06/03/2015  2:07PM

I finally had a chance to read the OAU annual report today. While Mike Miller references his three written commitments from last year’s annual report, he didn’t report on the verbal commitment he made at last year’s annual meeting—this was going to be the make or break year. He made a commitment that either gold would be found to increase the cash position or he would begin discussion with investment bankers on funding options.

Although I won’t be able to attend this year’s annual meeting in person, I hope a shareholder raises this question and Mike provides specific plans on raising cash even if this requires equity dilution. To paraphrase a friend of mine, I’d rather have a smaller percent of something than a larger percent of nothing.

05/22/2015  3:52PM

About 1250 Annual Reports left the Alleghany post office this Tuesday. Shareholders should have received it by now, so Scoop wants all of us who don’t own shares to read the latest from the President and mine. Following is the opening message.

Dear Shareholders,

Once again the time arrives for news from your gold mine. A year ago I wrote of three goals for the 2014-15 year: lower the present water level; remove blockages to access gold targets; work with a non-affiliated “high-tech” group to find a 21st Century detection system for our mines. The water level is about 400 feet lower than it was last year; the crew is preparing a detailed exploration operation in a previously blocked vein; the detection company has the hardware to see into the quartz greater than at any other time. Understanding what we are seeing remains unclear; now software interpretation is the focus. Step-by-step the obstacles are disappearing.

On June 20, 2015, our annual shareholders’ meeting takes place in Alleghany. There are no good or bad surprises to announce. The Underground Gold Miners museum is holding its annual gold specimen display that weekend.

One noteworthy event is our acquisition of a new gold detector from Australia. Promotional material claims a 40% increase in depth from prior models. In February the crew incorporated this tool into our detailed exploration program. Early results prove that the depth has increased. Where to explore is decided by historical production, geology and detection. This new Mine Lab detector gives us a fresh look at the vein throughout the mine. I am cautiously optimistic. Most every person familiar with this mine knows that more gold remains unmined, but where is it?

That nasty overhanging California water agency lawsuit settled on February 11, 2015. The government sought over $2 million for not filing thirteen test reports. The issue was never about pollutions or environmental damages. We settled for $234,000. I was not a happy miner. The agency ignored notifications that milling ceased in 1998. The time and expense for 1,460 annual tests became unmanageable. The agency denied repeated requests to change our requirements. Our attorney said to take the offer: lack of funds to continue the lawsuit.

The Alleghany district has long been famous for the high-grade gold ore of its quartz veins. Nearly all the production is obtained from small shoots. Owing to the particular type of ore prevalent, production is irregular. Due to a scaled back crew, the odds of mining those gold pockets have grown against us. Something must turn this around. Half our crew is attending the detection program. The other half is working on projects to open new areas for exploration. No one is mining for gold. This must change. The cure is to increase efficiency and in a miner’s words “break more rock.” How shall we do this? We must expand the crew, purchase supplies in volume and hire a couple of top maintenance men. Outside capital makes this happen.

The price of gold remains reasonably high for profitable mining. I’ve considered the likelihood of mining our way back to profitability. It is possible, but other options exist: sell stock through a private placement, offer gold futures below spot price or joint ventures creatively designed to meet all party’s needs. Money equals a shorter time to find that magical pocket of gold. We will, therefore, “break more rock.”

Our industry (as many others) is experiencing a lack of skilled employees. Reasons vary. While our crew is small in numbers it is large in background, experience and training. One other important factor stands out. This crew is highly motivated to succeed. We accomplished much last year; however, we define success as producing gold. You should expect it in the coming year.

The four following pages are worth reading, which is why they are printed in the Annual Report. It is background material for others to evaluate our Company. A financial lift does wonders to achieve our success. Suggestions are welcomed. Frequently people ask, “Why do you stick with this gold mining business?” I reply that my confidence in the richness of our mines has never wavered over forty years. I sometimes mutter to myself this quote: “You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.”


Michael M. Miller, President
April 30, 2015
When asked to prepare a vision for the Sixteen to One years ago, I did. The original analysis was written in the Fall 2007. Investors from Silicon Valley figured it was a good thought to look into gold and called me. They called ours a ‘trailing edge’ business. They considered theirs ‘leading edge’ ventures. The point man wanted a SWOT paper (strength-weakness-opportunity-threat), a new concept to me. Everything came to a halt when the events of 2008 dropped on America. He asked me, “What is your vision for this old company and mine?” I searched my soul and wrote the following. It still rings relevant.


The vision for Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. (the Company) includes America’s natural resources but focuses on the plentiful natural resources of California. While the vision may appear to be rather explicit or narrow, it includes gold and other mineral products, timber and water. It encompasses their utilization, management, development and marketing for maximum yield. No other public reporting company incorporated in the United States shares this focus.

This vision includes the social aspects of natural resources and the desperate need to protect the cultural as well as the physical environment of our precious natural resources. The Company combines all social sciences as well as most physical sciences into an operational program. It is an enlightened business plan of operation. The Sixteen to One’s past reveals a necessary approach of maintaining long-term assets with the short-term needs of producing revenue. Its present status is demonstrative proof that a small natural resource company has survived the demands of natural resource utilization in today’s overly aggressive pro-environmental outlook.

The Company will become known as the model for future natural resource development in California and the United States. Its operations will challenge the erroneous myths and prejudices of well-meaning activists who hinder the sensible extraction of our natural wealth. These beliefs have turned the omnipresent demands for raw materials to natural resource production in other parts of the world, a dangerous reality.

A primary ingredient for our vision and subsequent model to expand is an infusion of working capital. There has been a noticeable lack of interest from Wall Street or private investors in forest and mineral production. The modest attention of the stock market towards America’s natural resource companies hurts future generations both in the United States and the world. Some patterns of investment are predictable. Investors’ interest in specific industries continues to move from one sector to another. The Gold Sector is abstruse, removed from the usual way of thinking and difficult to comprehend. The forest industry follows closely in its mystic.

A movement into natural resource ownership or participation is overdue. Unlike banking, savings and loan institutions, automobiles, real estate, airlines, pharmaceuticals, computers, utilities and practically every part of the complex mixture of America’s democratic capitalism, the natural resource companies are ignored. Perhaps one simple answer is that resource companies believe they must stay under the radar to function in today’s hostile anti-mining/anti-logging mentality. Perhaps a more likely reason is the pure misunderstanding that potential investment capital has about these small but vital industries.

The Company’s dream foresees an awakening of Americans to the realization that we need and will benefit from a return to domestic natural resource productivity. For almost fifty years America has been bombarded with media blame for past degradation to the environment. Some of the blame is justified. Many extraction and harvesting methods, however, are no longer practiced and cannot be assumed as what to expect from future operators.

American industries have learned from the past and clearly are the most environmentally sensitive operators in the world. This is one reason to bridge the ignorance gap of the population and our leaders. The “not-in-my-back-yard” position is a short-sided myth! Vital and necessary minerals and other resource products come from countries without the sensible regulations that have evolved in the United States over the past hundred years. The consequences of this are global.

Even though population growth and physical development exploded during the twentieth century, the world-changing role of the United States has taken a more dramatic turn. A counter cultural shift emerged. America was considered the can-do country. Democratic and capitalistic social ideologies opened the doors for an expanding middle class, especially from workers identified as “blue collar”. Our natural resources were developed and accessible. What changed?

Somewhat reluctantly America became a world power and responsible leader. The blue-collar worker of today is losing economic ground as our society turns more and more to the service industries. But the need for manufacturing contemporary products in America remains; and in order to produce, industry requires raw materials. America has them in abundance. America also needs the backbone of its labor resources to insure our freedoms.

The time has come to broadcast how to treat our inherited resources in the 21st century. Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc., a US corporation, has all the pieces to lead this renaissance except one. That missing ingredient is explained in its Executive Summary. The oldest American mining corporation operating needs a grubstake to turn its dream into a reality. It will celebrate a 100-year, centennial birthday in October 2011. Happy Birthday America. On July 4, 2011, the land that we appreciate and love is 235 years old.

More years have passed. Time for testing this vision is overdue. Those external events beyond control have raised no new weaknesses or threats to our Gold Mining Company. The opportunities are greater for our company to prosper. In addition to our exploration program and maintenance underground work, our lack of adequate working capital must be solved. This is my main focus for 2015.

The following analysis combines internal and external aspects of the Company. Strengths and weaknesses capture internal examples. Opportunities and threats reflect external considerations. This analysis was conducted with outside professionals and is presented to assist potential participants in our growth in their due diligence of the opportunity.

Natural Resources (Timber, Water, Gold, Crushed Rock Minerals)
Monopoly of natural product (quartz and gold gemstone)
Toxic material handling
Environment acceptance
Historical gold production and profit
Strong geology supporting future gold production
Mining historical and cultural value
Positive local government and public support
Museum 501(c)3

Insufficient working capital
Lack of workforce
Unpredictable revenue stream
Restricted trading market for stock
Lack of general investor interest in Gold Sector

Participation in ‘Gold Bull Market’
Natural resource exploitation
Participation in new outlook towards forest management
Media and entertainment venue and products
Natural and organic cosmetics for men and women
Hydropower and bottled drinking water
Vision uniqueness
Cultural and social impact
Baby boomer interest in related areas
Recreation and tourism

Increasing government regulations
Reduction in market demand
Size of market
Extreme increases in utility and supplies costs
Unknown government regulations
Inability to secure sustainable financial backing
Fire exposure
 By fredmcain

04/08/2015  4:23AM


Sounds to me like if I lived there I'd want to have a good wood stove. Or is burning wood no longer considered "politically correct" in California?

We met a girl on the train last year who was a German Baptist from somewhere in the Modesto area. The German Baptists are a little bit like the Amish except they're not quite that old fashioned. But they do burn wood. She told us that they have "no burn days" when the smog is bad and that they can be fined if the burn wood on a "no burn day". Seems strange to me 'cause I think most of the pollution is coming from people's cars - not from the German Baptists heating with wood.

Years ago, I had an uncle in the Porterville area and I remember he had a wood stove. But that was back in the 1960s.

Good to hear about the new metal detector. I hope they find something. But I still think it would be a good idea to try it out on some of the deepest areas of the mine that still need to be dewatered.

Fred M. Cain

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