See also: Horne
Like many other prospectors of its generation, Edmund Horne came in North from the Ontario to the turning the 20th century, nourishing the hope to find there fortune in the gold mines. Success seemed to him imperceptible, but rather than to acknowledge itself overcome, it decided to venture on the other side of the border, with the Quebec, persuaded that the geological richnesses did not stop in extreme cases of the Ontario. This conviction was reinforced with the passing of years, and led finally to discovered fantastic mine cuproaurifère Horne, which became the base of the company Noranda, one of the largest mining companies in Canada.
Born with Enfield, in Nova Scotia, Mr. Horne was a minor and prospector of great experiment well before its arrival in the wild regions of the canton of Rouyn, with the Quebec. In fact, he worked during several years with the gold mine Oldham, close to at his place, before the passion of the adventure does not seize him. Its voyages brought it to the Colorado, then in the mining cottages of the gold mines of the Colombia-British and the California. In 1908, it heard of discovered about money with Cobalt, and it moved towards the North of the Ontario to start the most important chapter of its mining odyssey.
Mr. Horne penetrated for the first time in the arrièrepays of the Quebec, in boat, 1911. Even if this visit did not give place to a discovery, favorable geology that it observed of the west coast of the Lac Osisko, in the canton of Rouyn, came to confirm its principle according to which the unexplored wild areas of the Quebec were worth the sorrow to be examined closely.
But of others were of opinion that the area was too much isolated, and it is only in 1914 that Mr. Horne again on the occasion to examine this zone of interest. The territory which belongs now to Noranda was the subject of a prospection which led to discovered of an arrival of rhyolite strongly mineralized and fractured. Mr. Horne decided to bring back at his place samples in order to make them evaluate, and to mark out the ground later if the results appeared conclusive. Unfortunately, these samples did not reveal any gold trace, and the disappointment of Mr. Horne was so bitter, that he declared that " all its golden dreams came from effondrer".
But this abatement did not last a long time, and Mr. Horne turned over in the mining cottages of the gold mines already established in Ontario, where he exerted his options on his claims and joins together sufficient money to finance his next company with the Quebec. Mr. Horne thus turned over to his zone of interest, the lake Osisko, in 1917, took other samples, and returned to Ontario. But again, the weak results of the analyzes were disappointing.
It is only in 1920 that Mr. Horne succeeds in surrounding himself by sufficient interested people to finance another forwarding. Borrowing the road of the chain of lakes, Mr. Horne and his partner of prospection, ED Miller, moved in boat to the canton of Rouyn, and started to mark out the ground in September 1920. The exploration of surface began the following season, and it gave place to discovered several encouraging arrivals. The results of analyzes of these arrivals, and others still, continued to be positive, which made it possible to join together new investments.
The backers of Mr. Horne, is the Tremoy consortium, bringing together residents of New Liskeard, in Ontario, sold their shares with another group of adventurers who wished and could finance and emphasize the zone of cupriferous and gold bearing interest. This zone became one of the most important layers to the Canada, the layer " Horne" , and Noranda was created in 1922.
Horne remains a well-known name in Quebec. With the site even of the original mine, Noranda established its foundry of Horne copper of international class. This mining seat owes its existence with Mr. Horne, a courageous man who relied on his ideas, and which knew to maintain a prospective vision the future.
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