Captain Samuel Rickard

Captain Samuel Rickard , captain of the Mohawk Mine near Aurora, is one of the most widely experienced and traveled mining men on the Minnesota Range. He has mined various metals from tin to gold in nearly all the celebrated mining districts of the Globe, from South Africa to the Pacific Coast. He has been well and favorably known and has found important responsibilities as a miner and mining official on the Range for the past fifteen years.

Captain Rickard was born in Camborne, Cornwall, England, October 18, 1881, son of James and Mary Jane (Champion) Rickard, of Cornwall.

By virtue of his environment, a Cornishman is almost born to a career as a miner. James Rickard was a veteran miner in Cornwall, and on his first trip to the United States he mined copper at Copper Falls and in the old Central Mines. Later he came again to America, and he worked in the copper and gold mines in many sections of the United States. He finally returned to England and lived there until his death in 1908, at the age of sixty-five. His wife never came to the United States, though six of her sons took up their residence in this country.

Samuel Rickard had the advantages of the schools of Cornwall, and at the age of fourteen went into the tin mines of that country, working with his father. Not long afterward he came to the United States and was employed in the old Kearsarge Mines at Calumet, Michigan. Later experiences as a miner took him to Utah, Montana, British Columbia, and in 1901, just after the close of the Boer war, he went to South Africa and helped work some of the gold mines of the Transvaal. Leaving that country, he again came to the United States and in 1905 located permanently on the Range. He was on the Vermillion Range under Captain Tom Williams, later in the Elba Mines and for the Republic Iron and Steel Company at Gilbert, was transferred to the Monica Mines at Biwabik, then became shift boss at the Mohawk Mine, was employed in a similar capacity by Pickands, Mather & Company at the Belgrade Mine, and since 1915 has been on duty as captain of the Mohawk Mine.

Captain Rickard married Miss Grace Dunstan, February 4, 1901. She is a daughter of John and Eliza Dunstan, and she grew up in the same town in Cornwall as her husband. They have four children, named Samuel G., Gwendoline, Vera Dunstan and Albert Ernest. The family are Methodists in religion and Captain Rickard is a member of the Masonic Lodge at Eveleth and Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Biwabik, while in politics he votes as a Republican.


  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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