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Cada C. Boak

Cada Castolas Boak was born in Fremont, Iowa on March 15, 1870, the son of Symantha Kitty Payne and William Wesley Boak, a stock farmer and landlord. He graduated from Webster City High School and Elliott Business College, and studied Law for a year in Burlington, Iowa. He was working in one of the Eastern cities as an "advertising expert" when he read about the ore deposits being discovered near Tonopah, Nevada. Excited by the prospects for wealth, he moved there to take advantage of the situation in 1904 (with $65 in borrowed money in his pocket) and engaged first in the brokering of mining properties, then in prospecting for deposits, and in the purchase and management of mines. He appears on the 1910 census as the "operator of quartz mines." In 1912 he married Grace Elva Fuller (they had no children). On the 1920 census he is listed there as "mine owner, silver mine."

In 1905 Boak hired a prospector to investigate the Manhattan, Nevada area, and discovered several deposits including one that became the famous Consolidated mine. The following year Boak himself discovered the great Consolidated gold ledge; he and his prospecting partner immediately formed the Manhattan Consolidated Mines Company and began mining. He also organized the original Manhattan Mines Company, and served as president of the Round Mountain Antelope Mining Company; from the latter property he personally collected the largest chunk of free gold that had ever been found in Nevada up to that time. He owned the Rogers Round Mountain mine, organized a syndicate that purchased the Manhattan Breyfogle mine, and owned at least a portion of most of the other important mines in the state. He also served as secretary of the Tonopah Midway Mining Company.

He organized the Tonopah Chamber of Commerce in 1924, and served as an assemblyman from Nye County for ten terms, first being elected to Nevada's Lower House in 1926. He was known for his campaign for the state to build better roads. In 1929 Boak was appointed Postmaster for Tonopah by President Hoover. He died August 2, 1954.

BEATTY, B. (1907) Who's Who in Nevada. Home Printing Company, Los Angeles, p. 229-231.
U.S. Federal Census, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
ANON (1954) C. C. Boak died suddenly at 84 in Tonopah. Reno Evening Gazette, August 3, p. 11-12.
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