C. MELETUS is one of the pioneer miners of Good Hope District. He was
one of the first prospectors on Dick Creek, a tributary of Bryan Creek flowing
into the Serpentine River. He staked property on this creek in 1901. and
has worked on the creek every season since then. He has believed from the first
that Dick Creek contained a vast deposit of the precious mineral, but lack of water
has prevented him from operating on a scale that would yield large revenues. By using
the water available which would permit of sluicing for only an hour or two each
day during a part of the season, Mr. Meletus has been able to obtain a grub-stake
every season from these diggings.
Mr. Meletus was born in Vassar, near Sparta, Greece, in 1869, When he was
ten years old he left home and went to Russia and Turkey. He spent five years in
Russia and obtained a fair knowledge of the Russian and Rumanian languages. He
has attended both English and Greek schools, and at one time could speak Italian
fairly well. In 1887 he immigrated to the United States and located in Chicago.
He has followed the restaurant business in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, and
was successful in a restaurant venture at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.
His first mining experience was in Cripple Creek. He came to Nome in the
spring of 1900, and in the following season acquired the Dick Creek property, and has
staid by it firm in the faith that its development would make a fortune for him. Mr.
Meletus is a man of native intelligence, wide experience and cosmopolitan learning.
May 3, 1905, he married Miss Lyde C. Rutherford, of Revere, Mo. She accompanied him this season to Dick Creek, where Mr. Meletus is engaged in constructing a
ditch for the economical working of his mining property.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by
R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.