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Odds ‘n’ Sods: Memories of Sourdough Bay

I read the article “Callinex grows Flin Flon footprint” (TNM., March 22/17), and it reminded me of an anecdotal incident that happened back in the 1960s when my father Lew Parres and I discovered the Pinebay copper deposit in Manitoba. (Actually, there was no Pinebay yet!)

My dad had been in Sourdough Bay in Manitoba in 1929 with his father, Chris Parres, to examine the Baker Patton property. They had travelled by canoe from Saskatoon. There were some cabins and the showing was up on a high hill on the east side of Sourdough Bay. There was a large gossan reflecting a body of sulphides with low copper and gold values.

When we worked for Guggenheim Exploration out of New York City in the 1960s, administered by Oscar Strauss II, we were back and forth between Timmins and Flin Flon. We opened an exploration office in South Porcupine but Flin Flon was our main exploration base.

Hudson Bay Exploration and Development (HBED) had done saturation horizontal loop geophysics over the area, discovered the North Star and Don Jon deposits, mined them and moved on.

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