August Newsletter 2014

Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – August, 2014


Welcome to the 2014 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  Another year, another gold prospecting opportunity.  If you have not tried to find gold, you need to give it a try.  Let us know if you need help to get started, there are many people with experience that the help you.

The Tomah, Wisconsin GPAA Chapter newsletter is your newsletter, please let me know what you would like to see in it, we hope to bring you more information in the coming year.   I hope you enjoy the information and articles included in this newsletter.   You can receive this Newsletter by mail, by either attended a meeting, or sent a book of stamps for postage.  

We are also always looking for speakers, we need to help out our great president (Mike Fait).  He has been putting the programs together with very little help.  If you have taken a trip or just have a story about somewhere, we would like to hear about it.  You do NOT need to be an expert speaker; everyone likes to hear about what other members are doing.

Do not forget the Newsletter and pictures can always be found at:

President’s Message

I hope everyone got last month’s newsletter in time. That is the way they will be mailed from now on.

   Thank you Richard For organizing the metal detecting hunt and finding such good locations to hunt. There is still time this summer for everyone to get out all hunt weather its gold or coins it's the hunt that counts.

 I saw Larry Bender this month he is between knee replacements one down one to go. He said Capt'n Bob is getting a little better since his last stroke.

  Larry came over to my house where I was doing some panning that day, he dug out some of my tailings and found some gold I missed. And here I thought I was good! Now before I dump my panning tub I'm going to have to repan the muck on the bottom.

  Last month an interested prospector went in to the Marathon county parks department to ask what rules there were on prospecting in the county parks he was told there weren't any rules. The Marathon county board then had a meeting on what rules they wanted and decided just to outlaw any digging in county steams. So until this rule is changed all digging in Marathon county streams in against the law and you could be arrested. The Wausau

Presidents Letter cont. 

chapter is working with the board to try and change the rule. The next meeting of the board is Aug 14.

                                              See you in the creeks just not in Marathon county Mike Fait

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes July, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The July meeting was a metal detecting hunt in and around Viroqua. Richard Niemyjski found several different parks for members to hunt in. Seven members took park in the hunt. All members found coins at every location including coin spills at two parks. There were so many coins in one spot Jeff Hastings found that he was still finding coins in the dirt as he was refilling his hole.

The second park had areas that clubs used for coin hunts in sawdust for kids. I don't know how many coins the kids found but we were finding nickels so close together that the holes you were digging overlapped.

The weather was very pleasant high 70's to low 80's. All the diggers shared a lunch in a pavilion at the second park. The only drawback to the day were the small flies or nats that flew in your eyes, nose and mouth.

  Richard Niemyjski found a 1919 Wheat penny. Jeff Euler a buffalo nickel, Jeff Hastings a 1952 wheat cent and Mike Fait a 1957 wheat cent.

 New Business:


August’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of August on the 16th at 1:00 pm at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.   

At August’s meeting Robert Wysocki will demonstrate a dry washer.


There was no drawing last month but Jeff Euler, Jeff Hastings and Mike Fait won prizes for the oldest coins found. (Richard Niemyjski bowed out since he organized the hunt.)

 Gold Price on 7/27/14 was $1,308.30                Silver Price on7/27/14 was $20.75

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

MAY THERE BE GOLD IN EVERY PAN !!!!       0511-1001-1705-4846_Old_Prospector_Panning_for_Gold_clipart_image

Hi everyone,  

Please do not Pan & sluice in any of Marathon Co. land, there is a rule in place that prohibits any digging in the streams. If anyone is caught doing it they will get arrested. This is until further notice after there are more meetings to change the laws on this. We are working with them and hope they change the laws. The next meeting will be in AUG, I don’t have the date as of yet.

 Warm Regards,                                                                                                                                        Carl Mauritz                                                                                                                                        Wausau Prospectors Secretary


Wisconsin Treasure


There is a good chance that there are many thousands of dollars in coin and old greenbacks buried in or near the town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

It was Tuesday evening, November 8, 1865, when Charles and Eugene Hamilton carefully made their way through the streets of Elkhorn toward the Exchange Bank of Rockwell and Company. Their objective was a total withdrawal of all the bank's assets.

The Civil War had ended officially in April, but Northern victory celebrations were still to be found, like the one going on in Elkhorn, and the Hamilton’s had been waiting for just a noisy occasion.

It is not known how long Charles and Eugene Hamilton were in the bank, but apparently not a shot was fired. It is known that when they walked out, they were $200,000 richer. With the celebration still going full tilt, the Hamilton’s left the bank and Elkhorn as unnoticed as when they came.

How the sheriff acquired the information that put him on the trail of the Hamilton’s is not known. Perhaps an informer, tempted by the increasing reward, gave him a clue, or it is feasible to believe that they may have left a clue behind as they made their hasty retreat from Elkhorn. Whatever the reason, the following October, Sheriff Stone of Elkhorn arrested Charles and Eugene Hamilton in El Paso. Five months later the Hamilton’s were back in Elkhorn in jail.

What happened to the $200,000? Efforts by many have not turned up any clues at this time. What happened to the Hamilton’s? Again, records furnish no details. However, what seems to be a distinct possibility is that there is a good chance that some, if not all, of the loot is still buried in or near the town of Elkhorn.

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Items for Sale:

Tomah Gold Club t-shirts – with Gold Club emblem and created either with your personal name or without your name.  Contact Mike Fait if you are interested.

For Sale: Fisher 1220 metal detector with headphones and manual $300 call Ted Ehrhardt (608)985-7360 or (608)415-1661

Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2014.

President – Michael Fait ( 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2160

Newsletter Editor - Diane North ( 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait ( 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint ( 608-372-0694

Upcoming Events

August 16, 2014 - Dry washing Robert Wysocki

Sept 12-14, 2014 - Snider Lake outing (Wausau Outing)

Sept 20, 2014 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

Sept, 26 – 28, 2014 - Fall in Parrish (Dennis Laubenstein outing)

Wisconsin Area Clubs

Greenbush Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 3:00 pm in the Greenbush Town Hall, N644 Sugarbush Rd, Greenbush Wi. – Contact: Ron Smith 920-207-4092

Midstate Metal Detecting Club – meets every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm at Shooters Bar and Restaurant at the intersection of Hwy 39 and 54, next to the Shell Station.  Contact: Steve Miller 715-572-1845

Wausau Prospectors – meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00 am in the community room at Cedar Creek Mall next to I-39 just north of Gander Mountain.  Take I-39 exit 185.  Contact:  Kurt Bublitz 715-340-2831 or e-mail

Wisconsin Northwoods Adventures GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at Rice Lake Regional Airport located west of Cameron and west of hwy53 on 19th St., Rice Lake, Wi.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603