Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – March, 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

          The cold lingers, I long for spring and running creeks.

           I would like to thank Dan Erickson for coming all the way from Eagle River to talk to us about gold hag matting. I will have to get some just to see if I start getting more gold from my sluice box. I should have order it already but time and money are always in short supply.

          I have reserved site # 51 for myself at Nugget Lake for the June 21 outing. Sites are $20 a day 2 day minimum over a weekend plus $5 a day for your vehicle and $5 if you reserve by phone using a credit card. The number for the park is (715)639-5611.

       I am always looking for speakers or topics for our monthly meetings so if you have any ideas call or email me or talk to me at the meeting, thank you.

                                                              Stay warm Mike Fait


 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes February, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The February meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on February 15th.  23 members and guests attended the February meeting.

We are still looking for a Liberian. Let Mike know if you would like to volunteer or we won't have one.

Dan Erickson brought a few examples of the Gold Hog Matting the he spoke about.  He also spoke about the angle that sluice boxes should be to catch the most gold.  If the water is running too slow, gold will be lost, there needs to be some speed to make the most gold.  1 to 3 inch drop per foot will keep the water flow about 1 inch above the matting.  Also make sure that the sluice is level at the top and bottom.

With the Gold Hog matting the gold settles in the low areas in-between the 3D surfaces.  Changing the matting from one style of matting to another and back to the original style also will catch more gold   Putting the lower speed mat at the top of the sluice and higher speed mat at the bottom works well.

If you would like to get sand from a lumber yard, to try to find gold in it.  Always check where the sand came from and make sure that the sand is ‘unwashed’ sand.

 New Business:

March’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of March on the 15th at 1:00 pm.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.

Guest speaker As of the printing of this newsletter, we do not have a speaker scheduled.

Donations to the raffle were from:  Wayne Ellefson Sr., Dave Bender, Bev Bender, Jacob Morrison, Diane North, Capt. Bob, Merlin Meyer, Jack & Rita Jasinski, Ron Rick, Valery Thompson, and David Vind, hope I didn't miss anyone.


 50/50 raffle winner – Diane Kollins

Gold raffle winners: Dan Kaler and Ron Rick

 Gold Price on 3/3/14 was $1,350.30                Silver Price on 3/3/14 was $21.51

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor


California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California.[1] The first to hear confirmed information of the Gold Rush were the people in Oregon, the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), and Latin America, who were the first to start flocking to the state in late 1848. All told, the news of gold brought some 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad.[2] Of the 300,000, approximately half arrived by sea and half came from the east overland on the California Trail and the Gila River trail.

The gold-seekers, called "forty-niners" (as a reference to 1849), often faced substantial hardships on the trip. While most of the newly arrived were Americans, the Gold Rush attracted tens of thousands from Latin America, Europe, Australia, and China. At first, the gold nuggets could be picked up off the ground. Later, gold was recovered from streams and riverbeds using simple techniques, such as panning. More sophisticated methods were developed and later adopted elsewhere. At its peak, technological advances reached a point where significant financing was required, increasing the proportion of gold companies to individual miners. Gold worth tens of billions of today's dollars was recovered, which led to great wealth for a few. However, many returned home with little more than they had started with.

The effects of the Gold Rush were substantial. San Francisco grew from a small settlement of about 200 residents in 1846 to a boomtown of about 36,000 by 1852. Roads, churches, schools and other towns were built throughout California. In 1849 a state constitution was written, a governor and legislature chosen and California became a state in 1850 as part of the Compromise of 1850.

New methods of transportation developed as steamships came into regular service. By 1869 railroads were built across the country from California to the eastern United States. Agriculture and ranching expanded throughout the state to meet the needs of the settlers. At the beginning of the Gold Rush, there was no law regarding property rights in the goldfields and a system of "staking claims" was developed. The Gold Rush also resulted in attacks on Native Americans, who were attacked and forcibly removed from their lands. An estimated 100,000 California Indians died between 1848 and 1868, and some 4,500 of them were killed.[3] Gold mining also caused environmental harm to rivers and lakes.


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.

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

 March 15, 2014 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

March 22-23, 2014 - Greenbush gold and treasure show at Municipal Building, 375 Buffalo St., Sheboygan Falls, WI.

Guest Speakers, Demonstrations, Vendors, Children’s Treasure Hunt, Prospecting, Metal

Detecting and other Treasure Hunting Clubs.

We will also be featuring the Wisconsin State Gold Panning Competition!

Raffles! Brat Fry and  other refreshments available.   FREE ADMISSION!

                CONTACT: Ron Smith, 920.207.4092or

 April 25, 26, & 27, 2014 – Springtime in the Parrish Outing.(Wausau Outing)

May 3-4, 2014 - Heart of Wisconsin Rock and Gem show Marshfield senior High School

June 23, 2014 - Nugget Lake County Park. Call for camping reservations 715-639-5611

July 18-20, 2014 - Upper Michigan Copper and Rock hunting (Wausau Outing)

July 19, 2014 - Metal Detecting - site to be determined (Tomah Outing)

July, 2014 - Dredging and sluicing in Indiana (Greenbush Outing)

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

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 B.S. on Main, 34 N Main St. Rice Lake, Wi.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603