Gold Fever!!!      

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – December, 2015


Welcome to the 2015 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.

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

President’s Message

We had a nice turnout for the November meeting considering it was only three weeks from our Oct. meeting. I want to thank all of you for coming and making the meeting enjoyable get together. I especially want to thank Steve Miller for his presentation on metal detecting and bringing in some of his finds. There were many unique Items that I wouldn't have been able to identify without his help.

 I found out on Sunday or Monday that Sylvester Ostrowski of Iola pasted away. I will include his obituary in this issue. He was a member of our club for a long time. Very quiet but always had a smile on his face. His brother Frank sister-in-law Katherine and sister Valerie Thompson are all members of our club and I sent them my deepest sympathies for the loss of their brother!

  The deer hunt is coming this weekend as I write this I hope all of you have had a safe and rewarding hunt.

  The next meeting is our Christmas party. We will be having a gift exchange if you bring a gift you will get a gift. It should be for either sex, it can be prospector related but doesn’t have to be. Try and keep your gifts to around $10.00. The club will bring ham, buns, soda and water, you bring the rest. We won't be having a speaker but you can talk to the whole group if you want to tell about any adventures you had this year. 

I will be having my knee scoped in Dec. a week before our meeting.  I plan right now to make it if everything goes OK.

                                              See you in the creeks, Mike Fait

 Upcoming Events

December 5, 2015 – Wausau Club Meeting – Wittenberg Town Hall  W17395 Cty Q. – at 11:00 am

December 12, 2015 – Greenbush Prospectors Meeting – Greenbush Town Hall – at 3:00 pm

December 19, 2015 – Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm.

January 2, 2016 - Wausau Club Meeting – Wittenberg Town Hall  W17395 Cty Q. – at 11:00 am

January 9, 2016 - Greenbush Prospectors Meeting – Greenbush Town Hall – at 3:00 pm

January 16. 2016 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

March 5/6, 2016 – The Twin Cities Prospectors’ 2nd Upper Midwest Gold & Treasure Show – at VFW Post in Forrest Lake, Minn - $10 admission for folks 13 & older

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes October & November, 2015


Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The October and November meetings were held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on November 21st.  24 members and guests attended the November meeting.

The October meeting Mike Fait demonstrated the Sluce box.   He furnished a lot of information on how and when to use the sluce box.

At the November meeting Gary Morrison demonstrated the banjo gold pan and sluce. 

 Earl Thompson has announced that he will be going to the chicken Alaska area next summer to metal detect the tailings piles on Jack Wade creeks public area if anyone would like they could ride along with him he is going all of July and August and could pick someone up in Fairbanks or drop them off if they only want to come for a week or two. He has a place to camp I believe he is tenting it.

 Steve Miller told us he has won a trip to England next March and also won a book raffle. He brought in lots of his finds from metal detecting, rings, watches, bullets, civil war finds and the metal detectors he uses. He answered questions for the group about metal detecting and talked about ground conditions and sensitivity settings and noise elimination. Thank you Steve it is always interesting to hear about your searches.


 New Business:


December’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of December on the 19th 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.  

December’s Meeting – Christmas Party - Bring a gift, get a gift - If you would like to participate in a gift exchange, bring a un-sex gift (wrapped), valued at around $10.00.  If you bring a gift, you will receive a ticket, the tickets will be randomly picked, and you can choose your gift from the gift table.


Thank you to all that donated items for the Table Raffle - Jennie and Emily Morrison, Dan Koehler, Barb Bublitz, Bev Bender, Larry Bender, Mike Fait, Jeff Hastings, Diane Kollins, and Steve Miller.

50/50 raffle winner – Richard Niemyjski

Gold raffle winners: Gold Nugget - Gayle Fait

Gold Concentrates - Larry Bender 

 Gold Price on 11/29/15 was $1,056.60                Silver Price on 11/29/15 was $14.07

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

Gold Nugget Buying Tips

The size of a gold nugget is probably the first thing most people consider when valuing a gold nugget. The larger a nuggets is, the rarer it is.  The rarity of a gold nugget increases almost exponentially when you increase in size. For every 1 ounce nugget out there, there are probably hundreds of 10 gram nuggets, thousands of 1 gram nuggets, and literally millions and millions of pieces of gold that would classify as gold dust.

Specimens are pieces of gold that are still attached to their host material, most commonly quartz. Gold in quartz specimens are in high demand and often command a premium over the spot price of gold. 

Another important thing to understand before you start buying gold online is the different units of measurement that are commonly used. Study the conversions below...

Also be aware that all precious metals should be measured in Troy Ounces     1 gram = 15.43 grains Troy 1.555 grams = 1 pennyweight (dwt.) 31.104 grams = 1 ounce Troy 28.35 grams = 1 ounce Avoir


A collector might be more interested in a quality gold nugget from California because they used to live there, and willing to pay a premium for a nice nugget. Right now there are several shows on TV about gold mining in Alaska, and some folks want a genuine Alaskan gold nugget. Australian gold nuggets are known for their high purity and unique shapes, and command a premium to some collectors.

To summarize, there really isn't one correct answer to the value of a gold nugget. While the spot price of the metal is certainly a starting point, the true value can vary greatly based on the factors discussed above. Just remember "Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it," and I think gold nuggets are a good example of that.


Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2016.

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

 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 Wittenberg Town Hall - HWY 29 East of Wittenberg.  Take HWY 29 west – to exit HWY 45 south then left to stop sign, take Business 29 to the left for about one mile, the town hall is on the left side of the road..  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 the Cameron Community Center, 512 W. Main Street, Cameron, WI. Contact Dave “Wire” Heinsohn (715) 353-2261  

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