Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – February, 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

  Last month was a trying day I was worried a major snow storm was going to fall on our meeting day.  Thankfully most of it stayed to the west that day. Some brave souls battled there way there. I would like to thank Dean Race for coming and talking about his camp many of the members have been there and it is like having a friend show up that you don't get to see very often. He had some new stories and photos to watch.

  The show Klondike was on for three days January 20-22 I haven't seen it yet but hope to see at least some of it by our next meeting, I'm almost caught up on gold rush only one episode behind would have been caught up but they had two episodes on in the same week.

  Got a  call from Wanda Riel last month she was looking for information on the club how many members and hoe much $ we spend on outings for the DNR information. They have talked to the DNR again about motorized equipment here in Wisconsin and had a favorable reception. The ball is now in the departments hand let’s hope they see this as a recreation and not mining. But for now she told me to tell you it is still illegal to use powered equipment. It comes with a $10,000 fine and loss of equipment ouch!

                                                                                        Try and stay warm    Mike Fait


 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes January, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The December meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on January 18th.  20 members and guests attended the December meeting.

The members that came from the southwest said there was 3'' of snow when they left for the meeting but it was clear in Tomah. Coming from the north there was a light snow falling until you got to Mather.

Dustin Murphy can't be our Liberian as he is moving to Colorado. We will need someone to volunteer or we won't have one.

Dean Race came and talked about his claims in Alaska. Last summer the water was clear and low most of the time everyone found gold. The trips are for 12 days. You will be picked up in Fairbanks and taken to Chicken. The cost is $3750 with a $250 deduction for members of the GPAA.

The club along with the Wausau club sent flowers to the funeral of Floyd Olsen. He was the caretaker of the T& T riders club who helped us get gold rush days on their grounds. He was a member of the Wausau club and prospected in Arizona with the Sitenga's.

 New Business:

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

Guest speaker Dan Erickson he will be coming to our meeting on the February 15th to talk about Gold hog matting system.  He is retired from the United States Air Force. He is an avid prospector and mineral collector.

Donations to the raffle were from:  Wayne Ellefson Sr., Kim Mickelson, Jacob Morrison, and Barb Bublitz hope I didn't miss anyone.


 50/50 raffle winner – Richard Niemyjski

Gold raffle winners: Wayne Ellefson Sr. and Gayle Fait

Special Raffle - one bag of gold fever pay dirt donated by Dean Race and one small bag along with a chance to win a trip to Dean's camp both won by Dan Koehler

 Gold Price on 1/29/14 was $1,267.70                Silver Price on 1/29/14 was $19.71

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Secretary & Newsletter Editor



State Treasures – Minnesota (cont.)

Anthony M. Belli
From page 28 of the August, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved

Henderson Brewery Mystery
SIBLEY COUNTY – Charles Ney for many years owned and operated the Henderson Brewery until prohibition went into effect.
Shortly after prohibition became law Ney died, leaving behind a mystery that remains unsolved.
Ney had amassed a personal fortune in gold specie, none of which was found in his home or deposited in any bank.
In 1924 the brewery was razed; two years later treasure hunters obtained permission to dig a 30-foot shaft below the old brewery site.
They believed Ney had a secret underground vault where he’d hidden his fortune.
The search for the underground vault was unsuccessful and what became of Ney’s gold is unknown.
Doing some poking around while researching this story, I discovered some of Henderson’s elderly residents remember the brewery before it was razed. The brewery was supposedly located “on the south edge of town.”
Henderson even today is a small town, and another person recalled the brewery as being “just south of town” with a “meandering lake known as Brewery Lake” back in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
But the most interesting point not mentioned in the treasure legend account is there was the “Old Brewery Cave,” described as having a “substantial brick arched entrance” that housed the spring that cooled the beer, which was located in a cellar below the brewery.
Why the treasure hunters in 1926 believed there was an underground vault 30 feet below where the brewery once sat is unknown.  But with the recent confirmation of the existence of the Old Brewery Cave, it becomes clear that this cave was certainly part of Ney’s business operation.
Perhaps Ney did have an underground vault where his gold fortune was stored. Perhaps the only access point to that vault was through this cave?

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 – 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

 February 1, 2014 - Wausau Prospector Meeting – Cedar Creek Mall in Wausau – 11:00 am

February 15, 2014 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Speaker Dan Erickson

March 1 – 2 – Klondike Days in Eagle River

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

March 22-23 - Greenbush gold and treasure show at Municipal Building, 375 Buffalo St. in 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)

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