March Newsletter 2013


Gold Fever !!!

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – March, 2013


Welcome back the 2013 GOLD FEVER Newsletter. 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. If 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. 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 got a new hard drive on my computer so I lost a lot of email addresses. I still have the same email address so you can still email me, I just don't like charters email page. I'm still working on retyping all the members list back on the computer so I can print them up each month. When you come to the next meeting check the sign-up sheet to see if I got all of your information correct.

Great meeting last month with Dean Race, wish I had more time to talk to him but I'm pretty busy at every meeting. Only one more meeting in a winter month this year, we have been lucky so far as our meetings have never landed on the day of a big storm.

This month on March 23, 24 Greenbush is having their Gold and Treasure Show in Sheboygan Falls. Gayle will be there to set up a booth for the club. I have to bowl Saturday and Sunday in Sun Prairie, so I will only be there to set up and tear down. Anyone who comes to the show can help if even for 10 minutes so Gayle can take a quick break. If you can help longer great.

                                                                     See you in the creeks real soon, Mike Fait

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes for February, 2013

Old Business: The January Meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange on Route #20 west of Tomah Wisconsin on February 16th. 34 Members attended the February meeting.

Dean Race and his son, Dakota was our speaker. He showed many pictures of both of his gold prospecting sites in Alaska. The new site is above the Jack Wade Mine. He and his partners have had to remove 16 feet of overburden to reach bed rock. He also spoke about the equipment that he acquired with the property and the trials of keeping equipment in good working order to run a large scale gold mine. The Mine camp north of Chicken Alaska, is now taking 6 guests every 12 days. Check web site for details.

New Business :

March’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of March on the 16th at 1:00 pm.

LDMA News: Membership is going up $1,000 on April 1, 2013.

Outings: We need suggestions for a July outing, anyone with an idea, give Mike F. a call.

Guest speaker – Our President (Mike F.) is going to be our speaker this month. He will be giving us a talk on "Reading a River". This is a very important skill that if you are unfamiliar with a claim, you will know where to look for gold.

Stamp Donations: Ron Rick donated a book of stamps, thanks Ron. You are welcome to donate some if you have a few extra. Regular 1st Class stamps went up again in January, so the cost to send out the Newsletters is going up.

Donations to the raffle were from: Dave Bender, Capt. Bob Minshall, Diane North, Barb Bublitz, Mike Fait, Larry Bender, Perry Brown, Wayne Ellefson, and Diane Kollins Everyone is always so generous with their donations, with new and useful items that a lot of you have donated. We thank all of you.


50/50 raffle winner – Merlin Meyer

Gold raffle winners: Diane Kollins – gold nugget, John Swingle – Dean Race paydirt & chance to win trip to Alaska.

Special raffle: Gold Pan, Magnet, Paydirt, and Sniffer bottle (donated by Dean Race) – Kurt Bublitz

Raffles are a lot of fun and the proceeds help the club continue to function. Between the Table raffle, Gold raffle, and 50/50 raffle – most everyone is guarantee to win something. Thank you.

Gold Price on 02/27/13 was $1596.30 – Down, but it will go up again…

Silver Price on 01/31/13 was $28.98

Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Secretary

State Treasure - Wisconsin

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 52 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved


RUSK COUNTY - David Tainter was a successful trapper and fur trader in the late 1800’s who lived in a 1-1/2 story house on the west end of Bucks Lake.
Every time Tainter came to town he always paid for services and goods with gold coins.
Over the years it was rumored that Tainter had accumulated about $30,000 in gold specie.
Anytime he needed cash, Tainter would leave home for only a few minutes then return with the necessary gold pieces.
Tainter, an accomplished woodsman and hunter, did live frugally off the land.
Because Tainter was a bachelor and lived as a hermit until his death in 1917, he only spent money on necessity items he required.
Local research is necessary to determine where Tainter was living.
It’s still believed that a cache of gold coins remains buried there.

Lost and Forgotten Sites
Lake Pipin (PIPIN COUNTY) - The steamboat Sea Wing sank during a storm on July 13, 1890. Loss of life was 100 and the ship carried an undetermined quantity of cargo and valuables. No salvage attempt was reported.

Washington Island (DOOR COUNTY) - The I.N. Foster wrecked off Washington Island on August 7, 1887.
Salvage value was listed as $15,000.
The Louisiana sank off Washington Island in 1913.
No further details are known. Research required.

Fort St. Croix (BAYFEILD COUNTY) - This French post was established in 1683 and is said to have been at the headwaters of the St. Croix River near Upper Eau Claire Lake.

Lost Payroll (COLUMBIA COUNTY) - There is an old legend concerning $100,000 in gold that is said to have been lost when the riverboat transporting the payroll from Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien to Fort Winnebago at Portage sank during a storm on the Wisconsin River.
According to legend, the unidentified riverboat capsized on the east bank of the river below some high cliffs a few miles south of Portage.
All hands were lost and the gold payroll was never recovered.
The legend states that a boy found three 10 pound gold bars at this site in 1953.
The legend lacks much detail, which may explain why this site has been largely forgotten.
From research, Fort Winnebago was established in 1828 and destroyed by fire in 1856. If the legend is true then this incident must’ve occurred prior to 1856.
The alleged 1953 recovery of three 10 pound gold bars is unconfirmed and was considered suspect at the time.
Perhaps, with some local research and military payroll records documenting the shipment and loss, this legend could be pieced together and the gold recovered.


Items for Sale:

Two Metal Detectors – Capt. Bob Minshall has 2 very nice Tesoro metal detectors for sale for $450 each. Contact Capt. Bob at (815)519-9323 for more information.

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.


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

March 2,3 - Klondike days Eagle River, Wi

March 23-24 - Greenbush Gold and Treasure Show at 375 Buffalo St. in Sheboygan Falls Wis.

At 10:00am-4:00 pm

April 5-7 - Morgan Monroe St. Forrest Martinsville,Ind ( Greenbush outing)

April 26-28 Spring time in Parrish (Wausau outing)

June 1-2 - Michigan outing to UP (Wausau outing)

June 15 - Nugget Lake outing

Aug 2-4 - Snyder park outing (Wausau outing) Neillsville, WI

August 24-25, 2013 – GPAA Gold and Treasure Expo in Winnebago county fairgrounds

                                             500 west first st.  Pecatonica,Il   Moss hall


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