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Gold Fever !!!

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – May, 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. 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

Thank you all for the wonderful turnout at the April meeting, it was great to see so many of you there for Doug Meader talk on metal detecting. Also I want to thank Doug and Betty for coming and sharing their experiences with us.

Last weekend it finally got nice out. I was up to the Parish outing at Dennis Laubenstein property. Dennis had quite a time getting his land ready for the metal hunt as there was 14" of snow still on the ground Tuesday. Thanks to the help of some friends with a tractor they were able to plow the snow out of the way. The warm weather on Friday and Saturday did the rest. On Friday I went up to Pepper Creek and got stuck in the snow on the way in, this was on the last week of April! Sunday I went back and almost all of the snow was gone. There was enough water in the creek to run a sluice box, first time I was ever able to do that there. Saturday on Fish creek the one behind Dennis' land there was 7" of water on top of the Ice. The river was probably 40 feet wide in the morning. The Ice went out in the afternoon and the creek was only about 15 feet wide and roaring. Several people working the creeks found gold. Yes I did find some gold in Pepper creek. Thank you Todd for pulling me out of the snow.

See you in the creeks Mike Fait

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes for April, 2013

Old Business: The April Meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange on Route #20 west of Tomah Wisconsin on April 20th. 37 Members attended the March meeting.

Doug Meader was our speaker. Doug, Betty (his wife), Jerry, & Shelby (his wife) kept all of us entertained with all of the great Metal Detecting stories that they have done over the years. Doug runs Doug’s Treasure Den in Wisconsin Rapids. He started selling metal detectors in 1973 with Radio Shack Metal Detecting Kits. I think it would be accurate to say that Doug has forgotten more about metal detectors than all of us, put together, know about detecting. Doug described all the different kinds of detectors and how they worked.

He also indicated places to do metal detecting such as city parks, county parks, around old buildings, etc. Always ask prior to detecting, most will be receptive if you offer to find something that you or someone you know have lost. State Parks do not allow detecting or dredging. But the bottom line is to get to know your machine. Start with the pre-programming in a detector and do not depend on a meter to tell you what you have found. Learn to listen to the different sounds to indicate what is in the ground.

Thank you Doug for helping everyone to learn a little more about detectors. And a big Thank You to Betty, for letting Doug tell all the stories about how you found more than he did. :>)

The new found items: Richard Niemyjski found in April: 1 Silver Ring, 15 Quarters – no silver

5 nickels – no war pieces, 15 dimes – no silver, & 56 cents – no wheats

New Business :

May’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of May on the 18th at 1:00 pm.

Guest speaker – This month Earl Thompson is coming to show some of his home made mining equipment and to demonstrate a gold cube. This should be great for those that have dirt that needs to have the fine gold for the sand. Bring your questions for Earl, and if you have any equipment that you are having issues with, bring it with you to the meeting. There should be enough experts (?) at the meeting that someone should be able to help you out.

Donations to the raffle were from: Capt. Bob Minshall, Diane North, Mike Fait, Mike Flint, Val Thompson, Barb Bublitz, and Diane Kollens. We thank all of you.


50/50 raffle winner – Diane North - $48.00

Gold raffle winners: Ron Rick – gold nugget, Barb Maeder – paydirt.

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 05/3/13 was $1470.70 Silver Price was $4.13

Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Secretary & Newsletter Editor

Minnesota’s Gold Rush

OLMSTED & DODGE COUNTIESHolden Whipple and his son were walking along the riverbank of the Zumbro River in 1856 when Holden spotted something shiny on the ground. He bent down and picked it up, but couldn’t believe his eyes it when he recognized it as gold. Word of Whipple’s good fortune spread quickly throughout the region leading to the formation of the Oronoco Mining Company, whose plans called for them to systematically mine the river.
The Minnesota gold rush began in 1858, but before the company was completely operational, winter set in forcing the company to put things on hold until the following spring. But the spring of 1859 arrived with hot temperatures, causing the winter’s snows to melt much too fast, which raised the water well above normal in the creeks and rivers. With the rivers above the flood mark, the company’s equipment and all the work accomplished the previous fall were swept down river.
The decision was made to reorganize and to raise more capital by increasing the number of members.
By July the Oronoco Mining Company was ready for business and needed to prove their claim.
Though the company men were using rugged primitive sluices, by the end of the first day they had acquired several ounces of gold and knew they had a bright future ahead of them. But disaster struck on July 3, 1859, when an unseasonable storm dumped torrents of rain down, which caused the rivers and creeks to rise to flood stage. Once again floodwaters carried all traces of the mining operation downstream. With their resources and courage spent, the company called it quits. Another interested party of men decided to find out if gold was not only in the river, but in the ground along the river as well.
This group sunk a shaft on College Street about 50 or 60 yards below the College Street Bridge with good results. Mining here paid men from $3 to $6 a day and continued for some time.
Another location on the Zumbro where gold was found was at the town of Sacramento in Dodge County. Sacramento eventually became a ghost town, but with new technology and modern mining techniques it may behoove someone to do some prospecting on the Zumbro.

Depression Era Caches
OLMSTED COUNTYFollowing the Stock Market crash on October 29, 1929, it’s well documented that many Americans buried their money and other valuables for the uncertain times that lay ahead. In Rochester, prosperous doctors and wealthy businessmen were doing the same thing. For whatever reason many of these long forgotten depression era caches were never reclaimed; today many of them still remain buried. Starting in the 1970’s, several of these caches were unearthed in Rochester by treasure hunters; much more is believed to remain buried here waiting to be discovered.

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

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.


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

May 18 – Tomah Gold Club meeting town of Lagrange Town Hall with speaker Earl Thompson on the Gold Cube

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

June 15 - Nugget Lake outing

July 26-28 Midstate Metal Detector annual open hunt & State Championship

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

August - No regular Gold Club Meeting

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



Sponsored by:

Outdoor Outfitters & Tesoro Electronics

The MidState Metal Detector Club welcomes you to their 17th Annual Open Hunt and State Championship. We pride ourselves in providing an affordable, fun event for the entire family. Early entries enable better hunt planning.

Hunts will be held rain or shine. Location - Deer Trail Park Campground near Nekoosa, WI

100% of entry fees and donations are planted in the form of coins or tokens over the 2 days of the hunt.

Wisconsin State Championship – 2 day Competition Hunt (Sponsored by First Texas Products)

Raffles held throughout the weekend, and a Merchandise Drawing – with donated merchandise and prizes

Treasures of Yesteryear Museum & Antique Detectors on display in club trailer

Metal Detecting Dealers, Miscellaneous Businesses and clubs will have booths on site

Visit the club website for hunt fliers or updates


Schedule of Events (Times are approximate)

Friday Night: 6:00 to 7:00 Welcome and Registration

Dark Free Night Hunt (All coins/prizes are donated)


8:00 to 9:00 Registrations

9:30 to 10:00 Freedom Hunt

10:30 to 11:00 Wayne Otto’s Dollar Digging Hunt – Clad Dollars and Silver Halves (Sponsored by Outdoor Outfitters)

11:20 to 12:00 Wisconsin State Championship Competition

(Sponsored by First Texas Products)

12:00 to 2:00 Lunch

2:00 to 2:30 Liberty Hunt

3:00 to 3:30 Kids Hunt – Ages 7-12 – Detector Needed

Ages 6 and Under – No Detector Needed

4:00 to 4:30 Memorial Hunt - $20.00 Extra Fee

(US and Foreign Silver)

4:15 to 5:15 Detector Throw Contest

(Sponsored by First Texas Products)

4:30 to ??? Merchandise Drawing


8:00 to 8:45 Registration

9:00 to 9:30 Finals for the Wisconsin State Competition Hunt

(Sponsored by First Texas Products)

10:00 to 10:30 Big Dig

(Sponsored by Outdoor Outfitters & Tesoro Electronics)

10:40 to 10:45 Competition Hunt runoff (in case of ties)

11:00 to 11:20 Awards, and Announcements.

11:30 to 12:00 Tesoro’s Key Hunt

(Sponsored By Tesoro Electronics)

12:30 to 1:00 Vintage Hunt (oldies and goodies)


This year’s hunt will be held at Deer Trail Park Campground near Nekoosa, WI

From Wisconsin Rapids

Head south on Hwy. 13. Turn right on Hwy. 73 for 3˝ miles. Turn left on County Rd. Z just after Evergreen Bowling Alley. Go 3 miles south. Campground is on the right.





Please thank and support the following business for their donations to our 16th Annual Hunt, and for their continued support to our 17th Annual hunt in 2013.

American Digger Magazine Harbor Freight – Rothschild, WI

Artistic Signs – 715-325-5000 WI. Rapids, WI ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal

Batteries Plus – Stevens Point, WI. Ph-715/295/0388 Lost Treasure Magazine

Batteries Plus - Wausau, WI. Ph-715/355/9201 Milspec Metal Detecting - Wisconsin

Deerfield Detectors- Minelab USA Inc. - Downers Grove, IL

Detector Electronics Corp O’Reilly Auto Parts

Doug’s Treasure Den – Wisconsin Rapids, WI Outdoor Outfitters - Waukesha, WI

Eagle Optics – Middleton, WI –

First Texas Products (Bounty Hunter, Fisher, Teknetics) Tesoro Electronics – Prescott, AZ

Garrett Metal Detectors, Texas The Naked Cow –

Gary’s Coin & Stamp – Wisconsin Rapids, WI Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine

Gary Kruesel – Token Collector -1-507-282-0147 Whites Electronics Inc - Whites of the Great Lakes Ground View Metal Detectors – Spencer, WI Wilcox All Pro Tools – Montezuma, IA




Deer Trail Park Campground

13846 County Road Z
Nekoosa, WI 54457
Phone: (715)886-3871

This Campground is where the Hunt will take place. Mention the MidState Metal Detecting Club Open Hunt when reserving a campsite.

Wisconsin Rapids Hotels - Always mention Midstate Metal Detector Club

America's Best Value Inn 715-423-8080
AmericInn Lodge and Suites 715-424-3444
Motel 6 715-423-3211
Rodeway Inn 715-423-7000
Hotel Mead -Rates $89.00 per night 800-843-6323

Maples Motel 715-423-2590
Quality Inn 715-423-5506
Sleep Inn 715-424-6800
Spruce Park Motel 715-423-5890



More information about the Wisconsin Rapids area, you can visit these websites.









Entry Form

(1 Entry Form per person please)

DISCLAIMER: The sponsoring club, its members, nor its officers connected with this hunt will be held responsible for theft, injuries, or damage incurred. Hunt at your own risk. Be a responsible hunter and fill in your holes. Only probes and diggers of no more than 2 inches in width will be allowed in any hunt, (No rakes allowed). Headphones Required. If these conditions are not met, you may be asked to leave the hunt field. All coins and tokens are buried shallow as possible.

* Due to changing Silver prices we reserve the right to change all Hunts and targets*

Name __________________________________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________________________________

City _____________________________________________ State _____________Zip _______________

Phone___________________________________Email _______________________________________

Open Hunt

$_____ Regular Entry (2 days - $100.00 per person)

$_____ Regular Entry – Saturday Only (1 day - $60.00 per person)

$_____ Regular Entry – Sunday Only (1 day - $55.00 per person)

$_____ Pre Teen Entry – Age 12 and Under (2 days - $75.00 per person)

$_____ Pre Teen Entry – Age 12 and Under – Saturday Only (1 day - $45.00 per person)

$_____ Pre Teen Entry – Age 12 and Under – Sunday Only (1 day - $40.00 per person)

$_____ Special Saturday - Memorial Hunt ($20.00 Pre Registration by July 1, 2013)

$_____ Total

Wisconsin Championship Hunt – Pre Registration by July 1, 2013

100% Payback – All Championship Hunt Trophies will be donated by

Select Division – Age as of July 25, 2013 – You must stay in your age Division or go to Pro Division

Pre Junior – Boys and Girls (Age 12 and Under)

Juniors - Boys and Girls (Age 13-17)

Men (Age 18-54)

Women (Age 18-54)

Senior Men (Age 55 and Over)

Senior Women (Age 55 and Over)

Pro Division (Previous first place winners in Men’s Division. Also open to any other participants)

$_____ Competition Entry Fee is $15 per person total - 100% Payback

$__________Total Amount Enclosed (Add $10.00 - Late Fee if after July 1, 2013)

Send Check or Money Order made payable to: MidState Metal Detector Club

C/O Larry Stamp

* Only Cash accepted at hunt* N11250 Hwy 73

Greenwood, WI 54437

I __________________________________ hereby assume full responsibility and release the MidState Metal Detector Club, club members, event sponsors, organizers, and Deer Trail Park Campground from any occurrence whether foreseen or unforeseen, in connection with the MidState Metal Detector Club Annual Hunt in which may result in injury, death, or any damage to me. By signing this, I understand that all persons attending this hunt do so at their own risk and will assume all risks of injury and/or damage to persons or their property in any manner arising from this hunt or related activities. Hunts are rain or shine - no refunds

Signature ___________________________________________________ Date _______________________