Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My First Blog: A Tribute and a Pledge

"Every hour of every day, a silent and unseen army of people are busy, exploring, digging, prospecting and searching for the billions of dollars worth of gold, silver and jewels that are hidden from prying eyes by mother earth. Their trust is in no one, their activities are secret. Their guide may be an old map, a legend, a rumor, sometimes only a whisper.
Nothing can stir the heart and imagination so much as the lure and fascination of hidden treasure."
                                                           Michael Paul Henson

I first read these words as a young kid in 1974 after I had wandered upon an old home site back in the woods that seemed to have been frozen in time. I found an old milk bottle. At that time I did not know milk ever came in a bottle and I had found my first significant treasure. I showed it to my grandmother and she said to throw that old trash away. She was busy frying chicken or something and did not look at my find very good. I showed my grandfather. He told me about the milk bottle and when he found out where I found it, he told me about the people who had lived there. This led to stories about the people who settled and built the farms in the area. After my first local history lesson I was full of questions, and a treasure hunter was beginning to emerge. A few days later my grandfather brought me a little book titled, Lost, Buried and Sunken Treasures of the Mid-West, by Michael Paul Henson. These great men stirred the heart and imagination of a kid and set forth a life journey. I have never and will never forget what they gave to me. They have my eternal gratitude.

For some time my friends and family have asked me to write about treasure hunting. I always replied with, I don't have time for that and what would I say that anyone would have time to read. A few weeks ago a good friend of mine got this reply as he tried to persuade me to write. He turned to my bookshelf and pulled out that little old book that started it all and said, "You read what this guy had to say."

In the days to come I pledge to build this site to be a useful resource for treasure hunters. I will add helpful links and do my best to be of help should anyone ask, and maybe tell a funny story now and again. I welcome your e-mails and comments. Oh, I still have that old milk bottle.

I do not think Mr. Henson would mind if I borrow one more quote, "May all your trails be smooth, and your treasure sites be many." 

Good Hunting.