Black Swamp Metal Detecting Club Newsletter
September 2009                               Volume 14 Issue 6

President: Jeff Hauenstein [email protected]
VP & Treasurer Colleen Bradley
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Sect. Lila Dickerson bandld
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Newsletter: Denny Morrison [email protected]


Our meeting will be held Sept. 16, 2009 at the Harrod Park, Harrod, Oh. Time of the meeting will be 5:30 P.M. Bring your metal detector and headset for the club hunt.

Third Mondays

If you’re interested, members of the club meet the third Monday of the month for breakfast and a Bull S_it session at Bob Evans on Rt. 309, at 8:30 A.M.

Notes from the Editor

As many of you know, if you have read the latest Western & Eastern Treasure magazine that Dick Stout is no longer with W&E. As a member of the Black Swamp Metal Detecting club, I’d like to Thank Dick Stout for his outstanding work as a spokesman for all metal detecting clubs. Through Dick Stout’s articles people from around the world were able to see how metal detecting clubs help recover history. We will miss Dick’s article in the W&E magazine.

Along those lines, William Purkey will now be writing the Club News & Views article for the Western & Eastern Treasure magazine. I will be sending Bill all our newsletters. So be sure to give me any information about your finds, so that I may post them in our newsletter. If you can, send along a picture and I will post that along with your finds.

John Griffith sent me this information about a site that he and his son hunted. John found 2 wheat cents and 2 mercury dimes, also same site 2 other wheats and a silver war nickel, and modern change and trash. The 4 coin spill was down 5 to 6 inches. All dated 1935 to 1944. His son found a 1928 wheat and a stainless ring, and some modern coins.

John also said he saw me, Denny Morrison, detecting the sidewalks in Bluffton. Bluffton tore out and replaced all the sidewalks on Main Street. I found a lot of coins under the sidewalks. I will bring them to our next meeting. Not sure if you will have time to look at them, as this is our club hunt meeting.

I would also like to mention that our club hunt will begin at 5:30 P. M. I repeat, the hunt will begin at 5:30 P.M.

Since it gets dark so quick, we will be starting the club hunt at 5:30 P. M. Be there or be Square, LOL

If it rains and we cannot hunt, there will be no make up hunt. We will take all the money and prizes and give them away at our annual dinner to be held in Oct.

Anyone who wishes to help lay out the plots, we will be meeting at 11:00 a.m. at Bob Evans on Wednesday Sept. 16 for lunch. Then we will be heading for the Harrod Park to set up the plots for the hunt. Some items will be buried, since this is a plot hunt. Nothing will be deeper than one or two inches, so you don’t need to dig a 12 inch hole in the ground. Since we are making plots for the hunt, it takes a lot of time to set them up. When we just threw the tokens in the field it only took about 1 ½ to 2 hours to set up the hunt. To set up plot hunts it takes around 4 to 5 hours to set up the plot sites. I hope that everyone who will be hunting these plots appreciates all the time spent to set them up.

I am including some pictures of the water hunting crew. As you can see from the pictures, the water is getting cooler, so most of the participants wore long wet suits, all except yours truly. I only wore a shorty wet suit. When Harry Foster says wear a long wet suit, you better do it. I liked to froze my you know what off. LOL

See you all Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. . Be sure to bring your HEADSET & DETECTOR to hunt. Better bring along some sort of digging tool also.

Denny Morrison

P.S. Tom Lugers called me last week and said he and his family moved to Michigan.  Tom, from all the members from the Black Swamp Metal Detecting club, we all wish you and your family the best.  Keep the coil to the soil up in Michigan and write once and awhile.  
Denny Morrison detecting in front of school
Sidewalk tearout in Bluffton
Retirees Lila and Bill Dickerson
The Treasure Van and Treasure Craft


Lila Dickerson graciously took over writing the minutes for the club. Here are her notes.

The meeting was called to order on Aug. 19 @ 6 p.m. At Harrod Park by President, Jeff Hauenstein. Sixteen members were present. We also have a new member who was not present at this meeting, her name is Rebecca Harrod of Lima.

The talk for the night was the upcoming metal detecting hunt. Brad Saunders made the motion for a token plot hunt. Everyone approved the motion except Harry Foster who was opposed. Way to go Harry.

Members who wish to hunt will be required to sign up in advance, and the fee is $10. Denny sent out an email right away informing members not at the meeting that you had to preregister in order to hunt. He also stated that no extra plots will be made.

The hunt will be on Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. At the Harrod park. Fourteen members signed up at the meeting.

Lila Dickerson made a motion to have fees paid two weeks from date of meeting for the plot hunt. After that no one is allowed to hunt. It was approved by all the members present.

Since it is a plot hunt, help was requested by Colleen. Last year Colleen did a great job with the token hunt. Anyway Brad, Harry, Denny, Bill and Lila will help get the plots ready this year. Lila might just be along for the ride.

Before the last meeting Lila hunted the little playground and found 40 pennies and one nickel before the meeting started.

Gary West has been to the Cleveland Clinic and his tumor on the liver is operable. It sounds very positive and we are all thankful for that news. Best of luck, Gary, on your surgery in October. We will all be thinking and praying for you. Gary's phone number is 419-229-0640. His address is 1212 N. Summit, Lima, OH 45801.  

Don Donte gave the report on what metals were selling for. Gold $943.20 oz.; silver $13.87 oz. And platinum $12.34.

50/50 drawing was held.

1st - $20 Ken Sneary
2nd - $10 Jeff Hauenstein
3rd - $6 Lila Dickerson

A mystery envelope from Don Donte held a pewter necklace, and Colleen Bradley was the lucky recipient. Way to go Colleen.

Brad Saunders had another game planned for the members who wished to participate, but due to rain, the first in about one month, we couldn't have it. The club had allotted $40 to the winners. Jeff Hauenstein had everyone take another ticket and started drawing. First name out was:

Jim Ingledue $15
Bill Dickerson $10
Gene Wolfe $5
Ken Sneary $5
Dennis Rusisell $5

Bob Winkle had sold a metal detector to a gentleman in St. Marys four years ago, and he looked up Colleen Bradley for some good advice. I think it was information on how to locate a clothesline on a piece of property. Colleen thought that hanging clothes out should be closer to the back door than where the gentleman thought it actually was. She was right. The man found an 1892 Barber dime right off the bat. He will probable want Colleen to supervise his hunting from now on. Also Colleen got a silver dime in change at a store.

Harry Foster had a bag full of rings. I thought he had found them all this year but maybe some were from last year and the years before. Three of them that Bill Dickerson checked out had diamonds in them. Way to go lucky Harry.

Adam Studer, age 11, turned an unassisted double play at Cincinnati Marimont. Proud grandfather is Jim Ingledue. Way to go Adam.

Thank You Lila for those Great minutes.
Colleen Bradley deep in thought
Colleen Bradley has a handle on it
Harry Foster cleaning boat ladder found by Denny Morrison
Harry Foster looking for that elusive ring