THE MANY FACES
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F TREASURE HUNTING!
 
FEATURING THE AWARD WINNING NEWSLETTERS OF THE SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN SEEK & SEARCH CLUB! POPULAR  SHORT TREASURE  STORIES FROM  PAST NEWSLETTERS

THE COLOR OF GOLD IS:CHANGING!

       Changing to the color of---- toy lead soldiers, diecast toy cars, aluminum and brass tokens,  plated toy rings, antique bottles even common painted steel bottle caps are sought after by some collectors!
         I recall from  my early days of metal detecting  just  how it  felt seeing that unmistakable round 'coin shape' in the ground.  I would lift the freshly detected object from its earthen grave and brush the loose dirt away --- how  disappointing  to find nothing more than a stupid token---- DARN!
        How things have changed! Today the "average token" out values the "average coin,"  not to mention the token is far more interesting! Oh, and how about those toy rings! Remember how you  handled those gold ring finds so gently yet  'tossed' plated  toy rings into that box of interesting ' junk'? Perhaps you can  recall giving a "Mickey Mouse" ring, to the child who followed you all over the beach, just because he or she was so cute?
        Do you realize the biggest, best diamond, ruby or sapphire ring that you find mounted in a huge slab of  gold won't even come close to the value of a $100,000 toy  'Super Man Club of America' toy ring! We need to learn the new and many faces of treasure hunting!

SOME 'QUICK-READ' TREASURE HUNTING ADVENTURES!

FIRST ONE IS NEW AND IMPORTANT!

EVERY TREASURE HUNTER SHOULD READ THIS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! CLICK HERE

READ THE TRUE STORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE SHIP . . .CLICK HERE

GANDY DANCERS TREASURE HUNT STORY. . .CLICK HERE

 TOUCHING RING RECOVERY STORY! . . .CLICK HERE

TRAPPER SAVED BY ROOT-CELLAR! WINTER ADVENTURE! CLICK HERE

RICHLAND MICHIGAN BANK ROBBERS ESCAPE BY RAIL!. . . CLICK HERE

UNDERWATER TREASURE HUNT ADVENTURE. . . CLICK HERE

BURIED LOOT! HUGE SILVER CACHE RECOVERED! . . .CLICK HERE

AFTER 35 YEARS RING RECOVERED FROM BLOODY CRASH SCENE . . .CLICK HERE

CONCTRUCTION SITE TREASURE, CHANCE OF A LIFETIME! . . .CLICK HERE

TOM OUT-GUNS THEM ALL, AND FINDS THE LOST RING!. . .CLICK HERE

LOCATING ANTIQUE BOTTLE DUMPS AND DANGERS OF DIGGING. . .CLICK HERE

EARLY FUNERALS or HOW TO DO YOUR OWN AT HOME!. . . CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS TREASURE or DREAMS FROM ANOTHER ERA . . . CLICK HERE

BETTER FINDS AFTER SUNSET? HERE IS WHY! . . .CLICK HERE

TREASURE HUNTERS CHILI! THE BEST STUFF EVER!. . . CLICK HERE

LAKE MICHIGAN'S GHOST SHIP CHICORA . . .CLICK HERE

ANOTHER GREAT GHOST SHIP STORY "NORTHERNER". . .CLICK HERE

SLEIGHBELL TREASURE OLD STORY FROM EARLY NEWSLETTERS . . .CLICK HERE
 
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! RETURNED RING STORIES!... CLICK HERE

METAL DETECTOR RENTAL ADVENTURES! . . . . CLICK HERE

RIVER BED TREASURES . . . . CLICK HERE!

THE 1847 BURNING OF STEAMSHIP PHOENIX . . . . CLICK HERE

BLOCKER'S POND, SWIMMING HOLE TREASURE! . . . CLICK HERE

TOY SAFE FILLED WITH TREASURE! . . . CLICK HERE

TWO HOURS WITH FIRST DETECTOR = FIRST CACHE!

KIDNAPPING! $20,000.00 REWARD!

MICHIGAN'S MANSFIELD MINE!

ATTIC FINDS!

CONSTRUCTION GOLD CACHE FIND!

THE OLD JUNKYARD!

THE GOD OF CHRISTMAS

TRACKING A KILLER PART 1

TRACKING A KILLER PART 2

TRACKING A KILLER PART 3 aka AWARD NIGHT!

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

TREASURE DIGGING DANGERS

IMPORTED SCHOOLGROUND TREASURE

NOAH'S ARK

TRIANGLE RANCH

BOTTLE DIGGING PART I

BOTTLE DIGGING PART II & III

BOTTLE DIGGING IV

BOTTLE FINDS

NEW STORIES!

COIN COLLECTING & THE RAREST WHEAT CENT

MORE TREASURE HUNTING SECRETS!

THE EARLY KALAMAZOO CIRCUS GROUNDS

WATER HUNTING IN LAKE MICHIGAN & DANGERS

LOST IN MICHIGAN'S IRON COUNTY NORTH WOODS

COIN COLLECTING AND THE RAREST WHEAT CENT

157 YEAR OLD ANTIQUE BOTTLE TREASURE, "TRAVLER'S COMPANION."

VETERANS, AMERICA'S GREAT TREASURE!

More to come. . . bookmark and check back!


TREASURE HUNTING STIRS AN INTEREST IN HISTORY

    Whether coin and relic hunting with a metal detector or digging a privy for antique bottles, it is natural to start asking questions. The most common one is "What is this?"  Other questions are, " How did this get here?" Or, "What was this product?"  "What were these used for?" Of course, for some the first question is always "I wonder what this is worth!"
     If your first and main question is "What's it worth?" you are missing the real thrill that is hidden in treasure hunting. There is a treasure that can be found in the treasure itself if you look deep enough.

         


Take for instance this beautiful 1803 large cent. After you detect it, do you run  off to find the value in your coin book , and then are you looking for a buyer? If so you are missing the real joy!   Take some time out! Think about your new found connection with the past. You are  the first person to handle this coin in perhaps 150 years or more!  Who was the last person to hold that coin? Look around you ----- how much has the landscape changed since your coin was lost? Just think, the last time this penny saw  light of day Thomas Jefferson may have been the President!  The terrible Civil War still lay in our country's future.

         And what about the early settler family, what did the loss of this coin mean to them ? To help us understand the value of the penny in the early 19th century let's think about the little book pictured above. The Memoir of Susan B. Marble was part of a 100-volume library of books printed by the American Sunday School Union in the 1820's. They were proudly promoted as the "CHEAPEST SUNDAY-SCHOOL LIBRARY EVER PUBLISHED!" The one hundred books sold for $10.00.

        The publishing of  this book was no simple task. The printing press used was much like the one used by Ben Franklin in the mid-1700's. Each printing plate was loaded and inked by hand. After the pages were printed the book was bound together by hand stitching.
        Books were many things to the early settlers. They represented  schooling, entertainment, and a sense of contact with the world. As a result books were considered very precious and were often read and re-read many times.

        This little book was the treasured possession of a young boy or girl. It is the touching, true story of young Susan Marble. Susan was a new 'convert to Christ', who wanted so badly to be baptized. Twice a date was set for her baptism in the winter of 1820-21. Each time the special event she longed for was postponed because of the terrible Connecticut winter storms. Finally on the day that she was to be baptized, Sunday, the 4th day of February, 1821, in her 14th year and before baptism, her Lord called her to his side.
        This little book was purchased for ten of those big pennies and was dearly treasured. At some time the little book's cover was torn ---- it was promptly mended. Scotch tape was not  invented yet so the owner carefully stitched the tear with a needle and thread.

     Take some time out! Think about your new found connection with the past. You are  the first person to handle this coin in perhaps 150 years or more!  Who was the last person to hold that coin? Look around you ----- how much has the landscape changed since your coin was lost? Just think, the last time this penny saw  light of day Thomas Jefferson may have been the President!  The terrible Civil War still lay in our country's future.
         And what about the early settler family, what did the loss of this coin mean to them ? To help us understand the value of the penny in the early 19th century let's think about the little book pictured above. The Memoir of Susan B. Marble was part of a 100-volume library of books printed by the American Sunday School Union in the 1820's. They were proudly promoted as the "CHEAPEST SUNDAY-SCHOOL LIBRARY EVER PUBLISHED!" The one hundred books sold for $10.00.

       The publishing of  this book was no simple task. The printing press used was much like the one used by Ben Franklin in the mid-1700's. Each printing plate was loaded and inked by hand. After the pages were printed the book was bound together by hand stitching.
        Books were many things to the early settlers. They represented  schooling, entertainment, and a sense of contact with the world. As a result books were considered very precious and were often read and re-read many times.

        This little book was the treasured possession of a young boy or girl. It is the touching, true story of young Susan Marble. Susan was a new 'convert to Christ', who wanted so badly to be baptized. Twice a date was set for her baptism in the winter of 1820-21. Each time the special event she longed for was postponed because of the terrible Connecticut winter storms. Finally on the day that she was to be baptized, Sunday, the 4th day of February, 1821, in her 14th year and before baptism, her Lord called her to his side.
        This little book was purchased for ten of those big pennies and was dearly treasured. At some time the little book's cover was torn ---- it was promptly mended. Scotch tape was not  invented yet so the owner carefully stitched the tear with a needle and thread.

Here are the Susan Marble memoirs just as they were first written in the 1820's.  It is a short, little book of only 23 small pages. I reprinted it exactly as it was published with the beautiful early 1800's English and spelling. It was a lot of work for a one-finger typist. I hope you enjoy it. Susan's testimony is still making a difference in lives 177 years later. I feel that it was no accident the little booklet fell into my hands; I pray that it will touch your heart...........

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  SUSAN MARBLE MEMOIRS


Susan discovered the greatest treasure ever! Greater than chests of gold! Greater even than Solomons Treasure. Hidden here is a map to the treasure!
 MAP TO SUSAN MARBLES TREASURE!


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