Years before the Sac and Fox lands were opened for settlement, lived a miserly, old man who managed to save up a few thousand dollars. He suddenly took ill and wasn’t found until he was on his death bed. He was so weak he could barely speak, but managed to point towards a dry creek bottom and whisper that it was buried under a rock by a stump. For many years afterward people searched for the money but never found it. The search area is south of Kendrick, Oklahoma on what in 1920 was the Sporleder Farm. A records search in that county should turn up who is the current land owner and with a bit of luck you might just be the one who turns over the right rock.
During the mid 1800’s John Hawkins was a stockman, farmer, and trader in the Cherokee nation. It seems he was very good at what he did and managed to accumulate a bit of wealth. Since banks were a scarce commodity he did like most folks and just buried his money. Ol’ John took $10,000 in gold coins, put them in a bean pot and secretly buried the cache near his house. As with many of these lost caches John didn’t tell his family where he hid the money and it wasn’t until he had become very ill that he tried to give directions. Unfortunately for the family John passed away before good instructions could be given. The homestead was called the “Old Woods Place” in 1907 and was located two miles southeast of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. With the price of gold nearing $2000 an ounce, gold coins are bringing big dollars!!!!!!!!
With the gold being buried in a bean pot this would be a good location to try out a schonstedt. If you get lucky remember where you got the story.
Samuel Jackson King lived an isolated life keeping a pack of fierce dogs and a loaded gun at his side. Signs leading to his home read “Keep Out”, “Beware”, and “This Means You”. Samuel rarely ventured into town, choosing instead to remain on his farm. The 107 acre King Farm lay just ten miles away from Mt. Davis in Somerset County.
Samuel was found in a field with a loaded shotgun at his side and his favorite dog who had remained beside his masters body for three days. A search of the house by the sheriff revealed that King liked to hide his wealth. Nearly $18,000 in bonds, old currency, gold and silver coins were found stashed away in old jars, tin cans, ten gallon ice cream can, backs of pictures, etc. I have no record of anyone searching outside of the home, but local newspapers from the time might shed more light on the story. Mr. King passed away in August of 1952.
A records search at the Somerset County Court House should give you the exact location of the King Farm. Having hidden that much money inside the house, there’s a good chance much more could be recovered outside of the farm house.