President Ken Hart welcomed 26 SUP members, 19 spouses of SUP members and 3 guests (Sylvia Walker (our prelude pianist), her driver and Meredith Jack.
After the opening prayer by Alma Timothy, the pledge of allegiance was led by Dee Risenmay.
Meredith Jack sang to us, “You Made Me Feel So Young.”
After the recognition of birthdays and anniversaries, there was a nice meal consisting of a potato bar, string beans, salad, pie and ice cream. (The desert was furnished by the Historical Society).
SUP members were told that their pictures and a paragraph about them were posted on our web page and that if they wished any change they should contact Ken Hart or Max Brown.
Louis Clements was our speaker, who spoke on “Lost Treasures of Southeast Idaho. The following is a summary provided by Louis Clements.
“The story of lost treasures in Idaho begins in 1861 with the discovery of gold in northern Idaho Gold in the West was discovered in 1846 and resulted in the gold rush to California in 1847. Over the next few years whenever there was a gold discovery there was a rush to that area. So, in 1861 there was a major rush of prospectors to northern Idaho. Following that there were gold rushes to Boise Basin, Challis, Salmon, and then to Bannock, Virginia city, and Butte, Montana.
“This created freighting routes from Ogden, Utah, to Blackfoot, Idaho and thence to Challis, to Salmon, and to Montana. This made the road, which later became Interstate 15, well-traveled with freight wagons going north and stage coaches with gold going south. This also led to a rash of robberies along this road and since gold dust or placer gold was so easy to steal it was made into 100 or 120 pound bars. In the 1850’s the price of gold was $15 per ounce. Today it is worth $1,362 per ounce. So one of those bars would be worth over one million dollars today..
“There were two lost mines, one in Kilgore, Idaho, and the other on Birch Creek (North Fork of the Teton River) near Felt and there were a number of rivers on which gold was found.
“Several stories of robberies were related telling how the outlaws had lost their loot and how it is still out there for someone to find. There is a treasure located on the east end of Mud Lake that is 600 #’s and worth approximately $10 million . The treasure at the Big Southern Butte is 240 #’s and worth $5 million. The most popular lost treasure is located in Kelley’s Canyon near Heise Hot Springs. It is supposed to be 278 #’s and would be worth about $6 million. NOTE: In the past Brother Clements has taken some of his students looking for some of it.
There are some 30 stories of lost treasures in the book written by Louis Clements that has the title, Lost Treasures of Eastern Idaho. Two copies of the book were given as the door prizes which was won by Todd Grant and Dwayne Seeley. The closing prayer was given by Paula Wilde.