The Houston Herald from Houston, Missouri on December 13, 1962 · Page 18
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Thursday, December 13, 1962
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Herald and Republican, Dec. 13, 1962 Discovery of Old Coins Opens History Book on Area Mystery A 100-year-old buried treasure mystery In Pulaski County, about 20miles north of Plato , At least W. L. Tilley , Plato : banker, whose great -grandfather, Woodford Tilley, reportedly buried the treasure during the Civil war, thinks so. (Texas County Conserv. Agent Bland Wilson of Houston also it a great -grandson of Woodford Tilley.) The excitement started recently when a bulldozer, scraping soil from the bed of the Roubidoux River, uncovered two boxes of coins minted before the Civil War. "There has always been talk in the family", banker Tilley recalledthii week, "that great-grant1 father Tilley had buried some money. As far as I know, nobody in our family ever look-forit. I believe this is definitely part, or maybe all, of the money he buried." I A couple of weeks ago, Jasper W. Mace, employee of the Mace Construction Co, ofRoby, was operating a bulldozer in a new Capehart area, when he uncovered two small boxes of United States coins, minted between 1840 and 1661. The condition of the boxes indicated that they had been buried for many years. The bulldozer cut one of the boxes in half and before Mace knew what was going on, half-dollars were scattered along a dirt bank 50 feetlong and three second box The quarters and no longer minted half-dimes which are half the COIN DISCOVERY Here Is where a bulldozer unearthed some old coins, believed to be buried during the Civil War by Woodford Tilley on his farm in Pulaski County, now part of Ft. Leonard Wood. Army men are shown aiding in the search for more buried treasure. size of present-day dimes. The find aroused much interest moug historians, aslowho hid Ithe loot and among coin col- eccors ai to its value. Records of the Pulaski Coun ty, Missouri Historical Society al that at the outbreak of the Civil War, a fort was es- blished at Way lesvilte by Union Central Fremont. Residentsofthisarea, the re cords state were predominately EoutherosympaihLters, and the Union troops were given the isslonof keeping the lines of pply and ppen. Forgotten by th rtment, unpaid and unsup-ted, the troops became bush whackers-pillaging the coun- r De- tryside and killing for food and According tothe records, one night in 1862 a small band of bushwhackers rode out to the Tilley farm(the site where die tswere discovered) --their object, Tjlley's money, which they knew to be buried-as was tiost of the money oi well -to-lo farmers of that day. Tilley wouldn't reveal the ocation of the money so rhey shot him and "strung" him up to a tree, where he was found he next day. This account is recorded in the Historical Society's files as isthe fact that Tilley's money ever found. His widow didn't even know where it was hidden. Military Police from Fort Wood's 208th Military Police Company, assisted by members of the First Training Regiment's Mine Warfare Com -mirte andmembersof the 921- !it Engineer Group, scoured the with mine deiectors. probes and picks but their eflorts re-rcJ'er' in notiine more than some old handwrought nails, spikes, and pieces of iron used 10 construct the house and buildings of the Tilley farm. Estimated face value of the fas placed between S600 and $700. According to a Springfield, Mo., coin col lector, value of the old may run anywhere from $2. M to $20 each. Was this the Tilley Treasure? A Waynesville resident and distant relative of the Tilley's at the scene, pointed out the locationof the well, fruit cellar, garden and orchard. No one will ever know for sure, but some residents of the area think it was. . . Banker Tilley recalled today that his father, the late Dr. Robert Bruce Tilley of Waynes-ville, first moved to Plato in 1910. Dr. Tilley married the daughterof Dr.R. B. Lynch of Plato, Miss Maude Lynch. Long-time readers of The HoustonNewspaper'ill recall that Mrs. Maude Tilley for many years was the Plato cor- in the hospital. May Cod richly bless you. Matt. 25:40. Mrs. Paul Mercer i I ,r -Fin. .: ""a III t Wl ' " I Ducked In 3S .. yr- i both the American and Europe; ispondent for then She the County Memorial Obituaries Ewing Lee (Buck) Smith, Jr. was born January 6, 1922 in Casper, Wyoming, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ewing Lee Smith, Later the family moved to Houston Mo. and Lee was grad uated from Houston High School He served four years in the United States Army, serving in It Just This postman got tha turpriia of his life wHen he opened the mail boy at the Roma Sa.' bvuimuuw na jouna fih aucr insrae. ni informed Tfie superintendent that he hat couecioa a pacnaqa without postage, and the duck was returned to a city lake After led Lela Mae Hilde- brand. To this union four children were bom; Belinda Joyce, Harold Lee, Carolyn Deanna and David Ewing. i Smith was baptiico Into Church of Jesus Chrirt of Latter Day Saints in 1957. He became very active in his He worked for the Coastal Drilling Co. as a drillec on their oil dilUing rigs. He was killed in an accident while working as a driller on the Kenai Pennisula near Soldotn; on Nov. 27. He is survived by his wife, Lela and the four children of idy St. Bakersfield Calif; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Lee Smith Sr.of Rt. 2, CabooL In the army three sisters, Mrs. Francis WalkerofSt. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Robert Carter of Houston, and Mrs. Earl Hutcheson of Huggins; one brother Euhlan Smith of Bakersfield, Calif. Funeral services and burial were at Bakersteld. Football Finale Halfback George Robertson was the leading ground gainer and fifth leading scorer this season in the South Central Association. According to figures released Alaska by SCA Statistician Joe Aid, Jr., Robertson rushed for 1,133 yards and scored 60 points. Leading scorerwith 119 points was Larry Collins, Mtn. Grove, and top ball c was Bob Jenkins of Salem v 702 yards in 78 carries. Final conference standings: Teams W L T 1. Mountain Grove 8 0 0 2. West Plains 6 1 1 3. Salem 6 2 0 4. Ava 5 3 0 5. Thayer 3 4 1 Houston 3 4 1 7. Mountain View 1 6 1 8. Cabcol 17 0 Willow Springs 1 7 0 Season statistics for Houston, as computed by Aid: fS'2 B Thanks Jriends lor your prayers, visits and the beautiful lowers and cards while I was WANT-ADS! B1?IAG HOME . the BACON' '9 I m 1 'ink inHyIIll : L i Cm UUULaO HOW MUCH YOU MAY SAVE ON YOUR CAR INSURANCE WITH STATE FARM! Bill Sponsler Agent fj STATE FARM Meet The Players.... ILrl 0 HOUSTON VS. SALEM J I TUESDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 18 rril ir Salem captured third place in Houston's Invitational Tournament last week, losing only to West Plains, 46-55. Coached by Tom Fraley, the Tigers from Dent County are expected to make a good showing in this season's scramble for the South Central Association title. Playing out front for Houston's offense this season is Larry Holder, left, and Roger Shelton. The two guards are both juniors. i V m ! t-i i "3sigjigasaJi . Hf I rril irl EVANS FUNERAL HOME K Houston, Mo. rtj Phone 3355 p 5 i i jit irl i i i i i Til irl id ir I m PAY -LESS 5 & 10 Out Motto: The Golden Rule MIDT0WN SERVICE STATION Gene Rust, Manager CO IN-O-MATIC LAUNDRY Open 24 Hours 309 Grand Ave. LEAVITT'S DEPT. STORE General Dry Goods & Clothing We Give and Redeem Eagle Stamps CHATTERBOX CAFE Across nam the Court Hoim MITCHELL INSURANCE AGENCY For All Your Insurance Needa Phone 2140 AKINS MOTOR CO. Chryiler, Plymouth & Valiant Dealers SUPERIOR CLEANERS r-none 3735 Free fickup and Delivery J & A LAUNDROMAT Coin-Operated Dry Cleaning Open 24 Hours OK RUBBER WELDERS Joye Flowers and Elmer Murfin Houston, Mo. WILLIAMS MARKET Mean and Groceries HEAD'S GAS SERVICE Bulk or Bottled Gas. Heating & Plumbing Phone 3676 ELLIOTT- DUFF FUNERAL HOME Ambulance -- Phone 3321 RICHARDS BROTHERS "We strive to do the impossible please everybody" TUTTLE'S UTILITY GAS SERVICE "We service what we sell" RUST'S UTILITY SHOP Highway 63 Phone 2422 HOUSTON AUTO PARTS Phone 2129 BANK OF HOUSTON Serving our community since 1889 HOUSTON NEWSPAPERS Twice Named as Missouri Blue Ribbon Weekl W0LF0RD MONUMENT Houston, Mo. HOUSTON GRAVEL CO. Lynch & Fisher Phone 9 8 88 WESTERN AUTO ASSOC. STORE FARMER'S EXCHANGE Groceriei Feeds Seeds -- Fertilizers JESSIE'S STYLE SHOP Quality Fashions Houston, Mo. BLANKENSHIP'S REXALL DRUG Prescriptions Sundrie Houston, Mo. HUTCHESON OIL CO. Motor Oil Fuel Oil -- Kerosene Gasolin STATE FARM INSURANCE Bill Sponsler, Local Agent Phone 2275 BEAMER OFFICE MACHINES Office Equipment, Sales 5 Service Phone 3787 HOUSTON INSURANCE AGENCY Joe E. Richardson Phone 3614 H0WERT0N HARDWARE & LBR. CO. "Everything to build ANYTHING" Houston, Mo. fil i li:rl -j ' -y 1 - j- , - , n- ; ), . " - I

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