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July 25, 2017

1783 - French Gold Treasure worth $1 Billion Dollars Today? - Buried South of Town (Reportedly!)

The Helena Independent., August 14, 1891

Could there be $1 Billion in Gold Coins Buried Near Warrensburg, Missouri? Probably not....but many looked for it.


Sixty Millions Said to Be Hidden Near Warrensburg, Mo.
WARRENSBURG, Mo., Aug. 13, 1891 
For the last century there has not a decade passed without someone making an attempt to find a large sum of money that is said to have been buried five miles south of here. 
Approximately 5 Miles South of Warrensburg, MO There is Supposedly $1 Billion Dollars in Treasure Buried by The French in 1783
This sum, more than $60,000,000 (in 1783), was buried by the French in 1783, and since that time thousands of dollars have been spent by sober-minded men in search of the hidden treasure. T. N. Williams who owned the farm five years ago, mortgaged it for a large sum of money and spent every dollar of it in digging and searching for the money, which is supposed to be in gold coin. The farm next fell into the hands of H. A. Grenning, an influential merchant of this city, and others continued the search for a short time, but for the last three years nothing has been said about the matter until J. U. Gaty, an insurance agent formerly of this place, but now of Arkansas, met J. H. Gordon of St. Louis and gave him the above facts. Gordon consulted a lady clairvoyant in St. Louis and about three months ago he came here and got a permit from Greening to search on his place for the money. After spending a week and a considerable sum of money, he returned and was not again heard from until this morning, when he and the lady clairvoyant whom he had previously consulted registered at the St. Cloud Hotel. 
Visit the Johnson County Missouri Historical Society
St. Cloud Hotel, Culton at Holden St. Warrensburg MO
Salvation Army and Warrensburg Main Street Housed Here Today
The clairvoyant says she can locate the place where the treasure is hidden when taken to the farm. A thorough search will be made again. Many of the old settlers of the county firmly believe that the money is hidden somewhere on this farm. 
1783 French Buried 60,000,000 near Warrensburg?
Lise Irle Photo of the St. Cloud Hotel.
 Today it is the Salvation Army Building and 
Warrensburg Main Street Link

Or is this French story confused with this story below?

Spanish Treasure in Cass County - On October 24, 1879 an article in the Cass County Times-Courier described the location of a hidden Spanish treasure near Harrisonville,Missouri. The text read:

"Before being massacred by attacking Indians in 1772, several hundred Spaniards buried 15 loads of gold averaging 130 pounds each and 1,000 bars of silver weighing an average of 20 pounds to the bar... in the area four or five miles west and one or one and one-half miles north of Harrisonville. The silver was buried within one-fourth of a mile of where the present day Rodman School is standing; the gold is three fourths of a mile farther northwest.”
More than fifty years later, a construction crew was building a bridge in 1930. The location was several miles southeast of the old Rodman School. During the excavation, the crew found evidence of a battle between the Spanish and the Indians, locating old weapons, skeletons, and part of old armor.
Harrisonville has dramatically grown in the last several years, so locating the exact location of the old Rodman School will, no doubt, require some sleuthing skills.
Reader Update: I live in Cass county, just north of Harrisonville and a little east of Peculiar, Missouri We have always heard the legend of the Spanish gold and have been told that it is on some land that we had when I was a child and I think mom and dad still own. My sister, brothers and I are going to hunt this weekend, weather permitting. There is an area that dad could never get any grass or anything to grow on. We will look there. Thanks for the research that backs the claims that we have always heard. - Teresa, October, 2004
Reader Update: I've been researching the "Harrisonville" legend and have found the "Rodham" school. I am planning on a trek this weekend to the area. I was viewing some of the maps online and found a topographic map and aerial photo of the area, approximately a 1/4 mile from Rodham school. On the aerial photo there appears to be a concentric ring that does not appear on the topo. 
Outlaw Loot at Huzzah - About three miles out of Huzzah, Missouri is said to be a cache of stolen outlaw loot. The treasure was carried up a small hollow from Haunted Springs to a rock shelter, placed in a fox hole under the bluff and covered with rocks. At the time it was buried, the skull of a horse head was left as a marker. Huzzah, Missouri is approximately 100 miles southeast of Jefferson City, Missouri on Missouri Highway 8.
More Spanish Treasure - Legends abound throughout the area of Noble Hill that a cache of Spanish treasure is buried in the area somewhere. Noble Hill, is about thirteen miles north of Springfield, Missouri on Missouri Highway 13 on the Polk-Greene County line.
Kaffer Treasure - A cache of gold coins known as the Kaffer Treasure is said to be buried in the area of Armstrong, Missouri. Armstrong is about forty miles northwest of Columbia, Missouri.
Sunken Treasure in the Mississippi - In the Mississippi River that runs along the banks of St. Louis, Missouri there were several steamships that went down in the river long ago. Some of these are said to be laden with gold coins.
Hillary Farrington Loot - The outlaw Hillary Farrington was said to have buried a cache of loot on the Old Duram Farm at Jeona, Missouri.
Independence Jewelry Heist - Sometime around 1927, $25,000 in jewelry and gems was taken by bandits who robbed an area jewelry store. Supposedly, the bandits were said to have buried the loot at the foot of an old oak tree between two large roots about six miles east ofIndependence. Now, for the difficult part. If the "six miles east of Independence" was back in 1927, this could be very difficult to find today as Independence, Kansas City and other small suburbs have virtually melded into one large metropolitan city.
Forty-Niner Gold in Missouri - Long ago a Missouri man was said to have struck in rich in the gold hills of California. Returning to his home near Waynesville in Pulaski County, he was said to have buried $60,000 in the hills.
Spanish Mine in the Ozark Hills - Three centuries ago, Spaniards worked mines in the
Ozark Hills of Missouri. One of the mines containing lead and silver, eighteen miles
southwest of Galena, was worked by seven men, who could not agree as to a
division of the yield. One by one they were killed in quarrels until but a single man was left, and he, in turn, was said to have been killed by the ghosts of his previous victims. In 1873, a man named Johnson from Vermont went there, trying to find the old Spaniards' mine. He did work there for one day, and was then found dead at the mouth of the old shaft with marks of bony fingers on his throat. The exact location of the cursed mine remains unknown.

From the LA Times - Another Missouri Treasure?

Quest for Hidden Riches Becomes Man's Obsession

History: Gerald Taylor doggedly pursues a cache that experts say doesn't exist. The U.S. Forest Service has repeatedly refused his request to dig.


BIRCH TREE, Mo. — Gerald Taylor is talking, but the words are lost in the crunch of leaves beneath his shoes as he fights through the heavy brush of the Mark Twain National Forest.
One of the sticker bushes finally gets him, slashing an inch-long gash on his right hand. He walks on, unbothered by the oozing blood, continuing to mouth words that can't be heard.
Suddenly, silence. Taylor steps into a clearing on a steep slope, kicks away a few fallen branches, and smiles.
"Here it is," he said.
Perhaps six feet below the ground is an abandoned silver mine, a mine where South American Jesuits in colonial times hid tons of silver bars, jewels, coins and other treasures.
At least that's what Taylor believes.
"I'm 101% sure," he said. He estimates the bounty's value to be at least $200 million, perhaps 10 times that.
The U.S. Forest Service believes the only thing under the ground is more dirt and rocks. That's why since 1988, they've repeatedly refused his request to dig for treasures there.
"It would be nice to think somebody could find buried treasures, but there's nothing in the record to support him," said Jody Eberly, a wildlife biologist for the forest service.
Taylor, 45, hasn't held a job since the early 1980s. His single-minded pursuit is to get to a treasure that experts agree doesn't exist.
"I've got my life devoted to this thing. This is the one that everybody dreams of," said Taylor, a retired auto worker who collects payments for a disability he wouldn't reveal.
There are plenty of dreamers around the country. Treasure hunting has become a multimillion-dollar hobby. Magazines, newsletters, clubs and countless equipment dealers are devoted to people seeking buried treasure, sunken ships filled with riches, or gold in them thar hills.
Marci Stumpf, managing editor of Gold and Treasure Hunter magazine, estimated that 350,000 people around the United States hunt for hidden treasure in one form or another.
Most might run a metal detector over the beach, or spend a day on vacation panning for gold. Only a handful of people devote their lives to it.
"Most are in it for the thrill of discovery," said Brenda Nelson, coordinator for the Modern Gold Miner & Treasure Hunter's Assn., based in Happy Camp, Calif. "They just do it because it's relaxing, fun, and you might find a nugget."
Taylor knows exactly what he's looking for.
In the early part of the century, Taylor's great-grandfather farmed the land where the alleged mine sits, in far south-central Missouri. Family legend was that a silver mine was buried somewhere on the property, but no one knew where.
The land was eventually sold to the forest service and turned into part of the vast national forest. Still, Taylor kept going back, looking for clues.
About a decade ago, he found them--two rocks, one with the markings of a cross, the other with what looks like a turtle.
Taylor believes the rocks are markers pointing to the silver mine. His hypothesis is that a third marker, yet unfounded, completes a triangle that helped lead the Jesuits, perhaps from Bolivia, to the place where they buried vast treasures inside a productive silver mine in the late 1700s.
"That's just absolute beyond-belief balderdash," said Charles Polzer, a Jesuit priest and historian who is a curator at the Arizona State Museum. "There were no Jesuits in the south of Missouri whatsoever."
There also were no known silver mines there. Besides, Jesuits were not allowed to be involved in mining, Polzer said. "We didn't go out and hide things. That's one of the legends."
Polzer said anti-Catholic sentiment in colonial times spurred rumors that the Jesuits were mining treasures and stashing them away.
In fact, Spanish-speaking Jesuits never even made it to southern Missouri until decades later, said Light T. Cummins, a Texas history professor who has written two books on Spanish colonial history of the Mississippi Valley.
"Spain did not acquire domination of that area known as Spanish Louisiana until 1764. In 1766, the entire Jesuit order was expelled from the New World by Spain. The Jesuits had no presence at all in that area," Cummins said.
Taylor is undaunted by the historical record.
"Are you thinking they're going to put a big bulletin board above the road that they've got this silver here?" he asked.
Taylor has spent thousands of dollars gathering evidence aimed at persuading the forest service to allow him to dig. He hired two archaeologists to examine the area. Both found traces of silver in the dirt at the site, Taylor said. Neither archeologist returned phone calls from the Associated Press.
Taylor also hired a pilot with infrared equipment to do a flyover. Pictures from the flyover indicate the presence of buried silver, he said. Taylor also used an electronic scanning device that he said proved silver was below the surface.
"The arrow went off the meter," he said.
Taylor believes forest service workers damaged artifacts while searching for the treasures themselves. He said at least 20 forest service employees are involved in a cover-up, which is why they won't let him dig.
"They tried to steal it, destroyed an artifact, and they're using their positions to stay out of prison," Taylor said.
The forest service denies that. Spokeswoman Charlotte Wiggins noted that Taylor was permitted to dig at a nearby site in 1988. Nothing was found. Taylor said further research indicated he was at the wrong place in the 1988 dig.
Taylor said his quest is aimed at more than treasure hunting. He believes the artifacts in the mine would be of historical significance.
"This thing could be resolved in 30 minutes with a backhoe," Taylor said. "If I'm lying, I leave the forest with a red face. But if I'm right, America sees some really neat artifacts that have been hidden from them."

Back to 1783 and the French - New Madrid Missouri is founded
Named for Madrid, Spain, the City of New Madrid, Missouri, holds the distinction of being the oldest city west of the Mississippi River and its rich history is diverse and interesting! Located on a bend in the river already known as "Greasy Bent," the LaSieur brothers, who were French-Canadian fur trappers, founded the town in 1783 and called it L'Anse a la Graisse or "The Cove of Grease.”

19 September 1952, Polio Epidemic Hits Warrensburg 3 Deaths and 25 Contracted - Gen. Eisenhower Cancels Speech

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952 Campaign Train

General Eisenhower Cancels Speech at Warrensburg, MO Due to Polio Epidemic. An outbreak at Warrensburg, Missouri, caused the cancellation of a whistle-stop speech that General Eisenhower, Republican Presidential nominee, planned to make early on Saturday.

Sept 17, 1952 Kansas City Star 


Buente Children of Warrensburg Weaker in Hospital Here. James L. Buente, 6-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay H. Buente, Warrensburg, Mo., was in a dangerous condition today at the General hospital where he was taken Monday with polio. A brother, Robert M. Buente, 4 years old, was failing to hold his previous condition of fair. Robert who also has polio, was taken to the hospital Monday. There was no room for the baby's in Warrensburg hospitals. Jamie Buente, 18 months old. a sister, died of polio Sunday at the hospital.

Polio Warrensburg, MO 1952
"The family of Jay H. Buente, a druggist, has been hit particularly hard hit. All three children have been hospitalized. One of them, Jamie Buente, 18 months, died Sunday.   

The Kansas City Star
Warrensburg, Mo., Sept. 16. (1952)— Mayor Harry R. Garrison today proclaimed a state of emergency in this polio-ridden city and flatly prohibited all public gatherings. At the same time, word was received from Lieut. Gov. James T. Blair, Jr., that he was acting, in the absence of Gov. Forrest Smith from the state, to send Missouri board of health officials here to investigate the situation. 

An Epidemic There Now. 

Three polio deaths and twelve cases of the disease within the city, plus a similar number of cases elsewhere in Johnson County, have caused officials to regard it as in epidemic proportions. The mayor, in making the proclamation, gave cognizance to the widespread view among the medical profession here that a defective sewage disposal system is related to the outcropping of polio. All public schools and parks in Warrensburg, Centerview and Leeton previously had been ordered closed, and action today was under way to halt classes for the 1,400 students of Central Missouri State college here. In line with the mayor’s announcement that all possible measures are being taken to cope with the situation, city workers last night began to spray the city with a strong solution of DDT. The process will be continued until the entire city has been treated. 

Proclamation to Every Door. 

The Daily Star Journal, an afternoon newspaper, got out a special edition this morning at the request of city officials to carry the mayor’s proclamation to every home. Copies of the edition were being placed at every door, regardless of whether the occupant was a subscriber. A noticeable result of the danger was a marked drop-off in activity in the business section of town. To observers it appeared that owners and employees of the business houses were virtually alone in the establishments and sales had taken a drastic plunge. Worried adults, in addition to keeping their children at home, apparently were refraining from circulating about as much as possible. One of the by-products of the cancellation of meetings is the clamp on two big political gatherings that had been in the immediate picture. One, a scheduled whistle-stop appearance of General Eisenhower Saturday morning was called off, as was the Democratic rally at which Phil Donnelly, gubernatorial candidate, and Stuart Symington, who is running for senator, were to have addressed a week from tomorrow. Included in the mayor’s text were these remarks: “I hereby proclaim and declare that an emergency exists in the city of Warrensburg and deem it necessary to prohibit all public gatherings of any kind for the, time being. It is also deemed necessary to have all schools close and that no large crowds be allowed to congregate any place within the city limits. There is contributory evidence that our inadequate and obsolete sewage disposal system is a contributing factor to the epidemic, and the city administration is already taking steps to secure an adequate and positive remedy.” Doctors in this frightened city have been blaming a major part of the outbreak on the sewers, and said they have connected every case In the city and and at least two In the county with the Warrensburg sewer problem. A long history behind the present status shows years of battling for new sewers. Despite active support from almost all organizations, city officials and newspapers, a bond issue for the needed installation was voted down in 1946 and again in 1948. " Ironically, the price for a new system has skyrocketed from an estimated $300,000 in 1946 and $470,000 in 1948, to $800,000— which is the amount considered necessary for a new bond issue coming up.

1952...Warrensburg, Mo., Sept. 14.— Polio which has claimed the lives of three of the city's twelve patients, today caused the closing of both the public schools and the laboratory schools of Central Missouri State college. The action was taken by school board and college authorities after two of the four cases admitted to hospitals Thursday and Friday died over the week end. At a special session of the city council it was agreed to have the city sprayed to kill flies, and disinfect possible breeding places of the disease virus. Citizens will be urged to clean up their properties. Billy Parmley, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Parmley who was taken to General hospital in Kansas City Thursday, died of polio early last night, this morning 16-month-old Jamie Buente, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Buente, died of the disease at the General hospital. The first death from polio here was Vernon McGraw, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard McGraw, last weekend. The total polio victims in Johnson County is now 21. The closing of Warrensburg schools comes on the heels of similar action taken by Leeton in southeastern Johnson County, where there have been six patients. Officials from both schools, Harry R. Garrison, mayor, and state and county health author ties will meet tomorrow morning to determine if further action should be taken. 1952 KC Star

It has been mentioned that Dr. T. Reed Maxson of Warrensburg was one of the true local heroes in stopping the polio epidemic. He urged testing on Jim Buente who showed no signs of polio. The test proved positive and Jim was hospitalized with his brother Bob Buente and received treatment. Both boys survived with no residual effects. For many years after Dr. Maxson gave 100's of children polio immunizations in Warrensburg.T. Reed Maxson, MD
1913 – 2000
Education: University of Kansas – B.S.
University of Kansas School of Medicine – M.D.
Private Practice: General Practice in Warrensburg, Missouri
Team Physician: University if Central Missouri
Phi Sigma Epsilon
Purple Heart
Silver Star

Capt. R. Reed Maxson, also received the Silver Star and was at the Battle of Bulge after surviving D-Day Normandy Beach landings as a Corpsman.
Warrensburg: Game Cancelled by Polio

Sept. 19, 1953

The Iola Register

Warrensburg: Game Canceled by Polio WARRENSBURG, Mo. ) — Because of the polio epidemic: here. Central Missouri State College has cancelled its football game with College of Emporia at Emporia, Kas., Friday night. George W. Diemer, president of Central Missouri State, said the game was called off on recommendation of college administrative officers. The players however, will continue practicing in a moderate form for a game next week with St. Benedict's College of Atchison, Kas., at Kansas City. So far 25 polio cases with three deaths have been reported in Warrensburg and Johnson County, but none within the college student body.

1953 Moberly Monitor-Index Thursday, May 28, 1953

Big Sewer Bond Issue Approved In Warrensburg - $1,300,000 Proposal Carries in Spite of Strong Opposition 

WARRENSBURG - A 1,300,000 sewer bond issue was approved 1,095 to 669, by voters here yes. The passage of the bond issue by a four-sevenths majority is assured although 42 absentee votes are yet to be counted. Fifty-six votes were rejected in the election. Sewage at Warrensburg now runs into small creeks, without treatment, because the city has no disposal plants. Of the $1,300,000 voted, $500,000 is earmarked for the erection of two treatment plants. Following Polio Epidemic A new drive for sewage facilities: The mayor said the action was began last summer when health authorities said Warrensburg's in-adequate sewage system could have contributed to the polio epidemic which took the lives of three and struck down 20 others.

Polio Survivor - Author- Margaret Dieguez (born Margaret Ann DeBacker) was raised in Warrensburg, Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. Mary College, Leavenworth Kansas and forty-five graduate hours in Education from California State University, Northridge. She has a son Robert Francis and daughter Renee Marie and seven grandchildren. She taught at Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga, CA and Quartz Hill High in Quartz Hill, CA. After eight years as a Tupperware manager she worked at College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA as manager of the Career Center. She is now retired and lives in Lancaster, California. The year was 1952.and in one moment that summer my life was changed forever. A dreaded virus was running rampant throughout the United States. Technically called infantile paralysis, this virus was more commonly known as polio. There had been sixty thousand documented cases and three thousand deaths that year, the last big epidemic before Dr. Jonas Salk discovered his vaccine. At fifteen years old I was diagnosed with this disease that the entire United States feared.

My story is one of finding a way to overcome everyday problems posing monumental obstacles. After forty days in an iron lung; in an isolation ward for five months and eight months of rehabilitation, and being unable to use my arms and legs normally I had many challenges. Learning to walk again I married and had children but soon I was alone raising a six year old son and two year old daughter. It is my belief that my life has been what it was supposed to be. I believe I have lived life to the fullest and for that I am forever grateful for all the amazing people who helped me along the way and the amazing God who made it all possible.

Margaret DeBacker  "Margy Dieguez" from Warrensburg, Missouri originally wrote a book about her life with polio, contracted in the summer of 1952.
Margy can be reached via Facebook today.

Margaret Ann DeBacker, Warrensburg, MO 
Afflicted with Polio at Age 15

Margaret Ann DeBacker, Warrensburg, MO, Polio Victim with Pope Pius XII, Actress Helen Hayes,  Actor James MacArthur (Hawaii 50) and Margaret's father at Vatican City.
Margaret Ann DeBacker (Greeted by Pope

Margaret Ann DeBacker "Margy Dieguez" , Born in Warrensburg, Missouri 

This was taken in the hospital in Kansas City Missouri. I received a review on my book, "Amazing Courage"and this was what the reviews said- "I went to high school with this lady and she was one of the sweetest people that I have ever known. What a brave, courageous lady she is. I am one of the clowns in the picture with her in the hospital." I would love to know who the "clown" is in the picture that wrote this review.


NEW YORK/ Sept. l8 (A.A.P.).-The worst poliomyelitis epidemic in Chicago's history is claiming about 20 victims a day.

There is a record number of cases in other mid-western States, including Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

In some centres the authorities have closed State schools and banned children less than l8 years from churches, picture theatres, and other public gatherings.

Iowa State has had 2,026 cases, including 266 during the past week. Of the total,111 have died. In 1950 the number of cases was 399 and 90 persons died.

In Sioux City there have been 39 deaths.

The Chicago health authorities said yesterday that there is no indication that the epidemic has reached "its peak."

Other cities with many victims are Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Major polio epidemics were unknown before the 20th century, the disease has caused paralysis and death for much of human history. Over millenia, polio survived quietly as an endemic pathogen until the 1880s when major epidemics began to occur in Europe; soon after, widespread epidemics appeared in the United States. By 1910, frequent epidemics became regular events throughout the developed world, primarily in cities during the summer months. At its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, polio would paralyze or kill over half a million people worldwide every year.

Dr. Jonas Salk

Biography: Jonas Salk
Developer of Polio Vaccine
Born October 28, 1914
Died June 23, 1994

Given that his vaccine was developed in 1955, between his vaccine and the later Sabin vaccine (which began use in 1962), the global incidence of polio has dropped from 300,000+ per year to under 2,000 per year, with hope that a final eradication may occur sometime in the next decade or two. Thus, is could possibly be said that Jonas Salk's vaccine has saved more than a 100 million people. 


About 50 years before this epidemic, the Influenza was hitting Warrensburg..

1918 K. Gail Carmack, Warrensburg, 
MO dies of Influenza

1912 Beulah White Marries William P. Lamb Warrensburg

The population of Johnson County is a mobile one.  The average length of stay for a person moving into this county is around two and a half years.  However, there are quite a few "century" families (families that have maintained an unbroken generational presence for a hundred years or more) around. This is the story of one of them.

In 1912 Beulah White married William P. Lamb in Warrensburg.  She was 20 years old.  

William P. Lamb, the son of Lifus Lamb of Warrensburg had six brothers and two sisters.

In 1913, the year following their marriage, Beulah and William P. Lamb had the first of their 10 children.  They had seven daughters and three sons.  

They had been married for 43 years when he died in 1955.  She lived on another 20 years before she died in 1975.
Beulah White Lamb

Notice that Buelah's father's name was William, her husband's name was William P. and she had a son, William P.

Beulah's son William P. had a son Darrel who married Linda Lee Bixby

Beulah's son Donald died in 2010

Beulah's third son, John, was the father of Lee Lamb who married Jerri Talley

Lee was the father of Tally Lamb who married into another "century family." Rob Baker is Buddy Baker's grandson.

Thanks to Peggy McLendon, daughter of Beulah White Lamb, who helped me put together the story of the lamb family. Born 1936.