All That Glitters, 1909

One-hundred and five years ago today, a gold miner from California arrived at the doorstep of Herbert Chaffee, the president of the Amenia and Sharon Land Company, in Amenia, ND. ¬†This seventy-something, gray-haired man called himself John Armstrong, and he believed Chaffee to be a long-lost uncle. ¬† Having established their family trees didn’t cross […]

The Dip Needle

For a description of this wonderful, “NEW IMPROVED” instrument, see the next page — although it will tell you what’s so great about this particular dip needle, it doesn’t really say how to use it (although, if you buy it, they will send instructions with). Dip needles are essentially a compass, but mounted sideways; instead […]