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A Brief History - Indian Territory Treasure Hunt

The following brief history of the Indian Territory Treasure Hunt is taken from the History of the ITTHC compiled by past ITTHC member Robert Bean from the collection of ITTHC "Treasure News" that are in the club's collection.

Indian Territory Treasure Hunt 1972 to 2012, A Brief History

1972
May 28 - ITTHC held its first National Hunt at the Tulsa KOA Campgrounds, 193rd E. Ave. & I-44. The National Hunt Chairmen were Jerry Shed & Terry Humphries. There were 262 entrants. The entry fee was $10. The hunt boasted over $4,000 in coins and prizes. The coins alone were valued at over $2,000. Coin prizes consisted of silver dollars dated from 1878 to 1925, Barber halves, quarters and dimes, V-nickels, Seated Liberty and Mercury dimes, Walking Liberty halves and more. All coins buried were dated 1930 or before. The 15 metal detectors of various brands included as prizes were valued at over $1,000. The only real complaint encountered was too many people for too little area. List of winners: Patricia Dewitt (Irving, TX) won a cast iron pot of money. T.L. Riggs (Claremore) won a Bounty Hunter II detector. T.L. Edwards (Lancaster, TX) won a Treasure Ray detector. C.W. Hatcher (Carthage, MO) won a Bounty Hunter I detector. Frank Lawson (Dallas, TX) won a Roth M200 detector. E.C. Phillips (Wichita Falls, TX) won a Detectron Gremlin detector. W.A. Van Atten (Tulsa) won a Metrotech detector. Ken McClung (Tulsa) won a Garret Hunter detector and a D-Tex Winner detector. Larry Kent (Tulsa) won a White's S63TR detector. Glen Booth (OKC) won a Bounty Hunter I detector. Ken James (Tulsa) won a Detectron 7-T detector. Charles Hankins (Kiefer) won a Fisher 120 detector. Alfred Howell (Okmulgee) won a White's Coinmaster 4 detector. Bob Montrose (Little Rock, AR) won a Compass 71-1B detector. Donna Simons (Watanga, TX) won a Bounty Hunter II detector.


1973
May 27 - 2nd Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the Port of Catoosa. The day was exceptionally windy. There were 290 entries in the coin hunts and 117 in the Target Hunt. 14 states were represented. The hunt boasted $4,000 in coins & prizes. The National Hunt Chairman was Terry Humphries. Included this year were 2 Main Coin Hunts, a Competition Target Hunt & a Kid's Hunt. There were 10 detectors offered as prizes in the Main Hunt and 1 in the Kid's Hunt. There were six $5 gold coins as prizes in the Main Hunt as well. Competition Target Hunt results: 1st place - Eddie Gregory (OKC) won $234, 2nd place - Jessie Blackshire (Memphis, TN) won $117, 3rd place - Josh Dewitt (Irving, TX) won $87.75, 4th place - Harold Dunkin (OKC) won $58.50, 5th place - Frank Bogadi (Memphis, TN) won $29.25.


1974
May 26 - 3rd Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the Port of Catoosa. The hunt was billed in the newsletter as the 1st Annual "Mud Hunt" due to heavy rainfall during the hunt. There were 355 entrants in the coin hunts and 175 in the Target Hunt. The National Hunt Chairman was Bob Boucher. Entrants came from Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Many took in the Wewoka Hunt the next day. Bill Mahan of D-Tex was there along with "professional treasure hunter" Glen Beaman, just back from a successful treasure venture in the Caribbean. Due to heavy rain late entries were light. This and the high price of silver didn't supply sufficient starting capital for next year's National Hunt. The estimated cost of this hunt was $7,000. Many feared this might have been the last "silver hunt" the club could afford due to high silver prices.


1975
May 25 - 4th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the Port of Catoosa. There were 235 entries from 13 states and quite a bit of rain. Jim Webb brought a "portable house", which held the prizes. The National Hunt Chairman was Bob Boucher. Denver McCoy won the set of dishes that he donated. Joe Riddle won the gold coin drawing for donated National Hunt prizes. A free Club Night Hunt was held for the first time.


1976
May 30 - 5th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the NE corner of Apache & Harvard. There were approximately 200 entries in the hunt. The jackpot of coins donated by Terry Humphries was buried too deep to be detected. It had to be dug up by Terry and raffled off. Bill Huntley won it. Bill also won a Judge II detector. Volunteers included National Hunt Chairman - Jim Webb, Target Hunt - Terry Humphries, Kid's Hunt - Gary Carnes & Denver McCoy, Signs & Posters - Bill Randolph, Site Preparation & Setup - Earl Foster, and Typing Committee - Noreen Grufik.


1977
May 28 - A Saturday night supper was held at the hunt site after final site preparation & burying. A special Night Hunt was held for the helpers. About 35 hunters participated in the event. Bill Humphries, Bob Freeman and Elwood Sells found the 3 jackpots. Gary Carnes, Lucille McCoy and Bob Freeman found the 3 half-dollars.


May 29 - 6th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the NE corner of Apache & Harvard. For the first time, ITTHC offered concessions at its National Hunt. Jim & Jeanie Webb got tables & chairs from the park, concession stand and prize booth. Bob Freeman didn't hunt. He sold tickets for the first gold coin fundraiser drawing. Prizes include an 1885 $5 gold piece, 1855 half dime, 1922 Peace dollar, 1869 3-cent nickel, 1881 Morgan dollar and a 1905 Indian Head cent. Cathy Anglin won the $5 gold coin. Noreen Grufik, as she had every year, tabulated Target Hunt entries. The Kid's Hunt had 30 entries and a Bounty Hunter detector as one of the prizes. There were many jackpot jar caches buried. Earl Foster found the one donated by Terry Humphries, full of old coins worth $200. 200 pennies and 9 tokens were thrown into the hay for kids 6 and under. There were 175 entries in the National Hunt from 12 states. There were only 2 women in the Target Hunt, Pat Lawson, who found more target points than 42 men, and Billye Garson, who found more than her husband Jerry. Volunteers included National Hunt Chairman - Terry Humphries, National Hunt Marshall - O.E. "Nick" Nichols, and Children's Hay Hunt - Jeanie Webb.


1978
May 28 - 7th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the NE corner of Apache & Harvard. Everybody was surprised that it didn't rain at all during the hunts. Kenneth Hughes found the jar cache and was so pleased he left without hunting for anything else. Terry Humphries reportedly got pretty badly sunburned. The Main Hunt had 13 detectors as prizes and the Kid's Hunt had 3. Terry Humphries was the National Hunt Chairman.


1979
May 27 - 8th Annual ITTHC National Hunt in Sand Springs. The hunt site area was owned by the Sand Springs Home and was located behind Gary Henry Chevrolet on Charles Page Boulevard. There were 138 entries from 8 states in the Main Hunt, 56 in the Competition Hunt and 13 in the Kid's Hunt. The extreme gas shortage and high gas prices were partly blamed for the lower entry numbers. For the first time, the Kid's Hunt included trophies as prizes. There were 8 detectors as prizes in the Main Hunt and 1 in the Kid's Hunt. Terry Humphries was the National Hunt Chairman.


1980
May 25 - 9th Annual ITTHC National Hunt in Sand Springs. There were 172 entries from 11 states. Jack Ames gave hunters a start when he collapsed on the Competition Hunt field during the hunt. Dr. Larry Biehler came to his aid. There were 12 metal detector prizes in the Main Hunt. There was a 1st place trophy awarded in the Kid's Hunt again this year along with a metal detector. Bill Huntley found Terry's jar cache. Terry Humphries was the National Hunt Chairman.


1981
May 24 - 10th Annual ITTHC National Hunt in Sand Springs. For the first time, ITTHC held a Civil War Relic Hunt as part of their National Hunt. Prizes in the Civil War Relic Hunt included bayonets, Confederate money, South Carolina buttons, Georgia buttons, Confederate "I" buttons, a U.S. sword belt buckle, a U.S. belt plate, U.S. eagle breast plates, a Jefferson Davis hat emblem, U.S. box plates, Civil War atlases, a 20 lb. parrott C.S. shell, 12 lb. solid shots, an artillery projectile book, bullet books, artillery shell fuses, gun tools, a Georgia pike and a shovel. Prize tokens, minie balls and knapsack hooks were buried. There were a total of 162 entries from 9 states in this year's hunt. There were 12 detectors as prizes in the Main Hunt and 2 in the Kid's Hunt. The Kid's Hunt had 16 entries. Terry Humphries was the National Hunt Chairman.


1982
May 29 & 30 - 11th Annual ITTHC National Hunt in Sand Springs. Due to industrial development in the area, this was to be the last year to hold the hunt at the Sand Springs location. The club sponsored its first National Hunt detector fundraiser. The drawing was for a Fisher 990 detector, with 2 coils, detector bag, and headphones, valued at $350 and a 10-ounce silver bar valued at $90. Member Glenn Stanart won the detector. He was so excited he ran off without his box and instruction book. Member Bill Smith won the 10 ounce silver bar. Tickets were sold for $1 each or 6 for $5. The member selling the most tickets received a 5 peso gold coin. Ernie Hill won the coin. For the first time, ITTHC held a 2-day National Hunt. There was a Fun Hunt where entrants searched for pennies and then wrote their badge number and number of pennies on a slip of paper. The slips of paper were drawn from a hat for pairs and the points for each pair determined winners. The club held its first auction with Cliff Williams as auctioneer. The club got 5% of the proceeds. A total of $527.75 brought the club $26.35, which was buried in the second day's Fun Hunt. The second day included a Civil War Relic Hunt. There were 192 entries in the Main Hunt and 73 in the Competition Hunt. 16 entrants in the Kid's Hunt competed for 50 donated prizes, 2 metal detectors and $120 in buried clad. Other new hunts this year included a Kid's Competition Hunt and a Junk Hunt. Gary Carnes was the National Hunt Chairman and Jim Webb was his co-chairman.


1983
May 28 & 29 - 12th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the Creek County Fairgrounds. For the first time, a Junior Hunt for 11 to 16-year olds was held. There were 191 total entries with 151 in the Main Hunts. There were 18 entries in the Kids Hunt, 72 in the Competition Hunt, and 21 in the Junior Hunt. The concession stand made enough to cover the rental of the building. There were 14 metal detectors, 9 gold coins and over 140 other prizes in the hunts. Jim Webb was the National Hunt Chairman.


1984
May 26 & 27 - 13th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the Creek County Fairgrounds. There were 182 total entries. There were 72 entries in the Competition Hunt. There was a huge flood in Tulsa but there wasn't as much rain at the hunt site. Volunteers included National Hunt Chairman - Bill Huntley, Prize Chairman - Jim Nobles, Flyers - Della Ruth Huntley, Kid's Hunt - Mary Bradford, Junior Hunt - Alice York, Donation Drawing - James Lampkin, Concessions - Alice York, Debbie Huntley, and Gold Coin Drawing - Bob Freeman.


1985
May 25 & 26 - 14th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the Creek County Fairgrounds. There were 217 total entries in the hunt. There were 86 entries in the Classic Competition Hunt. Terry Humphries was the National Hunt Chairman.


1986
May 24 & 24 - 15th Annual ITTHC National Hunt the Creek County Fairgrounds. There were 224 total entries. A first this year was the information booth, organized by Gary & Wanda Carnes. Terry Humphries was the National Hunt Chairman. The Classic Competition Hunt had 80 entries.


1987
May 23 & 24 - 16th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at the Creek County Fairgrounds. There were 200 entries in the Main Hunt.


1988
May 28 & 29 - 17th Annual ITTHC National Hunt Creek County Fairgrounds. Volunteers included National Hunt Chairman - Terry Humphries, Concessions - Alice York, Registration - Noreen Grufik, Auction - Jim & Jeanie Webb, Prizes - Jim Nobles, and Gold Coin Raffle - Bob Freeman. The Main Hunt had 170 entries.


1989
May 27 & 28 - 18th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at Creek County Fairgrounds. Volunteers included National Hunt Chairman - Terry Humphries, Concessions - Gladys Callison, Registration - Noreen Grufik, Auction - Jim & Jeanie Webb, Prizes - Jim Nobles. There were 145 entries in the Main Hunt, the Classic Competition Hunt had 49 entries, the Club Team Hunt had 10 teams entered and the Goldies/Oldies Hunt had 120 entries.


1990
May 26 & 27 - 19th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at Creek County Fairgrounds. Volunteers included National Hunt Chairman - Terry Humphries, Prizes - Jim Nobles, Junior Hunt - Valerie Hill, Gold Coin Raffle - Bob Freeman, Partners Hunt - Gary & Wanda Carnes, Registration - Noreen Grufik, and Concessions - Alice York. Our first Challenge Hunt with 15 teams replaced the Civil War Relic Hunt this year. A new hunt, the Dollar Hunt, was added with 121 entrants hunting for 200 Morgan dollars and $700 face value in Eisenhower and Susan B. Anthony dollars. Another new hunt was our first Buttons & Bows Hunt for the ladies. The Partners Hunt was brought back this year. The Classic Competition Hunt had 49 entries, and the Main Hunt had 145 entries.


1991
May 25 & 26 - 20th Annual ITTHC National Hunt at Creek County Fairgrounds. Volunteers included National Hunt Chairman - Terry Humphries, Prizes - Jim Nobles, Hay Hunt - Jeanie Webb, Kid's Hunt - Alice York, Junior Hunt - Valerie Hill, Concessions - Jerry & Gladys Callison, Auction - Jim Webb, Gold Coin Raffle - Bob Freeman, Registration - Noreen Grufik, Stringing - Ernie Hill, On-Site Metal Detector raffle - Red & Janet Cawvey. As a first, instead of the traditional Friday night feast, a free Saturday morning breakfast was served to all members and early arrivals to the National Hunt. A new hunt added this year was the Silver Bullion Hunt, which had 119 entries. The Challenge Hunt had 16 entries. The Dollar Hunt had 108 entries, the Gold & Silver Hunt had 138 entries and the Main Hunt had 170 entries. In the Main Hunt, Tim Dyer found his own wedding ring and in the Silver Bullion Hunt, Jim Nobles won the silver spoon donated by his wife, Carol Nobles. Fred Kunkel brought a display of ancient coins and jewelry.


1992
May 23 & 24 - 21st Annual ITTHC National Hunt at Creek County Fairgrounds. Volunteers included National Hunt Chairman - Terry Humphries, Prizes - Jim Nobles, Hay Hunt - Jeanie Webb, Kid's Hunt - Jimmy Nobles & Bruce Martin, Junior Hunt - Red Cawvey, Concessions - Gladys Callison & Morine Barnes, Gold Coin Raffle - Bob Freeman, Registration - Noreen Grufik, Classic Hunt - Terry Humphries, Dollar Hunt - Fred Kunkel, Gold & Silver Hunt - Lyle Williams, Speedo Hunt - Terry Humphries, Silver Bullion Hunt - Wally Dick, Buttons & Bows Hunt - Jim Nobles, Challenge Hunt - Terry Humphries, Main Hunt - Terry Humphries. A first this year was Saturday night Bingo conducted by Jim Webb, Lyle Williams, Lloyd Coke, Wanda Carnes, Wally Dick and Jean Dick. Two “blondes” popped and sold popcorn. There was a free Saturday morning breakfast for the volunteers and a free Saturday Night Hunt as well. There were 201 entries this year.


1993
May 29 & 30 - 22nd Annual ITTHC National Hunt at Creek County Fairgrounds. Concessions - Wally & Jean Dick. Taco salad was a big seller this year. There were 195 total entries in the hunt. There were 155 Bingo players.


1994: May 28 & 29 - 23rd Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 204 total entries.


1995: May 27 & 28 - 24th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 233 total entries.


1996: May 25 & 26 - 25th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 267 total entries.


1997: May 24 & 25 - 26th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 290 total entries.


1998: May 23 & 24 – 27th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 304 total entries.


1999: May 29 & 30 – 28th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 283 total entries.


2000: May 27 & 28 – 29th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 299 total entries.


2001: May 26 & 27 - 30th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 266 total entries.


2002: May 25 & 26 - 31st Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 260 total entries.


2003: May 24 & 25 - 32nd Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 212 total entries.


2004: May 29 & 30 - 33rd Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 189 total entries.


2005: May 28 & 29 – 34th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 161 total entries.


2006: May 27 & 28 – 35th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 199 total entries.


2007: May 26 & 27 – 36th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 161 total entries.


2008: May 24 & 25 – 37th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 150 total entries.


2009: May 23 & 24 – 38th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 110 total entries.


2010: May 29 & 30 – 39th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 100 total entries.


2011: May 28 & 29 – 40th Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 100 total entries.


2012: May 26 & 27 – 41st Annual National Hunt at the Creek Co. Fairgrounds with 86 total entries.

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