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That’s one of the questions GaryKillmer
hears quite often when he mentions he is a metal detectorist. He will tell them it’s a
1793 Liberty Cap Cent: The rarest U.S. penny ever made.
Other times they will ask him, “What’s the most interesting
thing you’ve found?” and he tells them an 1840’s pistol, long ago lost in the
Through the years, he has been wandering the countryside and
have found many interesting pieces of history that were lost centuries ago.
Recently, though, he found something that was lost only decades ago, and
luckily, he was able to get it back into the hands of the rightful owners.
Now it is one of his most interesting finds.
He was out detecting along a stream in Poughkeepsie NY and had
set off in no general direction through the woods near the shore. As he was
detecting, he heard a signal that was worth checking. He started retrieval of the
object and out popped a silver silhouette charm of a young girl. The name
“Kathryn” and a date were engraved on the side. He thought it was an interesting
find and had already started to wonder if he could ever find out who Kathryn
was. He then checked the hole for anything else and out came another charm, this
one was a boy silhouette engraved with “Bradley” and his birth date.
When he got home he cleaned up the charms and posted them on
several metal-detecting forums and on Facebook. He invited folks to share the
photo and story to see if we could find out who these two people are and get in
touch with them. Some days passed and he found out that his post on Facebook had
nearly a thousand shares. People love a good mystery, especially a local one.
He spent some time in the Local History section at Adriance
Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie, looking at old yearbooks, trying to find
Kathryn or Bradley, but came up with no matches. Meanwhile, on Facebook, close
to 3,100 people had shared the photo and story of the charms.
What he thought was going to be an easy mystery to solve was
becoming more difficult than he originally imagined. He turned to Google and
found a website where you can search for someone by their name and birthday. He entered Bradley’s information and was amazed to see a match in Poughkeepsie! he
was even more surprised to see that Bradley was actually his insurance agent,
Bradley Jay Carter, of Carter MGM Insurance, who goes by the name Jay.
They had a little trouble reaching each other at first, but in
the end he got a call from Jay’s wife, Kathy. He told her the interesting story
about how he had discovered the charms. A week later he stopped by Jay’s office
and presented the charms to both him and his mother Barbara. Barbara said the
charms were actually her mother’s. Kathryn was Jay’s cousin who lived out of
state. He learned that near where he found the charms, Barbara had taken Jay to
learn to swim some time before 1974. One of those times Barbara must have
brought her mother along and had lost the charms with her grandchildren’s names
on them. Unfortunately, Kathryn has since passed away, which perhaps makes the
charms more sentimental to the Carter family ,who enjoy doing genealogical
The story of returning these charms to the Carter family
after being lost over four decades ago is something he won’t ever forget. Source: Poughkeepsie Journal