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Iowa Legends of Buried Treasure Paperback – November 1, 1990
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
From the Publisher
ISBN 0-934988-23-4 Published by Foundation Books in 1990. 187 pages. Illustrated. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Trade Paperback, 5.5" x 8.5".
From the Author
Charlton Grant Laird (1901-1984) wrote IOWA LEGENDS OF BURIED TREASURE in 1927 for his master's thesis at the State University of Iowa.
Laird, who was raised on the family farm near McGregor, Iowa, had gathered many of the stories while working as a writer for WALLACES' FARMER, an Iowa-based weekly agricultural news and entertainment magazine. He solicited stories from family, friends and Iowa readers with the following request from the April 29, 1927, issue of WALLACES' FARMER:
"There will be another article in a week or two that will tell more about buried teasure stories in this state. Meanwhile, we would like to ask if our readers know any more yarns of this sort. Did anybody ever bury treasure on your farm or in your neighborhood; or are there any stories that anybody did so? Letters on this subject will be welcome. Five dollars will be given for the best one, and one dollar for each of the others that we use. Give places, dates and sources of information as fully as you can. Keep in mind, too, that the treasure didn't really have to exist for it to provide a good story. If the neighborhood thought there was a treasure, and if folks spent a lot of time digging for it, we will like the account just as well as if somebody did dig up a thousand dollars. The contest closes May 7."
Contest entries were used by Laird in several WALLACES' FARMER articles on buried treasures.
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