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Editor’s Note: We thank Ken Deedy from Grindstone Island, for thinking of TI Life when he was told about this lucky “find”. It is an example of how to ask a history question and perhaps solve a mystery.

It was a beautiful river-day at the Grindstone Island waterfront farm owned by Camilla and Bob Baum.

Their neighbor and friend, Jimmy Hodge, had come by for a visit with his new "toy" - a metal detector.

 

Jimmy and Bob worked their way around the farm house and on the South side, about fifty feet from the house, the alarm went off.

Bob took a shovel and dug up several metal artifacts including some hoops from an old barrel, an axe, and the parts to a plow. These were all in one spot and the location might have been an old dump.

Bob kicked the clod of earth that had covered the artifacts and out fell a brass tag that was about two and a half inches long and an inch wide. He cleaned it up and discovered that it contained printing:

Those readers who are area historians might be able to identify the tag. Was it a luggage tag? Was it good for passage, with return, from Clayton to Edgewood Park. What was the approximate year of use? This an interesting mystery. Please send us your answers.

By Ken Deedy

Ken Deedy is a Past president and a founder of TILT and resident of Long Island and Grindstone Island, NY. He is well known in the Thousand Islands as a volunteer with several community organizations and is Trustee Emeritus of Save The River, Clayton, NY.

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MARK NATALI
Comment by: MARK NATALI ( )
Left at: 11:49 AM Wednesday, August 15, 2012
IT IS A BAGGAGE TAG.THEY WOULD FLIP IT OVER DEPENDING WHERE YOU WERE GOING.I FOUND ONE WITH MY DETECTOR YEARS AGO AT MY PARENTS HOUSE OUT IN THE COUNTRY.MINE SAYS ALEX BAY TO CLAYTON ON 1 SIDE AND THE OPPOSITE ON THE OTHER.LONG TIME CLAYTON RESIDENT CHEEZER WILDER TOLD ME WHAT IT WAS.
Jack Patterson
Comment by: Jack Patterson ( )
Left at: 7:32 PM Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Who knows where to find arrow heads in the Thousand Islands?Especially not on shore? I am passionate about the earliest people on the river- especially those active on the river around the time of first contact with Europeans- late 1500's/early 1600's. Does anyone have a collection of arrowheads from the islands? Reading seems to show the area a no-man's land especially as to the roving and fierce Iroquois (Hau-de-no-sau-nee) warrior bands. But I am on their trail! Looking for all references, information. Perhaps hope to write up a footnoted factual survey as to who was here and why.
Karen Killian
Comment by: Karen Killian ( )
Left at: 7:40 PM Friday, August 17, 2012
Hi Ken:

How great that you found this wonderful luggage tag on your property. I actually have six of these luggage tags with the original leather straps. They are for various areaa via steamboat in the 1000 Islands. I bought them about ten years ago from Charlie Bridge @ Sackett's Harbor Antiques. Charlie always has wonderful 1000 Islands collectibles to sell.
Enjoy your new 1000 Island treasure.
Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Karen Killian

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