Legend of Buried Treasure in Farmerville, Union Parish, Louisiana

BuriedTreasureBelow are two articles from the Farmerville Gazette, both printed during June 1905, reporting the revival of a local legend in Union Parish regarding buried treasure on the property of James Guy Trimble, then-president of the bank in Farmerville. The author of each was likely A. J. Bell, the editor of the Farmerville Gazette at the time (the same newspaper Trimble himself had edited a few years prior and which his father, James E. Trimble, had founded).

“A Golden Myth,” Farmerville Gazette (14 June 1905): 3, col. 4


An ancient belief prevails in this community that years ago an old, and supposedly wealthy citizen, by the name of Hahn, died and left a large lot of gold burried [sic] on his premises, located where the residence of Banker [James G.] Trimble now stands. This tale has been revived on various occasions and from some cause it has again come to the surface in a rumor to the effect that a negro boy while digging in the Trimble yard last week found two pieces of gold, and later a search resulted in three buckets full of gold money being unearthed on the spot, the same now held by Mr. Trimble as a treasure trove. Furthermore, it is stated that a note was found on top of the treasure, of a date forty years back, and stating that the gold was the property of said Hahn and burried [sic] by him for safe keeping. Hearing the rumor we called Banker Trimble up at the bank this morning to get the facts from him and was informed that if any gold had been dug up on his premises it was unknown to him, which could hardly be the case, and that he was sorry to inform us that no such good fortune had befallen him, nor was it likely to, although he was aware of the legend connected with burried [sic] treasures on his premises.

[“The rumor finding the burried [sic] treasures…”], Farmerville Gazette (21 June 1905): 3

The rumor of finding the burried [sic] treasures at the [James G.] Trimble home in Farmerville, is still retailed in some quarters, the treasure described as three ten‐pound tin buckets (lard cans) full of gold coin, and also containing a note dating back 40 years, designating the amount and ownership of the treasure. The people who swallow this myth forgetful that tin lard cans were not common, (if in use) forty years ago, and if such were used this long burrial [sic] in the earth would leave little of the cans and less of such perishable material as written note. This treasure has been sought for on more than one occasion a couple of citizens at one time following the lead of a divining rod in its quest and removing enough dirt in one night to have started well upon the construction of the Panama canal, all to no purpose as nothing but more dirt was found at the bottom of the hole.

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