Oak Island Coal

Most of my regular readers know that I follow The Curse of Oak Island on History Channel.

Curse of Oak Island, History Channel, Did they find anything?Each Tuesday night when there are new episodes I will usually be watching for the latest developments.Oak Island, treasure, Randal SullivanI enjoy the mix of mystery, history, excavation, archaeology and technology that is seen in each episode.

Oak Island, Money Pit, National Geographic, Curse of Oak IslandWill they come closer to finding the Money Pit? This week they seemed to be closing in on finding the location as they pulled up remains of a tunnel thought to be near it.

Curse of Oak Island, Mahone Bay, Nova ScotiaThis year they have also been excavating a road leading out of the swamp up toward the Money Pit area. They have found a lot of coal scattered along the path of the road. Tonight they talked about the origin of the coal and it seems that it probably came from Europe. The research to find out a more precise origin will take some time, but there are hopes that it will shed light on where and when the coal was transported to Oak Island and who did the transporting.

Is this a significant find? Will the identification of the source of the coal help shed light on the Oak Island Mystery?

With each additional item they find from the 1700’s and before it gets more and more interesting.  Will these items lead to a big discovery?

The only sure thing is that the show will continue to give just enough information to keep us hooked 🙂

There are at least five more episodes scheduled through March.

Will we get a big finale this season, or will there be another season next year?

Time will tell.



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Black History Month – Simon Estes

February is Black History Month and each year I usually try to read several related books during the month.

One of the books that I have read this month has a close connection.

simon estes, opera, black opera singer, Faith, music, centerville IowaSimon Estes in His Own Voice was written along with Mary L. Swanson.

The book tells the story of Simon Estes who is one of the greatest opera singers.

Simon was born in Centerville, Iowa in 1938. The book tells of his family and the difficulties they had living in a small town in Iowa.

The book also recounts his struggles as he attended Iowa University and Julliard.

I really enjoyed reading about how he worked hard to build his career and become one of the greatest Baritone/Bass opera singers. He has shared his gift of voice in leading opera houses around the world, sung for many world leaders and US Presidents and been involved with many charitable works around the world.

Midwestern School of Evangelism, 908 North Court, Ottumwa, Iowa - Harper MansionMy connection to the Estes family is through Simon’s oldest sister Patty.

After graduation from High School Patty first went to Des Moines for nursing school and then enrolled in the Midwestern School of Evangelism in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1949.

Two years later my Grandfather also enrolled in MSE and was her classmate for a year. My Grandfather already had a family when he started college, and Patty would spend time with them. Patty also stayed with them for a short time when she was going through a rough period in her life.

My Mom also remembers other members of the Estes family from Youth Rally’s and other church events around Centerville and Ottumwa.

I always enjoy listening to Simon Estes sing. I have a video of him singing Ol’ Man River that I will often watch and listen to. Oh, and sometimes sing along when no one is around.



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