March 25 • 05:54 AM

Garden project leads to discovery

Two days, two arrowheads for Almont Twp. man tilling up plot of land

June 03, 2009
ALMONT TWP. — Is Chuck Jacob a frustrated psychic? Read on and decide for yourself.

Chuck decided he'd till up a plot of ground so he and his mom could start a garden this year. She recently retired from GM, so he thought it would be a good time to venture into the subject.

The 28-year-old Imlay City High School grad chooses a field behind their home. The ground is hard and gravelly, overgrown with weeds and crabgrass.

Chuck is thinking big. The garden will be 25 feet long and about 20 feet wide. A big job.

Another big thought occurs to him before he gets started, too.

"I mention to my mom 'wouldn't it be cool if I found an arrowhead?'" Chuck says.

And so he does.

Discovery of first, well-defined arrowhead followed by discovery of second one missing tip and end. photo by Catherine Minolli.

Frustrated psychic or just plain frustrated?

Chuck had been working up the land for a while and it's getting on his nerves. Though he approaches the project with a well-thought out plan—no double handling materials, working in sections—he's wearing out.

The plan includes two buckets—one for sod and the other for rocks. To work neatly and avoid an even bigger mess, Chuck sorts the two materials for appropriate dumping. This works great.

But he's getting frustrated and wants to move along so he starts tossing rocks into the sod bucket, and there an arrowhead is born.

Fateful discovery

It seems that arrowhead was destined for Chuck's hands. Had he tossed it into the rock bucket he'd never have spotted it amid all the little rubble.

As for his seemingly psychic prediction, that may just be the hand of fate as well, for Chuck has always had a fascination for Native American culture.

"The reason I said it would be cool to find an arrowhead is because I read a local history book that I got at the Ruth Hughes library about Indians in the area in the past," Chuck says.

"There was something in there to the effect that there was a settlement about four miles from Almont and west of Van Dyke which is basically right around where I live."

Not so ironically, Chuck made the discovery right near a spot where he and his buddies used to dig for Indian artifacts years ago.

"We were about 9 or ten years old and we dug a huge hole hoping to find stuff," he chuckles. "That hole still isn't filled in."

He says he enjoyed hearing stories about Indians when he was a boy, and was fascinated by other stories of discovery.

"I heard about people finding arrowheads in farmer's fields or working in the garden or something but I honestly didn't expect it to happen to me," he says.

Luck strikes twice

Since finding the arrowhead, Chuck's determined to continue the garden project with care. Late last week his mom takes on a portion of it while Chuck's away running errands.

"I asked her to put anything that looks like it could be something off to the side and the rest in the rock bucket," Chuck laughs. "She had about thirty rocks that weren't anything, but in the rock bucket I found another arrowhead."

Its small, and the tip and part of its end are missing, so it's easy to see why Chuck's mom overlooked it.

Chuck will add the two arrowheads to other artifacts he believes he's found—a couple of hammer stones. He hopes to show them to an expert and find out more about their origins.

In the meantime, the novice gardener hopes to succeed at his newest project, too.

"We've had a family farm in Armada since 1927," he says. "This is my first garden so I guess I'll learn about farming now."

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