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On this day in 1965...

Postby Jo on Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:31 pm

Many of you will know that on this day in 1965, four people were killed at Oak Island whilst excavating, including Robert Restall and his son. It's been assumed that the diggers were overcome with carbon monoxide fumes from a generator and suffocated.

Lets spare a thought for them, and the family they left behind in pursuit of something very close to all of our hearts.
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby kitch on Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:00 am

Until I read Lee Lamb's book, the Restalls were just part of a series of names in connection with Oak Island. After reading her book, it made those names come to life. And the tragedy that much greater. Thank you for pointing out the date.
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby badinfluence63 on Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:16 am

Lee Lamb is very nice person. I was fortunate to have met her in either 2006 or 2007 during Oak Island days and as well corresponded with her for awhile there after. I always felt bad for her because she has had to go through life with a heavy heart of having lost her brother and her father to Oak ISland. I think she is still very much deeply affected by Oak ISland and possibly begrudgingly resentful of the lure of the Oak ISland mystery of the promise of yet to be discovered treasure there?

I found her book to be one of the best if not the best regarding Oak Island (sorry Darcy :) )
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby Jo on Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:10 pm

I agree that Lee's book offers an amazing personal insight into what it must have been like to know those who gave their lives (literally) to solving the Oak Island mystery.

Although Lee had gown up and left home when her parents were living on Oak Island, she had access to many of her father and brother's papers, which makes for a real unique insight in her book. Her book offers the reader a more human side to the story, aside from the engineering and historical books that have preceeded it.

If you've not read it already, you can view extracts from Oak Island Obsession on Google Books:
http://books.google.com/books?id=zyTN69 ... q=&f=false

I do hope Lee attends Explore Oak Island Days again in the furure, as I thoroughly enjoyed meeting her. She's a charming lady and her presentation (in which she shared photos and anecdotes from her family's collection) in 2006, was the highlight of the weekend for me.

In D'Arcy's latest batch of files that I'm working through, I've got a transcribed interview with Mildred Restall in which she is pretty frank about some of the poeple who were working on the island at the time of the accident, and her life after. I'll do my best to get it up online this week as it goes beyond the historical facts we know on Oak Island, and offers a real expose on the characters we think we know so well.
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby kitch on Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:40 am

The pictures in her book got to me.......filling me with a sense of wonder. There were people standing in that system of tunnels.....right near the money pit area......wayyyyyy down there.....and it made me sit back and wonder. What a feeling that must have been. And that sense of being close to the treasure must have been coursing through their veins.
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby badinfluence63 on Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:54 am

If understood the Restalls aproach correctly the thing I admired about Sr was that he was attempting to excavate backwards into how the sytem was built, spending time at the 5 finger drains when money was lean.
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby kitch on Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:02 am

I agree completely. He was there to find the treasure, but more than that, to understand the whole puzzle. His approach, his guiding philosophy was one of respect. I really admired that.
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby Jo on Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:57 pm

Apparently, Robert had a box which contained various relics and details from the dig. This was kept hidden and locked but on the day of the accident, Mildred found it had vanished (or was empty), I can't quite remember which. I'll look up the exact words from her interview this evening. I wonder what Robert found that convinced him to keep digging? And what happened to it?

Out of all the treasure hunters that have conducted digs on Oak Island, who do you believe has come the closest to recovering the treasure?
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby Vincent on Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:43 pm

Out of all the treasure hunters that have conducted digs on Oak Island, who do you believe has come the closest to recovering the treasure?


I personally think Robert Restall would have come closest had it not have been for the tragic accident, his methodical approach, patience and attention to detail would have served him very well, however, Dan Blankenship is also a very patient and diligent man and he does have the advantage of specialised technology on his side so it's a close call.
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Re: On this day in 1965...

Postby D'Arcy on Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:04 pm

Jo wrote:Out of all the treasure hunters that have conducted digs on Oak Island, who do you believe has come the closest to recovering the treasure?


Apart from the various bottom-feeding lawyers representing Triton Alliance and Fred Nolan through the 1970's-90's, I'd have to say anyone who was smart enough to purchase Oak Island lots, rather than just pour money into the search. So people from Sophie Sellars, to Gilbert Hedden, to John Whitney Lewis, to Mel Chappell, to Fred Nolan, to David Tobias, to Dan Blankenship, to the Michigan Mob, have all recovered "treasure" on Oak Island.
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