Otto Reinig Finds Gold
October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:33 PM
It is seldom that a resident of a town as small
as Snoqualmie rates a banner head across six columns of
a metropolitan daily, but this is the unusual publicity
which Otto Reinig, popular postmaster of that town, was
accorded in the Seattle Star last Friday when the story
of the $1700 in gold left at his door by someone
unknown, amazed not only the people of his home
community, but the state at large.
Mr. Reinig found the sack containing the gold on
his veranda as he left for the office Friday morning. No
clue as to the identity of the owner was left, so he
immediately took the valuable package to Seattle and turned
it over the Federal Reserve Bank. A search was at
once begun for the person to whom it belongs.
Investigators considered two possibilities: That
the money was left by some misinformed person who
feared that he would be prosecuted for possession of gold,
or that the money had been stolen and then discarded
when the burglar repented or feared that he would be
caught. Bank officials say no one can be prosecuted for
The treasure still belongs to the owner, whoever
he or she may be, but he must prove his identity to the
satisfaction of the Federal Reserve Bank, and of Mr.
Reinig, before his claim will be allowed and nice, new
greenbacks given to him in place of the gold.
To date no one has appeared to claim the "poke,"
and while at first it was feared a number of imposters
might bother the bank and Mr. Reinig, trying to prove
they were the parties who left the hoard in its most
unusual place, when it was pointed out how difficult it would
be for such persons to substantiate their statements,
the chances for their appearance have become much
In order to prove ownership of the gold the
following facts must be verified:
1 _The claimant must know what sort of outer
covering it had, whether bag, sack or box.
2 _ He must know whether it was in coins or in bars.
Or a mixture. He must know whether it was wrapped
3 _ He must know, if it was in coin, what
denominations were included, and how much of each.
It is pretty well understood that any imposter
who tries to obtain the gold will end up in the town jail.
The federal reserve officials are not even
corroborating the report that the gold amounted to $1700. In
fact, it may be greatly more.