This Day In History: 1934-03-13
Rockland County was undergoing a miniature gold rush as a result of the announcement that gold had been discovered in a creek near Suffern. About a year before Sol Vontess had found gold in a stream which ran down from the Ramapo hills. He had spent about a year trying to discover its source. His brother-in-law, Dr. Edward Wolff finally broke the news and claimed that the find had assayed out at about $26 of gold per ton. Mining Engineers told Dr. Wolff that the gold must have washed down from the hills. The exact site of the original deposit was not revealed and there was no public announcement that it had even been found.