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Two Quirky Filley Stories

Two Quirky Filley Stories

I couldn’t figure out how to work these two odd stories about G.F. Filley waffle irons into my post about G.F. Filley and Excelsior, but wanted to share them with you regardless. Enjoy!

THE SUNKEN STEAMBOAT BERTRAND AND ITS TREASURES

Treasure hunters discovered a sunken ship in the Missouri River about twenty miles north of Omaha Nebraska in 1968. That ship turned out to be the steamboat Bertrand, a sternwheeler that set course on April 1, 1865 from St. Louis to Fort Benton. The boat hit a submerged log in the Missouri River and sank. The crew retrieved just a few items before the ship became buried in silt.

When the ship was discovered in 1968, its cargo was mostly intact. About 300,000 items were recovered. Among them were two hinged cast iron waffle irons marked “Giles Filley.” A case with between 48 and 50 cast iron skillets was also recovered. Those skillets are also thought to have also been produced by G.F. Filley. 1

Many of the artifacts recovered from Bertrand are on display at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center just outside of Blair, Nebraska.

203-POUND FISH WITH G.F. FILLEY WAFFLE IRON MARKINGS INDENTED ON ITS BACK CAUGHT IN 1881.

This bizarre story speaks for itself. 

Fri, Sep 9, 1881 – Page 7 · St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) · Newspapers.com
  1. See Switzer, The Steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River Commerce, p. 220-21 (1983).

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