Dowser speaks at PCH&GS February meeting
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DOWSER Barry Phillips was the speaker at the quarterly meeting of Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society in February. With Phillips, left, are  PCHGS members Sally Love and Tim McDonald.
DOWSER Barry Phillips was the speaker at the quarterly meeting of Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society in February. With Phillips, left, are PCHGS members Sally Love and Tim McDonald.
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Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society had Barry Phillips for its guest speaker at the quarterly February meeting. Phillilps gave an interesting and informative presentation on the age-old art of dowsing.

Usually thought of as only used to determine where to dig a well to find a good water supply, dowsing is also used to help locate old unmarked graves to know where to set a marker.

The most experienced dowsers claim to be able to not only locate a burial, but to determine whether the person interred is a male or female, adult or child.

No one seems to be able to explain the chemistry involved, or whatever it is that makes the dowsing rods move, but all say there's no supernatural event involved.

Barry is available to anyone in the community who needs his help and can be contacted though the Historical Society.

PCHGS meets quarterly at 2 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of February, May and November at the First Baptist Church in Benton.

The annual picnic is held the fourth Saturday of August at noon at the PCHGS Library.

President Marian Presswood encourages anyone interested in helping preserve the history of the county and its people to join them at any of their meetings.

Members receive four issues of the quarterly newsletter. Back issues are free at the Polk News office for anyone who would like to stop by and pick up a copy.