Mark Twain's Watch
An Oregon man, Jack Ainsworth Mills, has a watch that may have been a gift to his grandfather from noted American author, Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain.
Mr. Mills has always wondered how his grandfather, Captain Ainsworth, a prominent Oregonian, could have met Clemens, and why he would have been given such a gift.
The History Detectives follow the trail of these two adventurous men to discover if their paths could have ever crossed, to determine if the Mills family legend could be true.
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- Also in Civil War: 1850-1877 Natchez House How did a free man of color come to own this house twelve years before emancipation?
- Related Investigation Luxury Liner Picture Frame Is this picture frame a piece of the Titanic, Lusitania or neither?
- Also in Civil War: 1850-1877 Little Bighorn Bayonet Could this bayonet have been used at one of the largest massacres of U.S. soldiers by American Indians?
- Related Investigation Jefferson Pledge Did the transformation of the nation's public education system begin with this $200 pledge?
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