The chunk of brass in Rob Jud’s possession is only worth about three bucks — but he figures it might be priceless to someone out there.
The memorial plaque has lettering:
ROBERT BOYD HUBBARD
JAN 10 1942 FEB 1 2002
It was brought to Jud along with other scrap metal collected up in the Deadwood area of Lewiston after the Carr fire.
“It’s sort of a mystery,” Jud said.
He figures the plaque is from one of the mines in the area where it marked a site where ashes had been buried or dispersed.
“Maybe this person really liked the area there so that’s where they put him.”
Jud collects scrap wire which he strips of its insulation using a machine and sells in Oakland.
But the plaque he would really like to return to Robert Hubbard’s family.
“I think it’s important,” Jud said.