HEBRON — Wayne R. Holmquist, a Raymond resident, recently addressed the Hebron Historical Society on his life-long passion for dowsing. Dowsing is the ancient art of finding water, minerals or other objects that seem to have a natural magnetic, electromagnetic or other perhaps unknown energy. Holmquist has been dowsing since the early age of 6 and has dowsed for water, mineral deposits and even unmarked graves. He believes that everyone has the ability to dowse, but admits that it takes practice and diligence to perfect this skill.
Through his years of water dowsing, Holmquist has been able to not only identify whether underground water is present, but also assess the size and depth of the source, the direction of water flow and even how many gallons per minute the source will produce. Although welding rods and tree branches are suitable instruments for dowsing, Holmquist admits that he prefers the use of a pendulum, which he has nicknamed "Bob."
By the evening's end, Historical Society members and guests were educated in the art of dowsing and its practical uses in today's times. The next society meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the town office and feature a history of Scribner's Mills in Harrison by Marylin Hatch. The public is invited.