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Joseph P. Stachura
(1931-    )

Joseph P. Stachura (Sr.) was born in Auburn, Massachusetts on August 5, 1931. He was encouraged in mineral collecting as a boy by local Worcester (Mass.) Mineral Club members Joe Shea and Jack Broderick, as well as by Peter Zodac, who published the then thirteen-year-old Joseph Stachura's article "Purgatory Chasm in Massachusetts" in the April 1945 issue of Rocks & Minerals. He enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school, and attained the rank of Sergeant while serving in Labrador and Arizona. He did some collecting there, taught lapidary at the Air Force hobby shop at the base where he was stationed, and acquired a share in a local copper mine.

Joseph married Lillian "Lil" R. Morris. Together they started a gem and mineral business in 1955, located at 8 Upton Street in Millbury, Massachusetts. In September 1959 Stachura moved his business to a new and larger, more accessible location at 1766 House, Quaker Highway, Route 146, in Uxbridge, Massachusetts--where it remains today. They still have thousands of specimens in storage, left over from old collections and imported lots acquired over the last half-century.

The Stachura company today still sells mineral specimens, but mineral sales is no longer their primary business. The company has become a diversified wholesale supplier of fine gemstones, pearls, beads, jewelry tools, carvings, findings and related products to jewelers, designers, and manufacturers around the world. It remains a family business, run by graduate gemologists including Joseph P. Stachura (Jr.). Lil and Joseph Sr. are retired now but are still alive and well; Joe Sr. comes in every day just to see how things are going.

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The Mineralogical Record - Joseph P. Stachura Joseph P. Stachura's business card, utilized as a label and typed with specimen information on the back; Millbury address (1955-1959).
The Mineralogical Record - Joseph P. Stachura 43 x 63 mm,
Uxbridge address (after 1958).
The Mineralogical Record - Joseph P. Stachura 53 x 63 mm,
Uxbridge address (after 1958).
The Mineralogical Record - Joseph P. Stachura Ad in (May-June 1960) announcing the purchase of an old, 900-specimen mineral collection.
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