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Edmund Everett Hobbs

Edmund Everett Hobbs was born in Ararat, Pennsylvania in November 1879, the son of farmers Francis and Theodore Hobbs. He worked as a printer in Lockport, New York in 1900, and was listed in the Naturalist's Directory in Lockport in 1914. He moved to Utica, New York shortly thereafter, and announced the formation of "The Mineral Collectors' Association" in the first volume of the American Mineralogist (1916), to promote "a free and friendly exchange of specimens among its members." Dues were 25 cents in 1916, raised to 50 cents in 1917.

Hobbs published The Mineral Collector's Bulletin (quarterly) as the official organ of the association, probably printing it himself, since he was a printer by trade. No surviving copies are known to exist; it probably only lasted a couple of years. Hobbs collected and traded minerals, shells, sponges, corals, rocks, fossils, birds' nests, and rare botanical and zoological specimens. He later worked as a stock clerk in Utica. He was alive at least as late as October 1944, when he wrote an article, "Occurrence of Herkimer quartz crystals described," for Desert Magazine. _______________________________

US Federal Census, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
CASSINO, S.E. (1914) The Naturalist's Directory.
HOBBS, E. E. (1916) The Mineral Collectors' Association (letter). American Mineralogist, 1, 100.
ANON. (1917) Notes and News. American Mineralogist, 2, 139.
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