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Harold Printz

Walter Harold Printz (he went by his middle name) was born in Perry, Marion County, Indiana on August 30, 1907, the son of Mary Catherine Findley and Walter Calvin Printz, a farmer and gardener. He graduated from high school there and continued to work on the family farm, but at some time in the 1920s his father gave up farming and took a job as gardener at the Oregon State Soldier's Home in West Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon, and Harold worked there too, as a laborer.

Harold might have developed an interest in mineral collecting in Oregon, where the opportunities are greater than in Indiana farm country. His labels give his residence as Roseburg, Oregon (where the Soldiers' Home was); it is uncertain whether he sold specimens or was just a private collector, but his labels have the look of being for specimens that were sold (he did not advertise in Rocks & Minerals). He enlisted in the military in 1942 (at which time he was still single), then returned to Oregon after the war and died on May 10, 1983 in Seal Rock, Lincoln County, Oregon.

Oregon Death Index.
Social Security Death Index.
U.S. Federal Census, 1910, 1920, 1930.
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records.
Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
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