Ocus Stanley was born in Mt. Ida, Montgomery County, Arkansas on September 23, 1909, the son of Margaret Rebecca Standridge and Lud Gay Stanley, a farmer. He married Irene Fisher.
Ocus worked on his father's farm until 1930, then began mining quartz specimens. He became famous among mineral dealers and collectors in Arkansas, and opened up the first mineral shop in the area, with the help of his son and wife. Today he is considered to be the undisputed "grand old man" of Arkansas quartz specimen dealers. Ocus Stanley's quartz mine is located on Fisher Mountain about 6 miles southeast of Mt. Ida. It used to be open to collecting by visitors for a small fee.
The Stanley family mined and sold tons of quartz over years, and opened the Quartz Crystal & Mineral Museum in Mount Ida, Arkansas, managed for many years by Mrs. Stanley. Ocus's son, Ocus "Sonny" Stanley, Jr., assumed responsible and curatorship of the Museum after his parents passed on. Ocus Sr. died on July 16, 1989. Hundreds of high-quality museum specimens of quartz were housed in the museum.
Nirvana Star Farms recently acquired the inventory of over 10,000 quartz specimens, including the museum specimens, from the Stanley Crystal & Rock Shop. The Stanleys did not use specimen labels, probably because they were selling only one species from one locality, so the information was considered implicit.
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