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Don M.  George

[Note: I am uncertain as to whether the collection in question was that of Don M. George, Jr. or Sr., or both, so I will list what can be found on both of them.]

Donald "Don" Merrill George (Sr.) was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 13, 1889, the son of Lillie Hood and Elwood H. George, a dealer in dry goods. He served for 27 months, from 1909 to 1911, as a Private in the Marines, and saw action on the Isthmus of Panama. However, he was court martialed in 1910 for going AWOL and after an 8-month prison term was given a bad-conduct discharge in 1911. In 1917 he was working as a shoe salesman for Ville de Paris in Los Angeles. By 1920 he had married E. Lilliette Gouldberg and was living with her parents in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, California; he had risen to the position of Manager of a department store. Don M. George, Sr., died July 25, 1957, in Los Angeles County.

Their son, Don M. George, Jr., was born December 4, 1920, and died August 4, 1976, in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County. He is pictured in the February 1948 issue of Science and Engineering Monthly, examining a Spodumene-bearing area of the Stewart mine near Pala, California. That same year he was elected as Secretary of the Mineralogical Society of Southern California. He is cited in a 1953 paper on a New Mexico pegmatite by Dr. Richard H. Jahns of the California Institute of Technology as having provided "valuable assistance in the mapping of the pegmatite bodies." (Arthur Montgomery is also so cited.) George had been serving as curator of the Caltech museum in 1949, and was probably a student of Jahns. He also did work with Jahns and Montgomery at the Harding pegmatite in New Mexico. He was active as a gem facetter as well as a mineral collector, and served as a judge at mineral shows in the 1940s.

The Don M. George collection was acquired and dispersed by California dealer George Burnham (Burminco). Odds are that the labels shown here are for Don Jr.'s collection, probably sold to Burnham following his death in 1976, but it is also possible that they both collected and contributed to the collection, or that the collection was sold to Burnham following George, Sr.'s death in 1957 (Burnham started in business in 1946).

World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918.
U.S. Federal Census, 1910, 1920.
U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls,1798-1940.
California Birth Index, 1905-1995.
California Death Index, 1940-1997.
Social Security Death Index.
Desert Magazine, May 1949, p. 44.
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The Mineralogical Record - Don M.  George 37 x 66 mm
The Mineralogical Record - Don M.  George 37 x 66 mm
The Mineralogical Record - Don M.  George 44 x 70 mm;
George Burnham (Burminco) label for a specimen from the Don George collection.
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