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William L. Van Horn     


(1) William Leslie (or Lestlie) Van Horn was born August 29, 1888, the son of Bessie Horn (1873-1938) and Benjamin Franklin Van Horn (1863-1938). He married Cora Ellen Fisher (1905-?), and together they had one daughter, Alice Elizabeth Van Horn [Foose] (1924-1989), and a son, Ira Van Horn (born 1925). In 1930 he was employed as a coal miner in East Union, Pennsylvania. He died ca. 1934.

(2) William L. Van Horn was born in Pennsylvania in 1885, the son of Letitia Walker and William T. Van Horn, a farmer in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

(2) William L. Van Horn was a graduate of the U of AZ; living in Flagstaff. His thesis: Van Horn, William L. (1957) Late Cenozoic beds in the upper Safford Valley, Graham County, Arizona M.S. 108p.

Notes from the Micromounters Hall of Fame:

William L. Van Horn was a member of the Mineral Society attached to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. Not satisfied with the meetings of the Society alone, he began his own small group, the Tuesday Night Club, in the early 1930s. In late 1935, Phil Evanoff was brought into the Club which eventually included John Hope, Bill Yost, Phil Evanoff, Paul Seel, Bill Hunt, and others. The Tuesday Night Club members discussed, collected, and mounted many natural objects besides minerals. Mosses, fossils, fungi and diatoms also formed part of their interests. Paul Seel made his first mount under Bill Van Horn's tutelage—and lost it when Van Horn destroyed it for not being good enough. Van Horn was an excellent machinist. He made the original micro specimen trimmer which Bill Yost eventually adapted to develop his own design. He also designed and built jigs for cabinets which the Club produced in his basement. Those cabinets are still in use more than 60 years later. Van Horn worked to ensure that others got the most benefit from their hobby. He took the others to visit Dr L. C. Wills, author of one of the first treatises on micromounting, to see the beauty of his collection, and he made micromounts for Frank Keeley , Curator of Minerals (the Vaux Collection) at the Academy if Natural Sciences, when Frank's hands became too shaky to make his own. William Van Horn, like many others of his generation, was a multi-talented man who did his best to succeed, and gave of his best to help others. Four other members of his basement group had already been inducted to the Micromounters Hall of Fame by the time Bill was inducted in 2002.
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