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Howard E. Moore

Howard Eugene Moore was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on December 28, 1910, the son of Martha E. Wieland and Howard Gideon Moore, a masonry worker and (later) building contractor. He lived in Elizabeth (634 Floral Ave.) with his father and step-mother, Susan, until sometime after 1940, working as a building contractor and brick engineer with his father. He worked as a mason until at least 1955. Eventually he moved to Oxford, New Jersey where he worked in property management and real estate appraisals, sales and rentals. He retired to Hackettstown, New Jersey.

Howard collected minerals for most of his life and was a well-known amateur mineralogist in central and northern New Jersey. He found examples of rare minerals at world-famous localities such as the Franklin and Sterling Hill zinc mines, and the trap rock quarries of the Watchung Mountain basalts. Howard's mineral collection focused on local minerals and also minerals from worldwide locations. He died (never having married) on December 3, 1966. In 1997 his niece, Julie S. Fowler, donated his collection to the Geology Department at St. Lawrence University.

At the time of the donation, Mark Erickson (Department Chair and Chapin Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at St. Lawrence), hired student Erik Kent, and they drove the geology van to New Jersey where they packed up the collection. Mark, his mother and Erik spent a sweltering week and a half wrapping, sorting and boxing specimens at Moore's house in Hackettstown. The house was filled with minerals from top to bottom, and in two trips they were able to pack only a portion of it. The remainder was donated to the Franklin-Sterling Hill Mining Museum by Julie Fowler.

Social Security Death Index.
US Federal Census 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
St. Lawrence University Newsletter.
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