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Adeline Hector

Adeline Cecelia Hector, well-known Duluth rock shop proprietress, was born in Duluth, Minnesota on June 6, 1902, the daughter of Margaret Mergener and Louis (Lewis) Hector, a printer/compositor for the Duluth Herald newspaper. In 1920-1932 she worked as a salesperson for the Glass Block department store in downtown Duluth. In 1935-1936 she listed herself as a "buyer" for the Glass Block—a considerable step up from mere salesperson. In 1944 she was hired as a salesperson for the A & A Art and Gift Shop, located at 22 E. Superior Street in 1944 and moving to the majestic Masonic Temple Opera Building at 203 E. Superior Street by 1954 (C. Alger Anderson was the owner and manager, having opened the shop in 1942). Alger died in 1957, and Adeline took over the shop, changing its name to Adeline's Figurine Shop at 203 E. Superior. Adeline was a rockhound, and soon she began carrying mineral specimens, mineral magazines and lapidary materials, and changed the name to Adeline's Figurine & Rock Shop. She also served as Treasurer for the Lake Superior Gem and Mineral Club in 1963. Adeline never married; she died in Duluth on October 28, 1973.

Duluth City Directories.
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The Mineralogical Record - Adeline Hector Adeline's Rock Shop was located in the central portico (big blue awning) of the historic Masonic Temple Opera House building in downtown Duluth. This photo was taken long after her shop closed.
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