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William H. Storms

William Henry Storms was born in Paterson, New Jersey on April 17, 1859, the son of Ellen and William Storms, a carriage painter and carpenter. He married Agnes S. ___ (born in Ohio, February 1868) and together they had two children, Willis (1890) and Muriel (1898).

Storms worked as a mining engineer and consultant. He engaged in mining in the Black Hills from 1878 (age 19) to 1887, then moved to California in 1887, where he lived in Pasadena in 1888 and then San Francisco. He served as editor of the Mining and Scientific Press beginning in 1883, and was the author of numerous state reports and bulletins, and a popular book on mine timbering.

In 1892 Storms was appointed Assistant State Mineralogist by Governor Markhara. He later resigned in order to take a commission from Governor Henry T. Gage to make an inspection of the Mother Lode country, resulting in California State Bulletin 18 in 1902. He managed the Balliol mine at Sutter Creek, and after the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 he became a mine geologist and assistant manager at the Yellow Aster mine. Later he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a mining expert and consulting engineer in Mexico and southern California.

Storms was appointed by California Governor Johnson to be California State Mineralogist in 1911, succeeding Lewis E. Aubury; but he was removed from office in 1913 following a political battle.

Storms was shot dead in Oakland by a disgruntled mining partner on August 19, 1917.
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