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Allan Crunden

The Allan Crunden (Sr.) Collection was one of the major mineral collections on the East Coast in the middle-1900s. A separate collection was formed his son, Allan Jr. The Allan Sr. collection was quite large, and following his death it was purchased by New Jersey collector Richard Hauck. The labels shown here are all from the Allan Sr. collection. Allen Jr. assembled a smaller collection which was eventually sold at auction to several different buyers. Apparently he never used specimen labels. Neither Crunden ever subscribed to the Mineralogical Record.

Allan Bernard Crunden Sr. was born in Peckham, Surrey, England, on April 2, 1878, the son of Harriet Winder Murrell and Robert Henry Crunden. In 1892, at the age of 14, he entered the foreign banking department of Henry Gage & Sons (railroad and steamship agents), as a clerk. In 1895 he was transferred to New York and worked there in various clerical capacities. In 1899 he was transferred to manage the Chicago branch until 1904, when he was laid off. He worked for the Transcontinental Passenger Association until 1910, then served as bookkeeper for the Chicago Telephone Company; in 1914 he became auditor of disbursements. He married (first) in 1900 in Chicago to Bernadine Belinda Howe (1873-1936); married (second) Alice F. _____, born in New York on June 14, 1880; Alice died September 24, 1949. They lived at 54 Edgemont Rd in Montclair. In 1920 Allan was still auditor of disbursements for the Bell Telephone Companies, and in 1930 he was a comptroller for the Bell Telephone Companies. He died in June 1968, Montclair, Essex Co., New Jersey.

Allan Bernard Crunden Jr., was born in Chicago on February 19, 1912, the son of Allan Sr. and Bernadine Howe. He married Marjorie Morse, daughter of a British missionary, born in Saifu, China. They met in New Haven in 1934 and married in 1937. Allan B. Crunden, Jr. of Montclair, New Jersey, was a graduate of Georgetown University (1933), and a member of the Yale School of Medicine class of 1937. Crunden decided at this time that he did not like the "Yale System" with its lack of examinations, and thought that hospital training would be better in a larger city. He returned to Montclair, where he lived with his recently widowed father, and took laboratory and social science courses at Columbia University in the spring of 1936. In the fall of 1936, he resumed his medical education, taking his clinical years at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and achieving his M.D. Degree in 1937. In 1940 they spent a year in Chicago with Allan's father. Allan Crunden was called into medical service in the Air Force in World War II. After the war, they lived in Montclair and other locations in New Jersey. He practiced as an obstetrician. By 1957 the widowed Allan Sr. had moved in with Allan Jr. at 30 Porter Place, Montclair. Children: Robert Morse Crunden (1940-1999, American history educator) and Joan Morse Crunden (b.1942). Allan Crunden Jr. died October 10, 1976,in Montclair, New Jersey.

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