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Arthur N. Fuller

The Kansas mineral dealer Arthur N. Fuller was born April 18, 1844 in New London, Connecticut, the son of Ferdinand and Martha Hutchinson Fuller of Connecticut (though Arthur always gave his birthplace as Massachusetts). He graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree, and it was probably at Cornell where he was introduced to mineralogy. In 1870 he was living with his parents in Wakarusa, Kansas, not far from Lawrence, and listed himself as a "student." By 1879 he had moved to Animas Valley, Colorado, where he served as postmaster and volunteer U.S. Signal Officer. In 1883 he married Edna Bradford and they settled in the Lawrence area, where he is known to have served as a bank representative, even though city directories do not identify him as a banker.

He advertised in The Exchangers' Monthly in December 1886, offering what would today be called thumbnail specimens: "10 handsome minerals 10 cts., or 30 choice specimens mailed for 25 cts; 25 minerals, 1 X 1 inches, 50 cts.; 60 pecimens, 1 X 1 inches, $1.00. All minerals named, and strictly first-class." He also suggested that it was a going-out-of-business sale: "Stock at cost to close out business."

Fuller, however, do not go out of business. He advertised again in 1890; in The Mineralogist's Monthly in 1891; and in Minerals magazine in 1892 and 1893. The 1893-94 and 1896 city directories for Lawrence, Kansas list A.N. Fuller as a "dealer in minerals," residing on Henry Street. He advertised again in The Mineral Collector, in the first issue in March 1894, by which time he had also arranged for John A. Grenzig to be his distributor in Brooklyn, New York, a relationship which Grenzig advertised through 1895 in his ownm ads. Fuller does not appear in the 1898 directory, but as of April 1899 he resumed his ads in The Mineral Collector, giving is Lawrence, Kansas address. He appears near his parents in Wakarusa Kansas on the 1900 census, with his wife and widowed mother, listing himself as a "mineralogist," however his ads continued until January 1902, listing his Lawrence address (perhaps just a "general delivery" address). In the 1905 city directory he was still in Lawrence where he resided between Winthrop and Warren Streets, with no occupation listed. He had died by 1910, his wife in Lawrence then listed as widowed.

Kansas Biographical Dictionary, 1879
U.S. Federal Census
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