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Martin L. Keith

Martin L. Keith of Auburn, Maine was born in Maine in 1864, the son of farmers Marcus and Rodusca Keith of Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine. Martin had a shoe shop in Auburn in 1910 at 65 Court Street, but by 1914 had converted it to a lapidary store and mineral business. By 1932 he had moved his business into his home on Spring Street, Auburn. He learned faceting from Loren B. Merrill at least by 1910 and was listed as a lapidary in the State business register beginning in 1914, but he was also a mineral dealer.

Keith purchased the Towne quarry from Pitt Pulsifer on June 1, 1916 (it's now called the Keith quarry), on Mount Apatite, and occasionally found considerable amounts of tourmaline and apatite, at least enough to supply his needs as a lapidary and jeweler. Blasting in 1917 uncovered two tourmaline pockets that yielded 10,000 carats of gem rough, and some of the best crystals of tourmaline ever found on Mount Apatite. Keith published a multi-colored product brochure in approximately the 1920's. He died November 18, 1948. The Keith quarry was sold by his heirs to Mr. and Mrs. Irving Groves of Poland, Maine in 1970.

KING, V. (2006) Personal communication.
STEVENS, J.P. (1973) Maine's Treasure Chest; Gems and Minerals of Oxford County.
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