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H.G. Clinton

Henry G. Clinton was born in California in November of 1860, the son of Jane and Dewitt Clinton (a carpenter born in Maine in 1831/2, and probably a 49er). In later years Henry claimed to have been born in Massachusetts, but in 1870 his father gave the birthplace of Henry and his two siblings as California. In 1870 the family lived in Santa Clara, California, and in 1880 they lived in Lemoor, Tulare County, California. Henry had married a woman named Dora in 1892/3, and by 1900 was ranching in Madera County, California. He eventually gave up the ranching life, and had moved to Manhattan, Nevada by 1920, where he managed a gold mine and had a new wife named Grace. He was still in Manhattan in 1930, at the age of 69, working as the manager of a gold mine, but his wife Grace had either died or left.

All of Henry Clinton's ads in The Naturalist's Directory (1925-1929), and beginning in the March 1927 issue of Rocks & Minerals, give his address as Manhattan, Nevada. He advertised "Some Choice Nevada Minerals" as well as petrified wood and "a large assortment" of other plant, invertebrate, and vertebrate fossils including dinosaur bones. He also stocked a wide range of petrographic samples, as well as "fine collections for universities, $200 and up." In 1931 he advertised "For advanced collectors or museum—large cabinet-size rare minerals at $5 to $25 each. Some only 4 or 5 in existence. Have also large showy exhibition specimens." One interesting ad offered "gold with fluorite (small octahedral crystals of different colors) … Send money with order as these must be bought from miners."

Clinton was happy to entertain visiting mineral and fossil collectors in Manhattan. In July 1937 he advertised that "Collectors coming here this year can use a one-room cabin, if wanted. They can mine five or more of the unusual minerals and be given others. And they can collect Miocene vertebrates and invertebrates and Ordovician invertebrates. Fossils are seventy miles distant but the minerals are close." His ads ceased after 1937.
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