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Leroy Pascoe

Francis Leroy "Bob" Pascoe was born in Colorado on September 16, 1901, the son of Cornish immigrant parents Emma Hall and Josiah Pascoe, a gold miner (formerly a tin miner in Cornwall). He grew up in the mining towns of Colorado, and worked for a while as a clerk for the railroad in Idaho Springs. He served during World War II with the SeaBees in the Pacific theater and re-enlisted after his first tour.

In the 1920's Bob moved to California, where he was the proprietor of "Pascoes" rock shop in Glendale, California (between Burbank and Pasadena) in the 1950's. His first ad appeared in the June 1950 issue of The Mineralogist, offering "Choice mineral specimens, lapidary supplies, jewelry made to order and repaired." In November 1955 he purchased part of the collection of Fain White King (1892-1972), which was particularly rich in fine fluorite specimens from Rosiclaire, Illinois. (King also donated a portion of his mineral collection to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.) Bob often took trips alone or with other rockhounds to collect mineral specimens. He bought a portion of the Hersh's collection (originally from Souther California, they moved to Mariposa). Most of his personal collection was sold to the Wagonners (south California collectors).

He and his wife Janice had two sons: Delmer and Raymond.

Most of his labels carry the address 1414 West Glenoaks (the address in the 1950 ad), but rare examples carry a different address, 6320 San Fernando Road. The two addresses are just one block apart. Pascoe sold at local mineral shows, and had a nice offering of minerals. Most of his labels were printed on a perforated strip or roll which he could run through his typewriter and then tear apart; a few labels, presumably for larger or better specimens, were printed as individual cards.

It was said (by Chuckawalla Slim) that Pascoe made his living laying linoleum (confirmed by the 1930 census), and sold minerals only as a sideline. However, laying linoleum was merely his second job; minerals were his love. In later years he also operated a shop in Mariposa, California.

Leroy Pascoe died in Mariposa County, California on December 31, 1991.

FILER, R. (2007) Personal communication.
California Death Index
U.S. Federal Census 1910, 1920, 1930.
ZODAC, P. (1952) Rocky Mountain Convention at Canon City, Colo. Rocks & Minerals, 27 (7-8), 371.
PASCOE, DAVID D. (2009) Personal communication (grandson).
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San Fernando Rd. address
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Glenoaks Blvd. address
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Individual card label,
Glenoaks Blvd. address
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