Carl Albin Noren was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 14, 1890, the son of Anna and Charles Noren, Swedish-immigrant fruit farmers. He moved west with his family in 1902, settling in the Reedley area and Township 9 near Fresno, California. He attended California State Polytechnic College and graduated from Oregon State University around 1912. In 1917 he was working as Assistant County Agricultural Agent in Jackson County, Oregon; he left that job to serve in World War I, took to flying and became a flying instructor for the Army Air Service (forerunner of the Army Air Corp). After the war, in 1920, he working for a while as the manager of a fruit warehouse in Grandview, Yakima County, Washington. In 1927 he married a woman named May and by 1930 had settled down to farming in Township 3 near Madera, Madera County, California, not far from the Madera chiastolite locality. Beginning in 1933 he owned and operated a vineyard on South Peach Avenue in Fresno.
Noren began collecting minerals around 1931 or 1932, and within a few years had built a general collection of several hundred display-quality specimens of common and rare species from localities worldwide. He also had an outstanding collection of over 250 single crystals. Carl was known to his fellow collectors as the “Chiastolite King” because of the fact that his collection contained the largest and most complete series of polished chiastolite crystals in existence. He wrote an article for January 1935 issue of The Oregon Mineralogist entitled "Fine chiastolite is found in California." In addition to loose crystals he also had many polished slabs of rock matrix containing chiastolite crystals.
Carl Noren was a member of the Fresno Mineral Society and the Sequoia Mineral Society. He died in Fresno on May 21, 1963.
DAKE, H.C. (1937) Leading California collections; outstanding cabinets described. The Mineralogist, 5 (1), 29-103.
ZODAC, P. (1963) Carl Albin Noren Obituary Notice. Rocks & Minerals, 38 (11-12), 597.
California Death Index
U.S. Federal Census, 1910, 1920, 1930.
World War I Draft Registration 1917-1918
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