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Fred H. Jones

Fred Hare Jones was born in Los Angeles, California on January 10, 1887, the son of Ann M. Hare and Frederick L. Jones, an undertaker. The family had moved to Globe, Arizona by 1900, where father and son joined in the mortuary business as "F.L. Jones & Son." Fred (the son) had an interest in minerals as a child but didn't pursue the hobby actively until he retired around 1948. From then until his death in 1962 or 1963 he was an active rockhound. He field collected, he cut and polished several thousand cabochons and built an extensive mineral collection. It was heavy in Ray mine coppers and cuprites and Live Oak mine chrysocolla/drusy quartz specimens. He was a customer of the famous mineral dealer Ed McDole and purchased/traded for the best Blackbird mine vivianite from Ed. He also built a significant worldwide collection.

The Jones mineral collection was housed in a separate, specially built room in Fred's home. After Fred's death, his wife Sammy maintained the collection and was always willing to show it off to other collectors and visitors. She passed away in late 1982 or early 1983. Her daughter, Anna Mae Bogard, a professor at Arizona Eastern College in Thatcher, hired Bob Jones to appraise the collection. Les Presmyk (De Natura) purchased the collection in December 1983 and premiered it for sale in the mezzanine room at the Desert Inn during the Tucson Show in February, 1984.

World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918.
U.S. Federal Census Records, 1900, 1910, 1920.
PRESMYK, L. (2007) Personal communication.
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