ROCKWOOD ROCKHOUND NEWS for MAY
Trips To Far & Distant Places!
of the Association have invited us to go along on another field trip over
Memorial Day Week-end to Arkansas. Steve
Levin from the St. Louis Gem & Mineral Club will be leading the trip. The
plan is to travel to Fiddler’s
Ridge on May 24th. May 25th,
we will go to Willis Mine for inclusion quartz.
Then on May 26 & 27 we will be going to two of the Coleman Mines for
quartz. If we have a large enough
group, Coleman’s will pull out a couple of dump truck loads from the same vein
where three giant clusters have
already been found! (See page 4) We
will head home on May 28th. Contact
Steve Levin for more information at 314-432-1922.
did a field trip here several years ago, had a great time and came home with
some fine specimens.
We are trying to get a group together to go to the Midwest Federation
Show hosted by the Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society at Rice Lake,
Wisconsin this September 7-9. 2001. Rice
Lake is about 590 miles from St. Louis. For
more information contact either Roy Wickman at 715-357-3223 or Pamela Hecht at
715-822-2974. Rice Lake Chamber of
Commerce has a nice web page (www.rice-lake.com) where we can check out all
types of lodging.
Mineral of the Month
Hank Schlichter will continue with his “Mineral of the Month.”
This month it will be mica.
Bring a specimen to share with us. Thanks,
Hank. This has been an enjoyable
addition to our meetings.
Gem and Mineral Society meeting
April 20, 2001
The meeting was called to order by Pres. Bob Morse at 7:07 P.M. There were 12
members and 5 guests present.
Secretary’s report was read and accepted.
Treasurer’s report was read and accepted.
Science Fair was judged and Sydney Horton from Mary Queen of Peace won the
senior prize. It was a $25 gift
certificate for a book at Borders Book Store.
The second prize went to Jack Yockey for the Junior division.
It was a $20 gift
are needed for the the next
Association Show .
We will need workers and displays. This
is where most of our money comes from and the more we do, the more money we will
get. We will work in three hour
shifts. The show is August 17-18-19.
7-8-9 is the Midwest Federation Show at Rice Lake, Wis.
They are planning some interesting field trips.
There are some very interesting collecting places in Wisconsin.
will be a Swap show near Farmington, MO in June.
St. Louis Gem & Mineral Society will have a field trip to Fiddler’s Ridge
in Arkansas on May 27
Sky and Bob Morse will be our representatives for the Association Show
evening at 7:00 pm there will be an interesting book review at Borders Book
Store in Ballwin, MO.
door prize was won by Lewis Stangle. He
is a new member of our club.
Schlichter gave a very interesting talk on
Morse gave a slide presentation on glaciers.
It was very interesting.
Thanks go to the Schlichters and the Larson’s for judging for the Science
Fair. Jack Yockey, Grade one at
Truman Elementary, won the junior division for his display “Classification of
Rocks”. Sydney Horton from Mary,
Queen of Peace, won the senior division with “World of Crystals.”
from Other Clubs
Quartz Crystal Cluster Found in Coleman’s Mine, Arkansas!
This past Nov. the Colemans
made the discovery of an outstanding cluster of large quartz crystals.
The giant cluster weighed 1200lbs and required the construction of a
special cleaning vat. The crystals
incredible clarity and form a pyramid of double terminated crystals with one
crystal at the very top being 30 inches long and as big around as a wrestlers
arm. It is currently for sale with a
price tag of $1,500,000.
Rock Lore 1/2001
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is a Rockhound?
He’s not an animal, for most of the time he
walks on two feet, although when seen in the fields, she’s on all fours, and
sometimes all you can see are two boot soles protruding from a hole no bigger
than a posthole. He may be wading in
a stream with ice floating by or half buried in sand on the beach.
She will be well-groomed, trimmed and coiffed, or he maybe dressed in
clothes which would disgrace a scarecrow. You
can find her most any place, as long as no one has been there since the Indians
ran wild or since the last flash flood or desert windstorm.
At home, he could be your next door neighbor, your doctor, your minister
or she might be your hairdresser, your favorite movie star or most anyone.
This is a person who believes in the beauty of Nature, who loves the
great outdoors, who loves to create! An
honest person, close to God, a true Nature Lover!
S/He’s a rockhound!
Lithnics and Mountain Gem
Two paleontologists came upon some tracks. One
said they were stegosaurus tracks. The
other said they were T-Rex tracks. They
were still arguing when the train hit them.
Famous Blackfly Recipe
Plan on going to the UP or Wisconsin this summer?
Then you need this black fly recipe:
2 Cups white vinegar
1 Cup Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil
1 C water
1 TBL Eucalyptus oil (at drug store)
Mix and use in a spray bottle. May be used several times a day, depending on how
active you are.