The Friends of Mineralogy (FM) is an organization devoted to the advancement
of serious interest in minerals and related activities. It consists of mineral
collectors, professional mineralogists and curators of public and private
collections. The bond uniting these people is a love of mineral specimens and a
desire to spread appreciation and knowledge of minerals. FM was formed in 1970
in Tucson, Arizona. An initial project was the establishment of The Mineralogical Record. The FM has had a
close and continuing association with The
Mineralogical Record and with Rocks & Minerals
Magazine. One of the organization's important activities has been support of
the two magazines as vehicles for the preservation and dissemination of
mineralogical information. This website is for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the
Friends of Mineralogy
In Memoriam - Jim Quickel
James Lavere Quickel
September 04, 1927—September 08, 2017
World War Two veteran Sgt.
James Lavere Quickel (USMC) was relieved of duty on September 8th, 2017. He was
born on September 4th, 1927 to James Monroe Quickel and Edna Marie (Cleaver)
Forsythe in East Berlin, PA. James was married to Nadine R. (Sieg) Quickel
until she passed away May 25th, 1988.
James is survived by three
sons, Bradley J. (Melissa) Quickel, Sanford S. (Sandra) Quickel, and Anthony L.
(Cynthia) Quickel. Along with his sons, he is survived by grandchildren Esther,
Scott, Ben, Shaun, and Anthony, as well as great grandchildren Daniel, Ziva,
Zara and Isla. Also living are Molly and Leah Snyder, who considered him Pappy
James had a passion for
mineralogy. His mineral collection, which ranks among the best in the state of
Pennsylvania, is on display at Bryn Mawr College. Among his other achievements
were being a champion rattlesnake competitor at such places as Morris,
Sinnamahoning, and Cross Forks, PA. He was a revered homing pigeon competitor
in the 1950s and 1960s, when he won many competitions. For many years, James
served as a scoutmaster with Troop 85 in New Oxford, PA and was a Vigil member
of the Order of the Arrow. His sons Bradley and Sanford achieved the rank of
Eagle and Life scouts respectively, for which he was very proud of both. His
grandson Anthony also went on to achieve the rank of Eagle.
James wore the title of
United States Marine with great pride. He was a combat veteran in China in
1946-47. In addition to his service in China, he was also stationed as a radio
operator in Guam. His memories of his service were happy, and he continued to
be in contact with fellow servicemen until they preceded him in death.
Whether it was racing
motorcycles or hunting, he was happiest sharing time with his sons Brad and
Sandy. Their love of the outdoors formed a special bond over the years. He
enjoyed nothing more than spending time at Sandy’s cabin in Cameron County or
during his many trips to visit Brad in Maine. He had a great love for all three
of his daughters-in-law and all of his grandchildren.
The family would like to
thank the staff of the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the
incredible job they did while James was a resident.
Most Pennsylvania Geological Survey publications are available on the web for free as PDF files!
Pennsylvania Geological Survey publications
For example, Bob Smith's "Zinc and Lead Occurrences in Pennsylvania" (M72) sold for $13.50. Now you can download
the report and all of the maps as PDF files at
Zinc and Lead Occurrences in Pennsylvania
Don't forget about the online "Pennsylvania Geology"
USGS announces availability of every Pennsylvania topographic map ever published. Download for free at
Historical Topographic Map
and they are georeferenced!
Check out the July-August 2011 issue of the Mineralogical Record (vol. 42 no. 4). It contains an excellent article
on the Wood Mine in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, written by Wendell Wilson. There are several photographs of amazing brucite
specimens. Also included on page 314 is a photograph from the May 2010 FM-PESA field trip to the Wood Mine. George Loud is standing on
the side of a trench. Is that Arnold Mogel in the trench? Who else can we recognize in the photo?
A book on the history of the Cornwall Mines in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania was written by Bob Donley
from Cornwall, Pa., and Charles Boyer, a former Cornwall miner.
Charles Boyer and Robert Donley were raised in Cornwall, graduated from Cornwall
High School, and have been lifelong residents of the Cornwall area. Boyer is a
third-generation miner with decades of mining experience, and both Boyer and
Donley have a profound interest in preserving the history of the mine and
community. The images presented in Cornwall are from the collections of the
authors and local residents. The book is published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series.
The book contains many pictures of the open pit mine, the underground operations, and the community. The book is titled "Cornwall"
and is sold by Arcadia publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com and by
and Barnes and Noble. The ISBN number is 13978-0-7385-7465-3.