12 PAST PRESIDENTS
(Back Row - Left to Right)
Nelson Severinghaus-1952, Hannah Flannigan-1964,
Frank Mayo-1969, Jo Severinghaus-1955, Ben Beckmann-1976,
Dr. Frank Daniel-1935 (who was the first president),
Aubrey Bottoms-1962, and Gil Withers-1941.
Annis MacRae-1975, Jane Wheeler-1972, Hal Cain-1967,
and Dr. Lane Mitchell-1947
Dr. Frank Daniel, first President, looks back. . .
After reading Georgia Montgomery's account of the first year of GMS, I wanted to add some reflections of my own. This is a fine idea to put our history together and a laborious task for the historian!
the early history of the Mineral Society reminded me of some of the out
of the ordinary trips and programs that we had in the early life of the
first President of GMS
The Early History of GMS
(Summarized from articles by Hal Cain &
In the fiscal year of 1936, two Junior Societies were established in Junior High Schools which were so successful that other schools requested guidance in organizing their own clubs. The Society voted to assemble and publish a catalog of Georgia Minerals. It was agreed to arrange an exhibit for the State Fair. Members were encouraged to swap specimens at meetings.
Among the programs presented was as especially interesting one by Lane Mitchell, "Fossil Remains Excavated Near Savannah. " A crew of WPA workers was deepening an old drainage canal and one found a strange tooth "bigger'n any cow's tooth." He took it to the papers hoping to get his picture taken. Instead, only a small notice was printed; however, it was picked up by a knowledgeable person who notified the state geologist. Mr. Mitchell was sent to explore the matter and with an inexperienced crew, they unearthed teeth of at least two mastodons and many other bones. (Article appeared in Atlanta Journal, 1/12/36). At another meeting, Mr. Wm. Pitts, who donated many of the gems and minerals on display at the State Museum, spoke on his discovery of obicular jasper and other experiences as a collector and gemologist.
Field trips were made to:
One of the highlights of 1938 was a talk by the former Gov. of Michigan, Charles S. Osborn, on Exploration. He had been to Tibet three times, the jungle of Africa three times, and across China sixteen times in search of iron. He usually posed as a hunter to disguise his purpose of prospecting. He had discovered more iron than any living man and his search had taken him into every country in the world. He made a donation to the society to be used $5 annually as prizes to contests.
This was also the year that a new member, Gil Withers, spoke on his trip to Mt. Vesuvius, Italy, at a time when a minor eruption was taking place.
Field trips were taken to: Consolidated Quarries at Lithonia, where epidote, fluorite, magnetite, feldspar, muscovite, biotite, hyalite, and uranophane were collected; Troup County for quartz crystals and chromite Mineral Bluff for staurolites; and Cartersville District for barite and agate.
In the annual address by the president, Mr. Cronheim congratulated the society for the fact that no alcoholic beverages had appeared at any meeting or field trip.
1939 was the year in which the Georgia Mineral Society was incorporated. This was also the year that radio produced the "Professor Quiz" show, the grandfather of today's game shows. GMS had their Prof. Quiz in the person of Richard Smith; members submitted questions which were put in a hat and drawn at random with prizes given to winning answers. Mr. Wm. Pitts gave a program illustrated with lantern slides he had made from thin sections of various semi-precious stones.
Field trips took members to Warm Springs for flexible sandstone and limonite, Buck Creek Corundum Mine, Hog Creek Mine in Towns County for rubies, and Dahlonega for gold.
Minutes of 1940 are not complete, however there were several events of note. Prizes were offered to any member finding beryl in Fulton or DeKalb Co. and for the best collection of minerals from Fulton Co. (Note: In my search through these records, I find no mention of the above being accomplished. Can anyone furnish us this information?) Among field trips taken was one taken to several quarries in Lithonia and one to Graves Mountain where specimens found there included a young buzzard.
Many of the programs from 1941-43 were geared to the times, such as "Mining and Geology in War Time", and "Russian Oil". Field trips were confined to areas close to home. In the minutes of Dec. 1943, the following appeared "We learned that a member of our society purchased the world's largest star sapphire, "Star of Artaban", and has presented the stone anonymously to the National Museum in Washington." The minutes have preserved the anonymity of the donor.
The above was the last set of minutes recorded until the GMS was reactivated in March, 1946. By June, it was functioning smoothly again and had nominated a slate of officers for the 1947 fiscal year. Some of the programs presented during this 11 year period were "Mica - Mining, Fabrication, and Uses", "Prospecting with a Geiger-Counter", "Scouting for Strategic Minerals", "Circling the Caribbean", and "Gem Hunting in Mexico". Field trips were well attended and there was active participation among the junior members.
A stand was taken by the Society to preserve the integrity of the Ga. Dept. of Mines, Mining and Geology, in protest of a proposed bill that would do away with special training and qualifications of the State Geologist. This bill would have made the position of State Geologist purely political. The bill was defeated.
As is mentioned so many times in these old records (and newspaper items back this up), Mr. Mitchell, in his annual address, called for continuing publicity."No meeting should be left unannounced beforehand to the newspaper nor fail to be reported afterwards to mineralogy magazines. The scheduling of any exceptionally prominent visitor should call for considerable publicity beforehand in the daily papers. The annual meeting of the society should be the occasion for editorial comment in the newspapers." (Note: while speaking of the banquet, one cannot help but notice that ever creeping inflation, 1946 banquet $1.50, 1947 banquet $1.60.)
Among the 10 programs presented was "Brazilian Mineral Localities" by Dr. F.H. Pough of the American Museum of Natural History in N.Y. At another meeting, the speaker gave a road map of N.C. on which to plot a tour of their gem and mineral occurrences.
The Society accomplished 9 field trips that year with an average attendance of between 40-60. Some of the places of special interest were Randolph Creek, Muscogee Co., for fossilized wood (chalcedony and opal), pyritized wood, lignite and amethyst; Buckhead for amethyst; gold panning in Lumpkin Co.
One of the outstanding achievements of the year was the organization of a Gemmology Section, chaired by E.E. Joachim. The object of the section was to foster and encourage the study and appreciation of gems and gem material in all phases, specifically including the following:
Because of the growth of the Society and the greater extention of activities and interest, a committee composed of Mr. S.P. Cronheim, Dr. Frank Daniel and Dr. Lane Mitchell was appointed to review the Articles and By-Laws of the Constitution. They submitted a new constitution to the Society which was approved on June 7, 1948.
1949 was a year of prominent guest speakers on a variety of subjects from "Arctic Canada" to "Precious Stones of Australia." A Prospectors and Explorers Section was organized and six field trips took GMS members searching for staurolite, gold and corundum.
The Earth Science Museum of the Georgia Mineral Society was created and housed at Georgia Tech until such time as the Society will have its own museum building. Dr. Furcron made a trip to Washington, D.C., while the National Museum was being renovated and modernized. They had specimens for which they had no room. Their policy did not permit them to be thrown away, given away, or sold; however they could be loaned to a State survey. So, Dr. Purcron spoke for the GMS museum (to be shipped at a later date.)
1950 saw the Society carrying out established programs and procedures. The president pointed out that "our meeting places are so varied one needs a Rand McNally map to keep up with them." In spite of this, membership had swelled to 208. They enjoyed programs on uranium metals, Incaland, diamonds, minerals in pottery making and other subjects. Field trips took them to Rome, Mineral Bluff and Troop Co. It was a long standing joke among members that Dr. Furcron always said, "It never rains on the Georgia Mineral Society"; somehow, it always seemed to rain just before or just after but they were really rained out at Talking Rock (reason- he'd forgotten to include his famous statement on his field trip notice. )
Presidents for these periods were: 1948-Dr. A.S. Furcron, 1949-Capt. Garland Peyton, 1950-Mr. Chas. A. Wilkins.
At the March meeting Dr. Frank Daniels showed Kodachrome slides taken on former field trips. Other meeting topics were radioactive minerals, meteorites, and a "Pig in the Poke" meeting with 5 members speaking for 10 minutes each on a subject of his choice. The Gem Section discussed stones of one color at each meeting, i.e. , red stones, green stones, etc. The February program on amethyst and other purple stones prompted a trip to North Georgia for those beautiful dark amethyst crystals. The club also went searching for corundum, asbestos and chlorite in Gainsville, and for jasper, chalcedony, agate and fossils in Haskinsville. On a gold panning trip along the Chestatee River in Lumpkin County the temperature soared to 100+! It was so-o-o-o hot that - - - (see newsletter):
1952 was also the year the Gem Section changed its name to the Gem Club.
Some of the program subjects were Alaskan Mining, Physical Properties of Minerals and their Internal Structure, Minerals North of the Mason-Dixon Line by Dr. A.C. Hawkins, author of Hawkins Book of Minerals, and The Second Stone Age, the latter presented by Mr. Quick, founder and editor of the Lapidary Journal. He said rockhounding was the 3rd largest hobby in the U. S.
Field trips were taken to:
Programs ranged from "Types of Ore Deposits and Minerals Gleaned from Them" to Show and Tell.
Miners found a wide variety of quartz formations at Statham. In July they met with the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society to screen for rubies in Cowee Valley; the overburden had been bulldozed off for better pickins'. In August they panned for staurolite and gold in a stream in Fannin County. The stream sands were full of clean staurolite and coarse gold was found in the soil near the stream. For .25 cents each, one could pan all day.
One cannot encapsule the history of any organization without capturing the personalities and that little somethin' extra that runs through the records. J. Roy Chapman was secretary of GMS for several years, sending postcard announcements of all meetings and field trips. His humor ran rampant all through these, but his "Yours truly" were something else so, I'll share with you his "greetings of meetings" and his "trips with quips" (ouch) for the year 1955.
Among program subjects for the year were Meteorites (MOst Meteormindedly Yours), Mineral Movies (Most Emphatically Cinematically), Gold (Yours on the Beam for that Yellow Gleam) which led to a field trip to Gainesville for same, (Yours agleam in a Golden Dream), Radio Active Minerals (Yours with a Clickety-Click-Click-Click), Display by Summer Field-Trippers of the Society (Most Mineralmindedly Yours), Prospecting Experiences in Alaska (Yours Along the Far Flung Frontiers), Arabia Mountain Minerals, (Yours for Lisnin' and Lookin'), and a movie by the telephone company entitled "Crystal Clear" (Yours with a Lean Towards the Silver Screen).
Other field trips were to Franklin, N.C. for Rhodolite garnets and rubies (Yours aimed like a bee for good ol' N.C.), to Calhoun, Ga., for agate, oolite and other minerals (Yours Rollin' for the Rendezvous), to Allatoona and Cartersville for siderite, pyrite cubes in matrix, fluorescent slag and barite (Yours for a Clear Day and a Long Stay), and Arabia Mountain for 18 different minerals known to be found there (Yours for Beatin' on Boulders). The group also visited Mitchell Co., N.C. to mine for aquamarine, emerald, beryl, and tourmaline as guests of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society.
"A Rock-Polishing Demonstration Course" was made available
of the society
In 1956, Article 3 of the Constitution was amended as follows The membership committee shall be composed of the President, the Recording Secretary, and the Treasurer.
Bob Daniels and his Toccoa Group invited GMS to a field trip in their area to look for quartz crystals and tourmalines. Other trips took members to Gordon County for fluorite and black marble, Helen, Ga. for Gold and rhodolite garnets, Verde Antique Marble Quarry for serpentine, talc, and apatite, and return visits to Hawkinsville, Cowee Creek, North Georgia, and Arabian Mt.
Programs spanned a variety of subjects from Jade to Progress of Oil Search in Georgia (Yours on the Hum for Pet-ro-le-um), to Dr. Horace Richards' report on "An African Journey" as a delegate to the Pan-African Congress on Pre-History. There were reports on mineral localities in Virginia and Georgia and mining in Ducktown, Tenn., also, a "Geologic History of Georgia" (Yours for Elucidation of the Situation). Banquet $2.50.
Presidents for these years were : 1953-54 Romeo J.
1954-55 Mrs. Nelson Severinghaus,
(2) Best Group of Georgia Specimens
(3) Best Specimens Collected Outside of Georgia
Dues were raised to $3 for GMS membership and .50 cents for Gem Club.
Field trips included a tour of the Etowah Indian Mounds, on to Cedartown for cacoxenite, dufrenite, beraunite, and strengite, and visits to old faithful sites such as Stone Mt., Allatoona, Cowee Valley, and Blue Ridge.
The Eastern Federation held its 8th Annual Mineral Show at Ashville, N.C. in 1958. This was the first show in which the exhibited as a club and we came home with a second place ribbon in the category of "One Locality Groups M-4" which consisted of all Georgia minerals, of course, and with 5 certificates of merit. Gil Withers was a featured speaker at the show.
During this year the society voted to grant the request of the Athens Rock and Mineral Club to affiliate with GMS. The Gem Club continued the popular cabochoning classes under the capable instruction of Bill Wade.
Field trippers continued their search for gold, rose quartz, beryl, agate, petrified wood, garnets, kyanite, and sdecimen minerals. They visited Hiawassee Mountain Fair, and on another occasion met with the Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society at Ashland, Ala., where they found some nice turquoise. They also joined the Georgia Academy of Science for a geologic and botanical trip to Arabia Mt. with everyone collecting something, "rocks, flowers, rare plants, turtles, tadpoles, and sunburned noses."
Programs took them on trips through geologic time, into caves, and to collecting sites both old and new (new being to Blackbeard Island where old ships abandoned their ballasts).
A very lively session followed the 1958 banquet in which Dr. Daniel, Dr. Furcron, Dr. Mitchell, and Mr. Withers reminisced over the early mineral localities in Ga. "Before the session ended, ruby corundum as big as plates and beryl crystals as large as the dining table had been found!"
1959 was a traditional year with good programs and good field. trips. The outstanding program of the year was "S.P. Cronheim Night." Mr. Cronheim served 14 years as treasurer of GMS and kept the society going through the war years. He was also honored for his valuable contributions to the mineral museums of Oglethorpe University, Emory, and the state of Georgia. (He was-later to be honored for serving 30 years as Treasurer)
Collecting areas, field identification of minerals, the many uses of feldspar, jade, and synthetic stones were subjects discussed through the year. Some of the "new" localities explored were the kaolin pits near Macon for fossils; Preston, where the famous paint pot are found; and Maysville, for clear quartz crystals in singles or clusters, with some doubly-terminated.
1960 - 62
The daily paper published an article about the lapidary classes and field trips being conducted at Campbell High School at Fairburn. These were inspired by Ken Arwood, a junior member of GMS, and his science teacher. Originally an all male class, the girls asked to join and the boys couldn’t think of a reason why not, so, at the time of the article, the girls outnumbered the boys. (Don’t say it, men!)
Through the eyes of speakers, members visited emerald mines in South America and diamond mines in Africa, prospected for opals in Australia, took a Safari through Egypt, and rockhounded in Arizona. We were reassured (?) that there was a misconception about the number of snakes, tarantulas, etc., in the desert areas, for they are rarely seen. Members were addressed on the crystal classification of minerals and on the difficulty of setting a value on gems. Rockhounds enjoyed fieldtrips every month, finding a good quality of green feldspar at Monticello and rutilated, tourmalinated, and blue star quartz west of La Grange.
A Junior Essay Contest on "Why I Enjoy Being a Pebble Pup" was held in 1961 with Steve Hunter winner for the 12 and under age group and Bob Brady, Jr. winner of the 13-17 age group.
Hunter (Sr. this time) won the field trip flag design contest over a field of 13 entries. It had a yellow ground with black lettering printed on both sides of a rubberized or plastic pennant.
Wheeling and dealing preceded each meeting with swappers coming our early.
Sources of energy (today’s favorite issue), geology and mineralogyof the Copper Basin, Tenn. diamonds, and quartz were some of the topics of discussion. At one program, Mr. Bottoms displayed a vast selection of Georgia material, noting that we had every mineral North Carolina had except hiddenite.
Two months later, a notice appeared that hiddenite had been found at Laurel Creek.
On a trip to Ringgold, Ga., hunters found banded agate and a fine quality of red jasper. A native of the area, driving by, stopped and told them of a nearby fossil bed that proved fruitful.
On another trip to Ducktown, Tenn. (which was named after an Indian, Chief Duck), local persons, seeing the large number of cars, thought there had been a mining accident and rushed to help. All parties laughed with relief when they learned the nature of the visit. Here, once again, one cannot help but be touched by the love and care man has for his fellowman.
In 1962 the Rome Club was organized and became a branch member of the GMS. The Atlanta Educational TV station asked to make a film strip on cabochoning with Mr. & Mrs. LaCour demonstrating. The Atlanta Journal & Constitution gave the full page cover of the Dixie Living section to the GMS featuring Janie Morris.
The Society decided not to exhibit as a club at the EFMS show held in Durham, N.C., but did encourage individuals to do so; in fact, it was voted to allow $15 per exhibitor toward expenses. At the Spruce Pine, N.C. show, Bob Brady, Jr. won a first and second prize in the Junior Division.
As usual, the programs were interesting and diversified; from Life in an Alaskan Oil Camp to Old Home Week for Past Presidents. However, the highlight of the year was the Gem Club meeting and picnic at the home of Dr. & Mrs. A. Worth Hobby. After supper he took the group (6 persons) on a tour of his workshop and showed them the tools and procedures he used to make his beautiful jade carvings. On display were the cups featured in the Lapidary Journal and an opal butterfly alighting on a black jade rose. He gave each family a jar of honey on parting.
The monthly field trips were profitable to all those attending except Mr. Belser, who had the misfortune to fall and break his ankle at Graves Mt. However, Maysville, Lithonia, Monticello, Hiawassee, Stone Mt., and Wa.lkerGo. were visited without incident.
Presidents for these years were 1950-60, Frank Gleasonj
Carl Fox; 1961-62, Aubrey Bottoms
Jack Everitt, a junior member, won the Bell Telephone award in recognition of his project in the Atlanta Science Congress. His prize was a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Bell Experiment Laboratories.
Programs spanned the depths to the heights with discussions from oceanography to space geography and geology and between these areas were such subjects as Brazilia, Greece, Hong Kong, and the effects of detergents in water. The Gem Club discussed cutting and faceting and participated in question and answer sessions.
Mineral identification classes were held before meetings for those interested and enjoyed good attendance.
Ten field trips added a few more tons of rocks to each collector's cache.
The January through September 1964 minutes are missing, however, meeting and field trip notices are intact and one can reconstruct most of the ground covered through them. The Society gave $150 to Dr. Lester to buy equiptment for the Geology Department of Emory. Some of the meeting topics were; A Critical Look at Diamonds, Speleogenesis, Geology of the Andes (by Dr. Furcron who had just returned from S.A. ), How to Orient Rose Quartz, and Fancy Agates with Inclusions.
On a trip to Clayton, Ga., guides led rockhounds to amethyst, rhodonite, and kyanite. At Hillsboro, the owners of the property being mined, served a chicken barbeque dinner, with potato salad, branswick stew, pickles, and beverage for $1.25 (Droolin"?)
In 1965, Dr. Hobby's beautiful jade and opal carvings won first place in the Northwest Federation show and the Plaque for Lapidary Achievement in the American Federation show, both being held in Yakima, Wash. His entries were carved jade cups and saucers, an urn and stand in black jade with opal insets, and a 10 in. plate embellished with dragons. They are on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Wash.,D.C.
Dr. Cronheim retired from the Office of Treasurer, a position he had held since the Society was orgnaized in 1935.
The Augusta Mineral Society was admitted as an affiliate chapter of the GMS.
The newly established DeKalb College made a plea for specimens for their geology class.
In the latter part of the year, the tradition of awarding door Drizes was begun. Again, a wide variety of programs was presented, such as Industrial Minerals of Georgia, slides of volcanoes, and Operation Mohole which concerned drilling under the sea in an attempt to penetrate the earth's crust.
Monthly expeditions included Cloudland for plant fossils, Big Buck Gold Mine (owned by GMS member Ed Boyd), Villanova for lacy agate, and some of the other popular hunting grounds. The Macon Club invited us to look for shark teeth with the stress being on bringing down some swap material.
The GMS by-laws were revised to satisfy our tax-exempt status. The club purchased its own film Projector and the Gem Section purchased a refractometer and polariscope, and an all important snake bite kit. Several "traditions" were started that survive today:
Our affiliated club in Augusta, Ga., sponsored the EFMLS show which was well attended by our own members. Carl Fox gave a short educational series on minerals each meeting. Other program subjects ranged from opals and emeralds to faceting potatoes.
Rockhounders collected quartz at Gainesville, amethyst at Clayton, smokey quartz at Hillsboro, doubly terminated crystals at Eatonton, chert at Summerville, rubies at Franklin, and many minerals at Kings Mt.
All the years of dreaming, planning, and hard work came to fruition in August, 1967, when members finally gained the courage to present the "First Southeaster Gem and Mineral Show" at the North DeKalb Mall, replete with dealers and competitive exhibits. It was a monumental undertaking by president Hal Cain, committee chairmen Bill Wade, Frank Mayo, Gil Withers, Horace Shaw, Bob Brady, Florence LaCour and Pat Anderson, and many, many more. It was a great success and the society shall forever be grateful to them for paving the way to the fine shows that followed.
1967 also say the birth of "Tips and Trips" with Ethel Cain as its first editor. It was named in a contest by Georgia Montgomery. It quickly became a newsy and informative bulletin of several pages.
Robert Cook, of Atlanta, was the recipient of the 1967 AFMS Scholarship Foundation award. He was granted $500 a year for two years of studying at the U. of Ga.
The April and May meetings were livened by an auction for the building fund which netted $102.95. Carl Fox was auctioneer with everything from gold pans to finished jewelry Passing under his gavel. In fact, it was so much fun and so profitable that it was continued as part of the meetings for several months. In other programs, the Gem Section started a "Gem of the Month" series and Dr. Mitchell spoke on clay minerals.
Field trips were interesting and well attended. We went to Copperhill in Feb. and it was so C-0-L-D (3 degrees), to Girard for Savannah River agate, to Marietta for olive green quartz, Lake Lanier for moonstone, Huber for fossils of the Eocene Age, LaGrange for rose quartz, and to some of the other old standbys.
In 1968, the Georgia Mineral Society won the "All American Federation Club" award at the National Convention in Normal, Ill.
Our Second Annual Southeastern Gem and Mineral Show was held in August at the Greenbriar Shopping Mall with show committee chairmen being Frank Mayo, Bob Brady, Horace Shaw, Bill Wade, Elbert Gladden, Carl Fox and Winnie Mayo. There were 30 dealers, 32 competitive and 38 not-competitive exhibits, 15 lectures, and 3 printed field trips. Another success!!
The Scholarship Committee sponsored a picnic and rock swap at High Falls with many Macon club members joining in on the fun. This was followed by another rock swap and covered dish luncheon out under the trees at the home Horace Shaw.
It was voted to consolidate dues for membership in the Mineral Society and Gem Section. Hal Cain took the historian records to the State Dept. of Archives for microfilming.
Tips and Trips continued to grow and-was brightened by a
Rockhound cartoons by Inez Montgomery
The Third Annual Southeastern Gem and Mineral Show was presented. at the North DeKalb Mall. It was preceded by many sessions of the do's and don'ts of exhibiting and how cases are judged. The winners of the Best in Show were: Non-Competitive Exhibits - Dr. Worth Hobby for his opal carvings; Competitive exhibits - Mrs. Phillip. Mitchner; Lapidary - David Magowan; Minerals - Ben Crawford; Fossils - Georgia Montgomery; Junior Classification Hugh Wilkie; and Indian Artifacts - George & Gary Lassiter. Some interesting, programs were brought to us on tektites, the continental drifts end, of course, rockhounding in various parts of the world. L. Harris Ogden, who won many international awards for her creativity in jewelry, showed some of her original works and fielded questions from members. Field trips were numerous, fun and well attended.
The year 1970 started off
excitement of planning committees, discussion meetings over covered
suppers, and all the hubbub that accompanied the hosting of the Eastern
Federation Show for the first time. The number of committees and
the details covered were staggering. Mr. Anthes and Mrs. Wertz
EFMS came to Atlanta for workshops and viewed the facilities at the
Mart., Bumper stickers were distributed for cars, We had.
in the lapidary magazines and. newspaper coverage. The May 1970
Journal carried an especially fine article on staurolite, by Forrest
Gov. Maddox officially opened the show and allowed us to exhibit
the rock brought from the moon that had been given to the state of
A beautiful $10,000 Linde Star Sapphire gown was modeled every two
There were working demonstrations of every possible phase of the hobby,
12 lectures by outstanding speakers (including our own Gil Withers,
Cole, Dr. Lane Mitchell., and Dr. A.W. Hobby), 63 competitive exhibits
and 51 special exhibits. GMS's "Best in Show" winners were
Hawkins and Hugh Wilkie. Pat Anderson was show chairman and
committee members were Frank Anderson, Horace Shaw, the Bob Bradys, the
Harold Caymons, the Bill Brades, the Carl Foxes, and Thomas Wolfe and
of these were backed by a hardworking membership.
In 1970, we hosted the Eastern Federation Show at Merchandise Mart. There were a total of 114 exhibits. [by Kim Cochran/1995]
When 1971 rolled around,
had given so much of themselves and their time in preparation for the
show that it was decided to dispense with a show for that year.
The American Federation of Mineral Societies celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 1972 with a huge birthday cake decorated with cabochons from each state. Pat Anderson, Bob Brady, and Lou Arcuri sent cabs from the GMS; all the cabs ultimately went to the Smithsonian.
A contest was held to design a tiara for the "Miss Georgia" Pageant using all native stones. Mary Beth Smith's entry, featuring rose quartz was chosen for this crown, ( Historian's note: Unfortunately, this undertaking was never accomplished; however, the preliminary work and sincerity of purpose is worthy of a place in our history.)
A variety of programs were presented during the year, such as talks on Brazil, Georgia Rivers above the Fall Line, Gemstones of the Bible, and discussion groups of common interest..
We added more staurolite, onyx, carnelian, rubies, quartz, and fossils to the growing piles in our yards, carports, and closets on several successful field trips.
1972 saw our show being held at the State Farmer's Market. The Amfican Federation celebrated it's 25th anniversary. A cake decorated with cabs for each state was eaten. Pat Anderson, Bob Brady and Cor Arcuri provided cabs from GMS. The cabs then went to the Smithsonian.[by Kim Cochran/1995]
In 1973 the GMS prepared two
for the EFMS show at Charlotte, N.C. Orlan Swennes and Harlan Dorman
to transport them in a rented van which promptly broke down about 20
out of Atlanta. After hasty calls, a replacement was sent and the
boys made the set-up time by just one half-hour. On the way back
home (Sunday night, 1O PM) in a thunderstorm no less, the lights of the
truck went out. Fortunately,, Fay Swennes had been following them
in her car and she led them to a service station with her lights.
In spite of all this they said it was a great show. (Oh, the
cases? Sorry, they didn't win!)
The 1974 Southeastern Gem and
was held at the most appropriate location possible, the largest exposed
monolith in the U.S., Stone Mountain. Don Nahser was Show
The weather held beautifully which made for a very good
Working exhibits were especially popular.
The Annual gem shows seem to get bigger and better each year
experience is gained.. With Gene Pope as the 1975
show Chairman , we joined the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Paula
as Publicity chairman was a hard act for future appointees to
Seven articles by GMS members appeared in nationwide magazines.
I Montgomery was awarded a silver tray ( lst. place-author) by EFMS for
her poem, "The Dingaling and Her Faceting Machine" which was first
in TIP AND TRIPS. We lost Rachel McCutcheon as editor of T&-T
but she was ably replaced by Alice Beckman and Carol Sponsler,
Presidents for these years were: 1974-75 Annis MacRae;
The 1977 Annual Show was
by Charles Longley at the North DeKalb Mall with Clay and Dudley Wade,
Kim Cochran, and all the other faithful backing him up. TIPS AND
TRIPS found a new editor, Annis MacRae was assistant editors Frieda
and Paula Busch. They started a page for Juniors and Wade Mullin
contributed a series of articles, "Tips". The Outdoor Activity
in SW Atlanta was the recipient of a fine cabinet of mineral, specimens
from GMS and the children enjoyed a "Salting of the Earth" program, in
which mineral specimens had been hidden, much like Easter Eggs, for
1983 President - Martin Zuber
1980 saw GMS charter a bus to the Federation show m Charleston, W. Virginia.
In 1981, Dr. Marcella Wood undertook a project to provide items and supervise jewelry making by the children at Egleston Hospital. At the Annual picnic, one member noticed a dog stealing away with a whole pie that I had baked. Edward Sheffield won Ist and 2nd place in Federation Competition
1981: Edmond Sheffield became the 1st Junior to sit on the Executive Board as Juror Section Chair Tips and Tips won 1st place in Eastern Federation Competition. At the picnic held at the Mathis Dairy, Georgia Montgomery received a bite on the rear from a goose. While turning around to find out the source of the pain, another goose ate Georgia's slice of cake from her plate.
1983 was Georgia's 280th Birthday. All of the GMS members joined together to exhibit Georgia Minerals at the Capital. During a luncheon held at The Garden Room, the members were informed on the opening of the Weinman Mineral Museum set to take place 2 months later. A caravan left Atlanta for Amelia Courthouse in Virginia for Amazonite. It was amazing just how much stopping power a tree stump hidden in the weeds can do to an International Travel-All. Each day it was a rush to the showers. Only the 1st 3 people would have hot water. We also enjoyed a steak dinner(not hamburger steak but a large steak) for $2.95.
1984 saw GMS pushing for a Georgia Council of Minerals Secretary. An organization to coordinate field trips, program, and other events with other Georgia Clubs. It would allow for a close working relationship between the Georgia Clubs. Each club was visited and with the exception of Athens, every club voted to send representatives to a meeting in Macon to organize. After two attempts to or with virtually no one arriving, the matter was dropped.
Word. . .
There are no longer any of our membership who were present on that first night in February of 1935 when GMS was born. For that matter, there are very few members who were here in the sixties and none from the fifties. The names Furcron and Cromheim are names totally unfamiliar to most of us. To many of our older members, the name Withers brings back fond memories of a fine distinguished gentleman who blessed us with many fine programs and who was one of the cornerstones of our club. We were fortunate to have had such people in our infant years. Now as then, GMS is not something that you can see or feel. GMS exists in its people. Though it is true that there were more great people in our past, we have many knowledgeable and talented members now. We also have members who are developing and have developed into leaders and who will be looked back upon with the respect held by our founders. We have done an excellent job in carrying out our chief goal-Education. We are carrying on the job that was begun sixty plus years ago. A few of us will see the Diamond Jubilee anniversary, but as with the past years, there will be others to carry on our work after we are gone.
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