Next Meeting: Dec 14, 2021
Meeting Time: General Meeting: 6:30 PM
Board Meeting: 5:30 PM
Meeting Place: Senior Center on Airway.
Mohave County Gemstoners
P.O. Box 3992
Kingman, AZ 86402
This page was last updated: November 15, 2021
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Once upon a time….
Ever wonder how old the Gemstoners Club is? How long we have been putting on an annual Rock & Gem Show? Where we used to hold our Meetings? I wondered.
I was going through some back issues of the Club newsletters, and came across a piece about a Life Member- Lucille Thompson, written up by Leonard Deutsch. For those who don’t know, Leonard created our Website and was the Club historian in 2009. And, I wasn’t actually looking for Lucille. I was trying to pinpoint the birth year of the Mohave County Gemstoners. But Lucille had a nugget of information. She was born Dec 9, 1916 in South Dakota, and in 1957 she, her husband and kids, were on their way to find fame & fortune in California. They stopped in Kingman to see a friend, and, as luck would have it, he talked them into staying in Kingman. She said that her son was extremely shy and liked kicking around out in the desert finding rocks. When John Wright formed the Mohave County Gemstoners in the early 1960’s, she took her son and joined the Club. So, although this does not pin point a year, evidently, we are about 60 years old.
I did come across the deed to our Honey Onyx Mine. In 1969 we purchased the Claim for $1 from Thomas and Marvel Haynes. I also came across a Show flyer that announced in 1995 it was our 24th Annual Show. I don’t know if we had a show every year since then, and we didn’t have a Show in 2020 or 2021. Which would make our 2022 Show, roughly, the 49th Annual Rock & Gem Show. The 1995 Show was at the Fairgrounds, and according to the recorded Minutes of the Meetings, they were not going to do that again- it was too expensive.
John Wright passed away at the age of 84, on Nov 13, 1999. And, Lucille Thompson passed away on June 15, 2014 at the age of 98, right here in Kingman. She still has great grandkids and great-great-grandkids that live in Kingman today.
Well, our Club has endured for over half a century.