Elmer Benge, early Philadelphia dealer in micromounts, was born in Maryland on May 12/13, 1864, the son of Margaret Jackson and James Benge, owner of a "trimmings store." His family moved from Maryland to Philadelphia before he was six years of age, and there he grew up. He married Ella Frances Logan (1864-1947) around 1887 and together they had three children: Ethelmer Frances Benge (1888), James Royden Benge (1894) and Eugene Jackson Benge (1896). He made his living as a bookkeeper (1900) and as a paymaster for the telegraph company (1920) and an office clerk (1930).
Benge advertised micromounts for sale in The Mineral Collector intermittently between July 1896 and September 1902. In the November 1904 issue of The Mineral Collector his article on micromounting appeared, entitled "Minute mineralogy."
With Edgar T. Wherry he wrote a "Directory of the mineral localities in and around Philadelphia," published in The Mineral Collector, vol. l3, pages 151, l52, 162, 183 (1906); vol. 14, pages 7, 26, 42 (1907); and vol. 15, page 56 (1908).
Elmer Benge died in Philadelphia on May 30, 1953.
U.S. Federal Census 1870, 1900, 1920, 1930.
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