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A. E.  Curry
(1897-1975)

Almon Earl "Bill" Curry was born July 10, 1897 in Sardis, Ellis County, Texas, the son of Ida and A. M. Curry (a farmer). He married a woman named Varina L. (1899-1992), and in 1918 was living in Dallas. It was there that the Texas Mineral Society met in later years, and he was elected president of the Society in 1944-1945. He was working for the American Rail Road Express Company in Dallas in 1918, but moved to San Angelo, Texas around 1938. In 1939-1942 he was working for the Higginbotham Company in San Angelo; in 1950 he was working as a bookkeeper for Bowen Plumbing in San Angelo, and his residence was on Wall Road.

He built a building out of petrified wood in the late 1930s in San Angelo, calling it "Curry's Wonder Shop." He displayed his mineral collection there and sold specimens to visitors. According to a note in the December 1944 issue of Desert Magazine and a clipping in the local newspaper, he hosted some 450 people from around the state there in 1944. The reporter wrote: "Mr. Curry's museum is an outstanding one, featuring crystals." He died in San Angelo, Texas on June 26, 1975.

References:
Beverly Walker, personal communication, 2010.
Desert Magazine, December 1944.
U.S. Federal Census, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
Worley's San Angelo City Directory, 1939, 1942, 1950.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
Social Security Death Index.
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