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John T. Hiller
(1941-1993)

John Theodore Hiller, Jr. was born in Connecticut in 1941, the son of John, Sr. (1915-1971) and Louise Belsch. He married twice: (1) Marci A. Oscar in 1968, divorced in 1972, and (2) Carme A. Weber in 1975.

In 1967 he published his first article in Rocks & Minerals: "Collecting at Simpson Quarry [Conn.]." In 1968 he published three articles in Rocks & Minerals, on an "Emery deposit in southern New York," "[A] rediscovered quartz-sulfide prospect," and "Collecting at Thomaston, Conn.," giving his address as 194 Minerva Street, Derby—the same address as shown on his specimen labels. That same year he self-published Where to Locate Mineral Specimens—Sixty-Five Maps. In 1969 he published two more articles in Rocks & Minerals: "The Long Hill Tungsten Mine, Trumbull, Conn." and "Clifton, N.J. Club visits Strickland Quarry, Conn." (recounting a field trip he led there). He also self-published a 64-page book(let) entitled Connecticut Mines and Minerals, in 1971, and a booklet on Massachusetts Mines and Minerals in 1974.

By 1970 John Hiller had moved to 3 Peter's Lane in Nearby Shelton, Connecticut, where he was the proprietor of Hiller's Crystal Shop (probably in his home, as it was open "by appointment only"). According to his May 1970 ad in Rocks & Minerals, he dealt in minerals and micromounts (as well as cutting material, findings, tools and ultraviolet lamps). He was willing to provide directions to visitor wanting to find local collecting localities.

In March 1971 John T. Hiller, Jr. of Shelton was arrested on a morals charge (indecent assault and risk of injury to a minor) regarding a 7-year-old boy. The outcome of the case is unknown.

He died at the age of 52 in Fairfield, Connecticut on May 6, 1993.

References:
Social Security Death Index.
Connecticut Marriage Index.
Connecticut Death Index.
Connecticut Divorce Index.
ANON. (1971) Sheltonite arrested on morals charge. Bridgeport Post, March 18.
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