Clyde Jack Frost was born in New Mexico on August 19, 1907, the son of Edna M. Troop and Frank Frost, a farmer who later moved to Indio, Riverside County, California. With his wife, Alice L. (1916-1997), Jack lived in Hemet, California in 1938 when he advertised hardness sets in Desert Magazine, giving his address as 316 N. Buena Vista in Hemet, California. He then moved to Brawley, California but around 1939 moved to Banning, California. He worked as a clerk.
Frost operated a small mineral specimen business from his home, specializing in calcite and self-collected minerals as well as world-wide specimens. Ads in the November 1946 issue of Desert Magazine read:
"WANTED: Excellent crystallized specimens, outstanding cutting material for wholesale trade. Send specimen samples and prices. Jack Frost, 59 E. Hoffer St., Banning, California.:
"HEADQUARTERS for beautiful XL lined Strawberry Geodes. Priced from $1.00 to $10.00. Complete satisfaction guarantee. Postage and Tax Extra. Send dime for Catalog of Showy Specimens VISITORS WELCOME. JACK FROST 59 E. Hoffer Street Banning, California."
He also advertised under the name of the Frost & Dye Mining Company (Desert Magazine, December 1945), with his partner, Robert R. Dye. They operated a calcite mine in Palm Wash, 10 miles from Truckhaven, San Diego County, California during World War II. See also Anon. (1945) for a description of the deposit. Jack Frost died March 19, 1994 in Palm Desert, Riverside County, California.
California Death Index.
Social Security Death ndex.
U.S. Federal Census, 1910, 1920, 1930.
HENDERSON, R. (1945) Vanishing oasis of Palm Wash. Desert Magazine, August, p. 9.
ANON (1945) Optical calcite found. The Mineralogist, 13 (8), p. 294.
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