Ira John "Jack" Amsbury was born in Michigan on June 6 (or 15), 1919, the son of Ira John Amsbury, Sr., a factory worker. Within a year of his birth he was under the care of his grandparents, Eva and Joseph Amsbury in Midland, Michigan – neither parent in residence. By 1941 (at the age of 22) he had settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked as a clerk for the Valley Bank, and later as an accountant (1947) and as an agent for the Paul Revere Life Insurance Company (1948). In the 1940s he was married to Hazel ____; he married Myrna M. Weber in Las Vegas in 1956, but that marriage did not last; by the 1970s he had married Hortensia M.___ , a young woman of Mexican descent (born 1940), and had been making regular trips into Mexico to purchase mineral specimens. Dealing primarily in wholesale lots, he apparently had no specimen labels of his own. In 1977 he made his most important purchase, the fabulous legrandites found at the Ojuela mine by Felix Esquivel. He paid $700 for the best one (the "Aztec Sun"), and sold it for $35,000; the rest of the fabulous lot, including the specimen dubbed "The Aztec Club," he purchased for $4,300. Jack and Hortensia lived in Chandler and Mesa, Arizona in the 1990s, and had a home in Hope, Idaho. Jack Amsbury died at the American Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico on Christmas Day 2008. Hortensia Amsbury is still alive and living in Mexico.
U.S. Federal Census, 1910, 1920.
Phoenix City Directory 1947-1949.
Nevada Marriage Records.
Social Security Death Index.
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||Jack Amsbury at the home of Felix Esquivel in November 1977, after purchasing the best lot of legrandites ever found.|