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Everts L.  Horton
(1914-2005)

Everts L. Horton was born in Colorado on January 29, 1914, the son of Madeline E. and Frederick Waters Horton (1883-1945), a prominent professional mining engineer and author with the U.S. Geological Survey since its founding in 1910, and a mineral collector. The elder Horton traveled extensively in the western states, and apparently married in Colorado where Everts was born before returning to USGS headquarters in Washington, DC. The family was still living in the District of Columbia in 1917 (his brother, DeVale or DeValle Horton, was born there in that year), but during World War I his father left the USGS to become assistant manager of the Chemical Products Company of Anacostia, Virginia (while maintaining the family residence in Washington). By 1920 the family was living in Hackensack, New Jersey. In 1929, when Everts was 15, the elder Horton joined the U.S. Bureau of Mines and promoted a mineral survey of the United States, spending many years in the West once again, examining mines and becoming the Bureau's foremost authority on American mineralogy.

In 1933, when he was 19, Everts went to work as a ship's "wiper" on the S. S. Explorer. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941, by which time he already had two years of college education, and had worked as a miner and mining machine operator (and was unmarried with no dependents). He began advertising mineral specimens for sale in Rocks & Minerals in September 1944; some of the specimens, many from Franklin, New Jersey, were said to be from a collection formed "over 50 years ago" (i.e. before 1895). In November 1945 the ad ran under the name of "M. G. Horton" (probably his mother; same address in Bethesda, Maryland). No ads appeared thereafter; it is possible that the Horton family was simply using these ads to liquidate Frederick Horton's mineral collection, including an old sub-collection of Franklin minerals which he had acquired from an older collector at some point.

By 1953 Everts had married (wife Mary L.) and relocated to San Luis Obispo County, California, where he worked as a teacher at Atascadero Union High School. By 1957 he had taken a job as an engineer with the California State Highway Department. In 1966 he remarried, to Juanita M. Johnson. He died December 31, 2005, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

References:
Social Security Death Index.
US World War II Army Enlistment Record.
California Marriage Index.
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.
US Federal Census, 1920, 1930.
ZODAC, P. (1946) Frederick Waters Horton (obituary). Rocks and Minerals, 21 (2), 89.
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