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Donald Quick
(1930-1978)

Donald ("Don" or "Quickie") Quick was born in ______ on February 4, 1930, the son of _____ and ______ Quick, a _______. Quick worked as a raise man at the Sterling Hill mine, and earned his nickname on the job; he was capable of drilling and firing two raise rounds in a shift, which would have meant substantial bonuses. Quick also collected minerals while on the job. (According to Ewald Gerstmann, Quickie was also unusually profane, even for a miner.)

Quick and Chester "Chet" Lemanski became part-time partners in the Mine Hill Mineral Shoppe in Franklin, New Jersey. They may have met when Chet worked at Sterling Hill as a miner, or because Chet was a very active collector in the 1960s and 1970s and bought from Quickie. The Shoppe was open sometime during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and probably stayed in business for only a few years. Even when it was in business the store was often closed because both Chet and Don had jobs. It was not a glamorous establishment but had a lot of freshly mined specimens from a period when much good material was coming out of the Sterling Hill mine. For example the Sterling Hill uraninite specimen that Frondel used to age-date the orebodies was obtained from the Mine Hill Mineral Shoppe by Charles Key and traded to Harvard. This was the specimen that also added uranophane to the Franklin/Sterling Hill species list.

Donald Quick died of lung cancer in October 1978, in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 47, on 1978.

References:
Social Security Death Index.
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