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Theodore A. Kendall
(1853-ca.1915)

Theodore Augustus Kendall was born January 12, 1853 in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania and lived his life in Reading. He was the son of Franklin Bonawitz Kendall, a saddler, and Melinda Clouser. When he was 17 Theodore apprenticed himself to a local painter, and thus painting became his profession at least until 1890. By the time of the 1900 and 1910 censuses, however, he was listing his profession as "special officer, lube works." He built a substantial mineral collection of at least 750 specimens, and (according to his six surviving labels) acquired specimens from S.D.F. Kohler, [William B.?] Spayde, and the Smithsonian Institution (!). He also sold minerals; his sole known ad appears in the December 1885 issue of The Mineral Exchanger, in which he offers "Fine specimens of the Rare Minerals Vanadinite and Descloizite for sale by Theo. A. Kendall, 135 N. Seventh St., Reading, PA."

Kendall is not found on the 1920 census, so he must have died during the preceding decade. He appears to have had three wives over the years: Andora Cutler (1874), Ada ___ (1890), and Katie Mary Adeline Machamer(1904); he appears to have had a total of about ten children.
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The Mineralogical Record - Theodore A. Kendall 61 x 91 mm,
Label for specimen no. 654, acquired from "Spayde" (possibly William B. Spayde, whose mineral collection ultimately went to the Stephens Museum at Central Methodist University)
The Mineralogical Record - Theodore A. Kendall 53 X 76 MM,
An entirely pre-printed label, presumably for specimens that Kendall had in quantity from "S.D.F. Kohler."
The Mineralogical Record - Theodore A. Kendall 66 x 86 mm
The Mineralogical Record - Theodore A. Kendall 44 x 70 mm,
Dated "Ex Nov. 9, 1896"
The Mineralogical Record - Theodore A. Kendall 52 x 73 mm,
Label for a specimen acquired from the Snithsonian Institution
The Mineralogical Record - Theodore A. Kendall 42 x 70 mm
The Mineralogical Record - Theodore A. Kendall Theodore Kendall's Business card (courtesy of Herb Obodda)
The Mineralogical Record - Theodore A. Kendall Letter from Theodore Kendall to Nathan Perry, 1886. (courtesy of Herb Obodda)
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