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Albert Everitt
(1881-1950)

Albert Everitt of Escondido, San Diego County, California had begun selling mineral specimens by April 1914 (according to the date on the back of one of his labels), He advertised minerals and gemstones for sale ("direct importation at wholesale prices") in Rocks & Minerals beginning in June 1927, continuing in 1928 ("Gems, crystals and minerals for the beginner, from ten to thirty-five cents each"), 1929 ("California gem minerals for sale"), 1930 ("Gem minerals and specimens of the great Southwest for sale") and through December 1931. Mineral dealer John Grieger wrote of him in 1977:

"Who remembers Albert Everitt's Backyard Mineral Shop? The barn was surrounded by hand-hewn cases bulging with chunks of Congo malachite, traded from mine engineers for a few star sapphires. Sacks of lapis from Chile bulged with the finest gem material. All was stored outside, and yet not a piece was stolen. Al Everitt was 'King of the Mesa Grande Tourmaline Dumps'; when he needed a stock of tourmalines, he closed shop and went dump screening. The dumps were known to yield a quart jar of gem tourmaline pencils in one week."

In June 1945 Everitt published an article on "Recent beryl finds near Pala, California" in Rocks & Minerals. In April 1947 he began advertising again after a hiatus of 16 years, and continued through July 1947.

Albert L. Everitt was born on August 19, 1881 in New Jersey. In 1900 Albert was living with farmers William and Sarah Knapp, and their daughter Ellen P. Although listed as "daughter," Ellen P.'s surname is given as Comstock. One might conclude that she was a daughter of Sarah by a previous husband, except that Ellen was born in 1866, and Sarah and William Knapp had been married for 36 years, i.e. since 1864. Someone must have miscounted somewhere; in any case, Ellen clearly appears to have been Sarah's daughter. On the 1920 census for Escondido, California, the widowed Sarah Knapp is listed living on the family fruit-tree farm with daughter Ellen P. Knapp (who, like Ellen N., was born in 1866 in New Hampshire, of parents both also born in New Hampshire, so she must be the same person--the middle initial of either N. or P. must be in error), and "son" Albert Everitt. This is difficult to explain; Albert did not marry Ellen until a year later, so was not yet a son-in-law, and since he did marry Ellen he could not have been a son, which would have nade him Ellen's brother. Census takers did often make such mistakes. In any case, as of the 1930 census Sarah had died, Albert had finally married the much older Ellen in 1921 (when he was 40 and she 55), and Albert's mother had moved in with them on the family farm. According to the California Death Index, Albert's mother's maiden name was Denee. This matches with the 1930 census, in which a 68-year-old woman named Emma Denee is living with him and is identified as his widowed "mother." Albert Everitt died August 4, 1950 in San Diego County.

Reference:
GRIEGER, J. (1977) The treasures of Grieger's. Rock & Gem, Sept., p. 41-43.
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