Edward S. Law
Edward Stanley Law was born in Pennsylvania on August 15, 1877, the son of Pennsylvania-born parents. In 1897 he was elected to active membership in the Students' Mineralogical Club of Philadelphia, where he regularly brought specimens for show-and-tell. A note about the April 5, 1899 meeting (published in The Mineral Collector, p. 63) reads:
"Mr. Law exhibited fine specimens of bornite and chalcopyrite fron a quarry at Wayne Ave. and Apslet St., Germantown. These specimens created quite a stir, as they were beautifully iridescent, and well worthy to adorn any cabinet. The members considered them the finest ever taken from that locality."
In 1899 he published an article on cinnabar in The Mineral Collector, "read before the Students' Mineralogical Club of Philadelphia," and another on pearls in 1900. He was the field-trip/excursion chairman for the (renamed in 1901) Philadelphia Mineralogical Club in 1905, and exhibited minerals from his collection at the meetings, including tourmaline, smoky quartz, tremolite and aragonite from Pennsylvania localities. In 1907 he published an article in The Mineral Collector (under the name E. Stanley Law) entitled "On a rare occurrence [of euxenite] in Delaware County, Penna." He provided quite a nice illustration consisting of five crystal drawings. From at least 1918 (when he registered for the draft) to 1930 (Federal Census) he was an unmarried resident of Charlemont, Franklin County, in far western Massachusetts, listing his occupation as a self-employed geologist, prospector and mineralogist. Apparently he was of independent means, but never married.
In January 1926 a notice appeared in American Mineralogist which read: "Edward S. Law, geologist and mineralogist of Charlemont, Massachusetts, has been engaged for some time by a New York mining engineer in a re-location of some of the old-time prospects for copper, iron, manganese, lead and barium, as a result of which he has obtained some unusually fine material from many of the remote corners of the Berkshire region and elsewhere."
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