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Howard Boblet
(1917-1997)

Howard Allen Boblet was born in Washington State on June 16, 1917, the son of Amy Solomon and Howard W. Boblet (1889-1963), a creamery supervisor in the 1930's. He grew up in Gardena, Los Angeles County, California, where he married ____ Lyons, and together they had one son, Christy Howard Boblet (1943-1995).

For many years he and his family ran one of the big rock shops in the Los Angeles area, R & B Art-Craft. At their peak they had three shops: at 2926 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica; at 11019 S. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles; and at 3276 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego. They carried some mineral mineral specimens, but their main emphasis was on lapidary rough at a time when home lapidary was popular.

Rock Currier remembers visiting their shop one time and seeing 100-pound wooden boxes full of rutilated quartz from Brazil. Howard's father took Rock in the back room and showed him his personal collection of rutilated quartz. Rock remembers seeing things that he has never seen since—strange inclusions that looked like caterpillars of golden rutile working their way through clear, somewhat smoky quartz crystals.

Howard moved to Thailand in 1963, after his father died and the business was sold, but he eventually moved back to southern California. He lived in Julian, California in 1993-1994, then Escondido in 1995, and Temecula in 1996-1997. Howard A. Boblet died in Temecula, Riverside County, California on July 16, 1997.

References:
Social Security Death Index
California Death Index
U.S. Federal Census, 1930
CURRIER, R.H. (2007) Personal communication.
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