Sunday, January 20, 2013
An Amazing Visit with Pennsylvania's Joe Dague
Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting the very accomplished veteran Pennsylvania field collector who unearthed that sulfur crystal at the Jacksonville Quarry in Centre County. In the company of his his wife Jeanne as well as other prominent Pennsylvania collectors, Joe Dague has been at it for decades.
Although the primary purpose of my visit was to see some of the pieces he had picked up on outings to Maryland a few miles south from his Chambersburg quarters, Joe's Pennsylvania specimens distracted me. Not that he didn't have plenty of great Maryland material, which we will be covering on one of two related posts in the coming months.
Since his Maryland minerals were packed away in flats, some of the first mineral specimens Joe showed me were in a small cabinet bearing thumbnails. Upon its shelves were more interesting and unusual Pennsylvania minerals than I could even begin to digest.