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dc.creatorBishop, Sam
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-25T16:15:15Z
dc.date.available2024-01-25T16:15:15Z
dc.date.issued1963-12-18
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/61918
dc.descriptionLetter from Sam Bishop to Oscar Monnig apologizing for the delay in his replying to Monnig's previous letter, but he has been busy with work and the holidays. He says that he has visited Herbert Schulz to see the Cranfills Gap meteorite, and tried to convince him to send on a sample to Monnig so that an offer could be made. He states that Schulz is very opposed to selling the meteorite-unless he gets the right price-and even more opposed to sending out samples in case they are never returned. To that end he concludes that Monnig will have to come to Midland in person to carry out an assessment of the meteorite, and to try to make a deal with Schulz, which both Bishop, and Glenn Evans, would like to see be made in order to protect the specimen.
dc.relationOscar Monnig Papers (MS 124)
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dc.sourceSeries III, Box 05, Cranfills Gap – HV Schulz, 1960-1984 folder
dc.subjectMeteorite
dc.subjectCranfills Gap meteorite
dc.subjectCranfills Gap (Tex.)
dc.subjectH6 chondrite
dc.subjectSchulz, Herbert V.
dc.subjectBishop, Sam
dc.subjectEvans, Glenn
dc.subjectOdessa meteorite
dc.titleLetter from Sam Bishop to Oscar Monnig (December 18. 1963)
dc.typeDocument
dc.description.transcriptionDec. 18, 1963 Mr. Oscar Monnig 29 Chelsea Drive Fort Worth 15, Texas Dear Mr. Monnig: I am sorry to have taken so long to answer your letter and obtain the information your requested. I have been in the field & with Christmas & the new baby coming I am afraid time got away from me. Hance Drilling Company has closed its offices here so I call Mr. Schultz at his home at 2402 Sinclair St. He does have what he believes to be a meteorite, he estiamate to be about 15 pounds in weight. Mr. Glenn Evans of Midland and a Mr. Waldschmidt have looked at it and both believe it to be a meteorite. Mr. Evans is a well known geologist in the area and was a former professor at the University. He has also done considerable work in the Odessa Meteor Crater. I know Glenn and believe that if he verified it then it is a meteorite. Mr. Evans & Mr. Schultz believe that it is an unusual one. Schultz said it is sontey iron, has gas pits on one side -2- and a "burnt crust" on the other side. The meteorite was found 15 to 20 years ago in Boski County, by his father while ploughing. The meteor is intact except for a piece he has sawed off & still has and a piece that was broken or beat off with a hammer and has disappeared. I asked Mr. Schultz if he would send either piece to you in order that you may examine it and make him an offer to buy it. He deffinately will not send either piece to anyone. Glenn Evans tried to get him to send it to the National or American Museum in New York for examination and he refused. He is apparently afraid it will not be returned to him. I also asked him if he would be willing to sell it and he was rather evasive. He said he had no particular desire to sell it and had thought of putting it in a museum. Later in the conversation he said he might sell it but "it would take a lot of money." How much money he would not say. I feel that if you could come to Midland and make him an offer he would probably sell it. It is apparently the only way you can examine it. I had the feeling that during our conversation he was trying to find out what you would pay for it. -3- I called Glenn this morning and discussed the meteorite with him. He said it was definately a meteorite, stoney iron as he remembered it. It is very unusual, particularly in the orientation of the iron. It is also very fresh. He said he thought it should be in the hand of someone who knows their value. Glenn tried to get Schultz to send the piece to the American Museum but he refused. Glenn would like to see it in your collection and will do anything possible to help you. He would be happt to discuss the meteorite with you. He works for Louisiana Land and Exploration Co., V & J. Tower, telephone MU4-8064. His home address is 2204 Sinclair, and telephone is MU2-8123. Glenn had the same feeling that I did about Schultz. Schultz would see it for the right price. Neither of us know what that price is. However, you would have to come to Midland to examine it, determine the value and make an offer. Mr. Schultz is apparently out of work since Llano drilling closed and now may be a very opportune time to approach him. I hope this information is of some help to you. If I can be of further help please don't hesitate to call on me. I will try to be more prompt in the future. If you do come to Midland please come by to see us. We wish you a very Merry Christmas & the best in the coming year. Sincerely, Sam Bishop


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