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dc.date.available2024-02-12T18:12:06Z
dc.date.issued1983-01-11
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/63255
dc.descriptionLetter to Donald Rathbun about the find of the Four Mile Marker meteorite and discussion of the Alpine iron and Chico [Chisos] Mountains.
dc.relationOscar Monnig Papers (MS 124)
dc.rightsPrior written permission from TCU Special Collections required to use any document or photograph.
dc.sourceSeries III, Box 06, Four Mile Marker meteorite folder
dc.subjectMeteorite
dc.subjectFour Mile Marker meteorite
dc.subjectAlpine stone
dc.subjectAlpine (Tex.)
dc.subjectChisos Mountains (Tex.)
dc.titleCorrespondence from unknown, presumably Oscar E. Monnig, to Donald Rathbun, January 11, 1983
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dc.description.transcription1983, Jan 11 Dr. Conald Rathbun, El Paso, TX. Dear Sir: ZI [I] am pleased about yourfind [your find] of the 4 Mile Marker stone and assume you found it personally, which beats my record becaise [because] I never up butone [but one] and that after I had been watching for about 30 years, and was than working in the area of a known fall, between two pices [pieces] that had been found, so I had an inside track! I aweai [await] with freat [great] interest the details of your finding this. I think the stories of meteorites discoveries is an important part of the literature, which the scientista [scientists] that examine them often fail to take much interst [interest] in. Wag [was] the find accidental or was it the reuslt [result] of a purposeful hunt? Of course the tantalizing thing is that you t know there are others around aince [since] I take it the piece is obviously gfra mental [fragmental]. But hunting gor [for] them is another matter! ‘y [My] judgment is that a meteorite of the description of yours is at least several thousand years olf [old] because desert weathering proceeds slowly and possibly sthe [the] sane has further ablated yours. I have a meteorite from just west of Phoenix that I call Hassayampa and iathas beautiful black crust but I'll bet is hundreds of a years old. It was found by a rock hould who was looking for anything of interest.Whom are you getting cut and examine your meteorites! It may seem a bit selfish but I find the museums and schools want everything free and we have to pay foreverything [for everything] on our own. so I make the gentle hint that you tru to th get them to swap you a little sliceof [slice of] some othermeteorite [other meteorite] for anything they take off yours They may buck at that w butt is worth a try. The Alpine iron piece was sent to me bhester P. Yost of Box 20 303 there and fi Mx think it would be nice if you visitedhim [visited him]and encouraged him in his attention to meteorites. I sent the spcvimen [specimen] back to him some 10 days ago and he may be letting Sul Ross boys play with it. By the way, Chico Mountains is a misnore [misnomer] that is in the literature It shoulc [should] be Chisos Mountains (ghost mountains, I think, in Spanish). I tried to advertise for meteorites in theLajitas [the Lajitas] Sun but they were sold up on ads! So I'm haivng [having] the editor post some placards in likely places asking for meteorites. Sincerely,


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