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Hello All,

As many of you know Jim (aka Paleface) is going through some hard times so we have come up with an idea. Those of you that Jim has taught, helped, or hunted with; if you could put together a story of what he means to you along with any pictures, Sawmill and 29 Prospector will put them into a book of momentos and present it to him.

Send all information to: 29prospector@verizon.net

Thanks,

OL'29er

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Hello All,

As many of you know Jim (aka Paleface) is going through some hard times so we have come up with an idea. Those of you that Jim has taught, helped, or hunted with; if you could put together a story of what he means to you along with any pictures, Sawmill and 29 Prospector will put them into a book of momentos and present it to him.

Thanks,

OL'29er

As we all know Jim has moved on to a new life before Greg and I could finish our project. So I will post what we have and I would ask those of you who would like to post you stories or experiences with our Brother Jim please do so. The stories I am posting are unedited. I feel that they should in the present as he is in our hearts.

OL'29er

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I first met Jim Smaller in Gold basin about 10 yrs. ago while I was

drywashing for that YELLER METALas jim calls it and jim gave me alot

of pointers on the art of drywashing which I needed as i was an real

green horn at th art of finding gold. he told me to be sure and go

over my dry wash piles as he had found a 3gm. nugget in a pile just

about a 1/4 mile below where i was working.

I later spoke with Jim at a outing put on by Bill Suothern and crew

and he informed me that those HOT ROCKS that I was tossing to the side

while detecting for gold were Mereorites.

The rest of the winter in Gold Basin i collected a few small

chrondriteswhile detecting for gold and run across Jim and showed them

to him. He said that they were known as l 4's I wouldn't know a l4

from a b 29 i told him and he gave me a funny look and went on to

explain a little about classifications of chrondrites.

About four and a half years ago Bill S,John B, Denny, Roger, Jim and a

bunch of other guys put on a outing at Franconia and Jim Gave a talk

before the hunt on Chrondrite and Iorn idenity.and showed us some nice

species.that he had with him so that we would know what we were

looking for .

We split up into small groups and Denny took Maureen and I to a place

Jim called the sweet spot. When we got there Denny found one right

away and said this was the place to hunt.Maureen found a 5gm Iorn

about a hour later. Just before noon I found my first Franconia

Meteorite a 114 grammer. We headed back to camp on our ATV for noon

lunch and took our finds over to Jim's camp. He told Mureen that not

to many find a nice iorn on the first day out. We headed back to the

same area and just before dark Maureen let out a screech and I hurried

over and she had just found what was a 371 gm chrondrite. After showing

them to Jim that evening he told Maureen that was an exceptional find

for the first day out.The following week maureen and I were back to

Franconia. Yes Jim had us hooked on meteorites. In a place that Jim

had mentioned to Maureen she found three iorns.one of them was a 11.4

grammer. When we showed them to Jim later on he told her to hold on to

that 11.4 gm. as it was in the top 1% of the large iorns found there.

In the past few years We have run across Jim Smaller many times in

Gold Basin or Franconia and he always takes the time to give us some

fine pointers on Meteorite huntin.

Last spring Jim was in Gold Basin and came over to our camper as

Maureen wanted to show him her years collection af chrondrites and

iorns. Jim spent an hour or more explaning how Iorns were formed after

entering the earths atmosphere.

Jim is such a great welth of information and has been a

wonderful teacher on meteorites to Both of us.

We are looking forward to another year with Jim in Franconia and gold Basin.

Get well Jim we all need you.

Harry and Maureen Pitman.

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Paleface;

You are a fine man and always a gentleman. Kind, courteous and patient, you always help and educate those that ask.

I met you at one of the Nugget Shooter Outings where you took the time to examine my first tiny little Franconia. You gave me encouragement and helpful tips...as you have done for many people. The wealth of information you have I wish could all be mine...such a treasure!

My only regret in meeting you is not being able to spend much more time in you company...you are always interesting and fun too.

I hope your health improves and we can go play...someday soon.

your friend

Fred Mason

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Hi,

I met Jim only the one time while on a big hunt up at Franconia meteorite strewn field. The one thing I noticed about Jim was that he was very giving of his time and wanting to help others. He brought out pieces of the Franconia Iron and other chondrite pieces as well, to show what to look for.

Jim is missed out in the field , so tell Jim to get well and stay strong. He will beat this lesion. We need you in the bush Jim.

God's love for a speedy recover, your pal, jim "bones"

Dr. Jim Shorten, Tombstone, AZ

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