Collecting Fossil Plants and Animals
in the Pennsylvanian Deposits of the Will County, Illinois Coal Measures
The Field Notes of George Langford, Sr. in the Years 1937-1960.
Prepared and organized by George Langford, Jr., 1973.
Copyright George Langford, III, 2010
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Field Notes - 1949
Date in 1949
Activities of George Langford, Sr. [in the handwriting of George Langford, Jr. transcribed from GL, Sr.'s notes].
April 12
Left home with [Dr. and Mrs. Robert H.] Whitfield 8:15AM and then down to Manor House, at the intersection of Routes 6 and 66, and reserved rooms.  Then down to Pig Pen, west side [Locality No. 7 and Locality No. 8] and collected until 5:00PM.  Supper at Braidwood.  Spent evening until 1:00AM at [Peter] Enrietta's house, seeing pictures and the eclipse of the moon.
April 13
Drove to Morris [Illinois - GL,III] for breakfast; drove down to Mazon Creek.  Stopped at Sidney Carr's home at "Bartlett's."  I hunted vainly for fossil beds, water too high; and we went way too far east.  We drove along river east past strip mines; no fossils.  Continued east and passed the long excavation northwest of Coal City [in Grundy County - GL,Jr.]  Finally landed at Pig Pen [Locality No. 3].  I reached home at 6:15PM.

Flora
Attribute
Number

Med. Large
40

Small
22

Total
62



Fauna
Type
Number

Mulluscs 2

Acanthotelson
1

Total
3

April 27-29
Three days in the field with [Eugene S.] Richardson.  Perfect weather.  We spent the afternoon of April 27th one half mile west of the "Piano" [Locality No. 2].  Next day, April 28th, we went to one mile south of Wilmington, Locality No. 20 and Locality No. 21.  April 29th we spent until noon on the east side of Pig Pen in the southwest corner [Locality No. 3].  In the afternoon we drove far to the northeast and tried one poor spot where I had been with the Whitfields in October, 1948 [in Grundy County - GL,Jr.]

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
140

Small
102

Total
242



Fauna
Type
Number

Bivalves
12

Paleocaris
2

Acanthotelson
2

Euphoberia
2

Ostracoda
1

Euproops
6

Spider
1

Winged insect
1

Total
27

May 5 & 6
Left house at 7:45AM but had trouble with car battery and was delayed.  Arrived at Illinois Clay Products Company at 11:30AM, same time as Otis Jones.  He gave me three men and a truck.  We went to Odontopteris bed [Locality No. 31] and worked until 4:30PM; they left for Coal City.  I went to Wollard's and secured a cabin, then spent two hours on northeast quarter of Pig Pen, Locality No. 4.  Total: one pail of fossils for the day.  May 6th, I met the three Illinois Clay Products men at 8:00AM.  Went to south shore of Long Pond and worked the north side of the hills [Locality No. 7 and Locality No. 8] until noon.  In the P.M. we worked the southeast side of the Pig Pen [Locality No. 3]  My three men left at 3:00PM.  I spent two hours on northeast side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 4] on south side of hills.  Weather clear and plenty hot for the two days.
Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
90

Small
104

Total (seven good for photos)
194



Fauna
Type
Number

Pelycopods (3 species)
7

Crabs
6

Snail
1

Acanthotelson
3

Spider
1

Total
18

May 19-21
Thursday, May 19th, left house at 7:15AM, arrived Goose Lake at 9:45AM.  Took same three men and truck.  We drove into end of Long Pond [to Locality No. 28] and worked south side of hill about two hundred yards west [to Locality No. 31]  Rain caught us, and we were soaked when we got back to the truck.  Rain in torrents from 11:30AM to 2:30PM.  We got out just in time, everything flooded, worst rain I have seen in many years.  About one hour in the morning was about all the work we did.  It kept raining more mildly until 4:00PM.  I then drove to Coal City and called on Mrs. McClucki.  John [M. McClucki, Coal City, Illinois] was working [as dragline operator in the strip mines.]  It kept raining more or less until late in the evening.  Very cold.  We were all soaked to the skin.  Friday, May 20th; weather was cool and cloudy, but no rain.  The three men from Illinois Clay Products met me with Jeep truck at 8:00AM at the Pig Pen.  We spent the day on the southeast part [of Locality No. 3] working the third, fourth and fifth lines of clay heaps, counting from the East.  I picked many spots where the men were to dig, and they uncovered a lot of new, good stuff.  The rain had exposed many nodules.  This was the most successful day I ever spent in the strip mine area.  The men left me at 3:00PM and I continued alone until 7:15PM.  Mr. Johnston, Superintendent of the Illinois Clay Products Company, came to see me at noon and to arrange for another trip Wednesday and Thursday, June 1st and 2nd.  Saturday, May 21st.  I left my cabin at 6:15AM, stopped at Plainfield for breakfast, and arrived at the Field Museum at 8:45AM.  Weather cool and cloudy.
Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
148

Small
153

Total (about seven new flora)
301



Fauna
Type
Number

Crabs
2

Euphoberia
1

Winged insect
1 (new)

Ostracods
3

Bivalves
9

Fish scale
1

Total
17

May 28
I drove down to the strip mines with Sydne [Sydne Holmes Langford].  Weather perfect.  I hunted on the west side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 7].

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
31

Small
8

Total
39



Fauna
Type
Number

Acanthotelson
1

Total
1

June 4
Drove down to strip mines with Sydne.  Weather fine, a bit warmer than the previous Saturday.  I worked on the southeast side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 3].
June 8 & 9
I left Chicago 7:30AM, arrived Goose lake 9:40AM.  Assistant Superintendent Tom Allen gave me the Jeep truck and three men; Ray (driver), Donald (tall) and Joe.  We drove to the east end of Long Pond and worked there [Locality No. 7].  Then east on the north side of the small pond back of Pig Pen [Locality No. 5].  After lunch we crossed the ditch to hills on the south side of Long Pond, about one hundred fifty yards in [Locality No. 8].  The men left me at 4:00PM, and I worked until 7:30PM on south side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 3] gathering small ones.  Weather clear and cool; night rather cold.  June 9th.  We worked from 8:00AM to 4:00PM on southeast end of Long Pond [Locality No. 7].  Weather clear and warm.
Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
168

Small
156

New
14

Total
338



Fauna
Type
Number

Bivalves
12

Euproops
5

Acanthotelson
8

Ostracods
1

Gyromices
1

Insect
1

Arthropod
1

Total
29


June 16 & 17
Weather cloudy and cool.  I left 7:30AM, arrived at Illinois Clay Products Company at 9:40AM.  Took three men and truck.  Worked all day on southeast side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 3].  Men left me at 4:00PM and I continued same place [Locality No. 3] farther west until 7:30PM.  We got three and one-half pails of fossils.  On June 17th we shifted to the southeast side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 3] dug a lot, and got good, fresh specimens.  Weather fine.  My three men left me at 3:15PM.
July 20 & 21
Left Chicago 7:15AM, arrived at Illinois Clay Products Company at 9:30AM.  Met Dr. Elmer Stephen and Mr. Carney of Standard Oil Company there.  With three men and Jeep truck I went to an old strip mine locality about one-half mile east and three-quarter mile south of Illinois Clay Products Company [in Grundy County but not specifically located - GL,Jr.]  We found queer nodules; very hard blue stone with much pyrites.  We then went to the southeast Pig Pen [Locality No. 3] but rain soon started and held us up one hour.  Ray hammered his left thumb.  Everything hot and sticky.  My men lost their pep and left early.  I kept on until 7:30PM.  It was a bum day.
August 21
I went down to the mines on Saturday with the Whitfield family.  We went rather far in on the south side of Long Pond [perhaps to Locality No. 17 or Locality No. 28.]
Aug. 31 & Sept. 1
Took Orville Gilpin with me.  We went west on Long Pond to about one hundred yards west of the line of cottonwoods [Locality No. 8].  Weather fine until about 2:00PM, when a near hurricane struck us from the west.   We hurried out, and the wind nearly blew us off the peaks.  Rain hit us as we reached low ground, and we got a wetting.  We drove out to the southeast side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 3] and hunted until another rain drove us out.  Weather cold that night.  September 1st.  Weather clear & cool in the A.M., but we soon shed our coats.  Went in far west on Long Pond [Locality No. 17 ?] working back east [through Locality No. 8] to east end of Long Pond [Locality No. 7].  We got some good stuff those two days.

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
223 + 20

Small
142 + 65

Total
450



Fauna
Type
Number

Euproops
4

Acanthotelson
9

Fish
1

Spider
2

Fish scales
1

Gyromices
2

Bivalves
5

Total
24

Sept. 20 & 21
I drove to Illinois Clay Products Company, but Mr. Johnston could not let me have the men and Jeep, and so I worked alone.  In the A.M. I went to Pig Pen on the northwest side [Locality No. 4].  In the P.M. I took the northeast side of Pig Pen [also Locality No. 4].  Weather clear and rather warm.  I worked until 7:00PM. September 21st, I spent all day on the southeast side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 3].  Light rain at night.  Day cloudy, slightly cooler.  Two fine days, not cold at night.  I worked until 7:00PM.

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
107

Small
50

Total
157



Fauna
Type
Number

Euphoberia
1

Euproops
2

Fish
1

Gyromices
1

Acanthotelson
2

Fish scale
1

Total
8

Oct. 1-4
I went down with the Whitfields.  We called on the McClucki's and John McClucki went out with us to the Outdoor Club reservation [Locality No. 26] in the A.M.  October 2nd, we spent the afternoon in the Odontopteris site [Locality No. 31] near the Sante Fe tracks.  Weather fine.  October 3rd, I spent the day with the McClucki's and took some of their specimens with me.  October 4th, I spent all day in the southeast Pig Pen site [Locality No. 3].  Weather cloudy and misty, but OK.

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
88

Small
100

Total
188



Fauna
Type
Number

Fish
1

Fish scale
3

Paleocaris
1

Euproops
3

Bivalves
2

Total
10

October 13
The John McClucki's of Coal City spent the afternoon with me [at the Field Museum].
Oct. 20 & 21
Eugene Richardson and I left for the mines.  The Museum photographer had made nine, 8 by 10 plates of John McClucki's specimens; we took his specimens back to him in Coal City and then went to the Pig Pen southeast [Locality No. 3] where John McClucki and a Caveretta boy joined us.  Mr. McClucki took us into the Outdoor Club area [Locality No. 26 and Locality No. 27] where we had a fine afternoon; good weather, et al.  All four of us had a fine time collecting.  October 21st, pouring rain at night; drizzle in the A.M. for a time.  We worked the southeast Pig Pen [Locality No. 3] for a time to 11:30AM; no rain, but everything wet; slim picking.  We left for the Field Museum at 11:30AM.
Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
159

Small
179

Caulopteris
3 (new)

Lepidostrophy
1 (new)

Hymemophylites
1 (new)

Total
343



Fauna
Type
Number

Fish
1

Fish tooth
1

Fish scale
3

Euproops
3

Bivalves
5

Paleocaris
1

Acanthotelson
1

Total
15

[unsigned, but in the handwriting of] George Langford, Jr.