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 - 1950
Date in 1950
Activities of George Langford, Sr. [in the handwriting of George Langford, Jr. transcribed from GL, Sr.'s notes].
April 15-17
With Dr. [Robert H.] Whitfield and son Jon.  Weather fine all the time.  We went to the southeast side of Pig Pen [Locality No. 3] for two-and-one-half days; half a day in the Odontopteris bed [Locality No. 31].  Part days at junction of Routes No. 66 and 12, a mile south of Wilmington [Locality No. 1 and Locality No. 2].

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
93

Small
80

Total
173



Fauna
Type
Number

Shells
6

Acanthotelson
1

Euproops 2

Total
9

May 7
In southeast part of Pig Pen area [Locality No. 3] with Sydne [Holmes Langford].

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
49

Small
24

Total
73



Fauna
Type
Number

Euproops
1

Acanthotelson
1

Fish scale
1

Total
3

June 8 & 9
[Orville] Gilpin and I drove down to the coal mines in the Field Museum's Plymouth automobile.  We found the Pig Pen West [Locality No. 5 and Locality No. 6] shut off by [electrically] charged fence wire.  We worked the east side of the road, north [Locality No. 4] and south [Locality No. 3].  I called on Mr. Weimer and his superintendent at the coal company office.

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
98

Small
68

Total
166



Fauna
Type
Number

Worm
1

Euproops
4

Bivalves
2

Paleocaris
1

Total
8

July 3 & 4
I drove to the southeast part of Pig Pen [Locality No. 3] and spent two days cleaning up there.  The charged wires still blocked entrance to the Long Pond [Locality No. 7 and Locality No. 8].  Drizzle on second A.M., clear and hot in P.M.

Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
68

Small
102

Total
170



Fauna
Type
Number

Euproops
4

Ostracod
2

Bivalves
2

Total
8

August 5
Sydne [Holmes Langford] and I drove to the State Conservation Camp, about one mile below Smith's Bridge on the Desplaines River.  A few hundred yards below the Camp I finally found traces of the ledge where, with Prof. Stuart Welles, I got new Trilobites in about 1910.  I brought back some specimens.  A Mr. Milligan, in charge, allowed us to pass the barrier.
August 12
Sydne [Holmes Langford] and I drove down to the Pig Pen and I worked the southeast side [Locality No. 3] collecting for about five hours altogether.  Sky cloudy, but no rain, tempertaure about 72°F, a perfect day.
Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
33

Small 41

New
1

Total 75



Flora
Type
Number

Crabs
3

Ostracod
1

Bivalve
2

Total
6

[Orville] Gilpin found a small spider, two weeks later, in a small nodule about the size of a dime.

August 19
Sydne [Holmes Langford] and I went again to the Silurian outcrop on the left bank of the Desplaines River, one mile below the steel bridge, Route 66.
Oct. 14 & 15
I went with [Dr. and Mrs. Robert H.] Whitfield to the Pig Pen [Locality No. 3].  Stayed all night at Morris Hotel.  October 15th, spent until 2:30PM at one mile below Smith's Bridge in Late Niagara deposit.  Weather fine.
Flora
Attribute
Number

Large
29

Small
40

Total
69



Fauna
Type
Number

Crab
1

Ostracod
1

Clam
1

Total
3

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