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Yosemite Trails (1911) by J. Smeaton Chase

Cover, Yosemite Trails, by J. Smeaton Chase
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About the Author

J. Smeaton Chase
Joseph Smeaton Chase was born April 8, 1864 in London, England to publisher Samuel C. and Jane (Evans) Chase. When he was 25, he emigrated to California. On arrival deposited his inheritance from his father’s estate in a California bank which failed from the Panic of 1890. Now broke, Chase lived frugally around San Diego for a few years, then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked various odd jobs then became a social welfare worker at Bethlehem Institutional Church. Chase published his first book in 1911. He moved to Palm Springs around 1915, attracted by the healing powers of the hot springs. He married Isabel White 1917. They had no children.

J. Smeaton Chase wrote several books on California, based on travels on his horse Kaweah. Author Edmund C. Jaegar wrote in the 1952 Palm Springs Villager that Chase was energetic and

“a middle-aged man of excellent posture. . . . He wore riding breeches and leather puttees, a brown tweed coat and broad brimmed Stetson hat. . . . I found him to be a thorough son of the open, a delightful conversationalist, full of good humor and the best sort of subtle English wit.”

Chase’s books include:

J. Smeaton Chase died March 29, 1923 in Banning, California, after several years of poor health. His wife continued to live in their Palm Springs home and died September 30, 1962 in Riverside County, California. She was born April 18, 1876. They are buried in a graveyard at the foot of Mt. San Jacinto, but his name is engraved at their parents headstone in Bexley Churchyard, Kent, England.

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Bibliographical Information

J. Smeaton Chase (Joseph Smeaton) (1864-1923), Yosemite Trails: Camp and Pack-Train in the Yosemite Region of the Sierra Nevada (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911). Copyright 1911 by J. Smeaton Chase. LCCN 11005255. 11+354 pages. Illustrated. 22 cm. Bound in dark blue board with gilt lettering on front and spine. Library of Congress call number F868.Y6 C4.

Reprinted as a trade paperback in 1987 by Tioga Publishing Company. The first (1911) printing is used for this web edition.

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