Point Reyes Cypress Press has recently released a softcover edition of a collection of letters revealing the exploits of a successful businessman who left his family in St. Louis to pursue a new life on the West Coast.
Johnson, who was 54 when he emigrated, had many adventures and held many types of jobs as he roamed as far north as Vancouver and as far south as San Diego. Among his occupations was lumberman in Washington, paymaster for the Panama Pacific Exposition, accountant for the biggest hotel in the new Yosemite National Park and employee at the hydroelectric dam on the Merced River. Through his letters Johnson provides a portrait of life and work in the rough-and-ready days of early 20th century California.
Editor Anne R. Dick, is a writer, poet and jewelry maker. She's also author of The Search for Philip K. Dick, her memoir of life with the famed science fiction novelist.
The Letters of my Grandfather, Moses Perry Johnson, 1911-1928
Introduction and endnotes by Anne R. Dick
Point Reys Cypress Press
Softcover, 248 pages, illustrated