† Frederick Hastings Dewey, a son of Russell Ely Dewey and his wife Margaret Shepard Hastings, was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, November 5, 1853. He was graduated from the Rochester, New York, Military Academy in 1870. The family moved to California in 1873, and for several years Frederick helped his father on his ranch near Salinas. He then became a special writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and in 1879 joined the staff of the San Francisco Call, where he was commercial and financial editor for the next thirty-three years. He also wrote numerous stories and magazine articles. Among the former were "Spanish Jack, the Mountain Bandit; or, The Pledge of Life,"(1) which appeared as No. 133, Starr's American Novels, and "Will-o'-the-Wisp, the California Trooper," No. 324, Dime Novels.
† Mr. Dewey was a Republican and a Swedenborgian, and for several years was president of the First New Jerusalem Church of San Francisco. He was married in San Francisco, July 3, 1883, to Thyra Ragenhilde Ringstrom, who, with six children, survived him. He died in 1913.
† REFERENCES. Justice B. Detwiler, Who's Who in California, 1928—29, San Francisco, 1929, 425-26. Adelbert M. Dewey, Life of George Dewey, Rear Admiral, U.S.N. and Dewey Family History, Westfield, Mass., 1898, 328 (gives the names and dates of birth of the six children).
Starr's American Novels. Nos. 114, 119, 123, 129, 133
Dime Novels. Nos. 324, 363, 599, 602, 607
Pocket Novels. Nos. 44, 48, 83, 118, 243
Half-Dime Library. Nos. 313, 478, 542
Boy's Library (octavo). 790, 194, 309, 315
Pocket Library. No. 279
† Correction made as per Volume 3.
|1||† Edgar J. Hinkle and William McCann, Biographies of California Authors and Indexes of California Literature, Oakland, California, 1942, II, 124.|