George Horatio Derby

George Horatio Derby was an accomplished Army Engineer who served in San Diego in the 1850s.
To make extra money, he wrote humorous stories for local newspapers, under assorted pen names such as John Phoenix and Squibob.
He died very young, but while he was alive, an unscrupulous publisher put out assorted editions
of his stories that sold well for many years. Neither Derby nor his widow received royalties from the books.
Nevertheless, his unique brand of oblique humor tickled the nation's funnybone
for many decades, well into the twentieth century, and his work was highly influential to many humorists.

Here are the Derby stories we have presented so far:


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153 George Horatio Derby - Antidote for Fleas - 1855
154 George Horatio Derby - Pistol Shooting - A Counter Challenge - 1855
155 George Horatio Derby - Squibob Abhors Street Introductions - 1855
156 George Horatio Derby - A Legend of the Tehema House - 1855
157 George Horatio Derby - Review of New Books - 1855
595 George Horatio Derby - The Squibob Papers - The Great Railroad Project - published 1865
596 George Horatio Derby - The Squibob Papers - The Massachusetts Dental Association - published 1865
597 George Horatio Derby - The Squibob Papers - A California Model Love Letter - published 1865
598 George Horatio Derby - The Squibob Papers - Sewing Machines - Feline Attachment - published 1865
1351 George Horatio Derby - Phoenix at Benecia - 1855
1802 George Horatio Derby - The Squibob Papers - Phoenix on Agriculture - 1855
1803 George Horatio Derby - The Squibob Papers - Never Told A Lie - 1865 (posth.)
1804 George Horatio Derby - The Squibob Papers - Boston - A Moral City - 1865 (posth.)
1805 George Horatio Derby - The Squibob Papers - New Orleans - Its Hotel - 1865 (posth.)


All of the stories in Mister Ron's Basement are indexed on the Catalog Page at: http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html