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Time of Our Lives was written by Orrick Johns, copyright 1937. It is about his life and that of his father, George Sibley Johns. It also contains considerable information about this family. It was reprinted in 1973. It is out of print, but copies can be obtained from time to time at Alibris, ABEBooks, or other used book services. As I was typing this, I found a number of copies from $25.00 on up. --SDC

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Chapter One

Boyhood in a Missouri river town in the last century ; The Negroes leave ; Old Jack's stories ; My grandfather, John Jay Johns, a Mississippi planter transplanted ; His forbears ; Black Presbyterianism, Southern plus Scotch ; Uncle Tom Lindsay and the ministers ; He calculates the millenium ; Ann Durfee, a wise grandmother ; Her Scotch culture ; My grandfather's farming ; The Missouri river bottoms ; Trouble with the slaves ; "Hannibal" ; The first McCormic reaper.

Chapter Two

Border Civil War times ; The German-Americans vs. The Kaintuck-Virginians ; Quantril's bands ; Fight in the churches ; Ann Durfee again ; A childhood catastrophe and a tough doctor ; Adventures of a boy farmhand ; The girl's college ; Subterfuges for flirting.

Chapter Three

Efforts at education ; Some post-war schoolmasters ; Kemper's Family Hell ; Ann Durfee intervenes ; Princeton ; On the Princetonian staff with "Tommy" Woodrow Wilson ; Rowdy class of '80 ; Commandeering a Pennsylvania train ; Freshman crew beats the Varsity ; Early ventures into journalism ; a job on the Philadelphia News ; Cyrus H. K. Curtis.

Chapter Four

Back home and the Law ; A newspaper owner at 24 ; Canvassing in a blizzard ; Small town journalism ; An editor needs his fists ; Zeal for exposure ; Looking for wider fields ; George sells the Journal.

Chapter Five

Joseph Pulitzer's youth and his quick rise ; Pulitzer buys the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ; J. A. Cockerill, brillian editor ; Cocerill shoots a visitor ; Johns a cub under Cockerill ; One of the first columnists ; Serious ambitions ; A wide open town in the '80's ; Early campaigns against the gamblers ; Pulitzer's policies ; Reporting with Augustus Thomas ; The famous Preller trunk murder ; Office pranks.

Chapter Six

The hotel run ; General Sherman ; His quarrel with St. Louis ; Beecher, and why Beecher swore ; Mark Twain, James G. Blaine and others ; Johns is fired ; Hunting in Indian Territory.

Chapter Seven

The climb upward ; A young newspaperman's ideals ; Philosophers and friends ; Sundays in St. Charles ; Captain McDearmon's daughter ; His household ; My mother ; A young family ; Writing a book in four nights.

Chapter Eight

Doubling in dramatic criticism ; Paderewski has an audience of 27 ; A musical night with Paderewski in Babe Connors' octoroon house ; Some famous theatre folk ; Clara Morris, Charlie Hoyt, Bernhardt, Mansfield, Modjeska, James O'Neill. Music: Patti.

Chapter Nine

Serious personal ambitions ; Editorial writing ; Anonymity and its cost ; Controversies with Joseph McCullagh ; Hard hitting in print ; McCullagh and Marse Henry Waterson ; Beginnings of the fight on the trusts ; Internal dissension on the Post-Dispatch ; Father goes to the Republic ; Some abortive libel suits ; "Ruining" the Republic (but raising its circulation) ; Pulitzer wins the P-D back ; Father takes charge and holds it for thirty years ; The high bicycle.

Chapter Ten

My brothers and I appear on the scene ; The wanderings of a small family ; Life on St. Louis streets ; Beginnings of schooling ; The old Dozier school ; Cabanne place ; Another childhood catastrophe ; I am laid up for six months ; My brothers ; George's inventive gifts ; Early reading ; Bryan's first campaign ; The great tornado of '96 ; The street car strike ; Horace's gold adventure ; University of Missouri.

Chapter Eleven

A story of Boss Butler's ; Johns' fighting campaigns ; Muck-raking in St. Louis ; Bosses, the "directorate of directors," the Big Cinch ; School graft ; The railroad graft ; Bill Phelps and Bill Stone ; Some brilliant reporters ; O.K. Bovard, Frank O'Neill, "Red" Galvin ; A freak Mayer ; The bridge monopoly fight ; Public Utilities ; The silk-stockings get in.

Chapter Twelve

Joseph w. Folk and the Post-Dispatch ; Harry Hawes ; O'Neill in New Mexico ; Folk tries to double-cross ; Lincoln Seffens ; Panics and depressions unrelieved in those days ; Newspapers undertook to make employment ; The Christmas Festival, an institution for 40 years ; Editorial stategy saves the World's Fair ; The reporter becomes a veteran ; Work in New York ; Visiting Pulitzer ; Johns demoted.

Chapter Thirteen

My first editorship, the Missouri Oven ; Homer Croy, Harris Merton Lyon ; Too much editorial zeal ; Suspension ; My many jogs ; Jack Paterson, his travels in the west ; Architecture and Hugh Ferriss ; St. Louis in 1910 ; Reedy and the Mirror ; Reedy's magnetic influence ; His amazing marriage -- and death.

Chapter Fourteen

I get a job as Reedy's dramatic critic ; Plays of the day ; Promising young people ; Zoe Akins, Sara Teasdale, Hugh Ferriss, and Barney Gallant ; The "Salons" ; A Mississippi river bohemia ; Bob Minor at 26 ; Aviation in St. Louis.

Chapter Fifteen

Horatio Seymour and the Post-Dispatch ; Johns and Woodrow Wilson ; A campus squabble makes a President ; The campaign of 1912 ; Theodore Roosevelt and father ; Stories of Frank James, ex-bandit ; Father's last scandalous campaign, The Francis-Jim Reed affair ; Its reverberations ; Jim Reed.

Chapter Sixteen

Estrangement between father and son ; Different philosophies ; Adrift between jobs ; Writers and philosophers ; An early visit to New York ; "Second Avenue," and the Poetry Society ; Edwin Markham, Joyce Kilmer ; I win a national poetry prize ; The Chicago Little Theatre and Maurice Browne ; Barney Gallant, his remarkable career ; Father's first flivver ; William Vincent Byers ; I get an unusual job in New York.

Chapter Seventeen

Alexander Konta, romantic boss ; His Wall Street office in war time ; Hugh Ferris' studio ; New York in 1914 ; Joels and Ben de Casseres ; Greenwich Village, Flody Dell and "Polly's" ; Celebrities at "Polly's" ; Peggy Baird and marriage ; A surrealist apartment ; Frank Tanenbaum ; Unemployed raids ; Percy Stickney Grant, liberal ; Talks with Alfred Kreymborg ; George Sterling ; The Grantwood "colony" and Others ; Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevns, William Carlos Williams, Robert Carlton Brown, Manuel Komroff, Man Ray, The "Free verse" controversy ; Publicity ; Keymborg's contribution to American literature ; His exquisite art.

Chapter Eighteen

An American country house ; Woes of a gentleman farmer ; "Moonshine Min" ; Dispossessed farmers ; A poet at large ; My brothers ; Art Young and John Reed in St. Louis ; The campaign of 1916 ; A death in the family ; Wartime hysteria ; Father's last visit to Woodrow Wilson.

Chapter Nineteen

I go to New York ; The year 1919 ; The news writers union ; Reaction ; A job in an advertising agency ; Literature in the early 'Twenties ; I produce a play ; Skyscraper architecture ; Raymond Hood and others ; Jo Davidson and John D. Rockefeller ; General Coleman Du Pont ; I sail for Italy.

Chapter Twenty

Trouble at the Port of Naples ; We arrive at Capri ; The O'Neill villa ; Venice, and a remarkable landlady ; A St. Francis Centenary Mass ; Pia Ventujol and her stories.

Chapter Twenty-one

Fascismo, and its decrees in 1926-27 ; Mussolini and the children ; Persecution in Florence ; The working class in Florence ; A porter-poet ; the young writers of Florence ; Pallazzeschi ; Study and travel ; A visit to D. H. Lawrence.

Chapter Twenty-two

Life on an Italian beach ; Ida Cavallini ; Her friends and family ; A proposal to marry ; A tragic Russian ; Meeting with Ezra Pound ; I Go to Geneva ; A talk with father in Geneva.

Chapter Twenty-three

Paris -- and a clinic in Lyons ; Back to italy ; Capri again ; Llewellyn Powys and Alyse Gregory ; The story of the baron ; The real reason for tourism ; An elaborate proposal ; Appendicitis under Etna.

Chapter Twenty-four

A visit to the O'Neills ; Clink and Witter Bynner ; Going West ; Carmel-by-the-sea ; Caroline's cabin ; Marriage ; Carpentry ; The baby ; Lincoln Steffens and Frederick O'Brien, columnists ; Robinson Jeffers ; A shadow falls ; The Big Sur ; A scene on the shore ; I go to San Francisco.

Chapter Twenty-five

A hunger margh in San Francisco ; Talks with Communists ; I join the party ; The life of an Ishmaelite ; Sam Darcy, District Organizer ; Labor defense ; The longshoremen ; A visit to Mooney with Steffens and Dreiser ; J. B. McNarara ; An agricultural strike ; Party life ; I return to Missouri.

Chapter Twenty-six

St. Louis' small grafters ; Political Amnesty ; A tour of the Orient ; A Communist in St. Louis ; New York again, with Bohemia vanished ; The Daily Worker ; The WPA writers project ; How we worked ; Political wrangling ; A malcontent ; The moral ; Father has the last word.


 

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