Born 12 January in San Francisco; named John Griffith|
Chancy, Jack is the son of Flora Wellman and her common-
law husband, William Henry Chancy. On 7 September Flora
marries John London; Jack is given London's surname.
|1878|| London move to Oakland, where John London runs a|
grocery store and sells produce wholesale to local markets.
|1881|| John London's grocery business fails, and the family moves|
to a farm in Alameda.
Begins grade school in Alameda; the Londons move to a|
seventy-five-acre ranch in San Mateo County.
The Londons move to a small ranch in the Livermore Valley,|
where John London unsuccessfully attempts to raise chickens.
The Londons return to Oakland, where Flora runs a|
boarding house. Jack works as a newspaper delivery boy, on
an ice wagon, and in a bowling alley. He becomes a voracious
reader, using the Oakland Public Library extensively.
Graduates from Cole Grammar School (eighth grade). He|
takes a job at a cannery. Months later, with a borrowed $300
he buys the sloop Razzle-Dazzle and becomes an oyster pirate
on San Francisco Bay.
Serves as a deputy Patrolman for the California Fish Patrol in|
Enlist as an able-bodied seaman aboard the Sophia Sutherland, a|
sealing schooner, for an eight-month voyage to Hawaii, the
Bonin Islands, Japan, and the Bering Sea. Upon his return,
works in a jute mill for 10 cents an hour. His article "Story of
a Typhoon Off the Coast of Japan" wins first prize in a
contest for young writers sponsored by the San Francisco
Early in the year Jack works as a coal heaver at the power|
plant of the San Oakland, San Leandro, and Haywards Electric
Railway. In April he joins Kelly's Army, the western branch
of Coxey's Industrial Army of the Unemployed, which is
marching on Washington to protest economic conditions.